K: Ecosystems

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Driving Question: Where do animals live and why do they live there?

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Kindergarten Crosscutting Concepts

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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Caues and Effect

Cause and Effect

Events have causes that generate observable patterns.

Systems Model

Systems Model

Systems in the natural and designed world have parts that work together.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Newton and Me

Forest Dream

Oscar and the Cricket

I Won't Eat That

The Little Snowplow

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

The Little Snowplow

Over and Under the Pond

This book can also be used for Weather and Climate.

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • K-LS1-1
    • #1 Is it Living? (USI in the Primary Grades, p. 4)
    • #2 Is it an Animal? (USI in the Primary Grades, p. 10)
    • #3 Is it a Plant? (USI in the Primary Grades, p. 16)
  • K-ESS2-2
    • Weather Predictors (USI E&ES, 2016)
  • K-ESS3-1
    • #21 Describing Soil (USI in the Primary Grades, p. 98)
    • #22 Is a Brick a Rock? (USI in the Primary Grades, p. 102)

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