Classroom: Buttercup

Teachers: Jennifer Reed

Curriculum: Natural Science: Botany & Zoology



  • Living vs. Non-Living
  • Study food cycles and photosynthesis- what do various animals eat? How do plants eat?
  • What are basic needs for animals/plants to live- food, water, shelter
  • Pumpkin activities- painting, washing, carving/scooping; parts of a pumpkin; pumpkin life cycle
  • Harvestfest
  • Phonetic sounds of the week: d, e, f, g, h


  • Introduction to botany
  • Study parts of a tree, leaf, and flower
  • What kinds of plants do we see often in Washington?
  • Plant seeds inside for children to see how seeds grow roots and sprout
  • Plant bulbs outside for springtime flowers
  • Children will take part in caring for plants in our own classroom
  • Activities: leaf rubbing, seed/plant matching
  • Introduce a “nature table” into our classroom
  • Phonetic sounds of the week: h, i, j, k, l


  • Introduction to zoology
  • Animal classification- vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Introduction to vertebrates groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish)
  • Animal homes: which animals live where, and why
  • Holiday card and activities
  • Phonetic sounds of the week: m, n


  • Focus on mammals and birds
  • Compare and contrast- homes, food, babies
  • Parts of a mammal and parts of a bird
  • Learn about mammals and birds in Washington
  • Phonetic sounds of the week: o, p, q, r, s


  • Focus on Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Compare and contrast and review differences between mammals and birds; homes, food, babies, etc…
  • Parts of a reptile and parts of an amphibian
  • Learn about reptiles and amphibians in Washington
  • Phonetic sounds of the week: s, t, u, v, w


  • Focus on fish
  • Compare and contrast to previous 4 animal vertebrate classifications
  • Learn about fish in Washington
  • Introduction to Invertebrates groups (crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, insects and arachnids)- how are they different than what we have been studying?
  • Focus on crustaceans, mollusks and echinoderms
  • Learn the parts of a fish, parts of a crustacean, parts of a mollusk, and parts of an echinoderm
  • Phonetic sounds of the week: w, x, y, z


  • Focus on insects
  • This month we will do a special unit on caterpillars and butterflies
  • Learn the parts of an insect, and specifically the parts of a butterfly
  • Study the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly
  • We will have our Butterfly Pavilion set up to watch live caterpillars form a chrysalis and transform into butterflies
  • We will also start looking for our bulbs that we planted in November to bloom
  • Phonograms of the week: sh (as in ‘shell’), ch (as in ‘chair’), th (as in ‘thumb’), ph (as in ‘phone’)


  • Finish studying insects, continue to look for our butterflies to transform
  • Keep watching for the bulbs that we planted in November to bloom
  • Focus on arachnids
  • Parts of a spider
  • Study different kinds of spiders, the life cycle of a spider, and how they help us
  • Work towards mastering Animal Classification, now that all groups have had an individual focus
  • Mother’s Day cards, activity
  • Science experiments will replace sound of the week


  • Review zoology and botany curriculum materials
  • Father’s Day card activity
  • Carnival