Preschool Pathways To Science (preps): Facilitating Scientific Ways Of Thinking, Talking, Doing, And Understanding by Rochel GelmanPreschool Pathways To Science (preps): Facilitating Scientific Ways Of Thinking, Talking, Doing, And Understanding by Rochel Gelman

Preschool Pathways To Science (preps): Facilitating Scientific Ways Of Thinking, Talking, Doing…

byRochel Gelman, Kimberly Brenneman, Gay Macdonald

Paperback | September 14, 2009

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To ensure they're meeting state early learning guidelines for science, preschool educators need fun, age-appropriate, and research-based ways to teach young children about scientific concepts. That's just what they'll get with this hands-on guidebook! The basis for the PBS KIDS showSid the Science Kid, this innovative teaching resource helps children ages 3-5 investigate their everyday world and develop the basics of scientific thinking—skills they'll apply across subject areas when they enter school.

A fun and engaging way to introduce science to young children, PrePS is a must-have because it

Rochel Gelman is a professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, and the codirector of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). Before joining Rutgers, she was Professor of Psychology first at the University of Pennsylvania and then at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). She is widely known for her pioneering res...
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Title:Preschool Pathways To Science (preps): Facilitating Scientific Ways Of Thinking, Talking, Doing…Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:September 14, 2009Publisher:Brookes PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, Boxes, and Activities
About the Authors
Acknowledgments

1: Introduction to PrePS(tm)

  • Science for Preschool?
  • More Competence than Meets the Eye
  • A Preview of PrePS
  • Conclusion

2: The Nature and Development of Concepts: Implications for Teaching Preschool Science

  • More about Theories
  • Theory into Practice
  • Developing the PrePS Framework
  • Flexible Plans
  • Conclusion

3: Key Science Practices

  • Observe, Predict, Check
  • Compare, Contrast, Experiment
  • Vocabulary, Discourse, and Language
  • Counting, Measurement, and Math
  • Recording and Documenting
  • Planning for the Science Practices
  • Activity 3.1: Introducing Observation
  • Activity 3.2: Making Predictions
  • Activity 3.3: The Blubber Glove Experiment
  • Activity 3.4: Animate/Inanimate Distinction Activity
  • Using Wind-Up Toys

4: Getting Started and Moving Forward

  • Getting Started with PrePS
  • Early PrePS Learning Experiences
  • Time to Explore ... an Explore Some More
  • Activity 4.1: Exploring the Functions of Senses: Comparing and Contrasting with Apples
  • Activity 4.2: Exploring the Functions of Senses: Describing Coconuts
  • Activity 4.3: Exploring the Functions of Senses: Matching Sounds
  • Activity 4.4: Exploring the Functions of Senses: Felt Weight and Balance Scales

5. Assessment

  • How Do We Know PrePS Supports Development of the Whole Child?
  • How Do We Know PrePS Supports Scientific Thinking and Understanding?
  • How Can Teachers Assess the Effects of PrePS on the Classroom Environment and on Students' Learning?
  • How Do I Know If I'm Doing It Right?
  • Some Final Thoughts

References

Index