We've also included Reading and Art ideas for each packet- so really they are "STREAM" packets!
We wanted to put everything together so it's easy to access and can be used anytime throughout the year for a big savings.
I know there are some packets that I use at very specific times- for example, I use Going Green around Earth Day. But other packets, I use parts of in the fall and parts in spring- like Bugs and Insects. Healthy Body! Healthy Me! I use throughout the year.
Here is a simple "engineering" overview sheet I use for our projects to get the children used to thinking like a scientist. I've had the children use these papers during a center time as they plan to build anything at all. It just helps them think ahead and learn to plan, and then rethink what changes they could have made to make their plan even better.
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I'll give you a really quick overview of each packet so you can have an idea what each includes. Every packets has a preview you can look at as well.
I start the year with I am a Scientist, because it gives my students a great overview of what it means to be a scientist.
In October and November, I like to talk about Living and Nonliving Things. This is a fun unit for the children, and I've found that it actually works well with our fiction and nonfiction reading and writing units. We talk a lot about stuffed animals vs real, live animals, and make the connections with fiction and nonfiction stories. I also like working on the Living and Nonliving Unit in October because we do many activities with apple and pumpkin life cycles, so this unit fits in perfectly.
I use the Get Up and Move Prezi all the time, all year long for brain breaks and exercise.
In February, I begin our Birds and Bird Nests Unit.
We make our nest kits and prepare to help the birds get ready for spring.
I like working on this unit at the end of winter, because we are still seeing winter birds here that we can talk about like cardinals, blue jays, and geese flying back for spring. We prepare to look for signs of birds in spring and learn about what we will be seeing and what to look for!The Water Cycle, Water, and Clouds. I love this unit. I sort of love the water cycle way too much for some reason. It's so much fun to teach. My children love learning the songs and can teach anybody all about the water cycle and clouds when they are done with this unit!
Go Green in April for Earth Day. This is a really important unit that gets the children thinking about our earth and keeping it safe and clean. I love teaching the children this unit, because they are at such a great age where they take it to heart and want to make a difference. Having fun activities to remember will hopefully help them remember what they learn for the rest of their lives!
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