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These activities are part of Science World’s Big Science For Little Hands program. They were developed and tested with preschool and kindergarten educators.
In this unit designed for kindergarten classrooms, students learn all about the science of the circle in activities that explore shapes, wheels, and movement. Some of the activities are done in stations.
Here is how a selection of these activities could become a week-long unit of study in a kindergarten classroom.
Round-themed songs, rhymes and games include 'The Wheels on the Bus', 'Ring Around the Rosie', 'Round and Round the Garden Goes the Teddy Bear', 'She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain', 'The Hokey-Pokey' and 'Duck, Duck, Goose'.
Have a 'round' picnic! Cut sandwiches into circles, or use round bread. Eat round cookies or crackers, or round slices of fruits and vegetables.
Check out some important metal circles - coins! There are a number of ways to introduce kindergarteners to coins. They can make crayon rubbings, sort the coins into different categories, or try rolling them in a 'coin race'. Do they think the bigger ones will go faster, or the smaller ones? Which ones will go farther? What about a whole roll of coins?
Definitions for kindergarteners:
spheres - Balls and other round things.
circular - In the shape of a circle.
cylinder - A tube shape.
steep - Going from down near the ground to up high, like a hill, staircase. ramp, or mountain.
ramp - A slanted ground or surface that things roll down.
Science World | School Workshops | Roller Coaster
Science World Resources | Full Unit | Bubbles
(for primary and intermediate students, but with many activities appropriate or adaptable for kindergarteners)
Science World Resources | Exploration | Shape Scavenger Hunt
EverythingPreschool.com | Shapes Theme
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Education Place | Shape-Book Patterns
First School | Shapes Printable Activities
The Activity Idea Place | Shapes Preschool Lesson Plans
Hummingbird Educational Resources | Lotsa Lesson Plans - Shapes
edHelper.com | Shapes Activities
Little Giraffes Teaching Ideas | Shapes Songs & Activities
Peep and the Big Wide World | Educators | Exploring Ramps: Full Curriculum
PBS Parents | Curious George Parent-Child Activities | Ramp-N-Roll
Peep and the Big Wide World | Parents | Anywhere Activities | Roller Ball
Peep and the Big Wide World | Parents | Anywhere Activities | High Rollers
BBC Schools | Science Clips: Resources for Teachers | Pushes and Pulls
More Than Magnets: Exploring the Wonders of Science in Preschool and Kindergarten, Sally Moomaw & Brenda Hieronymus
Exploring Water with Young Children, Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth
Worms, Shadows and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom, Karen Worth & Sharon Grollman