Kindergarten's Curriculum

Unit: Kindergarten

Community Helpers

Essential Questions:

Who are the people who are important to me, and to whom I am important?

Who can I find in my community?

How do we need each other?

What groups do I belong to?

What groups do we have at school?

What does it mean to be part of a group?

How are kids different from adults?

Unit Subjects:

Social Studies

Language Arts

Math

Art

Music

Library

Student Understandings:

Students will construct ideas about themselves and others around them.

Students will learn about the importance of people in their community.

Students will identify groups in the school and the world.

Students will distinguish between groups and what makes up the group.

Students will be able to explain the differences between kids and adults.

 

Unit:  Kindergarten

Needs vs. Wants

Essential Questions:

How do I get the things I need?

Where do the things I need come from?

How do humans work together to get the things they need?

What are the essential elements to survival?

Unit Subjects:

Social Studies

Science

Language Arts

Math

Art

Music

Library

Student Understandings:

Students will explore the differences between a need and a want.

Students will distinguish within their daily lives what they need and what they want.

Students will determine different types of food and where they come from.

Students will distinguish the difference between healthy foods and liked foods

 

Unit:  Kindergarten

Objects & Their Properties

Essential Questions:

What are the physical properties of an object?

What are the physical characteristics of an object?

What are the properties of magnetism?

What objects are attracted to or repelled by magnets?

What are renewable and non-renewable resources?

How can we reduce the amount of non-renewable resources we use?

Unit Subjects:

Science

Language Arts

Math

Art

Music

Library

Student Understandings:

Students will identify materials that make up an object.

Students will identify the observable properties of different objects, such as: color, size, shape, weight, and texture.

Students will observe and sort objects that are and that are not attracted to magnets.

Students will describe the properties of magnetism and demonstrate how magnets can be used to move some things without touching them.

 

Unit:  Kindergarten

Prepositions & Motions

Essential Questions:

How can the position and motion of an object be changed by applying force, such as pushing and pulling?

How does the strength of a force and mass of an object influence the amount of change in an object’s motion?

Why do different objects balance or topple in various situations?

Why do things close to the Earth drop to the ground unless something supports them?

Unit Subjects:

Science

Math

Language Arts

Art

Music

Library

Student Understandings:

Students will identify and define prepositions identifying locations.

Students will demonstrate correct usage of prepositions identifying locations.

Students will describe the position of an object by referencing its location in relation to another object or background.

Students will compare the effects of force (pushes or pulls) on the motion of an object.

Students will assemble, take apart, and reassemble constructions using interlocking blocks, erector sets, etc.

 

Unit:  Kindergarten

Weather & Seasons

Essential Questions:

How does weather affect people and animals?

What observations can be made in terms of weather patterns?

How do weather and season changes affect nature?

Unit Subjects:

Science

Math

Social Studies

Language Arts

Art

Music

Library

Student Understandings:

Students will explain the days of the week, the date, the months of the year, the season, the year and the different calendar terms.

Students will observe seasonal weather changes throughout the school year.

Students will observe, record and explain daily changes in the weather.

 

Unit:  Kindergarten

Living & Non-Living Things

Essential Questions:

What are the characteristics of living things?

What observable characteristics distinguish a plant from an animal?

What are the basic needs of living things (plants and animals)?

How are living things affected by the changes in seasons?

Unit Subjects:

Science

Math

Language Arts

Art

Music

Library

Student Understandings:

Students will distinguish between living and non-living things by identifying the characteristics of living things.

Students will explore how plants and animals have the same basic needs for survival.

Students will sort animal and plants by observable characteristics.

 

Unit:  Kindergarten

Life Cycles

Essential Questions:

What are the major stages of a life cycle of a frog?

What are the major stages of a life cycle of a butterfly?

What are the major stages of plant development and growth?

Unit Subjects:

Science

Math

Language Arts

Art

Music

Library

Student Understandings:

Students will describe the major stages that characterize the life cycle of the frog Students will describe the major stages that characterize the life cycle of the butterfly.

Students will describe plant development and growth.