My School and My Friends
is designed for use at the beginning of the school year. The activities introduce children to their classmates, classroom materials, and the processes involved in doing science. Children participate in multiple activities to get to know one another and build relationships that will last throughout the year. Additionally, they become familiar with the science cycle, understand how to make a prediction, compare predictions with findings, and become familiar with new vocabulary words used in the context of the science activities. My School and My Friends
contains 20 complete science lesson plans, daily suggestions for language and literacy lessons, daily math lessons, and weekly suggestions for materials and activities to be included in all areas of center-based play.
Becoming Familiar with the Structure of ScienceStart! Lesson Plans
The following link contains an overview of the month long ScienceStart! unit My School and My Friends. 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.
View My School and My Friends Curriculum Overview
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.