Why science centers?
Research has shown that children learn best when they are actively involved in their learning. More so, play has been shown to promote brain development, vocabulary/language, executive functions, math and spacial skills, scientific thinking, and social and emotional development. Science centers are the perfect way for our young learners to not only explore topics that they are interested in, but also engage in play while exploring the scientific method daily. By creating a space in your classroom for children to participate in science centers, your young learners will begin to internalize scientific facts, expand their vocabulary, apply mathematical concepts, and have a great time!
This packet is part of a new series that I am putting together. Each packet includes science centers, activities, task cards, anchor charts, labels, and recording pages that go along with a specific topic or standard. This packet focuses on allowing students to explore what a scientist is and does. It also begins to familiarize them with the tools that scientists use. (balance, magnifying glass, pipette, measuring tape, and more!)
This packet includes 16 task cards that even our youngest learners can follow. Each task card has picture directions so that students can use these independently (After being introduced to the tools and picture cues.)
The packet also comes with 17 recording sheets for you to choose from and a fully written out 5-E lesson plan focusing on the essential question, "What is a scientist?"
What standards does this packet meet and address?
K-2-ETS1-1. Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
K-2-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
K.1 The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices.
K.2 the student developed the ability to ask questions and seeks answers in classroom and outdoor investigations.
K.3 The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.
K.4 The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world.
K.1(A) The student identifies and demonstrates safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately
K.2(C) collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and nonstandard measurement tools.
K.2(D) The student records and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.
K.2(E) The student communicates observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.
K.3(B) The student makes predictions based on observable patterns in nature such as the shapes of leaves.
K.3(C) The student explores different things in the natural world and use tools
to help in their investigations.
The young learners in my classroom LOVE these activities. Each one has been tried by 5 and 6 year olds and has their seal of approval. (I even provide teacher suggestions/tips on what you can do to help run each experiment smoothly.)
Check out the preview to see a closer look at what is included in this packet!