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 Log books.
Early Science Curriculum Plus includes: four Teacher’s Guides, Implementation Guide, Wonder Wally Storybook, one My Science Log Student Book, safety and KWHL posters, Wonder Wally game, vocabulary cards, photo cards, safety rule cards, concept statement cards, wonder question cards, downloadable digital resources, 10 My Science Log consumable Student Workbooks, the entire page set of workbook pages as accessible GoWorksheets (iPad only), and samples of communication overlays. The GoWorksheets can be used with the free GoWorksheet app or the full GoWorksheet Plus app available on the App Store. All books are 8½ x 11 inches, spiral bound, and full color.
The Curriculum Plus kit also includes Student Experiment Materials: four pairs of goggles, 1 prism, four geodes, three minerals, four rocks, butterfly stage objects and garden, clay, 1 styrofoam ball, a storage bin, and cases for cards and rocks.
- 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
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|
|Number of Pages||Implementation Guide: 66 pgs; Teacher's Guides: The Five Senses: 108 pgs, The Rock Cycle: 104 pgs, Earth and Sky: 108 pgs, The Life Cycle: 106 pgs; Wonder Wally Storybook: 110 pgs; My Science Log: 120 pgs|