Animals in the Neighborhood
provides opportunities for children to focus on animal life in their neighborhood. They will investigate a variety of wild animals that live around them and how their needs are met within their habitat. They will investigate animals that people keep as pets and compare and contrast these with wild animals. They will also investigate animals that are kept on a farm to further understand the interactions and relationships between people and animals. Through their participation in these hands-on activities children will create appropriate habitats for certain animals and provide care of them, become familiar with the characteristics of certain animals and compare them with one another, and learn to treat all living things with respect. During language and literacy activities, children will learn the purposes of parts of a book, such as the title, table of contents, page numbers and the cover illustration. Math activities will provide experiences in solving number problems using props, writing number sentences, and making and analyzing data on charts and graphs. Animals 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.
Becoming Familiar with the Structure of ScienceStart! Lesson Plans
The following link contains an overview of the month long ScienceStart! unit Animals 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.