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Educators will learn to design hands-on lessons and units that connect to general curricular topics incorporating circle time activities, puppet shows, literature connections, and ideas for extending investigations. You will also learn inquiry-based and emergent science curriculum development, including methods for teaching children to document their own experiments and observations, and ways to document and communicate classroom science learning for parents and colleagues. Grades are based on reflections, lesson plans, and class participation.
As a foundation for understanding science principles appropriate for the early childhood classroom, the course examines the California Preschool Learning Foundations in science, as well as science position statements from the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
At the end of the course, students should be able to
- Describe how young children engage in science practices
- Discuss how adults can leverage children’s play in creating science investigations
- Explain developmentally appropriate ways a child might demonstrate scientific understanding
- Identify the California Science Learning Foundations for Preschool
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