The focus of this guide is some of the smaller animals that inhabit our world: insects and spiders. These fascinating creatures provide young children many hands-on opportunities to learn about the diversity of living things, how living things change and grow during their life cycles, and the inter-connectedness of the natural world.
- Introduction to Insects and Spiders
- What Is an Insect?
- What Is a Spider?
- Looking for Insects
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly
- Insect Communication
- Introduction to Ants
- Investigating Ants 1
- Investigating Ants 2
- Insect Vision
Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS®
Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS is a science-centered early childhood curriculum enhancement. MESS includes 10 month-long units that are appropriate for 3- through 5-year-old children. Each unit includes field-tested science experiences, suggestions for ways to integrate each topic across the curriculum, lists of recommended books and science materials, and ideas for involving families in children’s learning at home and in other settings.
MESS® was first developed by a partnership among the Florida Museum of Natural History, Alachua County Library District/Youth Services, and Alachua County Public Schools Early Intervention Services/Prenatal to 5 Year Old Program. An Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant and a ChevronTexaco Foundation Touch Science Grant provided initial funding for MESS. Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families is supporting the further development and expansion of MESS in Head Start classrooms in Marion County, Florida.
- Administration for Children and Families
- ChevronTexaco Foundation
- Florida Museum Associates
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Thomas H. Maren Foundation
- Wachovia Foundation