STEM Lab Kindergarten   (#5020070)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

Special Notes: 

This course offers students an opportunity to deepen science, mathematics, engineering, and technology skills.  The primary content focus will be to expand knowledge of current grade level standards in mathematics and science by applying that content in a real world, hands-on situation involving engineering and technology.  For kindergarten, themes will focus on the investigation of number sense, measurement, geometry, earth science, and physical science concepts.

Students will participate in various hands-on STEM activities in this supplemental course to assist in the mastery of current grade level mathematics and science standards.

Instructional Practices 
Teaching from a range of complex text is optimized when teachers in all subject areas implement the following strategies on a routine basis:

  1. Ensuring wide reading from complex text that varies in length.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Emphasizing text-specific complex questions, and cognitively complex tasks, reinforce focus on the text and cultivate independence.
  4. Emphasizing students supporting answers based upon evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Science and Engineering Practices (NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, 2010)

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering).
  • Developing and using models.
  • Planning and carrying out investigations.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking.
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering).
  • Engaging in argument from evidence.
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English Language Learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in science and math.  For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success.  The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills.  To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:  http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SC.pdf.

For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at sala@fldoe.org.

General Information

Course Number: 5020070
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: STEM LAB K
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Status: Course Approved

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Washing Hands: Counting to 20:

Learn how to wash your hands and count to 20 in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sorting Shapes:

Learn to sort and identify two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes in this carnival-themed interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sweet Sorting:

Practice sorting, counting, and comparing by visiting the Sorting Sweet Shop in this candy-themed, interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Farm Baby Rescue Part 1: Up and Down Positions:

Learn different types of up and down positions to rescue eight chicks in this farm-themed, interactive tutorial. Relative positions include up and down, top and bottom, over, on, and under, and above and below.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Gravity: Ouch! My Head!:

Come explore gravity and what gravity is in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Moon Time:

Learn all about the Moon and how it can be seen at night and in the daytime in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Circus Fun: The Search for Circles:

Learn the attributes, or characteristics, of a circle in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Search for Shapes: Recognizing Rectangles and Squares:

Identify and name rectangles and squares based on their defining attributes, even if they have different sizes or positions. Join King Geo and his scout, Quad, as they search for rectangles and squares in this interactive tutorial. 

This is part of a series on the defining attributes of shapes. Click the links below.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Search for Shapes: Exploring Hexagons:

Help find hexagons based on their defining attributes for King Geo in this interactive tutorial. Learn what makes a hexagon a hexagon.

This is part of a series on the defining attributes of shapes. Click the links below.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Search for Shapes: Tracking Triangles:

Track down triangles based on their defining attributes for King Geo in this interactive tutorial.  Learn what makes a triangle a triangle.

This is part of a series on the defining attributes of shapes. Click the links below.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Daytime and Nighttime:

Look at the daytime and nighttime and what makes each time special as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sun in the Sky: Daytime:

Look at the connection between the Sun and the sky during the daytime as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Counting on by Ones When Given Any Number From 0 through 20:

Practice counting on by ones from a given number zero through twenty, as you help Miranda and Jacob in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Shape Factory with Robbie the Robot:

Learn to combine simple shapes to compose larger shapes with Robbie the Robot in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Count a Group of 0 to 5 Objects:

Help Gabriella and Olivia count groups of objects from 0 to 5 in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Building Shapes With Becca:

Help Becca identify and build shapes that you see in the world around you as you complete this interactive tutorial.

 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Briana's Shape Playground:

Learn how to identify the similarities and differences in the number of sides of two-dimensional shapes in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Counting by Ones:

Join Thomas and count to twenty by ones.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

I Can Count... By Ones to Ten:

Learn to count to ten by ones with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Educational Games

Curious George - Blast Off!:

Help George count backwards to launch a rocket.

Type: Educational Game

Curious George - Bubble Pop:

Count along with George by popping bubbles from his bath. You can pop the bubbles by counting out loud with George if your computer has a microphone. If your computer does not have a microphone, you can click on the bubbles to count!

Type: Educational Game

Is it 2D or 3D?:

Score points by sorting 2D and 3D shapes into the correct basket as they fly by. Lose points if you answer incorrectly.

Type: Educational Game

Lily-pad Jumper:

Help Froggy jump to the other side of the pond! Start with Froggy's number and click the lily-pad with the next higher number.

Type: Educational Game

Match the 2D Shape:

Play the concentration game. Match the 2D shape to the correct name.

Type: Educational Game

Curious George - Flower Garden:

Flowers are popping up everywhere! Help George keep track of how many there are by counting with him.

