Junior Kindergarten

The Junior Kindergarten Science 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 talking and listening.

Unit Description Essential Questions
Discovering Nature  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.

This rich and student-driven unit of study continues in Kindergarten as students have additional questions and opportunities to explore in a deeper way.

What do living things need to live and grow?

Why do they live where they do?

How do their parts and behaviors help them?
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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