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ERIC Number: EJ1134381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Acting Like Rain
Baldwin, Kathryn; Wilson, Allison
Science and Children, v54 n6 p29-35 Feb 2017
Having high-quality early childhood education programs that prepare children for success in school and later years continues to be an ever increasing national priority. While the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") do not provide standards for preschool, there are ample opportunities to use the Standards as a guide to prepare students for later science experiences. The science methods and early childhood professors at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, discussed extrapolating from the "NGSS" to link to national early childhood content standards such as the "Head Start Early Learning Outcomes" (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2015). This would allow for preK teachers to meet their standards while also supporting the transition at kindergarten to use of the "NGSS." The authors examined the "NGSS" kindergarten standards and compared it to Head Start. In this comparison, they noticed that the "Head Start Early Learning Outcomes" differed from the "NGSS" in that they do not focus on specific content; instead, they focus on scientific reasoning, which could support the "NGSS" science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts in later grades. This article describes how the authors used DCI ESS2.D Weather and Climate as a guide to provide a pre-"NGSS" experience about water/weather with the goal of allowing students to be able to apply the Scientific Reasoning Goals of Head Start. The Scientific Reasoning Goals align with the "NGSS" science and engineering practices such as Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and Analyzing and Interpreting Data. A Learning Cycle approach was used to outline the lesson about water. In addition to the "NGSS," the authors wanted to use shared book reading as a way to engage students in science talk about the day's topic. Preschool is the perfect time to use the shared book strategy to engage students in scientific talk and scientific inquiry. This strategy allowed students to build both science and literacy skills to support future science learning. The hands-on, outdoor activity allowed students to connect talk with their everyday lives and to bridge expectations of Head Start and those of the "NGSS" and "Common Core State Standards" ("CCSS").
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A