Friday, November 2, 2012

Let the discovery center bring science to your classroom!


Mrs. Ramseier, an amazing Kindergarten teacher that I have the honor to teach with each school day, introduced me to the "Science Discovery Center".   

It is an “Academic Free Choice” center in our classroom.  
Having a discovery center in my classroom is a great way to encourage creative thinking, questioning along with exploration with my students.  Effective science learning requires HANDS-ON contact with materials, time to investigate, and time to write about their results. 

Our "Creepy" Discovery Items brought in by students

Don't forget to include a variety of books, magnifying glasses, discovery bottles, lab coats (big white dress shirts from Goodwill), and science goggles in order for science fun to take place!

I made some Discovery Observation Booklets and I would love to share with you by clicking {HERE} . Clip art is by....DJ Inkers.  Print one per child and place in the science center for students to record their observations each month. 


Here is an example of the parent note sent home each month.  I just change the theme.  Click {Here} for the PDF and click  {Right Here}  for word version ( you will have to play around with fonts).
Theme/topic ideas for each month of the school year:
September – Fall
October – Creepy
November – Senses
December – Tools
January – Winter
February – All About Me
March – Lucky
April – Spring
May – Earth & Plants

I love science.  Kids love science…especially when it is their materials they are exploring! 

Amber

5 comments:

Kathleen said...

Love this Amber! Would love to see more!

kinderdi said...

This is a great idea! I'm sure your students love this center. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Lee Ann said...

I just found this post as I was searching for science centers. I love yours! When do your students have the opportunity to visit it during the school day?

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