Would you like to successfully teach children in ways that take advantage of their natural inquisitiveness, offer them a more exciting learning environment and walk out the door a little earlier after school?
Challenging Children to Investigate With Everyday Things, shows you how to provide your students with a new science and math investigation every week of the year.
If you’re an educator of young children, I know you’re up to your eye balls in prep because I’ve been there! Challenging Children to Investigate With Everyday Things, contains everything you need to help you create a learning environment that’s a place of asking questions, exploration, problem-solving and creative thought processes.
- Shows you how to use common objects to expand your math and science programs
- Tips for getting organized for simple weekly lessons
- Contains 39 detailed activities with 50 recording sheets that go with them
- Demonstrates how to set up your classroom for effortless investigations
- Shows you how to focus children on investigation, observation, inquiry, and recording their new knowledge
- Provides sample inquiry questions for prompting students
- Illustrates how to teach sorting and classification skills
- Provides math and science vocabulary lists to introduce to the students
- Lists Science skills practiced in the activities
- Lists Math skills practiced in the activities
- Common Core Standards (USA)
- Provides a year’s worth of weekly activities that you can use over and over each year
- Sample parent letter
- Illustrated lists for the items that students are to bring to school each week
- Many tried and tested tips for easy to carry out, enjoyable learning times with your students
A Year’s Worth of Weekly Activities
I created this Ebook to have all the work done for you, supplying a year’s worth of weekly activities and recording sheets, as well as a parent letter, an illustrated list to send home and detailed set up and organizational tips, saving you hours of work.
Using short periods of time examining and investigating objects, such as feathers or rocks, captures children’s attention and challenges them to inquire, to develop mind sets of being problem solvers and to think independently. Tried and tested, this resource effortlessly shows you how to teach lessons that are real learning experiences for your students.
- Fifty done for you open-ended recording sheets for weekly investigative activities
- How to model completing the recording sheets in a way that motivates students to record their own observations
- Help students get better drawing results
Benefits of Using Open-ended Recording Sheets
Often worksheets presented to young children make the assumption that the children have already completed activities at the concrete and connecting stages with hands-on materials. The children miss these important steps when they are asked to complete only pencil and paper activities.
The 50 “Challenging Children to Investigate With Everyday Things“, recording sheets included with this book:
- Provide opportunities for children to record their observations and the information they observe from their experiences
- Provide opportunities for children to share and solidify their knowledge by recording their new investigations.
- Are very easy to differentiate and develop into discussions with students around their thinking
Open-ended recording sheets involve children at a wide range of developmental levels. Some children will print words or sentences, make detailed drawings, apply more difficult math concepts, while others will print a few letters, draw less elaborate pictures, and record less complex mathematical thinking. Check out a sample lesson here…
- Present activities to students in ways that improve their ability to make sense of measurement and data concepts
- Demonstrate math in meaningful ways that promote exploration and helps children remember new vocabulary
- Encourage your students to be creative problem solvers with hands-on math and science experiences
- Offer objects for kids to be curious about
- Encourage children to ask questions
- Allow the students to touch and investigate
- Direct the children to focus on a specific topic that encourages them to find more information from books and other sources
- Present opportunities for collections, sorting, classifying, comparisons and/or testing
- Make activities available that include observations about quantity, size, position and/or proportion
- Increase students vocabulary
- Encourage different ways for children to record their observations and new knowledge and give them opportunities to share it
The first year that I started using common objects to supplement my math and science programs, I noticed an increased level of excitement and curiosity in my students. The experience provided so many learning opportunities that I wished I had thought of it sooner. During the course of the year, I began to see more and more value in the program and I enjoyed how easy it was to carry out every week.
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