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Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS)

Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS) is a science-centered curriculum enhancement for children ages 3–5. Each MESS guide includes field-tested science experiences and suggestions for ways to integrate the topic across the curriculum. Review lists of recommended books and science materials. Discover ideas for involving families in children’s learning at home and in other settings.

Introduction

Find out how the MESS guides can help early childhood teachers develop confidence in introducing scientific discovery and concepts to young children.

Animals: Fur, Fins, Feathers, and More

Teachers may use this guide to respond to children’s interests and curiosity as they investigate vertebrates. Learn how to expand children's learning around mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Insects and Spiders

Help support children's interest and curiosity about the world of insects through planned explorations. Teachers may also use this guide as a model to support investigations into other areas of children’s interest.

Investigating Water

Engage children in learning about the nature of water using this comprehensive resource, which includes teacher background information, specific vocabulary, and a list books for the classroom.

Kitchen Science

Discover tips and materials for responding to children as they explore the properties of everyday substances found in the kitchen. Through planned explorations, teachers can engage children in the process of scientific inquiry.

My Body, My Senses

Teachers may use this guide to respond to children’s interests and curiosity as they learn more about the human body and its five senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, and sound.

Our Natural World

Learn to respond to children’s interests and curiosity as they explore the natural world around them: soil, rocks, water, trees, leaves, worms, and the sounds and colors of nature.

Physical Science

Use this guide to engage children and encourage their curiosity as they explore the many aspects of the physical world in which they live.

Plant Life

Teachers may use this guide to respond to children’s interests as they find out more about different plants and where they grow.

Last Updated: July 5, 2018