Curriculum Connection

K-5 Science and/or Social Studies -April 2021

Kindergarten Science


Organisms Impact on Environments

In this scope, students will learn how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.



Things Change- Activity

In this activity, students organize a set of picture cards to show how animals change their environment.

Beaver Dam- Engineering Solution

Students design a solution that will block a river to create a pond that will provide a place for a family of beavers to build a home.

Plant Needs

In this scope, students will learn to describe patterns of what plants need to survive.

Water Me- Scientific Investigation

Students observe how taking away the basic need of water will affect plant growth and survival.

Shine a Light on Me-Scientific Investigation

Students observe how taking away the basic needs of light will affect plant growth and survival.

1st Grade Science

Animal Survival

In this scope, students will learn how animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet all of their needs.

Hmmm... I'm Hungry-Activity

In this activity, students use their sense of smell to identify substances that remind them of food versus smells that are unpleasant or dangerous.

Survivor-Activity

Students match cards to discover ways animals use their body parts to respond to their environments to grow and survive.

Plant Survival

Students will learn how plants use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet all of their needs.

Growing Sideways-Scientific Investigation

In this investigation, students observe how a plant grows toward the Sun.

Growing Spuds-Scientific Investigation

In this activity, students will explore how potato sprouts behave in a warm, moist environment versus a cold, dry environment.

2nd Grade Science

Properties and States of Matter

In this scope, students will learn to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.

Melting Snowman- Activity

Students explore changing states of matter by adding and taking away heat.

Mystery Balloons-Activity

Students explore unknown objects and substances inside balloons in order to list their physical properties and determine their state of matter.

Properties and States of Matter- Inquiry Investigation

Students will work in groups to design and conduct an investigation about the observable properties of matter or the states of matter.

3rd Grade Social Studies

Social Studies Unit 4: Economy and Government of Missouri

  • Overview of Unit:

    Students will learn how the economy and local government works in Missouri.

    Essential Questions:

    • Why is the Missouri Constitution important to the citizens of Missouri?
    • Why are the branches of government important to our state?
    Enduring Understanding/Big Ideas:
    • I can explain major purposes of the Missouri Constitution.
    • I can explain and give examples of how governments balance individual rights with common good to solve local community or state issues.
    • I can identify and explain the functions of the three branches of government in the state government.
    • I can recognize and explain the significance of Missouri symbols, such as the Gateway Arch, Official state symbols, etc.

4th Grade- Science

Science Unit 3: Physical Science: Part 2: Wavelength and Amplitude

Student Wondering:

How do amplitude and wavelength affect the motion of objects?

Explore 1: Wave Challenge

Students will use a model to observe amplitude and wavelength.

Explore 2: Waves and Motion

Students will investigate how wavelength and amplitude affect the motion of objects.

Explore 3: Waves in the Earth

Students will use the scientific knowledge they have gained as well as the 21st Century Skill of collaboration to design and construct a simple seismograph.

Science Unit 3: Physical Science: Part 2: Light Reflection

Student Wondering:

How are we able to see things?

Explore 1: Bull's-Eye!

In this activity, students will investigate reflection and how light travels to reflect a light beam around the room in an attempt to hit a bulls-eye in the least amount of time.

Explore 2: Let There Be Light!

In this activity, students will observe objects with and without light to determine which is easier to see.

Explore 3: Periscope

Students will use the scientific knowledge they gained as well as the 21st Century Skill of collaboration to design and construct a model to use to see an object hidden behind a wall.

5th Grade Science

Science Unit 4: Earth and Space Science Part 2: Earth's Systems Interactions

Student Wondering:

Students will use the scientific knowledge they gained as well as the 21st Century Skill of collaboration to design and construct a model to use to see an object hidden behind a wall.

Explore 1: The Four Spheres of Earth

Students work in groups to build a diorama highlighting the different spheres of Earth.

Explore 2: System Interactions

Students create a model to see how different earth spheres interact.

Explore 3: Modeling the Systems

Students work in groups to design a model illustrating how two of the following systems interact: the atmosphere, the biosphere, the geosphere, and the hydrosphere.

Science Unit 4: Earth and Space Science Part 2: Water Sources

Student Wondering:

How are so many different kinds of animals able to live in the ocean?

Explore 1: The Four Spheres of Earth

Students make a diorama of the 4 spheres of the earth.

Explore 2: Ocean Ecosystems

Students match organisms to which ocean ecosystem they belong in.