focus on the standards,  science

Exploring life science in preschool

It’s Wednesday, and here at Preschool Ponderings, that means time to focus on the standards.  Every Wednesday I choose an Early Learning Standard and share a number of activities that can be aligned with that particular standard.  Remember, the Standards that I use every day, and am most comfortable with are Ohio’s Early Learning Development Standards – you can review them here, however I’ve found that even if your State’s standards differ, many of these activities can still be aligned similarly. I’ve rounded up some great ideas today!

Domain: Science
Strand: Life Science
Topic: Explorations of Living Things

This standard covers all concepts relating to plants and animals (I know, that’s pretty broad).  This includes; animals and their habitats, insects, plants, plant and animal life cycles, the human body and bodily functions, and ecosystems.  Here are just a few ideas for meeting this standard – for more ideas be sure to follow my Preschool Science pin board. 

Observe tadpoles as you explore the life cycle of a frog

Put together a Sea Monkey ecosystem
Grow Morning Glories and explore the life cycle of a plant

The best way to meet this standard is to get outside and see what is happening.  How many living things can you find in your school’s yard? How do you know that these things are living? How do all of these living things work together? These questions are important for children to be able to answer when exploring this standard. 

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