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Kindergarten students introduced to Science Concepts

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Amplify Science curriculum getting kids excited about Science

      How cool is it to learn Science concepts, while playing the role of a scientist or engineer?

      Kids as young as kindergarten age are taking on these new roles at school in order to investigate a real-world problem. The problems they are examining relevant to 21st century situations lead them to investigate different scientific phenomena.

      It is a brand new program currently being rolled out in grades K-8 called Amplify Science.  Prior to this specialty class program facilitated by certified Teacher Emily Upchurch, Science lessons were embedded in the Language Arts program. Science was not a focus at such a young age.

      So, it is like a new subject has been added to each kindergarten students’ schedule once a week. There is a lot of excitement surrounding this new opportunity at Walker Early Learning Center.  

      “It is one of our best curriculums because students experience Science on a first-hand basis,” explained Wayne County Schools Curriculum Specialist Shawn Stinson. “Amplify Science is the gold standard for Science curriculum.”

       “Our kindergarten students are getting a much richer experience now with this curriculum,” noted Walker Early Learning Center Instructional Coach Amanda Beck.

         For instance, in lesson 1.4, Beck explained that the students took on the roles of engineers and were able to accomplish three goals. “They were able to talk, investigate, and record like engineers as they practiced with their homemade pinball machines and recorded their findings after their investigation. They were able to tell me in a complete sentence what happened with their science words!”

           Plus, Beck admitted they looked really cute in their career day attire…

           Science Teacher Emily Upchurch said their favorite lesson has probably been making the pinball machines and using rubber bands to launch the ball. It is part of the first unit of three units they are tackling this year related to force – Pushes and Pulls (Physical Science). The other two units relate to sunlight and weather (Earth Science), as well as needs of plants and animals (Life Science). There are 66 lessons in each unit that provide lots of information and go into considerable depth.

           “We’ll be lucky to go through all of these,” said Upchurch. “They’ve sent me kits for all the lessons in big totes with all kinds of supplies ranging from books to maps to seeds. You name it and we’ve got it.”

            “It is interesting to see how fast the students have picked up the information and concepts,” said Upchurch. “They are even using the scientific vocabulary.”

           “They really like this program,” noted Upchurch. “Part of the fun is that they like to get up out of their seat and move around. We get down on the floor and play rug ball with a big styrofoam ball sometimes, just to get our exercise building up to the next project. Each lesson lays a foundation that we build upon.”

           Lesson 2.1 Exploring Shorter and Longer Distances where students work in couples has been another successful experiment. One of the partners roll a ball a short distance or a long distance. When partner B passed the ball back to you, roll it again. This time try to make it go a shorter distance or a longer distance than before. The partners switched roles after they had rolled the ball twice. They used a shoelace as a border to help measure the distance.

       Beck concluded, “Amplify Science blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. They are developing models or explanations to arrive at solutions.”

Amplify Science Pictures

Several students exploring distance during a science experimentSeveral students exploring distance during a science experiment

2 students participate in a science experiment having to do with distance2 students participate in a science experiment having to do with distance

Boys had fun being part of an Amplify Science experimentBoys had fun being part of an Amplify Science experiment

Girls rolled a ball back and forth to learn about distanceGirls rolled a ball back and forth to learn about distance

Boys rolling the ballBoys rolling the ball 

Amanda Beck Science 

Amanda Beck's kindergarten class doing a science experimentAmanda Beck's kindergarten class doing a science experiment 

Students investigate how pinball machines workStudents investigate how pinball machines work

Kindergarten students have fun with the pinball machinesKindergarten students have fun with the pinball machines 

Students conduct science experiment and learn about what its like to be engineersStudents conduct science experiment and learn about what its like to be engineers 

Amanda Becks class had fun learning about scienceAmanda Becks class had fun learning about science





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