Session at a Glance

Topic Description Estimated Time (In Minutes)
Arrival Activity Students compare their seedling with others at their tables. They share their thoughts about doing this activity with children and discuss ideas for helping them to record the changes they notice. 15
Welcome, Announcements, and Agenda Give a general overview of the session and any relevant announcements, and provide time for sharing. 5
Discussion: Family Involvement Students engage in a discussion about involving families in science and math. 15
Math Focus: Data Analysis Students explore the big ideas about data analysis. They participate in a data analysis activity to find out about their classmates’ level of comfort handling worms. 30
Science Focus: Investigating Worms Students participate in the exemplar activity: Investigating Worms. They discuss scenarios related to using live animals in the classroom. 70
Discussion: Life Science and Dramatic Play Students see photos that illustrate how dramatic play can contribute to building an ecological perspective. 10
Looking Ahead to Next Session Discuss the homework and reading assignment to be completed before next session, and address the materials that the students will be responsible for bringing. 5


Student Learning Goals

  • Understand best practices for involving parents in children’s science and math learning.
  • Apply concepts of data collection and data analysis to early childhood learning contexts.
  • Practice integrated curriculum approach of science and math through earthworm investigation.
Student instructor holds an earthworm in her hand.