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Complete Literasci Series

The complete ScienceStart!/LiteraSci Curriculum consists of daily lesson plans to be used in preschool classrooms for the entire school year.  There are 10 units, grouped into 5 modules.  Each unit contains 20 daily lesson plans.

The sequence of modules (bold) and units is:

Measurement and Mapping
       My School and My Friends
       Learning to Measure
Color and Light
       Light, Shadows and Reflections
       Properties of Matter
Neighborhood Habitats
       Living Things in The Neighborhood
       Plants in the Neighborhood
       Animals in the Neighborhood
Movement and Machines
       How Things Move
       Simple Machines

With some exceptions, it is recommended that these modules be introduced in the order shown.  With older preschoolers and Kindergartners, the supplementary unit Autumn Science can be used in place of Learning to Measure, or lessons from the two units can be interwoven.  Lessons from the supplementary week Measuring to Cook can be used anytime during the year.

Overview: How a Unit is Constructed

Each unit contains 20 daily lesson plans, as described in the next section.  In addition, each unit contains:
  • A Table of Contents for the 20 lessons
  • A general introduction to reasons and methods for teaching science to young children
  • A general introduction to the ScienceStart! Simple Science Cycle
  • Basic background information for the teacher about the unit’s topic/content
  • An overview of the month’s lessons, including titles for each day’s investigation and the aspects of literacy and mathematics that will be introduced each day
  • For each week, a list of the materials and activities to be introduced in each classroom center (Dramatic Play, Art Center, Block Area, Manipulatives, Large Motor Play, Science Table).

Overview: How a Daily Lesson Plan is Constructed

Each Daily Lesson Plan includes 3 pages:
  • The first page offers a general overview that describes the science concepts being addressed, the day’s learning goals, the targeted vocabulary , and suggestions for discussing the day’s investigation.
  • The second page suggests ways the teacher can integrate instruction in language and literacy skills with the day’s investigation.  These suggestions cover five areas considered especially important by the US Department of Education, including SPEAKING & LISTENING, READING COMPREHENSION, ALPHABET KNOWLEDGE, PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS and PRINT AWARENESS.
  • The third page outlines the way the day’s investigation proceeds through the steps of the ScienceStart! Simple Science Cycle, REFLECT & ASK, PLAN & PREDICT, ACT & OBSERVE, and REPORT & REFLECT.  A sidebar describes math activities that can be integrated into the day’s investigation.
View samples of ScienceStart! daily preschool lesson plans (they can also be found under the Additional Materials section of the website)
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