Science Module. The Life Science unit is Trees (FOSS )which introduces students to the basic components of plants. The earth science unit is Sunshine and Shadows (DSM) which examines the observable properties of light.
The Big Ideas in Kindergarten science cover two areas that are interrelated. The first is the process of science and the second is science content.
The Big Ideas will focus on beginning the science process standards including:
- Science is a way of thinking about and investigating the world in which we all live.
- Science is a human endeavor. People from many cultures have contributed to our understanding of science.
- Science cannot be practiced or learned without an appreciation of the role of mathematics in discovering and expressing natural laws.
- The study of science and technology is interrelated and as such can assist in solving problems.
The Big Ideas in science content at the Kindergarten level, introduce various concepts of life and physical science. These include:
- Earth Science – The Earth’s light and heat is provided by the sun.
- Life Science – The natural world is defined by organisms and life processes which conform to principles regarding conservation and transformation of matter and energy.
- Physical Science – Light travels in straight lines and, therefore, cannot bend around the object and strike the surface behind the object.
The Essential Questions that students seek to answer in Kindergarten science are:
- Earth Science – What is the sun’s role in creating a shadow?
- Life Science – How does an organism change during each season?
- Life Science – What is a tree’s role in a community?
- Physical Science – What makes a shadow?
The Enduring Understandings that students will acquire from the mastery of the Kindergarten science curriculum are:
- Earth Science – Some organisms go through changes during each season.
- Life Science – All organisms have basic needs. Trees need water, nutrients in the soil, light and air.
- Physical Science – Energy takes many forms.