In Exchange Essential, "Supporting the Development of Scientific Thinking," Judy Harris outlines the phases in the launching of a project in an early childhood classroom:
Phase 1 -- Beginning
• Identify potential topic initiated by children.
• Build children’s background knowledge.
• Narrow topic further.
• Help children create list of questions to investigate.
Phase 2 -- Investigation
• Collect resources for investigating topic.
• Help children use resources.
• Arrange to meet with experts on topic.
• Arrange field site visits.
• Note new questions.
• Help children record and represent what they’ve learned.
Phase 3 -- Culmination
• Guide children to reflect on what they’ve learned.
• List what children know now.
• Help children find a way to share their learning.