Curriculum Connection

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

Kindergarten Science

Reducing Human Impact

In this scope, students will learn human impacts earth systems but they can make choices that reduce their impacts on the land, water, air, and other living things.

Pollution Sort- Activity

In this activity, students identify how different types of pollution affect different parts of our environment.

New Home- Engineering Solution

Students design a house and road to get to their new homes while evaluating the solution with the least amount of human impact on the plants and animals in that environment.

Human Impact Game-Activity

Students play a memory game to match human impact on the environment with the reasons why those impacts occur, and they discuss ways to reduce them.

Use of Natural Resources

In this scope, students will learn humans use natural resources for everything they do.

Natural Resource Chains- Activity

Students learn about the different ways that humans use natural resources in their everyday lives to meet their needs.

What is it Made Of?- Activity

Students sort different objects based on whether they are made from plants, animals, or rocks.

Kindergarten Social Studies

Maps and Globes

In this unit, students will be reading, creating, and using maps to read about familiar places. Students will be able to identify the map and what it represents. They will be able to talk about the features of the map such as the key, compass, water, land, etc.

1st Grade Science

Animal Trait Inheritance and Variation

In this scope, students will learn young animals are very much, but not exactly like, their parents.


In this activity, students create and observe how offspring differ by incorporating various traits from both mother and father bugs.

Are You My Parents?-Activity

Students match animal babies to their parents based on their traits.

Plant Trait Inheritance and Variation

Students will learn plants are very much, but not exactly, like their parents.

Plant Babies- Activity

In this activity, students make a model showing traits that can appear in offspring.

Who Are My Parents?- Activity

In this activity, students observe images of plants and match offspring with parents.

2nd Grade Science

Changes From Heat

In this scope, students will learn heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. Sometimes these changes are reversible, and sometimes they are not.

Heat it Up!- Scientific Investigation

Students discover the effect heat has on different materials.

2nd Grade Social Studies

Economic Concepts in Our Community

In this unit, students will learn how people barter to exchange goods and services as well as how money is used to buy and sell goods and services. They will come to understand the relationship of income, labor, and wages and describe personal cost-benefit analysis. Finally, students will learn the difference between consumption and production as they relate to goods and services within our region.

3rd Grade Science: Unit 4- Physical Science

Objects and Motion

Investigative Phenomena: How do balanced and unbalanced forces affect objects?

Explore 1: Motion Stations

  • How does changing the height, mass, or distance of an object affect its motion?

Explore 2: My Motion Investigation

  • How can we test the effects of forces on objects?

Electric and Magnetic Forces

Investigative Phenomena: How do magnets interact with each other?

Explore 1: Forces in Action

  • How do magnetic forces and static electricity affect objects?

Explore 2: Magnetic Racetrack

  • How can we use magnets to move a toy car through a racetrack?

4th Grade Science: Unit 4- Plant and Animal Parts

Plant and Animal Parts

Investigative Phenomena:

What do an animal’s unique parts have to do with its survival?

Explore 1: Plant Guts

  • What are the different parts and structures of plants?

Explore 2: Interactive Model of Body Systems

  • How do our internal body structures interact to help us survive?

Explore 3: Adaptation Match Up

  • How do physical traits support an organism’s ability to survive, grow, and reproduce?

Sense Receptors

Investigative Phenomena:

How do the senses help organisms respond to different things?

Explore 1: Reactive Senses

  • How do different forms of communication help animals survive?

Explore 2: Sensing Danger

  • In what ways do animals sense and respond to danger?

5th Grade Social Studies

Unit 4: The Change in Economic, Political and Social Rights of Individuals and Groups Over Time

Overview of Unit: In this unit students will learn about the cultural impact and changing roles among Native Americans, Immigrants, African Americans, and women from 1800-2000. They will apply this knowledge to present day situations dealing with inequality and civil rights.

Essential Questions:

How have economic, political, and social rights of individuals and groups changed over time in the United States?

● How did the roles of Native Americans, Immigrants, African Americans, women, and others changed over time?

Enduring Understanding/Big Ideas:

● Analyzing how different groups of people struggled and changed throughout the 1800s-2000.

● Describing the economic, political, and social rights of individuals and groups over time.