In order for children to have in appreciation for science it is best to bring children outside. This way they can see how things work. Preschool children are curios individuals and always want to know how things work. Science gives them the opportunity to fill their inquiries.
To implement preschool standards in correlation to science I will take children outside. Children will discover how plants grow through the example of the sunflower. Before I take the class outdoors I will demonstrate how to grow a sunflower. I will first place soil at the bottom of a pot. Then I will place sun flowers seeds a inch into the soil and water them. I will then place the flower pot in a low lighted area. I will then have children grow their own plants. I will then place tape with their name on their corresponding plant.
After the project is over we will go outside and copy the same procedures. However, I had to create an area where they can place seeds. After the plants are planted the class will return to class. We will then hypothesis which plants will grow the ones outside or the ones in class. For a few days we will track the progress of the plants: Inside and out. Once a couple weeks has passed. The class and me will discuss the findings and other discussions that are a result of the project.
. Once children have observed that the plants grow faster in sunlight then in darkness it will open the door for questions. This lining of questioning will correlate to one of the science standards,” Demonstrates understanding the process of scientific inquiry.”(64) Children will want to seek out new information and will want to ask open ended questions to seek answers. A question they may ask is, “why is my plant taller than Marie’s?”, “Does all pants need water?” or “is all flowers yellow?”
Knowledgeable children on the topic of plants may talk about how weather and the environment played a role. If it is not discussed it will be my job to gear the discussion to that route. This discussion will match up with the standard that states children need to learn that the earth affects its own processes. Children will be able to see through observation the ideal weather condition for growing a plant. This will help them have a better understand of how weather changes effect plants. They will also have a working understand of why plants die in the colder months and grow in the warmer months.
I can take this lesson one step farther and grow other...