Montessori Scope and Sequence: Science

Montessori FoundationScience in Montessori is known for introducing children to advanced topics in the early years, from how the world began to basic principles of zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. At the same time, the Montessori materials and lessons are meant to encourage a sense of wonder at the grandeur of the universe, the simple beauty of the physical laws, and the miracle of life. Beginning with lessons in sorting objects intended for the youngest child, and extending all the way to engaging in debates about global warming, the Science Scope and Sequence was designed to be a comprehensive resource that provides essential information to Montessori guides for classrooms ranging in age from Toddler through Upper Elementary. As was mentioned in the introduction, this scope and sequence was not intended to be a “one-size-fits-all” checklist of all the lessons and materials that should be covered, but instead a resource to select from when planning lessons and recording student progress.

The organizational design of the Science Scope and Sequence was created specifically to be used in Montessori Compass. Within Montessori Compass, guides have access to the entire scope and sequence for their classrooms, but can use the organizational structure and search features to efficiently find the exact content they need. It is also important to note that within Montessori Compass, schools and guides can adapt the curriculum, at any organizational level, to meet their own needs.

The Science Scope and Sequence provides students with many opportunities to focus on the process and issues of science: the study of life, the laws and structure of the universe, and the work of scientists. Students learn to ask questions, follow a systematic process of observation, collect and analyze data, and conduct controlled experiments. With these goals in mind, the sequence of the use of lessons and materials is important. All of the content for Science is divided into sub-categories and these sub-categories and the lessons within them are listed in the order in which they would be introduced for most children in many Montessori classrooms.

The organizational design of the Science Scope and Sequence was created specifically to be used in Montessori Compass. Within Montessori Compass, guides have access to the entire scope and sequence for their classrooms, but can use the organizational structure and search features to efficiently find the exact content they need. It is also important to note that within Montessori Compass, schools and guides can adapt the curriculum, at any organizational level, to meet their own needs.


Science in Montessori Compass

The Science Scope and Sequence is designed to help children prepare for a lifetime of learning and discovery. The sub-categories reflect that purpose in their areas of focus. In addition to parent-friendly descriptions, lessons are accompanied by defined measurable learning objectives, referred to within MC as "elements." A guide may choose to plan a lesson such as “Animals: Vertebrates and Non-Vertebrates,” or to plan for a specific element within the lesson such as “Sorts images of animals into sets of vertebrates and non-vertebrates.” The same is true for recording student progress. The guide could mark the student’s progress in the general lesson/activity, “Animals: Vertebrates and Non-Vertebrates,” or mark progress within a specific element. *It is important to note that elements, with defined measurable objectives, have been aligned to the CCSS; not the individual lessons. 


 

Viewing Science Online

The Science Scope and Sequence is displayed on the spreadsheet with the same organization as within MC. For the example given above, the lesson "Animals: Vertebrates and Non-Vertebrates" is listed adjacent to the sub-category of "Classifications of Plants and Animals." The parent-friendly descriptions and the associated elements for each lesson are included as well. Please note that when multiple elements are present, the lesson and lesson description are present multiple times. Lastly, the recommended cycle years for the lesson/activity is indicated by an 'X' in the columns on the right.  

The viewer contains controls to help you better navigate the S&S. The 4 horizontal lines = Table of Contents, Magnifying Glass = Search, and the Square on right = Full-Screen.