Session at a Glance

Topic Description Estimated Time (In Minutes)
Arrival Activity Students make name cards that represent themselves. They will use this card in the People Sort activity and display it at their seat each session. 15
Announcements, Agenda, and Teaching Approach Give a general overview of the session. Review underlying philosophy and teaching approach of the course. 10
Math Activity: People Sort with Names Students participate in a name activity that can be done with young children to get to know each other and gain practice with sets and sorting. 20
Discussion: How paper-copter activity connects with Preschool Foundations in Science Students talk with a partner about their ideas from last session’s homework. 20
Hands-on Science and Math Activity: Water Exploration Students participate in open-ended water exploration, and reflect on the opportunities for math and science learning. 75
Looking Ahead to Next Session Discuss the homework and reading assignment to be completed before next session. Go over the materials that the students will be responsible for bringing. 10


Student Learning Goals

  • Understand concepts of “mathematizing” and “binary sort”.
  • Appreciate the importance of embedding math and science learning in children’s prior knowledge and real world contexts.
  • Deepen understanding of science process skills appropriate for young children.
Student instructors participate in open-ended water exploration.