ERIC Number: ED420383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Fantastic Physics: Developing an Early Interest in Science. A Preschool Science Curriculum. 3 Year Old Curriculum.
Summer, Gail L.; Giovannini, Kathleen
Using hands-on activities and the "Plan, Do, Review" approach, this physics curriculum for 3-year-old children is designed to develop an early interest in and enthusiasm for science and to excite children about learning in general. The curriculum is designed to be implemented biweekly in preschool or child care programs but may also be presented at a science center or museum. The introduction to the curriculum describes its philosophical underpinnings and the general structure for learning sessions. Part 1 of the curriculum presents four activities conveying the following concepts: (1) magnetic attraction; (2) energy as a power source; (3) light as a source of color; and (4) gears making it easier for motors to work by transferring energy. Each activity description details the scientific concept, delineates instructional procedures, and lists additional activities. The sessions begin with a group time, including a story to introduce the relevant concept. Teachers introduce children to possible activities, and place materials in learning centers. Adults join children in learning centers, engaging them in questions intended to enhance their understanding. After activities have been completed, children return to group time to share their activities. Part 2 of the curriculum contains additional instructions for each activity and some of the materials used. Part 3 lists books and presents fingerplays and songs relevant to physics principles and appropriate for preschool children. (KB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Hands on Science, Learning Activities, Physics, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
Catawba Science Center, 243 3rd Avenue, NE, Hickory, NC 28601; phone: 828-328-7243; fax: 828-328-7368.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Catawba Science Center, Hickory, NC.