ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue2 - Page 30

SMALL TALK Sh aw sh een pr esch ool h as ju st bu ilt it s ver y ow n Scien ce Lab! Th e st af f h as spen t t h e past f ew m on t h s or gan izin g, collect in g an d r esear ch in g scien ce lesson s an d m at er ials based on t h e M assach u set t s Fr am ew or k s. Wit h t h e h elp of An dover ?s PK-12 Scien ce Coor din at or St eve San bor n , t h e t eam w as able t o secu r e a gr an t f r om t h e An don a Societ y t o cover t h e cost of m ost of t h e m at er ials. Th e t each er s h ave assem bled 7 scien ce u n it s: Scien t if ic In vest igat ion , For ce & M ot ion , Pr oper t ies of M at t er , Lif e Pr ocesses, Ear t h an d Space, Ear t h?s Resou r ces an d En gin eer in g. Th er e ar e lesson plan s t o go w it h each on e. A sign -ou t syst em w as cr eat ed so t each er s can bor r ow m at er ials t o u se in t h e classr oom an d t h en r et u r n t h em f or t h e n ext class t o u se. In addit ion t o f or m al lesson s, t h er e ar e a var iet y of m at er ials w h ich can be u sed f or f r ee explor at ion . Th ese it em s in clu de r ock s, seash ells, m agn et s an d book s abou t scien ce. Th e st u den t s can u se balan ces, m agn if yin g glasses, f lash ligh t s an d f an s, am on g ot h er t ools, in or der t o explor e dif f er en t pr oper t ies an d ch ar act er ist ics. Th er e is even a m agn et ic m ar ble r u n t h at st ick s t o t h e w all. Ch ildr en can ch an ge t h e con f igu r at ion t o m ak e it look h ow ever t h ey w an t . Th r ou gh t h e design pr ocess, ch ildr en begin t o develop im por t an t sk ills, in clu din g pr oblem -solvin g, com m u n icat ion , cr it ical t h in k in g, per sist en ce an d collabor at ion .