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Science Lessons - What skills do I teach?

Teaching kindergarten science lessons and a learning environment full of energy and enthusiasm naturally go together.

Find out what science skills kids need to learn and what they need to know about life, physical, and earth and space science.

When teaching kids science lessons, fill the children’s environment with opportunities to explore, and materials to record their observations.

What science skills should children learn?

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Skills lists vary geographically, but in general, when teaching science lessons include opportunities for your students to practice the skills of observation, collecting, and communicating. The skills are the framework for teaching the topics of life, physical, and earth and space sciences.

Observation - students are able to:

  • gather information using their five senses
  • know what body part is used to gather specific sensory information
  • describe their observations, I see.. I hear… I can smell...
  • identify, with help, the shape, texture, hardness. etc. of an object
  • relate what they have learned to other areas of learning

Collecting - students are able to:

  • collect information by counting objects, taking part in surveys, measuring, and doing simple experiments
  • use the words never, sometimes, and always to describe the chance of things happening
  • describe their observations, I see.. I hear… I can smell...
  • ask questions about the information they have gathered (data)
  • compare data using measurement terms - bigger, smaller
  • draw a picture of their data using one-to-one correspondence

Communicating – students are able to:

  • talk about their observations using new vocabulary
  • work with others by sharing, listening, and encouraging
  • with help, show their information in a realistic and organized way
  • with help, show their information in different ways -pictures, graphs, with some math and writing
  • share ideas about why the thing they observed happened
  • ask "I wonder how" or "I wonder why" questions

tip

Science and math go hand in hand. Have the children collect, display, and look over data when you teach science lessons.

They will have opportunities to count, compare, measure, record and make sense of their observations. What a great way to practice math skills and build a math vocabulary.

Check out my article about teaching science and math with Show & Tell for an example of the above.

To promote curious, young scientists when teaching kindergarten and preschool science lessons, make use of the children's natural inquisitiveness. Children are always eager to try new science projects and activities.

Find out more about kindergarten science fair projects and kindergarten science fair ideas.

Four, five, and six-year-old scientists are natural explorers and are interested in their world. They learn by taking part in meaningful experiences, through play, by experimenting and inventing and through social interaction.

If your classroom contains child friendly displays of interesting objects from the natural and physical world and opportunities for children to experiment, ask questions and record their observations, you will encourage your students to be confident, creative thinkers and problem solvers.

The students will enjoy the process of learning and will want to try new things. Teaching with themes also offer many opportunities to teach kindergarten science lessons.

Find out what topics to teach in your science lessons...

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