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Early Childhood: Five Themes of Geography
Any preschool teacher would be thrilled to have a resource like this one. It includes activity ideas, discussion leads, book suggestions, and a glossary for learners ages 2 - 5. The entire booklet focuses on ways to teach young children about the five themes of geography in a fun and developmentally appropriate way. The resource is a little old, but the ideas and activities are great. There is enough here for an entire week of activities.
Growth Stages 1: Infancy and Early Childhood
Students explore biology by completing a human growth worksheet. In this child development lesson, students read assigned text about the human birth process and the ideal growth patterns for a child. Students answer study questions about children and complete a "Birth to 5 Years Old" worksheet.
Birth and Early Childhood
Eighth graders read and compare creation stories of different cultures around the world. They identify and define the concept of the cycle of life and collect and analyze birth and childhood folk beliefs and stories in their families and other regions in Louisiana. Students also identify important milestones in their own and other children's lives and create personal childhood timelines.
Outdoor Art: Rub and See
Students take a close-up look at the things around them. In this early childhood hands-on science lesson, students investigate objects and develop observation skills as they work together to make a variety of rubbings.
Outdoor Art: Hop Art
Students get footloose and funny as they paint with their feet. In this early childhood visual arts lesson, students use large-motor skills to paint with their feet and observation skills to describe what they see.
Community Cooperation 3-D Village
Students collaborate to build a town of boxes. In this early childhood visual arts lesson plan, students learn about their neighborhood as they work together to construct a town.
Creating a Literacy-Rich Learning Environment
Learners in a teacher education program use a jigsaw method to identify the six areas of language arts to be taught in an early childhood classroom. They describe their vision of a literacy rich environment and practices uses a KWL chart and cooperative learning techniques.
Activity Plan 3-4: Duck, Duck, ... Who???
Learners exhibit their creativity by depicting themselves as different types of animals. In this early childhood lesson plan, students identify animals, the sounds each animal makes, and the movements of each animal. Learners also play a revised version of the game "Duck, Duck, Goose", in which they mimic many different animals.
Activity Plan 3-4: Oily Colors
Students investigate the differences between oil and water while creating colorful pictures. In this early childhood lesson plan, students discuss the appearances of water and oil, note their observations and share them.
Family Send-Home: Rainbow Place Mats
Students have family meals that come to life with homemade color. For this early childhood lesson, students decorate paper towels with food coloring.
Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence
Students become familiar with body changes during puberty. In this stages of human development lesson, students review the stages of development from 1-5. Students read an article called I'm Growing but Am I Normal? and discuss the information in the article. Students view a sheet about changes during puberty and answer questions.
Students demonstrate their knowledge of early childhood practices. In this early childhood lesson, students prepare a portfolio and a resource container following the Early Childhood STAR Event guidelines. Students do the case study in the event guidelines. Students give a presentation for the topic and write a reflection paper for the lesson.
Vocational-Applied Math for Early Childhood Occupations
Students use a tape measure to measure the nursery, include permanent fixtures and furniture. Students construct a scale floor plan, creating your desired room design. Students determine the amount and type of floor covering needed. (square feet & square yards) Students calculate the amount of money needed to purchase the paint, wall border and floor covering. Students use ratio & proportion to obtain a scale.
New! A New Way to Diagnose Autism
While primarily based on his research regarding autism in early childhood, award-winning researcher Ami Klin also offers great insight into how our brains develop from birth and discusses the necessity of social interaction early in life. Klin provides an overview of key points relating to the brain disorder of autism, new technologies based on eye-tracking, and the process of discovering how newborns engage with the world. He concludes by declaring a bio-ethical imperative for early intervention and treatment before behaviors associated with autism emerge in the second year of life.
What's in a Name?
Students work on counting skills while making important home-school connections. In this early childhood lesson, students make a family name graph as well as a number graph with a list of names of the members of their family.
Students explain the risks associated with teeth and gum problems during pregnancy. In this adult health lesson, students brainstorm ways to prevent childhood cavities. They recommend ways to care for their teeth.
Every Child By Two: Early Childhood Immunizations
High schoolers investigate the childhood immunizations and how they are used to help prevent the spread of disease. They conduct an information search using a variety of resources and focus upon the problem of disease in children. The research is used for class discussion.
Sharing & Magic Words
Students share and communicate with each other. In these two lessons about sharing and using words to communicate students will begin to socialize with each other. Students practice sharing by learning how to "take turns" and by role-playing with Popsicle stick puppets that students make. Students learn the song "Magic Words" which teaches students how to communicate.
Authors Shall We Be
Learners write early childhood creative books. In this literacy lesson, students engage in a philanthropic act by writing and illustrating a book. Learners donate their books to new mothers.
Early Childhood Summer Reading List and Activities
Dive into summer with classic children’s picture books sure to entertain and inspire!