Beacon Lesson Plan Library

   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 1: Science


  • A Closer Look (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using literature to stimulate recall, students and Curious George learn that objects are composed of many parts. Students group objects by their physical characteristics and various compositions. Magnifying glasses will be used.

  • A Couch or a Potato (Authored by Kelley Harvey.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students classify objects/organisms seen on the Wakulla Springs icam website as living or nonliving.

  • A Hungry Cat Searches (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story [Panther: Shadow of the Swamp] to learn about the variety of plant and animal life in the Everglades and how loss of habitat impacts panthers. Students will alphabetize the names of the plants and animals by initial and second letter.

  • Altogether Now, The Five Senses (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Popping popcorn is a fun way to summarize the end of the five senses unit. It is easy to involve all the senses.

  • An Emerald Place (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is designed to invite first graders to discover the four layers of the rain forest and to help them identify the life of animals at each level.

  • Animal Homes Near and Far (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students work in cooperative groups to list animal habitats. They conclude the lesson by selecting one of the habitats and writing about some of its characteristics and listing a few animals that live in that environment.

  • Animals and Their Biomes (Authored by Mary Lirette.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using biome and animal flashcards, the learner will categorize the animals according to the biome in which they naturally live in with 100% accuracy.

  • Animals Galore (Authored by Kay Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students classify and sort animals into groups according to the structural characteristics.

  • Are We There Yet? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the review lesson for the unit, Going to Grandma’s. Using the Formative Assessment Checklist and all completed summative assessments, the teacher reinforces skills and concepts using the activities from this lesson.

  • Are You My Mother? (Authored by Lee Strain.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will discover baby animals look similar to their parents.

  • Art in the Sky (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become familiar with four types of clouds by experimenting with cameras and exploring the web. Students observe illustrator’s renderings of clouds and draw their own representation of clouds.

  • As the Earth Turns (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Why do the sun and moon seem to disappear and reappear making day and night? This lesson demonstrates the rotation of the earth.

  • Bodaciously Beautiful Butterflies Take Flight (Authored by Heather Watson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for K-1 students. The students complete a study on butterflies using real caterpillars. Each student keeps a personal daily journal of observations and completes a timeline for their caterpillar/butterfly.

  • Bright Sky, Night Sky (Authored by cheryl martinez.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through this activity students will apply information known about the differences found in the sky.

  • Butterflies and Frogs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson in the unit plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere. Included in this lesson are activities for days 6 and 7. Students identify patterns found in nature.

  • Butterfly Bonanza (Authored by Becky Peltonen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do butterflies change and grow over time? After looking at butterflies, reading about butterflies and singing about butterflies, students will be able to describe the life cycle of the butterfly.

  • C.M. Beg (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is an interesting lesson about the concept of living things. Students will be introduced to a pretend boy named C.M. Beg. The initials of the boy will be a mnemonic device to help students understand the basic characteristics of living things. C stands for change. M stands for move. Be stands for breath. E stands for eat. G stands for grow.

  • Can You See it, Touch it, Hear it? (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through this lab activity, students are helped with development of their observational skills. (This lesson may be used with students at any grade level.)

  • Can You Sense Scents? (Authored by Becky Peltonen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: During this hands-on lesson, students will use their sense of smell to identify familiar scents.

  • Cars, Trucks and Things That Go Sorting Fun! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students have fun sorting, classifying and writing about how they sort transportation vehicles.

  • Catching a Balanced Diet (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the importance of balanced meals and select foods that make up a balanced meal by playing a fishing game.

  • Celsius Tells Temperature, Too (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the sixth lesson in the Unit Weather Watchers. Students become aware that thermometer liquids expand or contract as temperature affects them. Concept of telling the temperature on a Celsius thermometer is introduced as students identify and record temperatures on Celsius thermometers through hands-on activities and games.

  • Chip Off the Old Block (Authored by J Drag.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use cards showing pictures of adult and baby animals to identify similar characteristics shared by parents and their offspring.

