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.