contains 20 complete science lesson plans, daily suggestions for language and literacy lessons, daily math lessons, and weekly suggestions for activities to be included in all areas of center-based play. Autumn Science
provides opportunities for children to participate in multiple activities using common fall materials and to talk with adults and other children as they do so. They will actively participate in the science cycle, making predictions, comparing them with findings, and reporting results. New vocabulary words used in the context of the science activities are introduced. Children will begin to understand how to sort and categorize materials by their characteristics and how to follow simple patterns. Additionally, children participating in this month’s curriculum will engage in several long-term investigations, keeping track of their data using charts and graphs. Later, children will reflect on their data to create beginning explanations of real-world phenomena like weather, migration, and seasonal changes taking place around them.
Becoming Familiar with the Structure of ScienceStart! Lesson Plans
The following link contains an overview of the month long ScienceStart! unit Autumn Science. The overview describes the topic of each lesson, the children’s book that is used as part of the science cycle for the lesson, and the literacy and math highlights for each week.
To view four different samples of complete one day lesson plans from our monthly units please visit Sample Daily Lesson Plans. Each day’s lesson plan is structured in the same way, with three pages that describe how to teach the lesson.
· The first page provides an overview of the lesson and a list of open-ended questions that can be used in discussing the topic.
· The second page provides suggestions for incorporating instruction in language and literacy into the lesson.
· The third page offers guidelines for using the science inquiry cycle as a framework for investigating the topic as well as a sidebar with suggested math activities.