Free Direct Instruction Curriculum and Training/Science K
What is Free Direct Instruction Science K (Free DI Science K) File:25%.svg[edit | edit source]
Free DI Science K is the parent or teacher's guide for teaching science at the kindergarten level depending on ability of learner and state standards.
Each section is numbered and can be taught in one day. Each section also contains scripted instructions for the teacher. Most sections contain workbook pages, images, and/and video clips.
Short video clips  (5 to 20 seconds) can be added to integrate current events into the curriculum. For instance, the idea of science is to ask questions and get answers. Could there be life on Mars? To answer that we sent rockets and rovers to Mars to get pictures and samples of the surface. You can show video clips, often free from NASA, a government agency, that shows rover taking samples.
Also, pictures can be added to enhance and describe scientific ideas, experiments, or events.
What order do I teach this in?[edit | edit source]
Each state has different standards that include subject matter to be taught at specific times. This makes teaching this science module more difficult. It might be a good idea to align your state standards to this curriculum and make some modifications. Please make a note of your state standards and it's alignment to this program in the talk section (discussion tab).
Physical Science[edit | edit source]
Understand structure and properties of matter.[edit | edit source]
- Describe size and color of objects.
- Things are made of parts
Life Sciences[edit | edit source]
Organisms: Understand the characteristics, structure, and functions of organisms.[edit | edit source]
- People, animals, plants need water, food, and air.
Heredity: traits in living things[edit | edit source]
- Cycles are patterns (leads to life cycles, hereditary)
Diversity/interdependence[edit | edit source]
- Different external features of plants and animals
Earth Science[edit | edit source]
Earth materials[edit | edit source]
- Materials can be used over again
- Change can happen to many things
- Things change in some ways and stay the same in some ways. 
- People can keep track of some things, seeing where they come from and where they go.
- Things can change in different ways, such as in size, weight, color, and movement. Some small changes can be detected by taking measurements.
- Some changes are so slow or so fast that they are hard to see
Space Science[edit | edit source]
Earth in solar system & universe - Earth, sun, moon, and solar system[edit | edit source]
- Identify the sun, moon, stars, and Earth.
Scientific Inquiry[edit | edit source]
Ask questions and get answers based on observations[edit | edit source]
- Raise questions about the world around the students 
- Describe things in terms of their number, shape, size, and color
- Make observations
Design investigation to answer question[edit | edit source]
- Follow a list of steps
Collect and present data[edit | edit source]
- Describe or draw simple observations
- Understand and make a simple graph as a class or group
- Observe changes in world
Analyze & interpret results[edit | edit source]
- Describe data from graph
Activities[edit | edit source]
- M&M counting activity
- Guess how many things there are in a set and then count to see who is right
- Students compare, combine, equalize, and change numbers as well as "take away" and "add to"
- B is taller than A, C holds more than D - do bar graph
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- ^ Project 2061
- ^ ODE Science Benchmarks
- ^ ODE Science Benchmarks Overall
- ^ Windows on Science original Laserdisc series
- ^ Bill Nye the science guy videos
- ^ Baltimore Curriculum Project
- ^ Core Knowledge
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