  • Cloud Watcher (Authored by Pamela Hoover.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who wants to be a cloud watcher? Students will learn the names of clouds and the patterns of weather they may bring. Students will spend 2 adventurous weeks predicting the weather by watching the clouds.

  • Cloud Watchers (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the third lesson in the second grade unit on weather called Weather Trackers. Students identify the main types of clouds and the type of weather they typically bring as far as rain is concerned. The concept of matter as a gas and liquid will be observed by a classroom experiment where “clouds” are produced using hot water and ice. Students do a group activity where they draw their special cloud formations and make a class graph.

  • Colors that Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand (Authored by Lindsay Bryan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will sort balls according to their color, and then record their answers on an activity sheet. Students will also sort colored candies into different color groups.

  • Dead or Alive (Authored by Michelle Passeretti.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The lesson is designed to allow students to analyze non-living and living objects by forming a T chart. Students make a collage to demonstrate what they have learned.

  • Deep Blue Sea (Authored by Sharon Ussery.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Would you like to live under the sea or on land? Come and explore with us as we take a look at some of our animal friends and the plants that they live with.

  • Down to the Root of the Plant (Authored by 2301.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through discussion and activity about roots of plants, students will identify types of roots and their purposes and will observe and document root growth.

  • Eight Stars in the Night Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you count eight stars in the night sky? This eighth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night skies. A page for the number 8 is added to students’ counting books.

  • Facts of Matter (Authored by Priscilla Boan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will be involved in making group decisions about matter. They will explore and interpret many types of matter as well as grouping matter.

  • Fahrenheit Follies (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson in the unit, Weather Trackers. This is a fun and entertaining lesson on temperature. Students learn about temperature using hands-on activities and games.

  • Feels Like Christmas, Exploring Touch (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The sense of touch helps us learn about our world by feeling it and learning the size, texture, and shape of things. In this activity, students will classify four different sandpaper shapes by using only their sense of touch.

  • Five Fingers for Eating Lunch (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Where in the sky is the sun while you are eating lunch? This fifth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 5.

  • Flowers Growing Through Music, Rhymes & Movement (Authored by Beth Delmar.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Begin with a traditional singing rhyme, which leads us to "plant" seeds in the ground. From there, we experience the growing process of a seed becoming a flower as it is exposed to the sun, rain, wind, day and night, and "tickling" bees.

  • Four Animal Legs at Sunset (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Did you know that the sun is a star? This fourth lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 4.

  • Freeze Pops (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students experience problem-based learning as they use prior knowledge of the states of matter to keep a frozen juice bar from melting. This science lesson is literature based.

  • Give Me Five at Christmas Time (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become aware of their senses by taking a walking field trip, creating a word bank, reading a story and singing a song. This is the first lesson in A “Sense”sational Christmas unit that also includes a diagnostic assessment.

  • Go Far in a Car (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Traveling in a car can take you near or far. Through this literature-based lesson, students learn about rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Growing Patience (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a wonderful way to incorporate learning the virtue of patience while developing the knowledge of how things grow. Be prepared to spark your students’ interest as they view the growth of a plant.

  • Gummy Bear Sorting (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students demonstrate knowledge of sorting and classifying by color as they sort gummy bear candies.

  • Habitats and All That (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson plan explores climate characteristics of different environments, adaptations of living things to environments, and adaptations of living things for survival. It is the second lesson of the Unit Plan: Living Things.

  • How Do You Get to School? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do your students get to school? Through this literature-based lesson, students learn that different things move at different speeds as they explore basic modes of transportation.

  • How Does It Move? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do objects move? Through this literature-based lesson, students review using illustrations and phonetic principles to understand words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore how forms of transportation move.

  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (Authored by Ann Everett.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a fun way to introduce factors that influence the growth of living things. The students read [The Garden] by Arnold Lobel.Then the students plant seeds to discover what makes them grow.

  • Investigating the Food Pyramid (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn that the food pyramid is an important nutritional tool. They classify foods and compare the number of servings per group that are necessary for maintaining good health by placing empty food containers in grocery bags.

