NE Unified K-5 Science Curriculum
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Overview of Instructional Segments for Kindergarten
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SEGMENT
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Plant and Animal Needs
Students observe plants and animals directly and through books and media to discover patterns in what they need to survive.

They distinguish between plants and animals based on these needs.

They describe how organisms meet their needs using resources from their surroundings.
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Plants and Animals Change Their Environment
Students gather evidence about how organisms can directly change their environment.

They focus especially on human impacts by gathering information about ways to reduce those impacts.

They communicate their solutions.
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Weather Patterns
Students observe the weather to spot patterns in the rhythm of the seasons and of the day.

They investigate the effects of the Sun on the Earth and design a shade shelter.
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Pushes and Pulls
Students explore how pushes and pulls speed objects up, slow them down, or change their direction.

They design solutions to schoolyard challenges such as moving heavy boxes and protecting a block structure from an oncoming ball.
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