November 5, 2014
Science Lesson Plan
Name of Activity: The M&M Experiment
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Type of Activity: Small Group
Curriculum Area: Science
Lesson Plan # 4
CCGPS Standard- SKL2.e: Recognize that you are similar and different from other students. 1. Given various colored M&M’s cut in half, the child will recognize that like M&M’s, people might look different on the outside but inside they are the same, at an age appropriate level. CCGPS Standard- SKCS4.a: Use a model- such as a toy or picture- to describe a feature of a primary thing. 2. Given pictures of people with various skin colors the child using the sense of sight will describe the differences in their physical features to the satisfaction of the teacher. Materials:
Bag of M&M’s
Pictures of people with various skin colors
Teacher enters the small group setting holding pictures of people with various skin colors. 2. Developmental activity:
The teacher then ask the children “why do people have different color skin?” The children will be expected to respond with various answers: “because they are different”
“because we were born that way”
“because of their family”
“because that’s the way God made us”
The teacher will then respond by giving the students background information on why people are different colors and then explaining to them that although were different colors that doesn’t make us different, we are still the same on the inside. The teacher will then pour M&M’s onto the table.
The teacher will then ask the children to observe the M&M’s to see if there are any differences between them. The children’s expected response “they are all different colors” “one is red, one is blue, one is brown, one is green and one is orange.” The teacher will then respond “yes, that is right!” and explain “that like the pictures, the M&M’s come in different colors too.” The teacher will ask the children “If the M&M’s are different on the outside, what do you think they look like on the inside? Are they all different on the inside, or are they the same?” Using the information learned from the pictures the students will make a prediction. The teacher will then write down each student’s prediction. From the students prediction we can create a hypothesis.
After the students have given their predictions and the hypothesis has been made the children will test to see if their hypothesis is correct. The teacher will test the hypothesis by cutting a variety of colored M&Ms in half so the children can see the insides of each color. For data the teacher will then take a picture of the M&M’s before they are cut and then again after they are cut. From testing and collecting data through pictures, depending on the child’s prediction, they will be able to conclude whether or not their prediction, hypothesis, was correct. The teacher will then discuss with the children how people and M&M’s might look different on the outside, but on the inside we are all the same. The children will then share and discuss with others what they learned. The teacher will then ask if any of students have any questions regarding the experiment. Once all questions have been answered the children will gather to the carpet for large group. 3. The Assessment:
The teacher will write down each children’s predictions on a chart. The teacher will observe the children at each task.
Using anecdotal notes the teacher will write down similarities and differences the child may notice between themselves and the pictures. 4. Closing Activity:
At the large group setting the teacher will bring the pictures of people with various skin colors. The teacher will then again ask the students “why do people have different color skin?” Each child will respond individually.
Transition: Once the child has responded they will head to the sink to wash their...
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