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Move over George Jetson! Meet the 21st Century's Zula Patrol. This innovative space team takes K-2 children through 26-episode science and astronomy curriculum based on the National Science Education Standards. In addition to the science curriculum, this series meets NAEYC standards and promotes affective character-building goals, non-violent conflict resolution and diversity.
The Zula Patrol goals are:
Zula preschool and K-2 "Launch Pad for Learning" activities provide a valuable resource. Each activity includes the following key elements:
Activities can be launched by themselves -- or to best support the different science and astronomy themes, they may be introduced with suggested books or by watching related Zula Patrol shows on UNC-TV.
Workshops are offered for either parents or teachers and promote development of inquiry based learning skills in children.
*Children are encouraged to ask questions about activities/themes
*Children are encouraged to observe and note details, changes, similarities/differences, etc.
*Children are encouraged to explore, investigate and experiment
*Children are encourage to use a variety of means to express ideas and they learned: drawing, talking with the teacher, dictating, writing, using body movements or dramatic play, journals, reports, etc.
*Children are encouraged to come up with explanations for different phenomena
The Ready To Learn Read-View-Do Learning Triangle model is followed.
Read: The Solar System by Carmen Bredeson
View: Zula Patrol Episode 1 "Earth's Neighborhood!"
Do: Create solar system puzzle with construction paper. Discuss how earth "fits" into its neighborhood.
PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.