Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2

by Bernard J. Nebel Author

"Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" is the product of four things: My conviction that scientific literacy, which includes both factual information and ways of thinking and reasoning, is pivotal in our addressing global environmental issues; My belief that scientific literacy can be improved by presenting science in logical, systematic increments that build thinking skills of inquiry (observation, questioning, reasoning, and interpretation) at the same time as they develop a broad base of knowledge and understanding concerning scientific facts and concepts; My background, which includes over 40 years of experience in researching, teaching, and writing about all aspects of environmental science as well as working with children; A passion for learning and teaching. "Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" is the resulting product. Lessons address all the major areas of science. Lessons build in systematic steppingstone increments so that there is a continual reinforcement and integration as learning advances. I am hopeful that this text will prove useful to teachers, homeschoolers, and parents interested in presenting science to beginning science learners, regardless of their age. I stand by to offer tutorial assistance so far as I am able. Best wishes, Dr. Nebel Bernard J. Nebel, Ph.D.


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 2nd
Outskirts Press (November 16, 2007)


  • 1 Organizing Things Into Categories
  • 2 Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • 3 Air is a Substance
  • 4 Matter I: Its Particular Nature
  • 5 Distinguishing Materials
  • 6 Magnets and Magnetic Fields
  • 7 Matter II: Air Pressure and the Earth's Atmosphere
  • 8 Air: A Mixture of Gasses (Mixtures and Chemical Reactions)
  • 9 Matter III: Evaporation and Condensation
  • 10 Matter IV: Dissolving, Solutions, and Crystallization
  • 11 Rocks, Minerals, Crystals, Dirt, and Soil
  • 12 Distinguishing Living, Natural Nonliving, and Human-made Things
  • 13 Distinguishing Between Plants and Animals: The Plant and Animal Kingdoms
  • 14 Life Cycles
  • 15 Identification of Living Things (Discerning Similarities and Differences)
  • 16 What is a Species?
  • 17 Food Chains and Adaptations
  • 18 How Animals Move I: The Skeleton and Muscle System
  • 19 How Animals Move II: Different Body Designs; Major Animal Phyla
  • 20 How Animals Move III: Coordinating Body Movements: The Nervous System
  • 21 How Animals Move IV: Energy to Run The Body
  • 22 Plant Science I: Basic Plant Structure
  • 23 Plant Science II: Germination, Seedling Growth, and Responses
  • 24 Plants, Soil, and Water
  • 25 Concepts of Energy I: Making Things Go
  • 26 Sound, Vibrations, and Energy
  • 27 Concepts of Energy II: Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • 28 Concepts of Energy III: Distinguishing Matter and Energy
  • 29 Inertia
  • 30 Friction
  • 31 Push Pushes Back
  • 32 Gravity I: The Earth's Gravity; Horizontal and Vertical
  • 33 Day and Night and the Earth's Rotation
  • 34 Reading and Drawing Maps
  • 35 North, South, East, and West
  • 36 Land Forms and Major Biomes of Earth
  • 37 Time and Earth's Turning
  • 38 Seasonal Changes and the Earth's Orbit
  • 39 Gravity II: Rate of Fall; Weightlessness In Space, and Distinction Between Mass and Weight
  • 40 Rocks and Fossils
  • 41 Resources: Developing an Overview

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