Science Lab Newsletter (K-2)

Science Lab News

September-November 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year! Here is our first Science Lab Newsletter, outlining the units for kindergarten through second grade. Our newsletters will outline the units that each grade is currently studying in the lab. There are three units for each grade across the school year.

Sincerely,

Ms. Henricksen and Mrs. Burke

 

Kindergarten To begin the year our kindergarteners are learning to use inquiry skills such as observation and prediction. They are learning to use their 5 senses to be more aware of their surroundings and to learn more about the world around them. The first unit in Kindergarten is called “Our Environment,” which focuses on the needs of plants and animals. They will make observations about what plants and animals need to survive. Then, they will begin to question how animals build their homes to help them stay safe in their environment. Finally, the kindergarteners will end the unit by thinking about solutions to help protect our environment from human impact and sharing their ideas.
First Grade Our first graders will begin their first unit called, “Structures and Behaviors in Living Things.” The students will be learning about different animals and their structures that help them adapt to their environment. They will also do research through videos and texts to find patterns between an offspring’s behavior, the parents response, and how that behavior helps them survive. Then, they will be observing different plants and animals to notice the similarities between parents and their offspring. Finally, the first graders will design a solution to a human problem by mimicking plant and animal adaptations.
Second Grade The second graders will also be extending their knowledge of plants and animals by starting the year off with a unit called, “Plant and Animal Interactions.” In this unit, students will be focusing on how plants and animals help each other survive. They will participate in activities to learn about seed dispersal and plant adaptations. Finally, they will end the unit by developing models to show how plants and animals depend on one another.