Science or Discovery Center

The science center offers an opportunity for observation, exploration, and experimentation with theme-related materials. Learning is supported by informational texts and investigative tools such as tweezers, magnifying glasses, thermometers, scales, or other measuring tools. Some types of observations may change over time, such as plant growth, so keeping a written record is essential to understanding the topic. This also provides opportunities for purposeful writing. Teachers can model how to record observations and provide assistance for children who need help. Some children may be able to record by drawing and writing about their own observations while others may need the teacher to take dictation.


  • Magnets
  • Binoculars
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Thermometers
  • Scales
  • Rulers or other measuring tools
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Living things (fish, plants, etc.)
  • Natural items (rocks, minerals, seashells, mounted insects, etc.)
  • Labeled storage (photo + text)
  • Writing materials
  • Related books