Living Things in the Neighborhood
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. Children will investigate the characteristics of living things found in their own neighborhood and participate in multiple activities comparing living and non-living things. Additionally, they will become familiar with the science cycle, understand how to make a prediction and compare it with findings, become familiar with new vocabulary words used in the context of the science activities, and begin learning to sort and categorize materials by their characteristics. Each day, a book will be read aloud and children will be supported in relating the book's content to the science concepts being explored. This read-aloud will also provide a context for developing print-awareness and learning letter-sound correspondence.
Becoming Familiar with the Structure of ScienceStart! Lesson Plans
The following link contains an overview of the month long ScienceStart! unit Living Things in the Neighborhood. 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.