  • Is It Alive? (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the first lesson of the Unit Plan: Living Things. Students explore living things and their habitats. They create an original It’s Alive! book to demonstrate what they have learned.

  • Is That a Bird in Your Hat? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After learning about adaptations animals need for survival, students imagine they find an injured bird. They create a clay bird and nest to stimulate creative writing. The lesson includes an integrated week-long art, science, and writing activity.

  • It's Alive (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is designed to allow the student to critically analyze living and nonliving objects, then develop a list of characteristics to classify objects on a science walk. Students make a book to close out the lesson.

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you wondered how many workers are needed to move people and cargo? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Life Is a Cycle (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Children learn about cycles through games, shared readings and a shared writing activity.

  • Linking Up the Food Chain (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to the book [Life in a Pond], students discuss the food chain and create a food chain mobile.

  • Long-Tall-Up-Down (Authored by Edwin Brooks.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students select objects that can be grouped according to similarities and differences of their physical characteristics.

  • Looks Like Christmas, Exploring Sight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students will explore their sense of sight, learn about the eyes and how to keep them safe, and become familiar with how to help blind people become a part of their world.

  • Magnificent Marsupials (Authored by Deirdre Byrne.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This literature-based lesson will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a kangaroo, and the differences and similarities between mother and baby as growth occurs from birth to adulthood.

  • Matter Matters (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is lesson one of a unit titled, Weather Trackers. Students learn by observation and hands-on activities the act of water changing form from a solid to a liquid to a gas.

  • Melt the Ice (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: As students explore the properties of water, they hypothesize how to cause changes from a solid and gas state to a liquid state. Students use their new science knowledge to have an ice cube melt race.

  • Mitten Magic (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group acitivty in which students sort, classify and write about how they sorted the mittens.

  • My Black Teddy (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become familiar with facts about black bears by exploring the web and books. Each student will create his/her own story of a bear using facts learned. This lesson is appropriate for K-2 students.

  • My! What a Sky! (Authored by Patti Hurd.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What objects do you usually see in the day and night skies? Sing a song, share a book and look at objects in the day and night skies. Then students will be able to differentiate objects as seen in the day and night sky.

  • Nine in the Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you see the nine planets in the sky? This ninth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night sky. A page for the number 9 is added to students’ counting books.

  • NoneEdible System/Edible System Edible System (Authored by Lorna Carnley.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a great way to start studying ocean life. Students set up a class aquarium and individual edible aquarium.

  • Nuts for Counting (Authored by Carolyn Rosier.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How many nuts in a peanut shell? Children observe, predict, and count in this nutty lesson featuring boiled or parched peanuts. But before they can eat, they must record the actual number of nuts on the provided worksheet.

  • Objects Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Carolyn Modawell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the different properties of objects by going on a Scavenger Hunt to find specific items. After they return with their items they will describe them in concrete terms such as hard, soft, big, round,etc.

  • Ocean Life (Authored by Karen Toussaint.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Does the realm of the ocean fascinate you? If so, come and join us as we explore the types of plants and animals that can be found in the ocean.

  • Octopus Legs (Authored by Carolyn Rosier.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have oceans of fun transforming a wienie into an octopus kids can eat! After counting, cutting halves and fourths, observing steam and the effects of heat, they learn about mixing colors as they create a yummy dipping sauce from mustard and ketchup.

  • One Sun, One Moon (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Share the joy of books while introducing students to counting to ten, making predictions, and recognizing characteristics of the day and night sky. Students begin creating their own counting books while studying the number 1.

  • Oobleck vs. Gloop (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: By the end of the lesson, second grade students will be able to explain that we use our senses to make observations and that the observations often describe properties of an object or substance.

  • Organism Detectives (Authored by Bobbi-Jean Fremer.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using magnifying glasses, students become detectives as they take a nature walk in search of organisms that live on or near the surface of the Earth in land, air, and water.

