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Think Green!. Integrate Science into the Everyday Classroom By Joyce Dutcher, Ed.D. University of Houston-Downtown Basic Science Process Skills. Observing Classifying Communicating Measuring Predicting Inferring. In an Early Childhood Classroom,.

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Think green

Think Green!

Integrate Science into the Everyday Classroom


Joyce Dutcher, Ed.D.

University of Houston-Downtown

Basic science process skills
Basic Science Process Skills

  • Observing

  • Classifying

  • Communicating

  • Measuring

  • Predicting

  • Inferring

In an early childhood classroom
In an Early Childhood Classroom,

Thinking Green Means…



Water Conservation

Energy Reduction

Waste Management


Pollution Prevention


Model, Model, Model

My little green book by
My Little Green Book By____________


  • Fold an 8 ½ x 11” sheet of green paper in half, then into quarters, and finally into eights.

  • Reopen it into the half layout.

  • Once this is done then tear half way down the center fold.

  • Open the paper. Re-close in half long way.

  • Push the two ends together like an accordion.

  • You have now created a 6 page book with a cover.

  • Title your book: My Little Green Book

Think green



Think creatively, share ideas.

How might these be incorporated into developmentally appropriate practices?



Literature ideas and resources recommended by others
Literature, Ideas and Resources Recommended by Others


  • The Lorax by Dr. Seus (Air)

  • The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole (Water)

  • Weatherwatch by Valerie Wyatt (Air; Pollution)

  • Where Does Our Garbage Go? By Joan Bowden (Recycling)

A curriculum integration activity
A Curriculum Integration Activity…

The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read

by Irma Black

How might you use
How might you use…

  • A newspaper

  • Magazines

  • Cereal cartons (small and large)

  • Empty boxes/rolls, etc.

  • Plastic bags and bottles

  • Used water,

  • Soil, sand or rocks,

  • Odds and ends, and more...

    For reading, math, science,social studies, and other content areas…???

Things to make
Things to Make

  • Mobiles

  • Future buildings

  • Collages

  • Book holders

  • Wrapping paper

  • Center games/activities

  • Transition aids

  • Placemats

  • Tactile Mural

  • Bird Feeders

  • Parachutes

  • Things that Go; Float; Create Sound, etc.

A project sample
A Project Sample

Dear Parents,

 This month we are talking about 3-D shapes in math.  We are doing this while also beginning to learn about money and while adding onto our counting and graphing skills.  As you can see, we are working on many skills over time. J

 To get kids thinking on a higher level, we will look at how 3-D shapes are integrated into architecture.  This give a real purpose for knowing these shapes!   Julie’s parents are both architects and they are going to visit our room to talk a bit about their work.  They have helped build schools and they know a lot about computer designed buildings.  We are so fortunate to get to hear from them firsthand!  They are also helping with our playground's internationally themed structures!

We hope to add a little piece about green building and the Heifer Building here in town.  After that, the kids will be asked to build their own building out of boxes, paper towel or wrapping paper cylinders, etc.  They can add landscapes if they like.  They can make a house, school, library, bank, church, etc.  These will be made from recycled materials only.  Just like the Heifer building.  I am hoping that these can be displayed outside of the lunchroom for all to enjoy.  Please begin saving boxes, cylinders, etc.  These will be due after Xmas so take lots of time and use all of your Xmas packaging to have fun. 

Size limit:  No larger than a 2 foot square base and 4 feet tall.  A sign telling the name of the building and the architect (child's name) should be a part of the design.

No glass but anything else can be used!

Let me know if you have any questions1  Your child should get to do as much of the work as possible!!!

I am very excited to see what our classroom architects will design! J

Jan Robbins

Kindergarten Teacher Little Rock, AR

Sample activities
Sample Activities

  • Water Cycle Relay

  • Worm Composting

  • Your Ideas…

Be a role model
Be a Role Model

  • Turn off computers, monitors or other electrical devices when not in use.

  • Enlist energy watchers

  • Automate your water usage

  • Create classroom/school recycling bins

  • Go paperless or reuse paper

Become a
Become A…

  • Forest Friend

  • Creative Artist

  • Critical Thinker and/or Problem-solver

  • Water Conservationist

  • Energy Saver

  • Health and Safety Advocate

  • Caregiver of our Earth

References resources
References & Resources

  • Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission;

  • Keep Texas Beautiful;

  • Project Learning Tree;

  • Texas Water Commission;

  • Project Wild; Project Aquatic Wild;

  • Texas Council for Elementary Science;

  • Texas Association of Earth Science Teachers;

  • And More….