Grade Levels: Elementary
This hands-on, inquiry science program for grades K-6 has been revised and updated to meet the needs of today's teacher:
The Insights curriculum consists of 21 units, each designed to be used at one of two grade levels. The units can be used as a core curriculum which can be extended or expanded to meet the needs of a particular school system. The units can also be used individually in conjunction with existing programs.
Standards-basedThe Insights curriculum is closely aligned with the National Science Education Standards. The standards provide a vision for science education; Insights translates that vision into reality.
The National Science Foundation originally funded Insights and considers it to be one of the few national curricula that reflects the teaching, content, and assessment standards of the NSES.
The curriculum is based on the research on effective science teaching for inner city students. This research highlights the importance of specific instructional strategies. Among these are: direct exploratory and problem solving experience with materials, relevance to the lives of students, extensive use of language, cooperative and team learning, and the inclusion of role models reflective of racial, gender, and cultural make-up of the student body.