Learning to Think invites our youngest learners to experience science in their own world. The focus is on observing and interacting with everyday experiences and thoughtfully connected learning experiences. Students are encouraged to find ways to ask and answer their own questions about science and engineering largely through exploration.
Lessons in Learning to Think are easily integrated within existing thematic units.
Literature connections and large and small group activities provide opportunities for language development, communication, cooperation, collaboration and problem solving.
Learning to Think opens with Measurement. This unit is based on exploration, observation, and comparison (same or different). Comparison is one of the foundational “big ideas” of science. Students explore and compare weight, linear, and capacity in the world around them.
Other highlighted experiences in Life Science (LS), Physical Science (PS), and Earth and Space Science (ESS) are as follows:
- Classify rocks according to observable properties and characteristics (PS)
- Describe the main components of weather (precipitation, temperature, clouds, and wind) and how weather affects daily activities (ESS)
- Compare characteristics of each of the four seasons and how they affect living things (ESS/LS)
- Differentiate between living and nonliving things and describe traits common to all living things (LS)