The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because they need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative the science standards be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop series does just that. As a matter of fact, this lesson is also included as a part of a larger, 7 lesson compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop - Kindergarten Compilation (All 7 lessons together).
This lesson integrates science, engineering, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about observing and finding patterns and relating that to how organisms change their environment to meet their needs. This lesson links an earth/space science topic with a life science one.
1. Gather data about weather and graph the data.
2. Read Beavers as a Read-Aloud and investigate how organisms change their environment.
3. Design a dam, build it, test it, redesign and retest.
4. Write an argument from evidence about how an organism changes its environment to meet its needs.
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