Discovering Nature with Young Children: Part of the Young Scientist Series

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Field-tested across the country, this comprehensive curriculum expands and extends the role science has traditionally played in the early childhood classroom. The first in a new series, Discovering Nature with Young Children explores the wide-ranging elements that make up the natural world around us. The curriculum replaces simple fact-feeding practices with the development of long-term scientific reasoning, including literacy skills and numeracy skills, such as hypothesis, ...

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Discovering Nature with Young Children: Part of the Young Scientist Series

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Overview

Field-tested across the country, this comprehensive curriculum expands and extends the role science has traditionally played in the early childhood classroom. The first in a new series, Discovering Nature with Young Children explores the wide-ranging elements that make up the natural world around us. The curriculum replaces simple fact-feeding practices with the development of long-term scientific reasoning, including literacy skills and numeracy skills, such as hypothesis, inference, prediction, and estimation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929610389
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: The Young Scientist Series Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 728,180
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Ingrid Chalufour has designed and conducted training programs for staff in child care, Head Start, public schools, and social service agencies for more than 35 years. Karen Worth is a graduate-level instructor in the early childhood education department at Wheelock College.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Worm City: Excerpts from a Teacher's Journal 10
Getting Ready 13
Open Exploration 23
Transition from Open Exploration to Focused Exploration 38
Focused Exploration: Plants 41
Focused Exploration: Animals 79
Extension Activities 107
Resources 115
Science Teaching 115
Young Children's Inquiry 115
The Teacher's Role 115
Observation and Assessment 119
Essential Information 121
Involving Families 130
Books and Videos 130
Appendices 137
Suggestions for Long-Term Representation Projects 137
Classroom Environment Checklist 139
Guidelines for Creating Documentation Panels 142
Observation Record 143
Document Annotation 144
Learning Record 145
Outcomes Charts 147
Index 154
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