Science and Technology

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:         Science                                                   

Grade:     Kindergarten

Unit:  K.4  Science & Technology                              

Pacing:      7 weeks

Essential Question(s):

(Priority Standard 3)

  • Would you rather live in a house made of sticks or a house made of bricks?
  • Which would keep you warm and dry, your own house or a bird’s nest?

Big Idea(s):

(Priority Standard 3)

Shelters provide protection for both humans and animals.


CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

3. Compare and contrast the materials used by humans and animals to build shelters.


Supporting Standards

1. Conduct simple tests to compare the properties of different materials and their usefulness for making roofs, windows, walls or floors (e.g. waterproof, transparent, strong).


2. Seek information in books, magazines and pictures that describe materials used to build shelters by people in different regions of the world.



“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


   (Priority Standard 3)

  • Animal shelters
  • Human shelters
  • Waterproof
  • Transparent
  • Strong
  • Materials
  • Natural
  • Man-made






(Priority Standard 3)


  • Conduct simple tests to compare properties of materials  and their usefulness for building shelters
  • Describe materials used for shelters in different regions of the world
  • Compare/contrast materials to build animal/human shelters














Instructional Planning

March – April  (7 weeks)

Foss Wood and Paper Kit – Investigation 5 - Constructions

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Foss Wood and Paper Kit, various types of wood, wax paper, dropper, paper towel rolls, shoe boxes, oaktag

Nature Walks – Look for nests, anthills, beehives


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Whole Group

Small Group and/or partner experimentation

One-on-one Strategies with Para


Pocket Charts

Review: i.e. picture and/or word cards

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

shelters, animal, human, waterproof, transparent, strong, materials, natural, man-made, bottom, base, side, top, horizontal, vertical, overlap


Wood and Paper – Foss Science Stories for Kindergarten

A House Is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman

The Three Little Pigs

Math –

The students will sort materials by size and arrange to make a building.

Art –

The students will design and create a house.

Language Arts –

The Three Little Pigs