Physical Science for Early Childhood
Nature of Matter
Explore and compare materials that provide many different sensory experiences (e.g., sand, water, wood).
Nature of Energy
Explore familiar sources of the range of colors and the quality of light in the environment (e.g., prism, rainbow, sun, shadow).
Science and Technology for Early Childhood
Identify the intended purpose of familiar tools (e.g., scissors, hammer, paintbrush, cookie cutter).
Explore new uses for familiar materials through play, art or drama (e.g., paper towel rolls as kazoos, pan for a hat).
Abilites to do Technological Design
Demonstrate the safe use of tools, such as scissors, hammers, writing utensils, with adult guidance.
Scientific Inquiry for Early Childhood
Doing Scientific Inquiry
Ask questions about objects, organisms and events in their environment during shared stories, conversations and play (e.g., ask about how worms eat).
Show interest in investigating unfamiliar objects, organisms and phenomena during shared stories, conversations and play (e.g., "Where does hail come from?").
Predict what will happen next based on previous experiences (e.g., when a glass falls off the table and hits the tile floor, it most likely will break).
Use one or more of the senses to observe and learn about objects, organisms and phenomena for a purpose (e.g., to record, classify, compare, talk about).
Explore objects, organisms and events using simple equipment (e.g., magnets and magnifiers, standard and non-standard measuring tools).
Begin to make comparisons between objects or organisms based on their characteristics (e.g., animals with four legs, smooth and rough rocks).
Record or represent and communicate observations and findings through a variety of methods (e.g., pictures, words, graphs, dramatizations) with assistance.