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 the relationship between the needs of plants and animals and the places they live.
1. Read A House is a House for Me as a Read-Aloud.
2. Take a “Science Walk” out-of-doors and if at all possible; locate a bird’s nest and point it out to students. Try to identify places where plants and animals live.
3. Build a 3-dimensional model of a bird’s nest using tweezers like a beak.
4. Write a “how-to” book describing the procedure for making a bird’s nest (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 if possible. Expectations should match their skills.
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