Reviewed by Lois Spangler
Second Grade Science Teacher
These AIMS Activities integrate math and science for kindergartners and first graders. They provide a wide variety of activities from songs to mobiles. The activities are very appropriate for the exploration of the natural world at this age.
A thorough lesson plan is provided for each activity, complete with the following information: topic, key question, learning goal, guiding documents (Benchmarks and Standards), science process skills, materials list, management, procedures, connecting learning, curriculum coordination, and Internet connections. Lesson plans also include printable student activity sheets.
What on Earth? is divided into the following sections/concepts:
- Resources—The Earth has resources that are used to make all kinds of things. Resources can be conserved by recycling, reusing, and reducing their consumption.
- Rocks and Soils—Rocks and soils have observable properties.
- Water—Water is found in oceans, lakes, ponds, and rivers.
- Changes—Earth’s surface can quickly change due to hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and wind and wave action.
- Day/Night—The sun and moon are objects in the sky that have repeating patterns of movement.
- Seasons—The seasons form a repeating pattern. The changes in weather help determine our clothing and activities.
A CD comes with the book, which contains the printable pages as well as lovely photographs of lakes, oceans, rivers, streams, creeks, waterfalls, and swamps. K–1 classroom teachers, as well as special education teachers and K–4 teachers using differentiated instruction, will find this book useful.
Review posted on 5/23/2012