Science - Kindergarten

Science - Kindergarten

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Item #: 038308
ISBN: 9781592690886
Grades: K

Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.




Category Description for McRuffy Science:

Much like their math program, McRuffy Science is gentle, hands-on, and uses manipulatives and games to explore and reinforce science topics and ideas. Unlike other curriculums at this level, which are more self-directed with brightly-colored textbooks and basic workbook questions, this program is more teacher-directed and manipulative-based, with little "busy work." McRuffy Science incorporates state and national curriculum standards, while developing scientific knowledge and thinking in an active way. Each kit contains a teacher binder, a student workbook and a resource packet. There are 33 weeks worth of lessons, with science taught two days a week. The authors have allowed that "extra" three weeks for various field trips, review, and "extras" that are sometimes hard to sneak in with a full-to-the-brim schedule. Life science, earth and space science, and physical science are all represented here. Each grade level contains 22 multi-lesson units, and cover topics like weather, the five senses, length, volume, life cycles, and pushing/pulling in Kindergarten; to comparing area, movement, magnets, states of matter, mixtures and electricity in First Grade. There is some topical overlap between K and 1, but the lessons contain different content. At the end of the last lesson in the unit, a short unit evaluation is included for review.

The teacher's manual is the "heart" of the program, and lays out each lesson clearly for you. Each lesson in the teacher's manual contains an objective, a list of materials needed, any preparation that will need done beforehand, a teaching portion, and a conclusion. Lesson content is scripted for the teacher's convenience, with questions and discussion portions in bold (answers are given for some questions). The materials needed are fairly common household, craft, science or math manipulative items including pattern blocks, paper clips, iron filings, a magnifier, wire, a bell, food coloring, a calculator, balloons, seeds, a ping pong ball, marbles, mirrors, and other objects. McRuffy also sells pre-made kits with many of the items included if you want to go that route. The full-color workbooks are spiral-bound and contain student pages that are used with some of the lessons. Again, the activities included in them are not so much "seat work" as they are simple, non-exhaustive activities to be done together. The resource packets contain posters, game boards, charts, and cards for the games. These are full-color and contain illustrations, photos, and charts. The game boards and some of the charts are laminated for reuse. The cards to the games will need to be cut apart before play. Compared to other curriculums I have seen at this level, I like that this one emphasizes necessary concepts like measurement, size, and graphing right along with more "fun" topics like the five senses, weather, and animals. The use of manipulatives, simple activities and games makes the program fun and keeps things varied and exciting. While there is not much reading required for the student, or a text to read from, the topics of each unit are clearly listed in the Scope and Sequence in the teacher's manual, so it would be pretty easy to locate library books and books you may already have on the shelf to complement each topic. Also, because the program doesn't depend on the child for a lot of independent work, you and your child will be exploring science together, which I think will be a very enjoyable experience. - Jess




Primary Subject
Science
Grade
K
ISBN
9781592690886
Format
Other
Brand Name
McRuffy Press
Weight
2.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 12.5" x 2.5"
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Why did you choose this?
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I have 2 kids I am homeschooling and they are 5.5 and 4.5 and I felt this was an inexpensive way to get some science fun in this year.
Melissa on Sep 16, 2019
For our 1st grade class
Patty N on Jun 15, 2016
I have 2 kids I am homeschooling and they are 5.5 and 4.5 and I felt this was an inexpensive way to get some science fun in this year.
Melissa on Sep 16, 2019
Part of curriculum for home school program.
Nancy M on Aug 27, 2017
For our 1st grade class
Patty N on Jun 15, 2016
Part of curriculum for home school program.
Nancy M on Aug 27, 2017
If teaching 2 kids, do I need to purchase anything else or will this one kit suffice?
Melissa on Sep 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I love this package and I suppose one would do. If you don't have a printer/scanner to recreate some pages I would get two workbooks. The extra lab kit is a must I would say unless you have lots of magnets and things around already. I think one lab kit would do just fine!
does this come with manipulatives?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The resource packets included with the program contain posters, game boards, charts, and cards for the games. There are no additional manipulatives.
What topics does this book cover?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are topics in each of the general areas of science - life science, earth and space science, and physical science are all represented here. Each grade level contains 22 multi-lesson units, and cover topics like weather, the five senses, length, volume, life cycles, and pushing/pulling in Kindergarten.
Is this the color kit? McRuffy stated on the website that the color workbook is only sold through their website. The pictures in this description appear to be color and not b&w
A shopper on Feb 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: All of mine came in color, manual, workbook, everything and I did not specify upon ordering.
Is there a separate kit that I need to purchase or is this open the box and teach?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi! I have this curriculum for my girls and while there is a separate kit you can buy, you can also use this as is. I did not buy the extra kit. We are on lesson 6 and I haven't had to purchase any extra stuff so far.
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Great little program! Clear teaching instructions easy to follow and apply. My kindergartener loves it!
September 12, 2019
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5 months ago
No person of color representation
Really disappointed that there is absolutely no diversity represented. Every single drawing, hand, face is a white person. Come on! We can do better than this!
June 20, 2019
My 4 year old daughter and I LOVE the McRuffy Kindergarten Science I find the materials - including the subjects the content and the "experiments" - to be age-appropriate and fun while not being overwhelming or boring The lessons provided cover a good range of subjects for a child 4-5 years old
November 5, 2007

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