  • Pattern Detectives (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: As an introduction to the Unit Plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere, students are asked to become Pattern Detectives. This literature-based lesson exposes students to patterns in language, math, and science.

  • Phase In, Phase Out, the Magnificent Moon (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students know very little about the moon, so investigate what’s in the night sky and find out why the moon looks different every 28 days.

  • Pilots, Drivers, and Captains (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who makes the transportation go? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Rain Patterns (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the second lesson in the unit Weather Trackers. Students have the opportunity to work in groups to draw the rain cycle and make their own “movie’ using a large cardboard milk carton and heavy white paper. Students are assessed on their ability to identify the pattern of the rain cycle and to sequence the events in order.

  • Ready, Set, Grow (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students construct a class butterfly garden. Students create a journal entry with an illustration of their class butterfly garden.

  • Rodeo Round-Up (Authored by DiAnn Shores.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students survey kindergarten through fifth grade teachers and construct a class graph of the teachers' favorite events at the rodeo.

  • Sensational Seasons (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the seventh lesson in the Unit, Weather Trackers. Students learn how seasonal weather patterns affect temperature and their lives through concrete, hands-on activities.

  • Seven Quacks Me Up (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Need a fun look at the number seven? Enjoy [Quack and Count] from this seventh lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting. Students continue exploration of the day and night skies and add a page for the number 7 to their counting books.

  • Six Insect Legs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do you know about the sun moving in the sky? This sixth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students’ interest as they learn about the sun’s apparent movement. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 6.

  • Sleep Central (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about rest and sleep and how their habits may be healthy or unhealthy. Students make conclusions about how much sleep their bodies require by organizing information on a graph.

  • Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

  • Snacks 'R Us (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify foods that make nutritious snacks. They will analyze snack foods to determine their fat content by completing an experiment.

  • Solid, Liquid, or Gas? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using literature to introduce the states of matter, students identify physical characteristics and group objects for a picnic using the states of matter for each object.

  • Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students learn sound can produce patterns.

  • Sounds You See, Hear, and Feel (Authored by Michele Dawn Manieri.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students explore and experiment making sound wave vibrations on various musical instruments and common objects. The will also compare/contrast, demonstrate, and describe actions that cause sound wave vibrations which can be seen, heard, and/or felt.

  • Space: In Your Face or Not? (Authored by Patricia Douglass.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Do the planets in the solar system, the moon and Alpha Centuri exist if we cannot see them? In this lesson, the student is led to understand that it does not matter if we can see the planets in the solar system or not.

  • Starlight, Star Bright (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn about stars and make star pictures that are constellations. They take the information they have learned and write a simple report.

  • Starry, Starry Night (Authored by Becky Peltonen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this hands-on lesson, students make their own night sky (full of stars) that can be seen in the middle of the day!

  • States of Water (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify the various states of water. Hypothesizing and hands-on experimenting on changing the states of water assists students in understanding the properties of water and the role of heating and cooling in the changes of state.

  • Sunbeam Dining (Authored by Pamela Mapoles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students read about animals to find at least two things animals eat. They play a food chain game and construct a food chain.

  • Sunny Delight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are introduced to the scientific method to complete experiments on the sun and find out how heat from the sun has varying effects depending on the surface it strikes.

  • Survivor! (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will answer the question of what is needed for basic survival of all living things. They will participate in group discussion and then create an individual project to display examples and non-examples of basic needs.

  • Take a Plane or a Train (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is there more to learn about transportation? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Tastes Like Christmas, Exploring Taste (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. In this lesson, students learn about taste buds and the four familiar tastes.

  • Ten Fingers Ten Toes (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you count your fingers and toes? This tenth and final lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting concludes students’ exploration of the day and night sky. The final page is added to students’ counting books.

  • The ABCs of Healthy Foods (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students make an alphabet book of nutritional foods using the information they learned about nutrition and the value of different foods. Students also taste the foods represented by the letters they wrote about in their alphabet books.

  • The Fantastic Kindergarten Zoo (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After completing a unit on zoo animals, students will create their own zoo to share with other classes and parents.

