Active learning begins with curiosity! Curious George—that beloved inquisitive, mischievous monkey—is the perfect character to inspire children to explore the world around them.
The goal of the Curious George television series and online resources is to provide young children with a foundation for understanding science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) concepts. The videos and activities encourage students to be curious, ask questions, be observant, predict outcomes, and document their findings. The simple, hands-on investigations for the classroom invite children to experiment, formulate theories, and make sense of the world around them. These skills and “habits of mind” establish a base for academic success and lifelong learning.
The activities use a child-centered, developmentally-appropriate, inquiry-based approach. Students:
Plan and conduct experiments and investigations
Use simple equipment to gather data and information
Share observations, questions, solutions, and explanations
You don’t need to be an expert engineer, scientist, or mathematician to guide your students. Following the simple steps below will help you acquire a basic understanding of the concepts and prepare you to support the classroom investigations. You can respond to your students’ ideas and efforts with thoughtful questions and suggestions that encourage them to observe more closely, experiment further, and make meaningful connections.
1. Preview the activity. Watch the video and read through the lesson to preview the concepts being explored. Note any adaptations you may want to make or extensions you want to use. Connect the lesson with previous explorations you’ve done on the topic.
2. Try it–you’ll like it! Roll up your sleeves, assemble the materials, and try out the lesson. Make additional notes about adaptations or extensions. Note important vocabulary to use when talking about the lesson and ways in which you can help students understand use those new words.
3. Browse through the books. Collect and read the recommended picture books. (Ask your librarian for additional titles as well.) The nonfiction books will provide a basic overview of the STEM concepts being explored. Using informational texts is also an important literacy skill that students need to develop and improve.
You may choose to have students watch the Curious George video before or after they engage in the hands-on activity. You may want to ask questions before watching to direct students’ viewing. Discuss what children see and hear after watching. Help students make connections with what they see in the video and what they are (or will be) learning through their hands-on explorations.
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