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, as well as employing some engineering skills.
1. Read Sheep in a Jeep as a Read-Aloud.
2. Talk about what scientists do.
3. Explore pushes and pulls using ramps and marbles.
4. Re-read Sheep in a Jeep identifying pushes and pulls in the book.
5. Have students do their best approximation of informational writing (drawing and describing pictures). Encourage them to put ideas on paper with pictures and letters if possible. Expectations should match their beginning-of-the-school-year skills.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Kindergarten, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2, K-2-ETS1-3