ORCHESTRA STUDENTS ARE MUSICIANS; STUDENTS ON THE BASKETBALL TEAM ARE ATHLETES; WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO OUR SCIENCE STUDENTS HAVE TO BE SCIENTISTS?
PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER… Next Generation Science Standards Science & Engineering Practices 1.Asking questions and defining problems 2.Developing and using models 3.Planning and carrying out investigations 4.Analyzing and interpreting data 5.Using mathematics and computational thinking 6.Constructing explanations and designing solutions 7.Engaging in argument from evidence 8.Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
From “Nonfiction Literacy in Kindergarten” by Janice Novakowski, Science and Children, 2010
Science Notebooks … … make student thinking visible … are formative assessment tools … strengthen literacy skills … support differentiated learning … provide a vehicle for teacher collaboration PURPOSE OF A SCIENCE NOTEBOOK Gilbert and Kotelman, “Five Good Reasons to Use Science Notebooks,” Science and Children, 2005
PURPOSE OF A SCIENCE NOTEBOOK Everything comes together in a notebook: Next Generation Science Standards CCSS ELA Content CCSS Math Content Disciplinary Classroom Practices …and all of these work together to help students develop an understanding of science content!
As you read the article… Highlight your favorite quote How might we engage kindergarten students in keeping a record of their science work with a science notebook? NONFICTION LITERACY IN KINDERGARTEN
Read Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver ENGAGE
What effect does sunlight have on Earth’s surface? EXPLORE
What effect does sunlight have on Earth’s surface? Draw a picture to explain what you found out. EXPLAIN
Build a solar oven to show how the sunlight warms the earth enough to cook food! ELABORATE
Design and build a structure to reduce the warming effects of the sunlight on the Earth. ELABORATE
Read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. How did the pictures help show the weather and help tell the story? ENGAGE
Weather Words cold windy sunshine ENGAGE Weather Stories Think about a day when weather was important to what you did. Draw/write a weather story from a day you remember Share stories with class. I wonder how a scientist would describe weather patterns?
How might we describe some of these like a scientist? What could we measure? How could we measure it? EXPLORE: OBSERVING THE WEATHER Weather Words cold windy sunshine
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday EXPLORE: ORGANIZING WEATHER DATA
Look at weather data after a week… What patterns do you notice? Look at weather data after a month….after a season…. What patterns do you notice? EXPLAIN
Once we recognize weather patterns, how can they help us? What to wear? Where to go? What to do? Should school be cancelled? ELABORATE
Share weather patterns with the school community ELABORATE
Look for ways the teacher scaffolds learning in the following areas: Planning and carrying out investigations Data organization Writing a claim that is supported with evidence MOVIE TIME! What might this look like in our weather unit?