Preschool Science Curriculum Maps

Published: 10/1/2012 2:26 PM

Preschool Science Curriculum Maps

 

Hardin County Preschool Science Curriculum Map
Hardin County Schools
Preschool Science
 
Why did your school/district decide to develop curriculum maps?
To identify when and how often standards are taught with the goal of teaching standards through a spiral approach.
 
To ensure that instructional gaps are identified and addressed.
 
To facilitate vertical and horizontal communication in order to create continuity and continuous progress.
 
 
How did your school/district begin?
With preschool, we started with our standards based Units of Study, developed by our preschool teachers, and organized the identified standards into the months taught. These were then placed on curriculum maps by content area.
 
What were the stages in the process?
In the Hardin County School District, our preschool teachers have developed Units of Study that embed all of our district standards (Exit Expectations) into the daily routine and lessons taught. All Units of Study have an Overview Outline, Unit Extension Map, Small Group Map and Specific Lesson Plans. The Overview Outline lists the month the unit is to be taught and all content standards to be addressed in each unit. The Overview Outline was used to complete the following mapping process:
 
1. The month that each content standard is addressed was listed beside each standard on our Exit Expectations (standards) document.
 
2. Standards that were not addressed at all or were addressed less than 3 times were highlighted.

 

3. Highlighted standards were inserted into appropriate units to ensure standards were addressed multiple times throughout the year.

 

4. Standards that are embedded continuously and naturally through the daily routine were identified with (E) (embedded).

 

Where is your school/district in the development of curriculum maps?
Various schools in our district are in different stages of development regarding curriculum mapping. Preschool has completed curriculum maps for every content area.

 

What are your next steps in the development of curriculum maps or after completion of maps?
The curriculum maps are based on the Units of Study and actually show the standards that are proposed through the instruction of that unit. Our teachers will use these maps as a self-checking system. They will check or highlight the standards within each month as they are addressed. As they proceed through the year, they will be creating a "diary map" of what was actually taught in their classroom.

 

If you have questions or comments about this map or process, please contact Nannette Johnston at Hardin County Schools.

Note:
If you'd like to use this map or amend it to suit your needs, please check below for a handy Microsoft Word version. Just click on the Word icon to open it on your computer, and then choose Word's Save As command to save it locally.

Hardin Co Preschool Map Science.docHardin Co Preschool Map Science.doc



Calloway County Preschool Science Curriculum Map
Calloway County Schools shared their preschool science curriculum map and the description below.
 
Calloway County Preschool Curriculum Map
Science
 
Beginning in the 2003-2004 school year, the Calloway County Preschool teachers began conducting a standards audit at the end of the first semester and again at the end of the school year to document the presentation of the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards (KECS). An extension of this initiative led to the development of curriculum maps to ensure that all of our students were systematically exposed to each of the KECS during the school year. The curriculum maps were developed during professional development training in January of 2005. The progressive stages of developing the maps began with viewing examples of other preschool curriculum maps. The preschool faculty next collaborated across the preschool teacher/assistant teams within Calloway County Preschool and expanded these collaborative efforts to include kindergarten faculties in the three elementary schools. The third stage included the preschool faculty instituting a process of review, revision, and implementation, which will be ongoing.
 
One of the most helpful aspects of the maps created is that the faculty has cross-referenced the goals of the curriculum program the preschool is currently using. This will help the teachers in their preparation and planning for lessons. By listing content standards sequentially with the monthly schedule all teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate on lesson plans and activities that will assist in providing a more consistent instructional frame work for the foundation for all classes. This will also allow teachers to meet the individual educational needs for all students.
 
It is also important to address assessment as part of the process of increasing student outcomes. At the preschool level assessment must take many different forms. For the purpose of the maps, teachers are required to maintain checklists, make observations, and use rubrics to assess the progress of each of their students.
 
Calloway County Preschool is now prepared to implement the curriculum maps for the 2005/2006 school year. In order to successfully implement the maps, a goal has been included in our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan that will assist in this process. Plans are in place to review and possibly revise the maps in January of 2006.
 
If you have questions or comments about this map or process, please contact Jason Scarbrough at Calloway County Schools.

Calloway County Schools Curriculum Map
Preschool Science

Note: If you'd like to use this map or amend it to suit your needs, please check below for a handy Microsoft Word version. Just click on the Word icon to open it on your computer, and then choose Word's Save As command to save it locally.

CM Calloway Preschool Science.docCM Calloway Preschool Science.doc
Sean Elkins
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Division of Program Standards
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