Active Experiences for Active Children / Edition 3

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Overview

Part of a series of texts, Active Experiences for Active Children: Science, Third Edition, is unique to the market by providing a theoretical foundation for teaching science to preschoolers and primary-grade children alongside meaningful, standards-based, constructivist, hands-on learning "experiences" to guide teachers in their practice. Organized around the National Science Education Standards and the Benchmarks for Science Literacy, the textconsists of clear, concise, usable guides for planning meaningful learning experiences in science for children in childcare settings, preschool programs, Head Start and other federally funded programs, and kindergarten. Primary-grade children should be engaged in active experiential learning as well, and each experience is extended to the early primary grades (grades 1-3).

The experiences in this book are meaningful because they:

· are grounded in children’s interests and needs in their here-and-now world.

· have integrity in terms of content key to science.

· involve children in group work, investigations, or projects based on inquiry learning.

· have continuity: One experience builds on another, forming a complete, coherent, integrated learning curriculum for young children as well as connecting the early childhood setting to children’s homes and communities.

· provide time and opportunity for children to think and reflect on their experiences.

· provide the teacher with the opportunity to document and assess children’s learning.

Organized to address a variety of audiences, the text is formatted in two parts: Part One offers a foundation for young children and science; Part Two offers thematic based units full of resources for teachers, teacher strategies, and inquiry-based experiences for children. The content has been expanded in the third edition to include a new chapter on engaging children with the natural world (Chapter 14), references to the most recent reports on science education from the National Academies, updated and expanded lists of books and Web sites for children and adults, and new activities. This highly- readable, user-friendly series text is formatted with an engaging, conversational style that will connect and resonate with its varied readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132659550
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 637,411
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE THEORY OF ACTIVE EXPERIENCES

Chapter 1: Experiences and Science in Early Childhood: Theory Into Practice

Cognitive Theories: The Basis of Science Education for Young Children

How Concepts Build

Science Process Skills

Teaching Strategies for Science Learning

Tools to Help Children Study Science Concepts

Observation and Assessment

Summary

Chapter 2: Active Children–Active Indoor Environments

The Essentials: Health, Safety, Inclusion, and Beauty

Health and Safety

Planning for Inclusion

Beauty

Indoor Spaces

Integrating Spaces

Science Areas

Art Centers

Woodworking Center

Book and Library Centers

Areas for Manipulatives

Block Areas

Water and Sand Areas

Music Areas

Computer Stations

Quiet Spaces

The Teacher’s Role

Summary

Chapter 3: Active Children–Active Outdoor Environments

Why Plan for Outdoor Environments?

Space Planning

Science and Nature Discovery Areas

Art Activities

Math Activities

Physical Activities

Other Considerations

General Safety and Health Consideration for Active Outdoor Environments

The Teacher’s Role

Summary

Chapter 4: Bulding Connections to Home and Community Through Active Experiences

Out Into the School

Inside the School Building

Outside in the Natural Environment

Out Into the Neighborhood and Community

Basic Guidelines for Meaningful Field Experiences

Building Connections With the Neighborhood and Community

Natural Resources

Visitors

Zoos

Science Centers an Museums

The Home-School Connection

Summary

Chapter 5:Experiences and Science Content

Knowledge of Children

Knowledge of the Subject Matter

Knowledge of the Subject Matter–Science

An Emphasis on Inquiry

Organizing Children’s Experiences

Bringing Knowledge of Children and Content Together

Expanding and Extending First-Hand Expriences

Summary

PART TWO: GUIDES TO ACTIVE EXPERIENCES

Chapter 6: I Am a Scientist

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

Chapter 7 : Living Things Grow and Change: Seeds and Plants

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Investigations of Growth and Change With Seeds and Plants

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

Chapter 8: Living Things Grow and Change: Insects and Small Animals

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

Chapter 9: How Toys Work

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

Chapter 10: The Earth: Water, Weather, and Space

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

Chapter 11: The Earth: Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Grades

Chapter 12: The Human Body: The Senses

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

Chapter 13: Healthy Bodies

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

Chapter 14: Engaging Children With the Natural World: Environmental Education

For the Teacher

What You’ll Need to Know

Key Concepts

Goals and Objectives

What You’ll Need

Other Things You’ll Need

The Home-School Connection

Documenting and Assessing Children’s Learning

For the Children

Reflecting

Extending and Expanding to the Early Primary Grades

References

Resources

Index

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