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Implementing a Science Curriculum

Chapter 6 of the course text discusses science standards. In a two- to three-page paper use the information within Chapter 6, as well as additional resources, to develop two curriculum/activity plans designed to foster young children's understanding of science concepts. The activity(s) must be designed for a preschool/outdoor learning environment and the paper must include the following:

Summary of an implementation plan for each curriculum/activity plan
Description of an assessment plan for children's learning
Description of how each of the curriculum/activity plans support learning standards and align with developmentally appropriate practice

Refer to Chapter 6 of your text, at least two additional resources, and your own insights/experiences.

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Well Mary, I gave some thought as well as I'm sure you have about what science activities can take place outdoors. Have you thought about out on the playground which would be a natural place?

Summary of Implementation Plan #1
The basis for this plan, Mary, may be Sir Issac Newton's First Law of Physics, which states that "a body in motion remains in motion, a body at rest remains at rest, unless acted upon by a force." Everything in the universe wants to keep going (or stay still), unless something else makes it stop (or go). This tendency is called "inertia". Two major forces that are always at work against inertia here on Earth are gravity and friction. (You would have to put this very simply for Pre-K students. Maybe you could post it as a question, Have you ever wondered why a ball keeps in moving after you've thrown it?)

The teacher Mary, would need to explain inertia, gravity and friction very, very simply. Perhaps before going outside would be best. There is a children's book you can use to jump start this activity called Why Can't I Jump Very High by ...

Solution Summary

The implementing science curriculum are defined.