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MATH AND SCIENCE

CDEC 2307
Syllabus
Fall 2006
TH 6:00

9:00

lnstructor:

Eve Zehavi
713-721-5151
eve*zehavi@yahoo.com
Office Hours: Following class and by appointment

Phone:
Email:

Course Text:
Charlesworth, Rosalind, and Karen Lind, Math and Science For Young Children,Str ed.
Albany, NY: Delmar.

GOURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is an exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching


young children math and science through a ptay-based, integrated curriculum.
Students willdefine skills important in early mathematics and science literacy ;
analyze various theories of development; and describe the teacher's role in
promoting process skills, culminating in the ability to select and share appropriate
curricula and to develop math and science environments for children.

Several instructional methodologies will be used, including, discussion,


collaborative learning activities, lecture, video, and student presentations.
We will be constructing teaching materials in class on a regular basis. Please
bring to class every day: markers, scissors, rulers, pencil, index cards, glue
stick, and any other drawing medium you enjoy working with.

GOURSE POLICIES

Attendance
All students are expected to have regular and punctual attendance in all classes.
A sign-in sheet will be provided. Partial class session attendances will also be
counted as absences. Three (3) absences will result in an administrative
withdrawal.

Acceptance of Late Assignments


Course assignments will be considered LATE if they are not received by Friday
of the week ihey are due. lf an assignment is late 25 points will be deducted.
Assignments will not be accepted more than one week after the due date.
Glassroom Behavior
Collegiality, mutual respect, and tolerance are expected of every student enrolled
in the course. The ability to work well with other people is an important
characteristic in a child care environment. Please be considerate of the fact that
discussion of children and/or adults that is shared during class sessions is
personal and should be treated with discretion.

Electronic Device Usage


The use of cell phones ind pagers is distracting in the classroom. Please make
surg you turn them OFF or to SitenWibrate before arriving to class. Please
refrafi frgm answering any calls, text messages or other means of
comrmunication inside the classroom.
Extra Credit Opportunities
Students who have 2 or fewer absences will be eligible to submit 2 extra credit
assignments worth. Students with more than 2 absences are ineligible for extra
credit. All extra credit must be turned in on or before the final exam date.
Make-ups
All students who have a documented, college-approved excuse for missing an
assignment may make up the assignment without any penalty. Students who are
unable to attend an examination should contact the instructor as soon as
possible to reschedule. Make-up exams must be completed within ONE WEEK
of the original test date.

EVALUATION AND GRADING SGALE:


Grades will be earned as follows:

90-100=A
80-90=B
70-79=C
60-69=D
59 or below = F

Exams:
There will be three examinations during the semester. Each exam will cover
materials presented in lectures, assigned readings, handouts, videos, and guest
presentations. Each exam is 100 points.

Major Projects:
There will be several major projects during the semester. Please note that all
written assignments must be TYPED, DOUBLE-SPACED, AND PROOFREAD!

Mini Unit
Create a cross content lesson plan using a children's book as a starting point.
Decide on a target age, choose a children's book, create a concept web and four
activities, one in each of the following areas: Math, Science, Art, and Physical
Education. 100 points.
Classroom VisiVObservation

Lab Assignment

Visit an approved NAEYC accredited center. Complete the lab assignment form
and write a two-page summary of your findings. Discuss how the environment
supports or inhibits the child's development. This assignment MUST be
submitted or not grade can be given for the class. 100 points.
Activitv Fib
Develop a resource file of math and science activities appropriate for young
children. Create a total of 20 different activities: 10 that focus on mathematics
and 10 that focus on science. 100 points

Daily Assignments and Projects

Board Book
Bring a board book geared towards infants or toddlers to read to the class.
This book should have a math or science theme. This oral assignment cannot be
made up if you are not in class on this date. (25 points)
Song or Rhyme
Bring a photocopy of a math or science song, rhyme, or fingerplay
appropriate for children age 8 or younger. Be prepared to read or sing to the
class. Write your name on the copy to turn in for this assignment. These points
cannot be made up if you are not in class on this date. (25 points)
Recipe
Find one healthy recipe that would be appropriate for preschool children.
Create a rebus for it. Make a photocopy for each student in the class. Turn in
one copy of the recipe with your name. Be prepared to tell which math and/or
science skills children will use in the food preparation. (25 points)
Sequence Activity
Choose a storybook that has a clear and repetitive sequence of events.
Create a set of sequence cards from your story. Find an age appropriate child
and read the story. Ask the child to retellthe story and place the cards in order.
Write a summary paper of the experience including your assessment of the child.
(25 points)
**** The above assignments

will be combined to equal one grade worth {00 pointsn**

Counting book
Obtain a counting book as mentioned in your text. Critique the book
you've chosen using the criteria in your text. Label your paper "Gounting book
Review" and include the title and author's name. Then number your paper 1-10
and address the criteria mentioned. (50 Points)
Software review
Locate one piece of computer software (math or science) that is labeled
for use with children no older than 8 years of age. Critique the software using the
criteria in your text. (50 Points)
**** The above assignmenb

will be combined to equal one grade worth 100 points**

Calendar
MATH AND SCIENCE
CDEC 2307

Fall 2006

Auqust 31
September 7
September 14
September 21
September 28
October 5
October 12
October 19
October 26
November 2
November 9
November 16
November 23
November 30
December 7
December 14
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lntroduction
Units 1-4
Units 5-7
Units 8-12
Units 13-16

Units 17-19
Units 20-22
Units 23-26
Units 27-34
Units 31-34
No Class - Thanksoivinq
Units 35-38
Units 39-41
Practicum I
Practicim ll

Board book
Sono or Rhvme
Countino book
Test Sections 1&2
Recipe
Mini Unit
Test Sections 3&4
Observation
Software review

Sequence activitv
Activitv file
Final Exam

Practicum Lab Schedule Fall 2006


Make an appointment with Libby Mays 713-71&5497

schedule
Auo 28-Seot
Seot 4-8
Sept 11-15
Sept 18-22
Seot 25-29
Oct 2
Oct 9-13
Oct 16-20

od23-27
Oct 30-Nov 3
Nov 6-10
Nov 13-17
Nov 20-22
Nov 27-Dec 1
Dec 4-8
Dec 11-15

Schedule
Auo 28-Seot 1
Sept 4-E
Sept 1 1-15
Seot 18-22
Sept 25-29

od 2
Oct 9-13
Oct 16-20

od23-27
Oct 30-Nov 3
Nov 6-10
Nov 13-17
Nov 2O-D
Nov 27-Dec 1
Dec 4-8
Dec 11-15

No assionment
No assisnment
CDEC 1313 Cuniculum Resouroes
CDEC 1356 Emersent Literacv
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Younq ChiH
CDEC 1313 Cuniculum Resouroes
CDEC 1356 Emersent Literacy
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Youns Child
CDEC 1313 Cuniculum Resources
CDEC 1356 Emeroent Literacv
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Younq Child
CDEC 1313 Cuniculum Resouroes
CDEC 1356 Emersent Literacv
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Youns Child
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CDEC 1313 Cuniculum Resources
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CDEC 1313 Cuniculum Resources
CDEC 1356 Emersent Literacv
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CDEC 1313 Cuniculum Resources
CDEC 1356 Emersent Literacy
CDEC 2307 Math and Science
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