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Title: A Head Start on Science: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder
Languages: English
Source of Publisher: National Science Teachers Association
Length of article: Long
Setting for which the article is intended: Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
8. Identify and describe common attributes, patterns, and relationships in objects.
10. Begin to make predictions and collect data information.
11. Demonstrate curiosity about the world and begin to use the practices of science and engineering to answer questions and solve problems.
12. Explore concepts and information about the physical, earth, and life sciences.
13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
17. Explore geography, the child’s environment, and where people live, work, and play.
30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
8.A. Explore objects and patterns.
10.A. Generate questions and processes for answering them.
10.B. Organize and describe data and information.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
12.A. Understand that living things grow and change.
12.B. Understand that living things rely on the environment and/or others to live and grow.
12.C. Explore the physical properties of objects.
12.D. Explore concepts of force and motion.
12.E. Explore concepts and information related to the Earth, including ways to take care of our planet.
12.F. Explore changes related to the weather and seasons.
13.A. Understand rules to follow when investigating and exploring.
13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
17.A. Explore environments and where people live.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
1.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners (e.g., peers and adults in both small and large groups) about age-appropriate topics and texts.
8.A.ECa. Sort, order, compare, and describe objects according to characteristics or attribute(s).
10.A.ECa. With teacher assistance, come up with meaningful questions that can be answered through gathering information.
10.A.ECb. Gather data about themselves and their surroundings to answer meaningful questions.
10.B.ECa. Organize, represent, and analyze information using concrete objects, pictures, and graphs, with teacher support.
11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
11.A.ECb. Develop and use models to represent their ideas, observations, and explanations through approaches such as drawing, building, or modeling with clay.
11.A.ECc. Plan and carry out simple investigations.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
11.A.ECe. Use mathematical and computational thinking.
11.A.ECf. Make meaning from experience and information by describing, talking, and thinking about what happened during an investigation.
11.A.ECg. Generate explanations and communicate ideas and/or conclusions about their investigations.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.A.ECb. Show an awareness of changes that occur in oneself and the environment.
12.B.ECa. Describe and compare basic needs of living things.
12.B.ECb. Show respect for living things.
12.C.ECa. Identify, describe, and compare the physical properties of objects.
12.C.ECb. Experiment with changes in matter when combined with other substances.
12.D.ECa. Describe the effects of forces in nature.
12.D.ECb. Explore the effect of force on objects in and outside the early childhood environment.
12.E.ECa. Observe and describe characteristics of earth, water, and air.
12.E.ECb. Participate in discussions about simple ways to take care of the environment.
12.F.ECa. Observe and discuss changes in weather and seasons using common vocabulary.
13.A.ECa. Begin to understand basic safety practices one must follow when exploring and engaging in science and engineering investigations.
13.B.ECa. Use nonstandard and standard scientific tools for investigation.
13.B.ECb. Become familiar with technological tools that can aid in scientific inquiry.
17.A.ECa. Locate objects and places in familiar environments.
30.A.ECe. Use materials with purpose, safety, and respect.
30.C.ECa. Exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.