Green Unit Science
Explore things that are green.
Can you see the frog?
Remember how you played a frog game yesterday? Today we will be doing more learning with frogs. Watch this video about frogs. What do frogs do to say, “Don’t eat me!”? What helps frogs climb up things well? Do you remember the word for what frogs do to help them blend in to the things around them and hide?
This is the last day that we will be learning about frogs. Frogs start out in soft jelly-like eggs. Baby frogs look like little fish, and they are called tadpoles. These little tadpoles start to grow legs. Then they grow up to be frogs. Play this game about the life of a frog to see how they grow.
Science today is completed by observing the world around you and finding shapes in real life. You can discuss with your student what observation means, and why that is important in science.
-Break Day for Science-
(Sometimes when introducing larger core Math and Language Arts topics, we take a brief break from Science and Social Studies until the core subject is done being introduced. We are taking a break to focus on learning about shapes.)
Discuss observation again when looking at the flags. Have the children observe different types of flags, and ask them to make an educated guess on why the flags are different in each country. What might the different flags mean?
We get to meet the kindergarten class pets today. They are a family of giraffes that live at the Houston Zoo. Have someone read to you about them here. The great thing about the zoo that our class giraffes live at is that they have a webcam in the giraffe home. This means that you can watch your giraffes live anytime you want! They won’t always be in their pin (they have to sleep just like us) but when they are outside you will see them on this webcam. Sometimes you will need to check on our class giraffes and describe what they’re doing. Can you do that right now? Are the giraffes out? How many of them are out right now? What are they doing?
A few years ago one of our class giraffes was born. Watch this video of him when he was only one day old. Isn’t it funny that he’s already taller than the zookeeper and he’s just a baby? What was the giraffe acting like? If it was your job to name the baby giraffe what would you name him?
Here is another video of one of our class giraffes at the Houston Zoo trying to reach some leaves. Is his tongue short or long? What color is his tongue? What kind of food is he reaching for? What does this tell us about what grown-up giraffes eat?
What do you think about our Kindergarten class pets?
Watch this video about some men that have a really scary job, cleaning the windows on the tallest building in the world! How did they keep from falling? Do you think you could do what they do? What’s the tallest building you’ve ever seen?
Baby sheep are called lambs. Watch this video about a little lamb that was just born on this farm. Are baby lambs fast or slow? When do they start walking? What else did you learn about lambs?
Today we will be talking about elephants! With an adult go through this National Geographic page about African elephants. Read the facts, look at the pictures, listen to the audio clips, and watch the video of the baby elephant. Describe what you learned about elephants. What is your favorite thing about them?
In your Green Book color the Murano Glass vase. Decorate it with your favorite colors. Explain to someone how they made the glass in Murano.
Have you ever heard the word “nocturnal”? Nocturnal animals stay awake at night and sleep during the day, the opposite of humans! For the next three days we will be learning about nocturnal animals.
Find the hidden nocturnal animals.
Play this game about nocturnal animals to see how they see at night.
Make an “Itsy Bitsy Bat Book”. Color it and learn the facts about bats.
Listen to this song about fireflies.
Today we will be learning about the moon! The moon is out at night with nocturnal animals.
Watch this three part documentary about the moon. Tell someone that didn’t watch the video three things that you learned about the moon.
Here is a page with moon crafts. If you would like to, pick one to do.
-Science Break Day-
Have you ever seen a hermit crab? They live in the sand at the beach.
Watch this video about 5 facts about hermit crabs. What were the five facts?
-Science Break Day-
Go over the parts of an apple.
Watch this animation on the life cycle of an apple. How does an apple become an apple tree?
Today we are learning about ants. Watch this video about ants.
Learn about bears! What do brown bears eat? Do brown bears live where you live?
There are many types of bears. Look at these pictures of bears.
Here is a hot air balloon racing game. Notice that the hot air makes the balloon go higher, and letting the hot air out with the air vent makes it go lower. Hot air from a flame is how hot air balloons fly.
This is a Siamese Crocodile jigsaw puzzle. Practice your problem solving skills.
Look at this picture of a baby crocodile. Are you surprised by how small they are?
Watch this video about what is different, and what is the same, between little cats and big cats. What are some things that little cats and big cats do that are the same?
Look at this picture of different kinds of cats.
Ducks lay eggs like chickens do. Look at how similar duck and chicken eggs are. Which egg on the chart is the biggest? Which is the smallest?
There are many types of ducks. What are the colors of the different duck’s feathers?
Watch this silly song about 20 different kinds of dogs.
Read this page and look at the pictures of bald eagles. Are bald eagles really bald? What do they eat? How many eggs do they lay?
Watch this video about bald eagles.
Read this page about electric eels. What are three things you learned about them?