science

Report
Preschool Teaching and
Learning with the Science
Expectations
New Jersey Department of
Education
Agenda

Developing a Framework for Science
through Sensory Experiences and Inquiry

Teaching and Learning with the Preschool
Science Expectations

Facilitating Everyday Science in the
Classroom
The Five Senses
Use your eyes:
What does it
LOOK
like?
The Five Senses
Use your nose:
What does it
SMELL
like?
The Five Senses
Use your ears:
What does it
SOUND
like?
The Five Senses
Use your tongue:
What does it
TASTE
like?
The Five Senses
Use your hands:
What does it
FEEL
like?
Science as Inquiry

OBSERVE
What do you notice?

COMPARE
How is it the same
as/different from?

SORT AND ORGANIZE
Find different ways to group
things.

PREDICT
What will happen if?

EXPERIMENT
Try out ideas.

EVALUATE
Think and talk about what
happened.

APPLY
Transfer what you learned to
a new situation.
Brainstorming
Things We Know
Things We Want to Find
Out
The Science Expectations

Children develop inquiry skills, including
problem solving and decision making.
The Science Expectations

Children observe and investigate the
properties of objects, both living and
nonliving.
The Science Expectations

Children explore the concept of change in
both living and nonliving entities and in
the environment.
The Science Expectations

Children develop an awareness of the
environment and human responsibility for
its care.
Facilitating Everyday Science
Teaching Steps to Science
Based on a sensory experience, you can:

Brainstorm

Frame Questions

Develop Explorations
Vignette
Marta is watching a flagpole across the street. The flag is
fluttering in the autumn breeze. With a sudden gust of
wind, the flag waves furiously. As the wind settles, the
flag returns to a flutter. The wind picks up and the flag
waves furiously again. Playground leaves whirl around
Marta’s feet. In the sandbox, Jabari shouts out, “Sand.
It got in my eye. After Jabari’s eye is attended to, the
teacher takes the opportunity to facilitate science
learning.”
Facilitating Everyday Science
Brainstorming:
Things We Know:
Things We Want to Find Out:
Framing questions:
Facilitating Exploration:
Expectation:
Teaching Practices:
Learning Outcomes:
Facilitating Exploration
Explorations
Learning
Outcomes
Teaching
Practices
Preschool Teaching and Learning with
the Science Expectations

Focus on sensory exploration and inquiry.

Plan an environment and activities to
support science.

Use the Expectations as your lab guide for
success.

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