As I sit at home, I am preparing for a workshop that I will help present this summer to the Kindergarten teachers in our district. I am working with one of our Title 1 coaches in Literacy and we are developing a workshop that will show Kindergarten teachers how to integrate Science into their Literacy Work Stations. I am a BIG believer in the two overlapping and going hand in hand. I pretty much always choose Big Books that are Science related; and when I don’t it’s because I didn’t have the BB I needed! 🙂
So, as I collect resources and information, I’ll post what I can, but I would also ask for some feedback from you. We want to present this for an entire day in the summer (6 hours) and then have several follow-up sessions as the school year goes on to help present more ideas to teachers.
One of the resources I use frequently when choosing songs, poems, and rhymes for my Pocket Chart Station is this site: CanTeach. If you have not checked it out, you need to do so! There are LOTS more things there than just songs, poems, and rhymes, but that’s what I mostly use it for!
For this part of the workshop, our theme will be Fall and things we can see and experience in the Fall in Indiana (that covers LOTS of things!).
We are looking at corn, gourds, crickets, acorns, walnuts, bats, squirrels, farms, leaves and will tie in Science to them as well as Nursery Rhymes. Do you have any MUST HAVE books or Science ideas that we could share. We’ve got a few already, but we want to hear from you–those of you out there in the field–ideas that you have tested and tried with your kids!
I can’t wait to share some of the things we will be doing…and we are hopeful that all the teachers who attend will also be making some make and takes as well as filling a binder full of ideas to use throughout the school year!