Questions, Questions by Marcus Pfister
Science is all about asking questions. This book has many questions dealing with earth and life science which children might ask. It’s a great place to start and gather easy non-fiction books to help answer the questions.
Every page has a beautiful illustration.
Rain by Manya Stojic
Make it rain in a jar: http://www.weatherwizkids.com/experiments-make-rain.htm.
Use cardboard paper towel or toilet paper rolls to make rain sticks. First have the students decorate the tubes with paint or markers. Then help them tape a circle of construction paper to one end and put dry corn, rice, beans or a combination of all three inside. Cover the other end with a circle too and your preschoolers will have a fun musical instrument that sounds like rain.
Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Bring in a variety of rocks for the kids to pass around and talk about the types of rocks that they are. Have some easy non-fiction rock books for the the kids to check-out.
Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar by Bob Barner
Create play dough or salt dough imprints of various plants and objects (you could use toy dinosaurs if you have them) and have the kids guess what object was used to make the imprint. If you have time, you could let the kids play with play dough and objects to make fossil imprints.
Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough
Bring in a rolling toy with a string. Talk about the concept of “push” and “pull”. The website https://spweb.tbaisd.k12.mi.us/sites/home/instructionalresources/science/pk8resources/Kindergarten/Kindergarten%20Unit%202%20Pushes%20%20Pulls.pdf has great information on forces and motion for young children.
Counting on Frank by Rod Clements
Talk about estimation with the kids. Explain to them that when you estimate, you give a “best guess”. Have several jars with various amounts of objects in them and let the kids estimate the number of items in the jar and then count the items to see whose estimate was closest.
We had a wonderful time sharing all of our ideas at the NLA/NSLA Conference in Kearney Nebraska on October 10, 2013.
Thanks to Melody Kenney for the great photo of Kay, Peggy and Tami after the presentation! Please feel free to send us all of those great ideas that you shared during the session to: firstname.lastname@example.org.