Type: Educational Game

Curious George - Hide and Seek:

Help George search for hidden numerals, number words, and animals in this hide-and-seek game.

Type: Educational Game

Curious George - Count with George and Allie:

Count along as Allie counts up to 20 objects in a counting book for George.

Type: Educational Game

Estimate and Measure - Sticky Math!:

This is an educational game in which the student manipulates sticky buns to estimate and measure baking pans. The site features a kid's voice that walks the student through math explanations, game directions, and tips for estimating and measuring objects.

Type: Educational Game

Educational Software / Tool

Hundreds Chart:

A printable hundreds chart featuring a 10x10 table numbered 1 to 100. (found on Illuminations website under "Trading for Quarters")

Type: Educational Software / Tool

Presentation/Slideshow

Counting- A World of Numbers :

In this lessons students will use this accessible, easy-to-read book that shows objects up to ten. It can be downloaded and used with PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash. It can be used on the Intellikeys keyboard with a custom overlay, or even used with 1-3 switches.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

Tutorial

Measuring length with no gaps or overlaps:

In this video tutorial from Khan Academy, called, "Measuring a golden statue", we see an example of how to solve a problem in which we measure an object with same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animations

100's Day:

What does 100 look like? Sound like? Feel like? In this video from Teacher's Domain, Curious George helps students explore the many ways to measure 100 things.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Explore a Model of Earth's Yearly Revolution Around the Sun:

This is a video clip that models Earth rotating on its axis, resulting in day and night; and Earth revolving around the sun, which happens once a year (every 365 ¼ days).

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulatives

Pattern Blocks (NLVM's grades PreK-2):

This virtual manipulative will allow the students to form different kinds of patterns. Learners will be able to describe parts in relation to a whole group. They will also be able to distinguish between characteristics of shapes.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Attribute Blocks (Identifying Attributes):

This virtual manipulative will help the learners by presenting them with variety of attributes blocks. The blocks pictured in the work space have attributes such as: sizes (large, small), shape (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon), and color (red, yellow, blue, green). Each problem presents the user with a collection of blocks within the central oval that shares a common attribute. The task is to identify the common attribute.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Hundreds Chart:

This versatile interactive applet helps students learn to skip count, practice multiplication facts, and discover number patterns. Users select the number to count by and the starting number. In Practice mode the user clicks on the respective numbers in order. In Show mode the applet displays all numbers in the chosen counting sequence immediately. In Animate mode numbers in the counting sequence are highlighted in order one at a time.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Counting on and back:

This interactive Flash applet supports the exploration of numbers to 100 by simulating a 100-bead string. A teacher or child can move all or some beads to the left or right to add and subtract. The controls allow users to move beads individually or 10 at a time to model different counting and calculation strategies. Users can hide or show the numbers represented by the beads. This applet lends itself well to use on an interactive white board. A PDF guide to this collection of teaching applets is cataloged separately.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Pattern Blocks (NLVM's grades 2-5):

This virtual manipulative offers pattern blocks of different shapes and in different colors which can be used for a range of activities. In addition, the resource offers descriptions of six example activities in the "Activities" section, and a sample lesson plan in the section "Parent/Teacher."

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Shape Tool:

This virtual manipulative allows you to create, color, enlarge, shrink, rotate, reflect, slice, and glue geometric shapes, such as: squares, triangles, rhombi, trapezoids and hexagons.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Patch Tool:

This virtual manipulative allows you to create patches and more complex figures using the provided 2-dimensional geometric shapes.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Five Frame :

This applet contains four games (How Many?, Build, Fill, and Add) that utilize a frame with five slots for students to place objects, which helps students develop counting and addition skills.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Ten Frame:

This applet contains four games (How Many?, Build, Fill, and Add) that utilize a frame with ten slots for students to place objects, which helps students develop counting and addition skills.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Shape Cutter:

This virtual manipulative allows students to draw geometric shapes and then decompose and recompose them into other shapes, using slides, turns, and flips to cut and move pieces around.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Long or Short?:

This is an interactive game where students are prompted to distinguish between a longer or shorter object. The tool increases in difficulty as the student progresses.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Okta's Rescue (Counting Success):

This applet asks students to save as many octopuses as possible before the timer runs out. A number of how many they can net is displayed in the top right, and they will use the mouse to net that amount into the tank before releasing them for the next round. When the timer is up, another screen comes up with the number of octopuses saved represented in rows of ten. Finally, students will be asked to input on a number line how many they successfully saved.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.