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ERIC Number: ED522876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 208
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5195-2
Big Science for Growing Minds: Constructivist Classrooms for Young Thinkers. Early Childhood Education Series
Brooks, Jacqueline Grennon
Teachers College Press
Strong evidence from recent brain research shows that the intentional teaching of science is crucial in early childhood. "Big Science for Growing Minds" describes a groundbreaking curriculum that invites readers to rethink science education through a set of unifying concepts or "big ideas." Using an integrated learning approach, the author shows teachers how to use readily available, low-cost items to create a safe classroom setting that fosters hands-on learning and exploration of real-life problems. The text includes classroom activities that connect science learning to mathematics, technology, art, and literacy. This book shows teachers how to address fundamental biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth science concepts using easy-to-find objects. It describes constructivist learning environments that are aligned with emerging data on brain development. It also includes guidance for adopting approaches and instructional strategies consistent with NSTA, NSES, and NAEYC guidelines.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A