Content is aligned to general education standards and taught systematically by incorporating scripted lessons, least intrusive prompt strategies, teachable objectives, and ongoing assessments. Appropriate for K–5 students, including those with autism.
The 28 lessons follow a standard sequence. Students engage by discussing Wonder Stories; investigate through hands-on experiments; describe and explain concept statements using vocabulary cards, posters, and games; and report findings in their My Science Logs.
Early Science Curriculum Plus includes four Teacher’s Guides, Implementation Guide, Wonder Wally Storybook, one My Science Log Student Book, 10 My Science Log consumable Student Workbooks, safety and KWHL posters, Wonder Wally game, vocabulary cards, photo cards, safety rule cards, concept statement cards, wonder question cards, PDFs on disc, the GoWorksheet Maker App, a set of corresponding GoWorksheet activities, and samples of communication overlays. The kit also includes Student Experiment Materials: four goggles, prism, four geodes, three minerals, four rocks, butterfly stage objects and garden, clay, and styrofoam ball. Storage bin, plus cases for cards and rocks, keep materials organized.
● Four units (Five Senses, Rock Cycle, Earth and Sky, and Life Cycle) focus on the most frequently occurring science standards
● A list of skill-building benchmarks plus general education alignment objectives
● Embedded instructions for technology
● A chain of responses to guide students
● Scripted lessons to increase teacher fidelity and reduce prep time
● Progress reports using My Science Logs and end-of-unit assessments
Early Science: Implementation Guide, 66 pages; Teacher's Guide: The Five Senses, 108 pages; Teacher's Guide: The Rock Cycle, 104 pages; Teacher's Guide: Earth and Sky, 108 pages; Teacher's Guide: The Life Cycle, 106 pages; Wonder Wally Storybook, 110 pages; My Science Log, 120 pages. All books are 8½ x 11 inches, full color, spiral bound, 2012.
Smith, Spooner, Browder, and Jimenez (2011) demonstrated the effectiveness of the Early Science Curriculum with elementary students who have moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities, including autism. Students learned science vocabulary and concepts linked to grade-level standards.
Supporting Research Articles:
Smith, B. R., Spooner, F., Jimenez, B. A., & Browder, D. (2013). Using an early science curriculum to teach science vocabulary and concepts to students with severe developmental disabilities. Education & Treatment of Children, 36, 1-31.
|Author||Bree Jimenez, PhD; Victoria Knight, PhD; and Diane Browder, PhD|
|ISBN||1-57861-815-0, 1-57861-816-9, 1-57861-817-7, 1-57861-818-5|