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Exploring Science in Early Childhood, long used as a teaching tool at Harvard and other top universities, is the best example of a text that teaches activities and applications in a developmental sequence to support children’s learning. When put into practice, the approaches taught here will help children construct the concepts and skills essential to a basic understanding of science. These concepts and skills are also needed for an understanding of mathematics and are closely related to the skills used in reading, especially reading comprehension. The concepts, skills, and instructional strategies are aligned with the national standards in all fields and have been developed in cooperation with teachers at each developmental level, and then field tested for success. To further ensure success, assessments have been provided at every level. Finally, the emphasis on three types of learning-naturalistic, informal, and structured-makes the concepts, skills, and instructional strategies especially easy to integrate into different classroom or learning situations
- Teaching approaches will give current and future educators the knowledge they need to teach developmental concepts and skills
- Activities and applications prepare students and new and seasoned teachers to design lessons and to know when to use them
- Emphasis on three types of learning�naturalistic, informal, and structured�makes the concepts, skills, and instructional strategies especially easy to integrate into different classroom or learning situations.
Unit 2: How Concepts are Acquire.
Unit 3: Promoting Young Children's Concept Development through Problem Solving.
Unit 4: Assessing the Child's Developmental Level.
Unit 5: The Basics of Science.
Unit 6: How Young Scientists Use Concepts.
Unit 7: Planning for Science.
Section II: Fundamental Concepts, Skills, and Activities.
Unit 8: Fundamental Skills and Concepts in Science, One to One Correspondence; Number Sense and Counting; Logic and Classifying; Comparing; Shape; Spatial Sense; and Parts and Wholes.
Unit 9: Language and Concept Formation.
Unit 10: Applying Fundamental Concepts, Attitudes, and Skills, Ordering, Seriation, and Patterning; Measurement: Volume, Weight, Length, Temperature, and Time; and, Interpreting Data Using Graphs.
Unit 11: Applications of Fundamental Concepts in Preprimary Science.
Unit 12: Higher-Level Activities Used in Science Units and Activities Symbols; Groups and Symbols; Higher-Level Activities, and Concepts Used in Science Units and Activities. Section III: Using Skills, Concepts, and Attitudes for Scientific Investigations in the Primary Grades.
Unit 13: Overview of Primary Science,
Unit 14: Life Science.
Unit 15: Physical Science.
Unit 16: Earth and Space Science.
The greatest strength is the complete connection between how children acquire new concepts and what a teacher should be doing to help each child have the very best foundation possible.
Strengths of the book include the writing style and the depth of coverage of science concepts. The blend of theory, research, and application activities are also a strength.