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SCIENCE IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM
SCIENCE IN THE EARLY
CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM
SCIENCE OBJECTIVES  Encourage inquiry  Help children develop patience and persistence  Learn how to

SCIENCE OBJECTIVES

Encourage inquiry

Help children develop patience and persistence

Learn how to distinguish truth from make-believe

Develop open- mindedness

Acquire self-reliance

Develop respect for other opinions

Understand the scientific process

Scientific Method      State the problem Form a hypothesis Perform the experiment

Scientific Method

State the problem Form a hypothesis Perform the experiment Record results State your conclusions

Process skills ...        observation inference classification measurement language numbers

Process skills ...

observation inference classification measurement language numbers spatial & temporal relationships

Three types of activities ...    Formal: teacher-initiated Informal: teacher prepares ahead of time

Three types of activities ...

Formal: teacher-initiated

Informal: teacher prepares ahead of time but the child carries through with the activity

Incidental: lesson based on an unplanned situation or question

Science topics ...       Senses Colors Living things Plants Our bodies

Science topics ...

Senses Colors Living things Plants Our bodies Environment

More topics: physical environment  simple machines  pulleys lever  wheels  inclines  pendulum

More topics: physical environment

simple machines pulleys lever wheels inclines pendulum air water

magnets solids vs. liquids day and night seasons hot and cold heavy and light weather