June 2017 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

Little SCIENCE Thinkers! Kindergarten Science Curriculum

If you've ever struggled with planning and implementing effective, engaging science lessons in your kindergarten grade classroom, then please read on. This post is for you!

Maybe your district supplies you with a big-box curriculum that isn't user-friendly. Maybe it creates too much work for you. Maybe it doesn't hold your students' attention. Or maybe you don't have a curriculum and you are left spending your weekends piecing together ideas from Pinterest.

No more. I'm here to tell you how we can solve all of those problems with the Little Science Thinkers Curriculum.

Little SCIENCE Thinkers is a complete Science curriculum specifically for Kindergarten
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your kinder friends. 
It is written to suit the main topics of state Kindergarten Science Standards as well as NGSS. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, written and created by me (and I can promise you that I never hire people to create my curriculum!). It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. First, the units.
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Here's a look at Unit 1:
Lesson 1: WHAT IS SCIENCE?
Lesson 2: WHAT DO SCIENTISTS DO?
Lesson 3: OUR SENSE OF HEARING
Lesson 4: OUR SENSE OF SMELL
Lesson 5: OUR SENSE OF TOUCH
Lesson 6: OUR SENSE OF TASTE
Lesson 7: OUR SENSE OF SIGHT
Lesson 8: USING OUR SENSES (SCIENCE STATIONS)
Lesson 9: SENSES CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 10: REVIEWING OUR SENSES
Lesson 11: UNIT ASSESSMENT

senses unit for kindergarten

Here is the breakdown of the major components of each unit. 
The four-week unit is meant to be taught three times per week with 35-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and Kinder-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit:

senses unit for kindergarten

A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:

science unit for kindergarten


NINE Texts are INCLUDED for read-alouds:



Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans:


Parent Letter:



Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:




Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 




Science STATIONS




Student Workbook with activities to follow each lesson:


Directions and activities written in kinder-friendly language


Quick Checks for every lesson to check for understanding:


A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:



Kinder-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:


Here's what some kindergarten teachers have to say about the curriculum:






I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 

--------------Find UNIT 1 HERE!--------------


Here are the lessons included in the other units:
-----UNIT 2: Seasons and Weather-----
Lesson 1: WHAT IS WEATHER?
Lesson 2: TYPES OF WEATHER
Lesson 3: THE SUN
Lesson 4: THE SUN AND SHADE – NGSS EXPERIMENT
Lesson 5: OBSERVING WEATHER
Lesson 6: HOW WEATHER AFFECTS US
Lesson 7: SEVERE WEATHER & SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY
Lesson 8: THE SEASONS
Lesson 9: THE SEASONS CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 10: SEASONS & WEATHER SCIENCE STATIONS (2 DAYS)
Lesson 11: REVIEWING SEASONS AND WEATHER
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT
-----UNIT 3: Properties-----
Lesson 1: MAKING OBSERVATIONS
Lesson 2: SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, AND GASES
Lesson 3: OBSERVING COLOR
Lesson 4: OBSERVING AND MEASURING SIZE
Lesson 5: OBSERVING AND MEASURING WEIGHT
Lesson 6: OBSERVING SHAPE
Lesson 7: OBSERVING TEXTURE
Lesson 8: OBSERVING AND MEASURING TEMPERATURE
Lesson 9: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS (DAY 2)
Lesson 11: EXPERIMENT
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT AND CRAFTIVITY (2 days)
-----UNIT 4: Plants-----
Lesson 1: LIVING AND NONLIVING THINGS
Lesson 2: PARTS OF A PLANT
Lesson 3: EXPERIMENT - HOW PLANTS ARE AFFECTED BY THEIR ENVIRONMENT
Lesson 4: PLANT NEEDS
Lesson 5: HOW PLANTS MAKE FOOD
Lesson 6: HOW PLANTS REPRODUCE
Lesson 7: LIFE CYCLE OF A PLANT
Lesson 8: PLANT TYPES
Lesson 9: PLANTS ADAPT
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 11: EXPERIMENT AND REVIEW
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT
-----UNIT 5: Animals-----
Lesson 1: ANIMALS ARE LIVING THINGS
EXPERIMENT – ANIMALS GROW AND CHANGE
Lesson 2: ANIMAL GROUPS
Lesson 3: REPTILES
Lesson 4: BIRDS
Lesson 5: FISH
Lesson 6: AMPHIBIANS
Lesson 7: MAMMALS
Lesson 8: INVERTEBRATES
Lesson 9: ANIMAL LIFE CYCLES (INCLUDING METAMORPHOSES)
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 11: REVIEW AND EXPERIMENT CONCLUSION
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT
-----UNIT 6: Force and Motion-----
Lesson 1: HOW THINGS MOVE
Lesson 2: PUSHES AND PULLS
Lesson 3: FORCE AND DIRECTION
Lesson 4: INVESTIGATION
Lesson 5: GRAVITY
Lesson 6: RAMP EXPERIMENT
Lesson 7: SIMPLE MACHINES
Lesson 8: SIMPLE MACHINE STATIONS
Lesson 9: SIMPLE MACHINE STATIONS
Lesson 10: USING MAGNETS TO MOVE
Lesson 11: REVIEW AND CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT

As always, let me know if you have any questions! 


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