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Investigation: How Fat Helps Arctic Animals

Investigation: How Fat Helps Arctic Animals

Maya Billingham | The Independent School | Wichita, Kansas This is a science experiment about the importance of fat to arctic animals. The goal is to demonstrate the property of fat and the benefits of having fat stored in an arctic animal’s body. Read transcript This...
Making Observations: Five Senses with Apples

Making Observations: Five Senses with Apples

Katie Holzman | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, Kansas An exploration of the five senses using varieties of apples to see and feel different sizes and shapes, different tastes and smells, and hear different...
Scientific Observation: Look, Touch, Taste

Scientific Observation: Look, Touch, Taste

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas Basic food items can form the base for teaching scientific observation. Using things that look similar, but taste different, like flour, sugar, and salt, the teacher has students look, touch, and taste each...
Using Celery to Teach Scientific Method

Using Celery to Teach Scientific Method

Blake Burbach | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses celery and food coloring as an experiment to introduce the Scientific Method. Each step of the Scientific Method is taught during this...
Making Observations: Sense of Smell

Making Observations: Sense of Smell

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher reviews all five senses before focusing on the sense of smell for this lesson. Students smell different scents and decide whether they think the smell is good or bad. They graph their...
Observing the Growth of Bean Seeds

Observing the Growth of Bean Seeds

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This science activity tracks the growth of bean seeds. Each students plants a seed and watches the way it grows and changes over time, while drawing their...
Outdoor Game Using Observation and Senses

Outdoor Game Using Observation and Senses

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this game, students use their senses to explore outdoors. The teacher asks them to find objects with certain characteristics, such as smooth, small, rough, or crunchy. When students find things that...
Making Observations by Touching Objects

Making Observations by Touching Objects

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, students learn how to make observations using their sense of touch. The teacher provides several objects for students to touch and hold, and they sort the objects according to whether they...
Working on Observation Using a Listening Game

Working on Observation Using a Listening Game

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches students how to make scientific observations with their sense of hearing. The teacher places objects in small boxes that will make different sounds when the box is shaken. The students...
Using Paint to Teach Colors and Observation

Using Paint to Teach Colors and Observation

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher uses watercolor paint to teach students about observing colors with their sense of sight. They also observe colors in their classroom and...
Water Activity: Exploring and Observing

Water Activity: Exploring and Observing

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher sets up an “Observation Station” for students to play, explore and discover the properties of water. They also learn vocabulary such as “float” and...
Which Holds More?

Which Holds More?

This video demonstrates an activity for teaching capacity in kindergarten and preschool. Students look at two containers and try to determine which one would hold more liquid. One of the goals in this lesson is to get young students thinking about precise ways to...
Activity: Observing Opposites in Nature

Activity: Observing Opposites in Nature

This lesson, also called Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other, engages students in using their senses and observations to identify and classify objects in the garden classroom. It also introduces language arts and the concept of opposites. Find this and hundreds more...
Ideas for Investigating Nature

Ideas for Investigating Nature

This video shares many ideas for how preschool children can engage in learning activities while investigating insects, worms, gardening, and other aspects of nature. Read more about the Investigations curriculum used by the Center for Early Childhood Education at...