Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

by Bernard J Nebel PhD Author

(From Amazon): This is The most comprehensive science curriculum for beginning learners that you will find anywhere* Here are 41 lesson plans that cover all major areas of science. * Lessons are laid out as stepping stones that build knowledge and understanding logically and systematically.* Child-centered, hands-on activities at the core of all lessons bring children to observe, think, and reason.* Interest is maintained and learning is solidified by constantly connecting lessons with children's real-world experience* Skills of inquiry become habits of mind as they are used throughout.* Lessons integrate reading, writing, geography, and other subjects.* Standards, including developing a broader, supportive community of science learners come about as natural by-products of learning science in an organized way.Particular background or experience is not required. Instructions include guiding students to question, observe, think, interpret, and draw rational conclusions in addition to performing the activity. Teachers can learn along with their students and be exceptional role models in doing so. Need for special materials is minimized. Personal, on line, support is available free of charge (see front matter).


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 4th
Outskirts Press


  • A/B-1 Organizing Things into Categories
  • A-2 Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • A-3 Air is a Substance
  • A-4 Matter I: Its Particulate Nature
  • A-5 Distinguishing Materials
  • A-5A Magnets and Magnetic Fields
  • A-6 Matter II: Air Pressure and the Earth's Atmosphere
  • A-7 Air: A Mixture of Gases
  • A-8 Matter III: Evaporation and Condensation
  • A-9 Matter IV: Dissolving, Solutions, and Crystallization
  • A-10 Rocks, Minerals, Crystals, Dirt, and Soil
  • B-2 Distinguishing Living, Natural Non-Living, And Human-made Things
  • B-3 Distinguishing Between Plants and Animals: The Plant and Animal Kingdoms
  • B-4 Life Cycles
  • B-4A Identification of Living Things
  • B-4B What is a Species?
  • B-5 Food Chains and Adaptations
  • B-6 How Animals Move I: The Skeleton and Muscle System
  • B-7 How Animals Move II: Different Body Designs; Major Animal Phyla
  • B-8 How Animals Move III: Coordinating Body Movements: The Nervous System
  • B-9 How Animals Move IV: Energy to Run the Body
  • B-10 Plant Science I: Basic Plant Structure
  • B-11 Plant Science II: Germination, Seedling, Growth and Responses
  • B-12 Plants, Soil, and Water
  • C-1 Concepts of Energy I: Making Things Go
  • C-2 Sound, Vibrations, and Energy
  • C-3 Concepts of Energy II: Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • C-4 Concepts of Energy III: Distinguishing Matter and Energy
  • C-5 Inertia
  • C-6 Friction
  • C-7 Push Pushes Back
  • D-1 Gravity I: The Earth's Gravity; Horizontal and Vertical
  • D-2 Day and Night and the Earth's Rotation
  • D-3 Reading and Drawing Maps
  • D-3A North, South, East and West
  • D-4 Land Forms and Major Biomes of the Earth
  • D-5 Time and the Earth's Turning
  • D-6 Seasonal Changes and the Earth's Orbit
  • D-7 Gravity II: Rate of Fall; Weightlessness in Space, and Distinction Between Mass and Weight
  • D-8 Rocks and Fossils
  • D-9 Resources: Developing and Overview

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