A great way to start the school year is to do inventories. It will give you a sense of how the children feel about a specific subject and some knowledge about what science topics they had in previous years.
I teach in Massachusetts and the science standards are grouped for grades 3-5. Each city develops their own curriculum based off the standards. A child could move three years in a row and have the same standards taught and not have others. Hopefully, we will be implementing the Next Generation standards next year that assigns topics to each grade.
I will also be at the Middle School and students are coming from three different schools. Although we follow a curriculum, I am sure that children have had some different experiences in fourth grade. Another reason to use an inventory.
I will have the children share data and create a class graph on the projector. They will glue these into their science notebooks along with a graph.
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I have used many inventories for Reading but never thought to use one for science. I got the idea from Science Penguin, here is her inventory. I wanted to create my own so that the topics matched the areas that my students need to cover prior to their MCAS state testing in the spring. Please visit her blog for her inspiring postings. She covers all grade levels and has many great ideas for any science classroom.
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