  • The Food Chain (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gain an amazing understanding of how from the smallest to the largest creature, most living things depend on other living things to survive, especially when it comes meeting the need for food.

  • The Importance of Observation (Authored by Kelly Justice.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Students demonstrate knowledge of the importance of observation to the learning process by conducting careful observation and recording their findings as a journal entry.

  • The Sky Jeopardy (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students play the Sky Jeopardy game to reinforce concepts learned about sun, moon, day and night and sky. Then as a reward, they nibble on round crackers to show the different phases of the moon.

  • The Water Cycle (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students name the three steps of the water cycle and define the terms evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

  • Three Bears and Three Goats in the Morning Sun (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is the sun always in the same place in the sky? This third lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 3.

  • Two Owl Eyes (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What can be seen in the night sky? This second lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, teaches students to count to ten, make predictions, and recognize the day and night sky. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 2.

  • Understanding Rotation (Authored by Dunia Fajardo.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson helps students develop a better understanding of the rotation of the earth through a hands-on experiment.

  • University Sort! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students sort and classify Gator and Seminole pasta by a variety of characteristics.

  • Up in the Sky (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students brainstorm what is in the day and night sky, as well as discover interesting facts about the sun.

  • Weather Watchers (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students observe change in daily weather conditions and recognize the consistency of weather patterns by completing a five-day observation sheet and science journal entry.

  • Weather Wonderland (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fourth lesson on weather in a unit called Weather Trackers. This lesson primarily deals with types of tools that scientists use to study weather. Students have the opportunitity to do a fun cooperative learning activity that will review other skills such as pictorial graphing.

  • Weather Wonders (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is the eighth lesson in the Unit Weather Trackers. This lesson will serve as a review for the unit's summative assessment. Students review weather concepts through interactive games, role-play and experiments

  • What Do We Need for Our Picnic? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson uses literature to stimulate the students' prior knowledge of items that would be taken on a picnic. These items are then grouped according to their physical properties.

  • What State Is It? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reviewing the states of matter and reading [Bartholomew and the Oobleck], students create some oobleck and then use the descriptions of the states of matter to categorize the oobleck.

  • What's the Matter? (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become scientists when they are actively involved in this lesson that teaches students to observe the differences between solids, liquids and gases. They will be amazed at the objects they come up with to sort in this engaging lesson.

  • What's the Texture (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students sort, classify, and write about how they sort a variety of shells.

  • What's Your Adaptation? (Authored by Brandi Gadson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gather information about the physical traits an animal has which help it survive in its environment. Using collected data, students draw illustrations with adaptation features labeled.

  • Where Have All the Plants and Animals Gone? (Authored by Sharon Ussery.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you ever wanted to add a little excitement to your classroom lesson plans? Here is your chance. Where Have All the Plants and Animals Gone? is a 13 day lesson plan that teaches the students about habitats through the Internet and PowerPoint.

  • Where the Wild Things Live (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In groups of 4-5, students will use literature to research a particular habitat. Each group will then create a collage portraying their habitat.

  • Who's on Top? Building a Food Chain (Authored by Donna Moody.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After discussing food chains and how living things depend upon one another for survival, students participate in building a living food chain from the smallest animal to the largest.

  • Whooo's in the Nest? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: During a weeklong writing workshop, students illustrate a family of owls and write about their owl family. Students draft a five sentence expository writing essay, revise in peer editing groups, and publish their work.

  • Wonderful Water (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn by doing! An experiment will help the children understand that water is more than just wet! This lesson is a great prerequisite lesson for the water cycle and should be taught after students have explored solids, liquids and gases.

  • Your Song (Authored by Diane Weiner.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create an instrument to demonstrate their understanding of how the science of vibrations is used to create sounds.

  • Yum Yum – What Animals Eat (Authored by Kimberly Perez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you ever wondered what animals eat? Children enjoy learning more about animals by cutting out animal pictures and placing the animals into the categories of omnivore, herbivore or carnivore.

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