Edited by: Beth Dykstra Van Meeteren
Publication Date: November 24, 2023
Series: STEM for Our Youngest Learners Series
Water is a meaningful context for children to engage in inquiry and acquire and use science and engineering practices, such as developing spatial thinking and early concepts of water dynamics. This book shows teachers how to engage children with opportunities to engineer water movement through pouring and filling containers of various kinds and shapes, observing how water interacts with surfaces in large and small amounts, exploring how water can be moved, and using water to move objects. These experiences build a foundation that will support children’s more complex study of this phenomena in later schooling, as well as encourage interest in STEM fields. The text provides guidance for arranging the physical, intellectual, social–emotional, and promotional environments of the early childhood classroom; for integrating literacy learning; and for building essential partnerships with administrators and families to enhance STEM learning for our youngest learners.
Beth Dykstra Van Meeteren is director of the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education and associate professor of literacy education at the University of Northern Iowa.
Praise for the STEM for Our Youngest Learners Series
“This series is an important addition to a very limited field of guides for teaching STEM to young learners. While activity books abound, this series, with its basis in constructivism and its use of an inquiry-based teaching model, guides teachers in creating in-depth experiences for children to examine the natural world while building their critical thinking skills and deepening their curiosity about and interest in the world around them.”
—Karen Worth, consultant in science education, early childhood and elementary years
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