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Effective: Summer 2011
CHLD 74SCIENCE & NATURE1 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Plan, facilitate, and evaluate developmentally appropriate science and nature activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of science and nature when planning curriculum in an early childhood program.
  • Develop a plan to integrate science with music, cooking, and other daily activities.
Description -
Developing science experiences for children. Activities involving plants, animals, and the physical properties of the environment. Emphasis on making science part of the everyday experience in early childhood program curriculum.

Course Objectives -
Student will be able to:
  1. Plan, facilitate and evaluate developmentally appropriate science and nature activities.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of science and nature when planning curriculum in an early childhood program science and nature in connecting children with the environment.
  3. Develop a plan to integrate science with music, art, cooking and other daily activities.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Student will be able to:
  1. Plan, facilitate and evaluate developmentally appropriate science and nature activities.
    1. Science and nature experiences based upon the children's interests
    2. Hands-on exploration (worms gardening, mud)
    3. Contextualization of science and nature for children through the life cycle experience
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of science and nature when planning curriculum in an early childhood program.
    1. Design curriculum based on observations and child's inquiry
    2. Recognize the importance of cultural sensitivity in child development and apply in planning curriculum.
    3. Model enthusiasm while demonstrating the critical role of science and nature in connecting children with the environment.
  3. Develop a plan to integrate science with music, art, cooking and other daily activities.
    1. Use of webbing to plan a science based topic curriculum project (math, art, literature, etc)
    2. Documentation and assessment of children's exploration and learning
    3. Internet research of early childhood curriculum activities based on science and nature.
    4. Topics may include
      1. Animals, reptiles and care of living beings
      2. Agriculture, food, plant life, gardening, seasons
      3. Conservation and thinking "green"
      4. Weights and measurements, working with magnets
      5. Water, sand, soil
      6. Cooking
      7. Seashore, tide pools, and aquarium life, marine mammals
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class discussion
  2. Group projects
  3. Presentations
  4. In class reflections
Representative Text(s) -
Article readings selected by instructor.

Disciplines -
Child Development
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Class reflection writing assignments
  2. Reading selected articles
  3. Internet research