Engaging Strategies for the Early Childhood Science Learner

This workshop will provide teachers with different hands on strategies to use in their classrooms. We will show teachers how to use puzzles, foldables, QR codes, scavenger hunts, songs, chants, matching games, project presentation ideas, baggie books, and mobiles as a framework for teaching. The activities can be used in learning centers, as whole group, or as a small group lesson.

Students will be able to make the connections of ideas, concepts, and vocabulary as a result of these experiences.

Objective: To help students make the connection of ideas, scientific concepts and vocabulary by providing teachers with different ways to present information to guide students to independently engage, explore, evaluate, and expand their knowledge.


Kirah Diaz

Teacher, Lamar CISD

Kirah Diaz is a 5th grade science teacher in Lamar CISD. She has been teaching for 15 years in grades 3-5, but 5th grade science is my first love and passion! She has been a facilitator for the Offshore Energy Center for over 7 years and she has presented at numerous workshops for many school districts and conferences such as CAST, Regional Centers and for the Texas Regional Collaboratives.

Joy Sloan

Ms. Joy Sloan is a retired Math/Science Facilitator for Lamar CISD and a Contributing Writer of 2nd & 3rd Addition of Project E3 – Expanding Energy Education Activity Book. She has a Bachelor of Science from Houston Baptist University and a Master’s degree from Lamar University. She has the following Certifications: Provisional Elementary - Self-Contained (Grades PK-06) Provisional Elementary – Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language (Grades PK – 6th) & Gifted & Talented.

She has presented at many different venues including the National Science Convention, CAST, Regions 4, 13, & 11, TAGT, the International Offshore Conference, Energy Day Houston, and The R T Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference, Stem Education. She has facilitated Staff Development at Houston ISD, Lamar CISD, Alvin ISD, Alief ISD, Galveston ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Kline ISD, and Katy ISD. She also plans and facilitates the Playing with Petroleum workshops, the Knowledge Box workshops, and Early Childhood workshops for The Offshore Energy Center.