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Kindergarten Science Lesson Plans–2010 Science Core

The Kindergarten Science Core was published in 2010. The lesson plans for kindergarten consist of all the lesson plans that were written for the kindergarten science core taken from the 2003 Kindergarten Utah State Science Teacher Resource Book and from the Kindergarten Elementary CORE Academies taught from 2002 through 2010. They have all been written by teachers of Utah. These lesson plans are here to help you teach science where you won't need to search. If you use them and you see mistakes in the writing, content, or something is not coming through, please contact me at and I will fix them. Feedback is welcome.

The Kindergarten State Science Core is made up of four standards and seven teaching objectives. Standard 1 is not a standard that is taught by itself and therefore has no teaching objectives* (see below).  Standard 2 has three teaching objectives. Standard 3 has two teaching objectives. Standard 4 has two teaching objectives.  The lessons are under their respective teaching objectives they were written for. Some of the teaching objectives don't have lesson plans. Lesson plans will be written for these objectives as time goes on. If you have a particular lesson or resource that you want to share for this webpage, please contact me. If you have questions on a certain lesson plan, please contact me. 

Each teaching objective has an "Objective Strategy Page".  The "Objective Strategy Page" has many ideas of how to teach that objective along with vocabulary words and the way students learn those ideas. The "Objective Strategy Page" is found at the end of each standard in the resources. I am also going to try develop more lesson plans from those ideas and place them below their respective objectives.

Below is the Kindergarten State Science Core.  However, it is mixed in with the 1st Grade and 2nd Grade State Science Cores so you can see what the other two grades are teaching and how the content strands dovetail in from one grade to the next. Also, below are the big learning ideas for kindergarten and what kindergarten students should know by the end of the year.

Click on the links below to view and download your Kindergarten Utah State Science Core and other information.

Kindergarten Standards and Objectives with Descriptions of Their Learning Processes

  1. Kindergarten--Standards and Objectives
  2. Kindergarten--Big Learning Ideas
  3. Kindergarten--What Kindergarten Students Should Know

Standard 1: Intended Learning Outcomes

The Process of Science, Communication of Science, and the Nature of Science

*Standard I is not a standard that is to be taught by itself.  It is not be taught as a stand-alone content. Standard I are the Intended Learning Outcomes (process skills) that are to be woven into your teaching of Standards 2, 3, and 4.  Standard I are the prescribed skills needed to do the activities in Standards 2, 3, and 4 for students to know the processes of science, communication of science, and the nature of science. Standard I is at the first to remind teachers that as they teach Standards 2, 3, and 4, that these skills are to be used in teaching the science content. Therefore, there are no activities listed here.

Standard 2: Earth and Space Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Investigate non-living things.

There are no lesson plans for Standard 2, Objective 1 at this time.

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Observe and describe changes in day and night.

  1. All About the Sun, Day, Night, and Shadows

Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Compare changes in weather over time.

  1. Jump Into Season!
  2. Forecasting Through Senses
  3. My Senses Tell Me
  4. Five Senses and Four Seasons Quilt (1)
  5. Seasons
  6. Five Senses And Four Seasons Quilt (2)
  7. Weather Walks
  8. Favorite Season Circle Graph
  9. Claude Monet Seasonal Painting
  10. Outdoor Observation

Resources for Standard 2

  1. Standard 2, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas
  2. Standard 2, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas
  3. Standard 2, Objective 3 Strategy Page for more ideas

Standard 3: Physical Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Identify how non-living things move.

  1. Lets' Get Moving

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe parts of non-living things.

  1. Everything Has Parts

Resources for Standard 3

  1. Standard 3, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas
  2. Standard 3, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas


Standard 4: Life Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Investigate living things.

  1. Animal Growth Journal
  2. Animal Research and Report

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe parts of living things.

  1. Picking Apart Plants
  2. I can "Sense" That We Are in for a Sense-Ational Experience
  3. Let's Take "Part" in the Study of Animals
  4. Camp Paws and Claws: Pets
  5. Camp Paws and Claws & Farm Animals
  6. Bug Hunt
  7. Plants Have Parts

Resources for Standard 4

  1. Standard 4, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas
  2. Standard 4, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas