For this Work Product Assessment, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability toevaluate and selectlessons, activities, and resourcesfor effective instruction in the health, social studies, and the arts. Additionally, you will plan, implement, and reflect on a preschool lesson that integrates social studies and the arts.Professional Skill: Written Communication,Critical Thinking andInformation Literacyare assessed in this Competency.You are strongly encouraged to use the Academic Writing Expectations Checklist when completing this Assessment.Your response to this Assessment should:Reflect the criteria provided in the Rubric. Adhere to the required length. To begin this Assessment, read the Case Scenarios, noting the diversity of the children in each setting. For example, children with emotional and learning challenges, physical disabilities, English language learners, and children from various economic backgrounds (including children of poverty, as defined by the federal free/reduced lunch program). After reading the scenarios and identifying the needs within each preschool class, complete Parts I and II.
For this Work Product Assessment, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability toevaluate and selectlessons, activities, and resourcesfor effective instruction in the health, social studie
Instructions Before submitting your Assessment, carefully review the rubric. This is the same rubric the assessor will use to evaluate your submission and it provides detailed criteria describing how to achieve or master the Competency. Many students find that understanding the requirements of the Assessment and the rubric criteria help them direct their focus and use their time most productively. Rubric Access the following to complete this Assessment: Case Scenarios Lesson Plan Template Lesson Reflection Questions To begin this Assessment, read the Case Scenarios, noting the diversity of the children in each setting. For example, children with emotional and learning challenges, physical disabilities, English language learners, and children from various economic backgrounds (including children of poverty, as defined by the federal free/reduced lunch program). After reading the scenarios and identifying the needs within each preschool class, complete Parts I and II. Part I: Lessons, Activities, and Resources Practically every preschool teacher is constantly on the lookout for lessons, activities, and other resources that can make learning come alive for children. Thanks to the World Wide Web, today’s educators have access to a plethora of information and resources online. When planning instructional lessons and activities, and selecting resources, you do not have to constantly reinvent the wheel. There is an abundance of free downloadable lessons, activities, and resources available to you on the websites of professional organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and HighScope, as well as on commercial sites. Additionally, your colleagues are often a valuable source of creative ideas, materials, and time-tested lessons, activities, and resources. For this first part of the Assessment, take time to scan the Internet, as well as professional texts, and talk to colleagues about developmentally appropriate arts, health and social studies lessons, activities, and resources that have proven successful in helping children achieve important learning goals. Evaluate the activities, lessons, and resources to identify those that are developmentally appropriate and applicable to the children in the Case Scenarios. For each of the three scenarios, select one activity in arts, one in health and one in social studies. Then, complete the following: Write a detailed description of each activity, lesson, or resource. For example, for Carlos’s class you may describe an art activity that gives children opportunities to develop fine motor skills, a health activity that has them preparing a snack, and a social studies activity demonstrating what they have been learning about diversity. (1 paragraph per activity/resource) Provide a rationale for why each resource was selected for use with the children in the case presented. (1 paragraph per resource) Include the source of the activity/lesson/resource (e.g., associated citation and link/picture) Part II: Integrated Social Studies and Arts Lesson Using the Lesson Plan Template provided, plan a lesson that integrates social studies and the arts. The lesson may be geared for a preschool class you teach or for another diverse group of preschool children. Consider the prior knowledge and learning needs of the children you will be teaching and their current areas of study in social studies and the arts. Complete each section of the lesson plan, and state your reasons/rationale for those decisions. Implement Review your lesson plan, and be sure to allow an appropriate length of time for your lesson implementation. During your lesson implementation, look for evidence of whether or not the children are grasping social studies and arts concepts you’re targeting. Be mindful of the effectiveness of your instructional strategies and materials, making adjustments, as needed, to maximize learning for all children. Reflect After implementing the lesson, reflect on your experience, and complete the following: Make anecdotal notes on your lesson plan using the comments feature. Note what went well, where you made adjustments, and what you might do differently in the future, and why. Summarize your experience by completing the Reflection section at the bottom of the Lesson Plan Template. (Use the Lesson Plan Reflection Questions to guide your reflection.)
For this Work Product Assessment, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability toevaluate and selectlessons, activities, and resourcesfor effective instruction in the health, social studie
Learning Plan Template Foundations of Lesson Plan Content Areas and Developmental Domains Identify the content area(s) and developmental domain(s) you will address in this learning experience. State/District/Professional Standards Identify one early learning standard that informed your planning of this learning experience. Learning Goals Briefly describe your goal(s) or desired outcome(s) of the learning experience. Materials/Technology/Equipment/Resources List texts, websites, writing/art supplies, props/artifacts, assistive technology, computer software, Internet resources, audio/visual media, and other tools and materials needed for this experience. Lesson Sequence Align all activities with the standard(s), goal(s), and context. Introduction/Anticipatory Set Describe initial teacher-and-child activities that establish a warm connection and capture children’s attention. Answer the following: How will you draw children into the lesson, capture their attention, make them feel connected and included? How will you relate the lesson to children’s interests, prior knowledge, and families/communities? Building/Applying Knowledge and Skills Describe specifically, and in a step-by-step fashion, what you and the children will do in all activities and transitions that are part of this learning experience. Make sure each activity is meaningful and supports your goal(s). Be sure to consider specific content areas and developmental domains that are relevant to the learning experience. For each activity, explain how the activity might be differentiated to meet the needs of individual children, including children with exceptionalities. Give specific examples related to particular children in the classroom that you observed. Assessment Assessment is the process by which early childhood professionals gain understanding of children’s development and learning. Describe strategies you will use to assess children’s learning. Consider how you will: Utilize and document observation to assess children’s learning. Make sure all assessments are aligned with your goal(s) for the lesson. Closure Closure is the conclusion of your learning experience. It is a time to wrap up the experience by summarizing, reviewing, and/or reflecting on the learning that has taken place. Describe all activities and strategies you will use in the closure of your learning activity. 1–2 paragraphs Reflection Critical reflection is an essential part of continuous improvement. Reflect on your lesson planning and implementation—what worked well, adjustments made, the children’s responses, and evidence of their learning. Consider what you would do differently next time and what next steps you will take following this lesson. Think about how to involve families and others to support the children’s development and learning. Summarize your thoughts. ©2016 Walden University 2




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