Saturday, February 13, 2010

New York City Kindergarten Science Scope & Sequence

Below is the NYC Kindergarten Science Scope & Sequence for the last third of the school year provided by the Department of Education. Gifted and Talented acceleration will be provided in The Roosevelt Island School K003 class through curriculum compacting and differentiation of instruction to maximize learning for advanced students. 
What are animals?
Identify the basic needs of organisms to live and thrive:
- Needs of animals to live and thrive (e.g., air, water, food, shelter)
- Living things grow and change
Observe and compare the different structures that enable each animal to live and thrive:
- Wings, legs, fins, eyes, nose, ears, tongue, skin, claws, etc.
Make clear that nonliving things do not live and thrive.
Recognize that living things have offspring and that offspring closely resembles its parents:
- Dogs/puppies, cats/kittens, caws/calves, ducks/ducklings, frogs/tadpoles
Observe physical animal characteristics that are influenced by changing environmental conditions such as:
- coat thickness in winter, rabbits changing fur color, shedding of fur
Observe that some animal behaviors are influenced by environmental conditions:
- Nest building, hibernation, migration
Complete New York State Elementary Science Core Curriculum is available online.

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