Session at a Glance

Topic Description Estimated Time (In Minutes)
Arrival Activity Students do an exercise that requires them to mentally manipulate a shape as a “warm up” for learning about spatial relationships. 10
Welcome, Announcements, and Agenda Give a general overview of the session and any relevant announcements, and provide time for sharing. Review the guidelines for the Final Assignment. 10
Math Focus: Spatial Relationships Students explore the big ideas about spatial relationships. They participate in a partner drawing game to highlight spatial vocabulary. They watch and discuss an Erikson video demonstrating a classroom activity in which students explore spatial relationships by describing and traversing an obstacle course based on the storybook, Rosie’s Walk. 40
Discussion: Engineering in Early Childhood Students discuss engineering in early childhood and are introduced to the Engineering Design Process. 15
Science Focus: Ball Runs Students participate in the exemplar activity: Ball Runs. They watch and discuss a video of preschoolers engaged in designing, building, and testing marble runs using blocks and wooden track ways. 60
Looking Ahead to Next Session Students are introduced to the Structures Group Activity. Each group is assigned one of the Structures activities for the following class. Students are given time to coordinate materials they will need to supply for their group’s assigned activity.

Go over the reading assignment and homework for the following session.



Student Learning Goals

  • Understand concepts of spatial relationships.
  • Identify spatial thinking and vocabulary used in ramps and balls explorations.
  • Analyze constructivist aspects of ball run constructions.
Student instructors set up a ball run experiment with cardboard tubes.