Often with a great hands-on science program, vocabulary takes a back seat to general concept-building. When this happens, your students understand the various science concepts but don’t test well. We have found that students may “get” the concepts, but don’t have a solid grasp of the specific vocabulary needed to communicate understanding of these concepts. We created Seeing Science Structures™ as a supplement to bridge this gap from hands-on to testing. Seeing Science Structures™ was intentionally arranged into specific topics which are tightly-focused in scope but flexible in sequence. Units are not rigidly organized into “days” or “weeks,” and they don’t follow a prescribed order. Use them in the order that makes sense for your curriculum, and spend as much, or little, time as you need! Each unit has a carefully selected and structured vocabulary and note-taking sheet. Even hesitant or new science teachers can feel confident as they easily guide their students through the complexities of their science content. After guided note-taking, students then move to an independent (or group) Think Sheet where they apply their newly-attained knowledge.
Students use this combination of vocabulary and activities to complete their Concept Builder (teacher -guided concept understanding) and Think Sheets (student application).
Seeing Science Structures™ is based on the goals and standards of the National Academy of Sciences and is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), so it offers a rigorous, inquiry-based approach to science review for any classroom. Seeing Science Structures™ includes:
- Vocabulary Cards and Pocket Chart
- Topic Cards with Pocket
- Activity Key Poster
- Core Vocabulary Poster
- Table of Contents Guide
- CD with:
- 36 Printable Think Sheets
- 36 Printable Concept Builders (to guide note taking)
- Core Vocabulary Recording Sheets
- Visual Program Overview (Tutorial Video)
- Printable Manual
- Answer Keys
- Correlations to the TEKS and NSES
Tables of Contents:
These tables of contents list all of the units in each grade. Remember, you don’t have to move in the stated order, we just provide them as a guide for planning how Seeing Science Structures™ will integrate with your curriculum. Take a look at the following PDFs to see what kinds of material are covered!
- Seeing Science Structures Grade 2 Table of Contents
- Seeing Science Structures Grade 3 Table of Contents
- Seeing Science Structures Grade 4 Table of Contents
- Seeing Science Structures Grade 5 Table of Contents
Looking for other science reviews? We also offer Science Vocabulary Pictures™ flash cards for quick daily review of important science terms.