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 Frozen: Olaf’s Summer Day or A Day in the Sun (Disney Frozen) as a Read-Aloud, Think-Aloud book.
2. Talk about what scientists do.
3. Make observations about how the sun affects Earth’s surfaces.
4. Create a design proposal as a shared writing activity (informational writing). Students will draw and explain how to build a structure (shade) to help keep Olaf cool on his summer’s day based on what they now know about the effects of sunlight on Earth. The goal will be for students to do their best approximation of writing. Expectations should match their current writing skills.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Kindergarten, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2, K-2-ETS1-2