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|Grade Level:||Elementary School
For the littlest scientists, the whole wide world can be a laboratory for learning. Nurture their natural curiosity with A Head Start on Science, a treasury of 89 hands-on science activities specifically for children ages 3 to 6.
The activities are grouped into seven stimulating topic areas: the five senses, weather, physical science, critters, water and water mixture, seeds, and nature walks.
Because the activities have been field-tested by more than a thousand Head Start teachers over 10 years, you’ll find this collection unusually easy to use in a variety of settings, including elementary schools, pre-K programs, and day care. In addition to clear background and a helpful materials list, you get step-by-step procedures and help preparing for comments and questions children may pose. Each activity ends with a reproducible Family Science Connection—in both English and Spanish—to send home so the whole family can share a learning experience that’s both simple and pleasant.
Thanks to a focus on the fun of exploration and discovery, children probably won’t be the only ones who find these activities irresistible. As Editor Bill Ritz writes in the Introduction, “We hope your own sense of wonder will be heightened as you observe children and as their curiosity leads them to answer their own questions about everything they see, hear, smell, and touch.”
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Scientific habits of mind
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Informal Educator, Learner, Parent, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Cultural awareness, Curriculum, Educational research, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Parent involvement, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
About the Editor
Section 1: The Senses
Useful Hand Lenses
Looking at Me
Light to See
Sound: Shake, Rattle, and Roll
A Sound Walk
A Touch Collage
Matching by Touch
Section 2: Weather
A Wind Walk
A Windy Day
Air That Moves
Shadows on My Playground
Where Did the Shadows Go?
What Is the Weather Like Today?
Snow Tracks and Traces
Snow on the Go
Keeping Warm: Coats
Section 3: Physical Science
Magnetic Scavenger Hunt
Magnetic Force Through Objects
The Magnet Contest: Which Magnet Is Stronger?
My Favorite Rock
All Kinds of Rocks
Building With Blocks
Will It Roll?
Bubbles Raising Raisins
Section 4: Critters
Critters: Observing Earthworms
Critters: Jumping Crickets
Critters: Swimming Fish
Making a Giant Spiderweb
Looking for Birds
Feeding the Birds
Building Bird Nests
Section 5: Water and Water Mixtures
Looking Through Water
Water Drops as Art
Section 6: Seeds
Seeds in Our Food
Where Do Seeds Come From?
How Are Seeds Alike?
Seeds to Plants
An Ear of Corn
Popping Up Some Change
Seeds as Food
Pondering Pumpkins: The Outsides
Pondering Pumpkins: The Insides
Section 7: Nature Walks
Adopting a Tree
Visit to a Nursery
Leaves: Falling for You!
“Head Start Child Outcomes Framework”
“A Head Start on Science” Project Staff and Other Collaborators
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment. (K-4)
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (K-4)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
- Select teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding and nurture a community of science learners.
- Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
- Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
||Great Resource for Teaching Young Scientists!
||Reviewed by: Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA) on April 11, 2011
||This book offers an excellent collection of lessons for teaching young students about scientific principles. The book is broken down into major subject areas including senses, weather, physical science, critters, water, seeds, and nature walks. Each lesson has a detailed lesson plan including literature connections, center connections, and follow-up activities. Each unit also has a home connection letter, and even includes Spanish translations of the letters. This is an excellent book that will undoubtedly help elementary teachers set-up an outstanding science program!
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