Lower School News & Stories
Science and Children, a journal of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), has just published kindergarten teacher Jyoti Gopal’s latest article, “Eating the Alphabet,” which explains how she uses a daily morning routine to link science, math, literacy, and social studies in her classroom.
The article provides fellow elementary school teachers with information on how to implement a taste-testing program that corresponds to studying the letters of the alphabet. The taste test offers a multitude of opportunities to explore concepts in science (observation, analyzing and interpreting data), math (counting, tallying, graphing), literacy (reading, writing, building vocabulary), and social studies (learning where different foods come from, mapping foods’ origins).
This is the second article Jyoti has had published in Science and Children; in February 2013 she and Ella Pastor, the Lower School Environmental Education Facilitator, co-wrote an article called “Indoor-Outdoor Science” that detailed the kindergarten science curriculum. The article was later expanded and turned into a chapter, "Science in Our Backyard: How a School is Turning Its Grounds into a Living Lab," for a S.T.E.M. Monograph compiled by Dr. Robert Yager, a University of Iowa Professor of Science Education.
“Hats off to Jyoti for another published article,” said Lower School Director of Early Learning Rebecca Greller. “It is well written and has clear examples of several cross-curricular connections.”