At the Kindergarten level, science is a foundational subject introducing students to the world around them. A strong kindergarten science curriculum should include the study of science vocabulary. When students see how kindergarten science terms are relevant to real life contexts, they are better equipped to make sense of their newly acquired scientific knowledge.
VocabularySpellingCity makes this connection through comprehensive kindergarten science word lists. Each list contains the most common vocabulary terms used in the presentation of each particular science concept. Seven categories are covered, both at a glance (see “Summary Lists” below) and in depth: Scientific Inquiry, Matter, Energy, Motion, Space, Earth, and Life Science.
Kindergarten Science Lists
Learning to use and understand fundamental vocabulary words from these science areas at the kindergarten level helps students succeed when advancing to First Grade science and beyond. The science games and activities are a great way to complement any kindergarten science curriculum. The straightforward definitions provide students with the necessary comprehension, as they begin exploring how the world works through science.
Students can be successful in science through the study, review, and drill and practice of elementary science terms used in context-rich sentences. Kindergartners love the interactive animated kindergarten science games, online review, and computer-based tests. Learning science can be so much fun!
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Kindergarten Science Vocabulary
Words at a Glance
Kindergarten Scientific Inquiry
Actions: classify, combine, decrease, increase, alter, respond, freeze, melt, boil prevent, contract, expand, separate, mix, thaw, change, produce, grow, explore, create, sort, add, subtract, attempt, definite, imprint, magnify, map, share
Appearance: rough, appearance, color, combination, luster, shape size, smooth, texture, circle, circular, dull, rectangle, characteristics, shiny, surface, soft, straight, triangle
Behavior: made up of, characteristics, composition, gas, liquid, solid, temperature, heat, rust, cold, float, hot, magnetic, sink, slide, stronger, warm, weaker, observe
Direction: east, left, north, right, south, west, backward, direction, down, up, zigzag, across, back, angle, far, farther, forward, in front, through
Position: high, position, around, behind, outside, between, center, over, under,east, inside, left, location, north, below, above, right, south, west, away, bottom, close, closer, front, low, middle, near, next to, top
Properties: gas, liquid, solid, takes up space, mass, phase, property, science, material, matter, mixture, object, substance, volume, made up of
The Scientific Method: graph, record data, relationship, sequence, tally chart, compare, observe, test, measure, scientific method, bar graph, analyze, control, data, experiment, hypothesize, observation, variable, make conclusions, describe, investigate, science, teamwork, communicate, identify, imagine , pattern , predict, problem, trials
The Changes in Matter: alter, boil, evaporate, condense, freeze, melt, separate, combine, change, condensation, evaporation, phase, physical change, vibrate, dissolve, matter
The Properties of Matter: appearance, atom, color, dull, light, made up of, physical property, shiny, smooth, weight, takes up space, solid, shine, mixture, mass, liquid, hot, definite, cold, characteristics, composition, luster, matter, mix, property, rough, sink, size, texture, volume
Energy Resources: coal, fossil, gasoline, nonrenewable, plastic, resource , rubber, renewable , wind energy, fossil fuel, natural gas, energy, gas, recycle, reduce, reuse, rust, wood, battery
Light & Heat:absorb, heat, reflect, solar energy, temperature, light, light waves, refract, electricity
Direction Words: east, left , north, right, south, west, distance, across, direction, farther, backward, circular, forward, straight, through, up, zigzag, down
Force: attract, friction, horseshoe magnet, magnet, magnetism, movement, position, repel, away, force, iron, magnetic, metal, nonmagnetic, pull, ring magnet, bar magnet, gravity, location, magnetic field, motion, nonmetal, push
Position Words: east, left, north, right, south, west, inside, near, outside, above, location words, around, back, between, close, far, front, high, middle, under,behind, below, in front, bottom, center, closer, low, next to, over, top
Simple Machines: fixed point, inclined plane, level, rod, simple machine, wedge, fulcrum, machine, pulley, ramp, screw, wheel and axle, work
Kindergarten Space Science
The Moon: mass, gravity, motion, orbit, surface, calendar, waning, waxing, moon, beaming, first quarter moon, full moon, lunar, new moon, phase, reflect, shimmer, third quarter moon
The Planet Earth: mass, gravity, surface, gas, earth, environment, equator, sky, south pole, north pole, motion, orbit, revolve, night, poles, spaceship, time, autumn, seasons, day, fall, month, spring, summer, sunshine, winter
The Sun: mass, gas, heat energy, hot, light energy, light waves, shiny, Milky Way Galaxy, sun, revolve, heat, energy, light ray, galaxy, shine, solar system, space, star, sunlight, universe
The Universe: galaxy, light waves, Milky Way Galaxy, orbit, planets, star, sunlight, surface, time, universe
Kindergarten Earth Science
History of the Earth: earth, equator, expand, fossil, glacier, melt, movement, oxygen, rain, water
Resources: air pollution, garbage , heat energy, nonrenewable, nutrients, renewable , resource, oil, reuse, gas, fossil fuel, smog, water, wind energy, oxygen
Structures: core, flood, land, lava, mineral, movement, ocean, rock, stream, weathering, crust, earth, erosion, landform, mantle, mining, nonmetal, oil, sand, valley, cycle, earthquake, fossil fuels, glacier, lake, landslide, metal, mountain, river, volcano
The Water Cycle: water, cloud, melt, accumulation, condensation, evaporate, evaporation, water cycle
The Weather: air, cloud, heat , precipitation , sunshine, storm, sun, weather patterns, flood, hail, hot, rain, temperature, thaw, tropical climate, weather, melt, snow, sleet, sunlight, wind
Kindergarten Life Science
Animal Body Parts: claw, fin, flipper, fur, gills, paw, scale, tail
Animal Types: animal, zoology, amphibian, fish, mammal, reptile, bird, insect
Birds: beak, bird, egg, feather, fly, hatch, wing, talon
Body Functions: backbone, breathe, see, hear, jaw, lungs, feel, sense, skin
Ecosystems: conservation, ecosystem, endangered, location, nutrients, shelter, sunlight, pond, habitat, desert, forest, grassland, lake, ocean, river
Metamorphosis: wing, butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis, pupa, larva, metamorphosis
Plants: fruit, plant, seedling, soil, sprout, sunlight
Resources: conservation, environment, pollution, recover, resource, farm, recycle, air pollution, reduce, reuse, water, water cycle, water pollution, nutrient
The Environment: community, forest, ocean, pond, population, river, sand, land
The Food Chain: carnivore, consumer, energy, herbivore, predator, prey, producer, food chain
The Life Cycle: organism, growth, inherit, offspring, parent, life cycle, life form, trait
The Needs of Living Things: basic needs, oxygen, nutrients, water, living, nonliving, energy
The Parts of a Plant: flower, leaves, root, seed, stem, tree
The Weather: rain, water, water cycle, sunlight, climate , cloud, cold, wind
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