Additional elementary articles:
By Aubrey Vance, Educational Services Manager
Science knowledge and skills don’t just
magically start to develop when students start
third grade. In fact, we at Pitsco Education
recognize that it should start much, much
earlier. Because of this, we have partnered
with TTS to create rich content for products
that are developmentally appropriate to
encourage your young scientists. In every
activity guide you will find:
- Alignment to standards: Even at a young
age, students are expected to develop
specific skills that prepare them to become
deeper thinkers and problem solvers. Our
guides not only align to science standards
but also offer opportunities to practice
ELA and math standards. Because, as we
know, practice makes perfect!
- Flexible implementation: We get
it – we all have different needs in the
classroom. Our students are at many
different ability levels. Our schedules
are constantly being rearranged.
With that in mind, we added a few
accommodations to these activities.
- Differentiation: Every
activity guide is geared
toward students in Grades
PreK-2. However, anyone
who has taught those ages
understands there’s a LOT of
development that happens
during those years. The activity guides
are written so you can tailor the
lesson and activities to the abilities of
your students. From class discussions
to worksheets for different ability
levels, we’ve got you covered!
- Group size: With early childhood learning, there are a variety of settings
where you can teach to a small group. But there are times when you
have the whole class. The activity guides are flexible. Whether as whole
class, in small groups, or even individually, students can access the
information and develop their knowledge. Plus, we provide additional
ideas to take these activities and place them in a center. That’s because
learning doesn’t end when the lesson ends.
- Time frames: Speaking of flexible, sometimes you are left with small
pockets of time to fill in your classroom. These activity guides can be
broken down into smaller chunks, allowing you to utilize every minute in
- Real-world application: The beauty of STEM is understanding that what
we learn at school is used in the real world. With that in mind, every guide
includes an engineering challenge with a real-world application. Students are
presented with a scenario that happens in our lives and identify the problem
as well as develop an answer. All this connects back to the knowledge that
they’ve built during the lessons.
- Career integration: It’s never too early to start helping children understand
that school has a purpose, that learning can lead us to careers we are
passionate about. Every activity guide provides you with four specific careers
that pertain to the lessons. Plus, we discuss how you can introduce these
careers to your students.
- Practice the 4Cs: Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and
creativity are integral parts of STEM activities. Each lesson in the activity
guides includes opportunities for the students to practice these skills. Your
students’ future teachers will thank you.
- Hands on: It wouldn’t be Pitsco without hands on, right? #handsonmindson!
Every lesson is filled with opportunities to explore, question, and discuss.
Plus, we give tips for successful implementation so the hands-on learning
becomes a positive experience for everyone.
- Vocabulary: Introducing scientific vocabulary to early learners can help lay
a foundation for academic language. By breaking down these advanced
concepts into simple definitions and associated illustrations, students are
better able to integrate the language into their conversation. With that in mind,
we’ve included vocabulary words, definitions, and illustrations – ready to post
on your Word Wall and to help your scientists expand their vocabulary.