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Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

Classroom Activity Sheets

Teachers are most effective when they facilitate the development of children's ability to reason rather than focusing primarily on rote memorization and following directions. This demands teachers design and engineer educational experiences and classroom environments that are tailored to their children's specific needs and interests.

Below are activities early childhood teachers can download to explore how they can begin to facilitate children's reasoning in STEM, literacy, and self-regulation. These activity sheets are helpful to teachers who are exploring how they can arrange their environment and interact with their children to deepen their learning by engaging in authentic problem solving. Once teachers experience their children's satisfaction and joy in solving their own problems, it will be difficult to not want to explore further!

 

Air Dynamics  Air Dynamics:  Exploring and Engineering Air Streams

 

games  Developing Mathematical Reasoning through Playing Games

 

Pattern Blocks  Developing Spatial Thinking with Pattern Block Puzzle Frames

 

Shadows  Exploring Light & Shadow

 

Ramps and Pathways  Exploring Force and Motion through Ramps and Pathways

 

Physics of Sound  Exploring Physics of Sound through Musical Instrument Making

 

Group Games  Group Games

 

Water Movement  Let It Flow:  Exploring Water Movement

 

Name Cards  Name Cards

 

Child cooking  Pancakes, Pudding, and Problem-Solving:  Investigating Chemistry in Cooking

 

Pendulum  Pendulum

 

Rulemaking  Rulemaking

 

Child blowing bubbles  Soap & Water Sandwich:  Investigating Bubbles

 

Target Ball  Target Ball

 

Tops  Tinkering with Tops:  Exploring Physics of Rotational Motion