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, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about communicating solutions that will reduce the impact humans have on land, water, air, and other living things.
1. Read 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World as a Read-Aloud.
2. Create models of compost columns, experimenting with different combinations of materials to see which decomposes more quickly.
3. Write an opinion piece after choosing which thing from the book 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World is their favorite for reducing the impact of humans on the local environment (informational writing). The goal will be for students to do their best approximation of writing. Encourage them to put ideas on paper with pictures, letters and words in sentences. Expectations should match their skills.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Kindergarten, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, E-ESS3-3