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Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2

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This is The most comprehensive science curriculum for beginning learners that you will find anywhere
* Here are 41 lesson plans that cover all major areas of science. * Lessons are laid out as stepping stones that build knowledge and understanding logically and systematically.

* Child-centered, hands-on activities at the core of all lessons bring children to observe, think,
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 16th 2007 by Outskirts Press
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Katie
Oct 31, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
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Excellent book to guide the study of science for young elementary students.

It rightfully assumes that little kids can understand a whole lot more than grown ups think they can. It also guides you in the order to present lessons, but with a great deal of wiggle room, making it quite easy to follow the interests of the child and/or line certain lessons up with real events. (For example, I made sure the lesson on seasons ended up at a solstice....)

I wish there was a book more suited to home use, i
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Mandabplus3
Apr 18, 2014 Mandabplus3 rated it really liked it
This is a great science text for parents or teachers to tackle with young children. Frankly it is quite complex the way the author links all the stands of science and weaves them together. But I have found that by doing a few of the activities in each strand of the flow chart and then switching to the next strand to do a few from there, it is fairly easy to make a strong science curriculum that makes sence to children. If you followed one strand all the way through I think you would quickly loos ...more
Alicia
May 30, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: homeschoolers, teachers
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This is a great text for helping teachers and parents build a very strong science curriculum for elementary age children. A few caveats:

The author insists that each of the 4 threads of science be taught intertwined. (Look at the suggested flow chart and try not to laugh.) I can see parents and teachers getting unnecessarily bogged down in constructing a flow of lessons. No matter how I worked it, I could not achieve a flow that didn't involve a lot of gear switching. It doesn't have to be so com
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