Session at a Glance
|Topic||Description||Estimated Time (In Minutes)|
|Arrival Activity||Students do a measurement brainteaser to start thinking about how young children build a foundation for understanding volume.||10|
|Welcome, Announcements, and Agenda||Give a general overview of the session and any relevant announcements, and provide time for sharing.||5|
|Discussion: The Value of Sensory Play||Students discuss why sensory exploration is a valuable experience for young children. Students brainstorm different sensory play activities to do in the classroom, and share about their own experiences.||15|
|Math Focus: Measurement||Students discuss how sensory materials can help build math skills. Students explore the big ideas about measurement, and watch and discuss an Erikson video of preschoolers theorizing about volume.||20|
|Science Focus: Solids and Liquids||Students participate in the exemplar activity: Solids and Liquids.||60|
|Discussion: Questioning Strategies||Students brainstorm examples of convergent and divergent questions in the context of the Solids and Liquids activity.||20|
|Looking Midterm Project / Looking Ahead to Next Session||Introduce the Midterm Project. Discuss the homework and reading assignment to be completed before next session, and address the materials that the students will be responsible for bringing.||20|
- Session 5_Instructor Guide (PPF, 12.66MB)
- Session 5_PowerPoint (PPTX, 53MB)
- Session 5_Exemplar_Solids and Liquids (PDF, 421KB)
- Reader_Session 5_Discovery Bottles handout (PDF, 618KB)
- Reader_Session 5_Sensory Experiences Can Be Messy Fun article (PDF, 827KB)
Student Learning Goals
- Articulate the value of sensory play.
- Gain knowledge of different aspects of measurement concepts in early childhood.
- Apply principles of constructivist learning to mixing solid and liquid ingredients.
- Distinguish between convergent and divergent questions and cite advantages or disadvantages of each type.