Nature Activities for Young Children
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Author: Elizabeth A. Sherwood, Robert A. Williams, Robert E. Rockwell
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 272, © 2008
With more than 125 activities, Science Adventures opens up a world of exploration through nature activities in urban, suburban, or rural settings. From Big Step Measuring and Rocks That Write to The Ant Restaurant and How Far Can You Squeeze a Squirt?, the engaging activities in Science Adventures make exploring the environment fun and easy!
The authors have adapted the kindergarten science standards set by the National Academy of Sciences to make them developmentally appropriate for preschool children. Each chapter focuses on one of these standards, and the activities within each chapter progress from simple to more complex. Many of the activities feature suggestions for including families, adaptations for English language learners, modifications for children with special needs, or appropriate ways to use technology with young children. The activities also incorporate assessment components and ways to relate topics across curriculum areas.
- Looking, Listening, and Learning: The Beginning of Science
- Ramps, Wheels, and Wings: Learning About the Physical World
- Bugs, Birds, and Blossoms: Learning About Living Things
- Soils, Shadows, and Sunshine: Learning About Earth and Weather
- Weighing, Working, and Watching: The Tools of Science
"I like the science content standards and process skills are included. Arrangement by age makes lessons easy to apply. Lessons use common items that are available to teachers. Nice index in back."
Elizabeth Sherwood, Ed.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a regular contributor to the science section of Children and Families, a quarterly magazine for teachers published by the National Head Start Association. She has worked with both teachers and young children in a variety of early childhood settings, including early childhood special education, childcare, and state-funded pre-kindergarten.
Elizabeth Sherwood lives in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Robert Williams is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University. He is currently acting as lead consultant for the NSF-funded Building Base Line Objectives for Children’s Knowledge and Skills in Science (BLOCKS) program at the University of Texas. The teachers and researchers in BLOCKS are assessing what skills four-year-olds can attain before they enter kindergarten.
Dr. Bob has been conducting workshops and conference sessions related to the BLOCKS program. He has taught in elementary, high school, and junior high school in addition to being a college professor. His past work has also included federal- and state-funded projects in water education. He has traveled extensively and conducted workshops and worked with children throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia.
Robert Williams lives in Belmont, Texas on the banks of the Guadalupe River.
Robert Rockwell has many years of experience as a teacher and administrator at preschool, elementary, and college levels. He is in demand as a speaker and has traveled and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs advocating for young children and their caregivers. Currently, Robert is professor emeritus and former program director of the early childhood education program at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has experience as a speech pathologist, teacher of the hearing impaired, and as an administrator. He has been a research consultant for the University of Chicago and has also served as a Head Start director. Robert is a prolific writer with many published articles and books available throughout the world. He is currently the science section contributor for Children and Families, a quarterly magazine published by the National Head Start Association.
Robert Rockwell lives in Belleville, Illinois.