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Evaluation MethodsThe mission of the College of Education at Northern Arizona University is to prepareeducation professionals to create the schools of tomorrow.Northern Arizona UniversityCollege of EducationECI 315Early Childhood Science and Social Studies3 Credit HoursInstructor:Office:Office Phone:E-mail:Office Hours:Class Meeting Time & Locations:Course prerequisites: Acceptance into Early Childhood programCourse description :This course is designed to help future teachers gain an understanding of the role of social studies and science in early childhood and the early elementary school classroom. It will help provide the pre-service teacher with the knowledge necessary to select, teach and assess the content, skills, and attitudes that promote both social and civic competencies in elementary school students. Proficiency in understanding state standards and how to align social studies and science curricula with the standards will be stressed. Proficiency in professional decision makingregarding the standards and their implementation will be emphasized.In this class students will learn how to engage in science, learn about the nature of science and social studies, and learn about developmentally appropriate science and social studies content for ages 4 to 8. Students will be actively doing hands-on experiments that will bridge to “communications.” Student Learning Expectations/Outcomes for this Course:At the conclusion of this course students will have a thorough understanding of and/or developedabilities in the following areas:1. Developmentally appropriate scientific investigations.2. Design and conduct an inquiry-based scientific investigation with children.3. Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.4. Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence and predictions.5. Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.6. Communicate scientific procedures and explanations after concrete “hands on” experiences. 8. Use language arts in all aspects of scientific inquiry and social studies.9. Planning effective inquiry approaches to teaching science. 10. At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to construct lessons, integrated units and curriculum that involve the ten thematic strands of social studies and are geared for an early childhood environment.Revised 04/22/03Course structure/approach:The course objectives shared will be accomplished through:- Participation and lecture.- Class discussions, demonstrations, and group work.- Implementation of developmentally appropriate grade level science experiments.- Sharing different styles of lesson plans and sharing projects in small group presentations.- Sharing appropriate children’s literature that could be integrated into science and social studies themes.- Articles and sample science and social studies lessons.- Individual presentations of group projects appropriate for early childhood.- Demonstration of meaningful language arts and math integrations.Textbook and Required Materials:Chaille, C. & Britain, L. (2002). The young child as scientist: A constructivist approach to early childhood science education. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. DeMelendez, W.R., Beck, V., & Fletcher, M. (2000). Teaching social studies in early education. New York: Delmar Learning. Course outline:Every class will begin on time with different members of the class sharing a 5 minute reading of any book that can be “scientifically” connected. We’ll also have a short “wake-up” activity to engage our minds. After the first week, students will be expected to begin doing science as soon as they walk in the class. 1. A Vision for Science and Social Studies Teaching and Learning2. Inquiry, Observation and the Learning Process3. Inquiry and How Children Construct Science and Social Studies Knowledge4. Cluster Planning and Class Management5. Science and Social Studies Connections Across the Curriculum and the Final.Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes:Assessment of student learning will take place in the following forms:Readings and DiscussionScience/Social Studies Learning CentersScience Lesson Plan (focused on standards)Midterm ExamSocial Studies Lesson Plan (focused on standards)Revised 04/22/03Setup of Environment for Science/Social Studies ExplorationIntegrated Thematic UnitFinal ExamGrading System:Evaluation MethodsThe final grade in this class will be calculated on a 100 point scale. The grading scale will be as follows:A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 89 C = 70 - 79 D = 60 - 69 F = 0 - 59Course Policy:- Because of the emergent and personalized nature of this course, regular class attendance and participation are crucial. Class attendance and participation are expected every session the class meets. You are expected to arrive at class on time and remain for the entire session in order to earn points for class attendance and participation. (If you miss more than three classes, you will automatically drop a letter grade.)- You will be expected to come to class prepared to fully participate and discuss the assigned readings. - Assignments will be accepted on or before due dates. Late assignments will result in the loss of points. - If you are unable to take an exam at the regularly scheduled time, the instructor should becontacted prior to the exam.- Work submitted is expected to be of college/professional quality and appearance. All assignments are to be typed, double spaced, and checked for spelling, grammatical errors,and clarity.Revised


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