The Online Science Class for Preschoolers is technically beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 6th. But as I thought about it, I realized I like to plan "school time " the night before. So, I decided to post each lesson a day in advance. That way, you can look it over and get any supplies ready...if you like! I have four lessons planned for weeks 1, 2, and 4 and a museum trip planned for week 3. I'd love to know which activities and experiments you use and how your kids responded to them!
WEEK 1: Dinosaurs
Day 1: I am a Scientist! And Dinosaur Intro
Overview: Day 1 is an introduction to scientists and dinosaurs. Children use counting, estimation, testing, and reflection skills. The lesson appeals to the Verbal-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, and Intrapersonal intelligences.
- Scientist Pictures
- I Am A Scientist poster. You can print and use this as an 8 ½” x 11” poster or enlarge it to any size you like. I made a red and blue option.
- Markers, crayons, pens
- Toy dinosaurs
- Meter stick (or any other 3-foot long object)
- Paper bags (or be careful and use plastic)
- Stompin’ Music! (I used Dinosaur Song (on YouTube), though I really like We Will Rock You by Queen…)
- Science Journals. We’ll be using little booklets folded out of paper.
- Gather supplies
- Hide toy dinosaurs
- There are many things in the world to learn about. People who study and learn things are called scientists.
- Scroll through and talk about Scientist Pictures. (Note: all pictures are from Wikimedia and are listed as public domain.)
- You are a scientist too! What do you like to learn about? Let your child color and decorate the I Am A Scientist! Poster. Let her choose the red or blue option. Help her fill in the spaces about herself.
- We’re going to study dinosaurs this week! Let’s list everything you know about dinosaurs. (Make a KWL chart with your child on the posterboard. Make a column for things she Knows about dinosaurs, a column for things she Wants to know about dinosaurs, and a column for things you have Learned. Don’t mark anything in the Learned column unless you talk about it. NOTE: Only make a KWL chart if you are willing to use it. Older children may want to learn something about dinosaurs that we don’t cover this week (and there is SO much!), you should be responsible to help your child learn that information!). Younger children will NOT understand the KWL concept, but will enjoy drawing dinosaurs on a posterboard.
- Going on a Dinosaur Hunt! Dinosaurs lived a long time ago. Let’s climb inside our Time-Travel-Ship (we used a skateboard!), and go find some dinosaurs! Here we are, 70 million years ago! Whew! It sure is hot. Whoa! Watch out for that volcano! Now where are the dinosaurs? (Let your child hunt for the hidden dinosaurs.)
- Look at the toy dinosaurs you found. How big do you think they really were? As big as me? As big as this room? As big as the house? Supersaurus could have been 138 feet long! (Use a meter stick to mark where Supersaurus’ head could be and then count 42 meters to mark where the end of his tail would have been. We actually went outside to do this.) How big do you think his feet would be? Each foot was at least as big as our bathtub! How many of your feet do you think we could fit in one Supersaurus foot? (Let your child estimate, then go find out! For comparison, a Tyrannosaurus Rex foot
was about 3 feet long and 2 feet wide…though T. Rex foot prints are about half that size because T. Rex walked on his toes! Some, like Epidexipteryx, were only 9-10 inches long from head to toe—about the size of Mommy’s foot!)
- Let’s pretend we have dinosaur feet and have a Dinosaur Stomp! (Tie bags onto your and your child’s feet, then turn on some stompin’ music and do a Dino Dance!)
- Return to KWL chart. What did you Learn today?
- Science Notebooks: Draw what we did today. Give your child at least 5 minutes to review what they learned. Give them hints if absolutely necessary, but don’t just tell them again. This is time for them to develop some reflection skills.