Junior Kindergarten

The Junior Kindergarten curriculum includes open-ended units of study that follow students’ natural curiosity about the world around them. It gives students varied opportunities to observe, explore, and investigate using different materials and in different settings (indoors and outdoors). They share and record what they observe and their ideas using science notebooks, as well as through talking and listening.

Unit Description Essential Questions
Introduction to Science and Science Notebooks At every grade level (JK-8), Cambridge students begin the year exploring what science is, why science is important to them, who scientists are and what they do, and how they will use science notebooks to record their questions, observations, ideas and explanations throughout the year. These skills build over time as students move from grade to grade. What is science? Why is it important to me?

Who are scientists and what do they do?

How and why do scientists use science notebooks?
Nature Explorers  Student naturalists explore plants and animals in the classroom and outside. They ask questions and gather information about where animals live and why, the parts of plants and animals and what they do, and the needs of living things.          
What do living things need to live and grow?

Why do they live where they do?

How do their parts and behaviors help them?
Marvelous Moving Things Using a variety of materials, students explore how things with different shapes move on many types of surfaces. They build trackways, obstacle courses, and cars. Students also investigate and compare how animals move. How can we make things move in different ways?

How do animals move?
Exploring Water Students explore and develop ideas about the basic properties of water. Using different materials, they investigate how water flows, how it behaves in drops and how various things sink or float in water.
How can we make water move?

What kinds of things sink or float?

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