Session at a Glance

Topic Description Estimated Time (In Minutes)
Arrival Activity Students use magnifying lenses to observe common objects such as their own fingerprints, jewelry, pencils, print, and other readily available items. 10
Welcome, Announcements, and Agenda Give a general overview of the session and any relevant announcements, and provide time for sharing. 10
Discussion: Constructivism Use the story, Fish is Fish by Lio Lionni to engage students in a discussion on constructivism and the teacher’s role in implementing a constructivist model of science education. 20
Science Focus: Exploring Rocks Students participate in the exemplar activity: Exploring Rocks. They brainstorm ways to further investigate rocks with young children and discuss the value of free exploration. 40
Math Focus: Sorting Rocks Students sort rocks by different attributes. They watch and discuss an Erikson video of a child sorting rocks. 40
Discussion: The Role of the Environment as Teacher / The Classroom Science Area Students explore the idea of the environment as the third teacher. Students engage in a "Thought Swap” to exchange ideas about creating a high-interest science area. 20
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. 10


Student Learning Goals

  • Understand the application of constructivist learning in early childhood settings.
  • Apply principles of sorting and classifying by different attributes to rocks.
  • Identify components of an engaging, high-interest science area.
Student instructors apply principles of sorting and classifying to rocks with different attributes.