ech420 | undergraduate

Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood: Science

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This course focuses on understanding and using developmentally effective practices to teach and to integrate science concepts and skills in early childhood education (birth through age 8). Developing meaningful curricular content, modifications, hands-on learning experiences, and integration of early childhood content area standards are explored. A foundation in developmentally effective teaching and assessment of the content area is provided.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Foundations of Science Instruction

    • Examine the effects of early childhood education on the position and policies of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), including the Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Explore theories of developmentally appropriate early childhood science instruction.
    • Demonstrate understanding of science process skills for young children.
    • Identify early childhood content area standards.

    Teaching and Planning of Hands-On Science in Early Childhood

    • Identify process skills necessary for the teaching and learning of science in the early childhood setting.
    • Examine ways in which young learners can use exploration and observation to build a meaningful foundation of science concepts.
    • Integrate science content across the curriculum.
    • Describe the design of a science lesson plan for young children.
    • Develop strategies to encourage inquiry in young learners.
    • Examine literature sources that support scientific understanding for the young child.

    Developing a Scientific Environment for Young Children

    • Design early childhood science extension activities for the home environment.
    • Identify essential materials and useful resources for teaching science in the early childhood setting.
    • Employ methods for meeting the needs of all young learners in the science-based classroom environment.
    • Analyze the design or layout of an early childhood setting for science instruction.
    • Describe appropriate classroom management and safety practices in the science classroom.
    • Explore opportunities for family participation in a science-based young children’s classroom environment.

    Assessments of Science Instruction

    • Identify a variety of methods used to assess learning in science.
    • Identify developmentally effective assessment strategies that demonstrate scientific understanding.
    • Develop an assessment plan to guide instruction of science content and skills.
    • Use assessment data, including observation and documentation, to guide instructional decisions.

    Early Childhood Science Content and Technology

    • Explore developmentally appropriate science content related to early childhood learning experiences in physical, Earth, and life sciences.
    • Discuss developmentally effective uses of technology in early childhood and science education.
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