ech420 | undergraduate
Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood: Science
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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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 childrenâs 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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