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Sample Lesson Plans

Below are four sample ScienceStart! lesson plans from four different modules.  These one-day lesson plans include recommendations for a story-book reading, a vocabulary list, language and literacy activities, a math activity, and ideas for center-based play activities that will support the science concepts.  Please click on the links below to view the entire lesson.

Examining Worms contains a detailed lesson plan for using hands-on science to explore the characteristics and habitat of earthworms.

Tools in the Kitchen introduces children to a systematic exploration of how simple machines are used to make work easier. They will explore common tools used for cooking and baking. As they do this, they will identify the simple machine that is a part of each tool.

Making Playdough contains a detailed lesson plan for using hands-on science to explore measurement used in cooking.

What Can Light Move Through? contains a detailed lesson plan for using hands-on science to observe which materials transmit light and which block it.

Bubbles is a sample lesson from our ScienceStart! Quick & Fun Activity Guides. Bubbles contains a detailed activity guide for families to use hands-on science to explore ideas about how air fills things up. This downloadable publication includes background knowledge for parents, and suggestions for exploring how air fills things up. Also included: ideas for related art, music, and movement activities, recipes, book suggestions and internet resources.

Tissue Paper Painting is from our ZipKit Collection.  

Science ZipKits contain instructions and all materials needed for completing an open-ended science investigation.

These ZipKits were originally designed as a way for teachers to reach out to parents by sending them a science kit informing them about what their children were learning in the classroom.

However, parents who are interested in supporting their young children’s scientific understanding of the everyday world can also use these kits independently.