Intergrating Curriculum/ Literacy Assessment

This is a 2 part assignment

Assignment: Part 1

Review Questions:

1. What are the elements of pretend play? Define each one.

2. What is the difference between story reenactment and pretend play with fictional roles?

3. Explain the difference between fighting and rough and tumble play.

4. What are some strategies that will support children’s respect for other children’s play and construction?

5. What are the effects of pretend play in language and literacy? Identify 5 different effects.

6. What is the diagram that adults and children create to identify various elements of a theme-related topic?

7. Briefly describe the process involved in creating an information base for a theme.

8. Describe what is meant when we say teachers should achieve balance and diversity across the curriculum in terms of theme planning?

9. List 3 ways in which one might determine how and what children are learning about a theme/project.

10. Identify the phases of the Project Approach and briefly define each.

Essay Questions:

1. Compare object play, fine motor practice play, and craft projects to construction play.

2. Explain how pretend plan and construction integrate. Justify using pretend play and construction in terms of the six curricular domains.

3. Describe what criteria you would use to decide whether or not to plan a theme on insects for the children in the kindergarten class with whom you work?

Assignment: Part 2

  1. Conduct the following observation/assessments on an infant/toddler AND a school age child who is seven years or older. These observations can occur in any setting such as school, daycare, church, community center, YMCA, home, park, etc. However, only assess children you know and for whom you have permission from the parents/guardians.
  1. Infant/toddler-use the Observation of Infant Ways of Communicating presented in your text
  2. School age child- use a Story-Based Language Observation or Running Record (these can be found online)
  1. Provide background information on each child such as age, family structure, home support, grade level, and other pertinent information that may impact language development.
  1. Explain the procedures for administering each observation/assessment.
  1. Prepare a written summary of the results of each observation/assessment
  1. Provide five specific recommendations that a caregiver, teacher or parent could use for enhancing language and literacy development for each child. These should be in the form of practical activities that are clearly explained.

The program description should be 1750-2000 words and should include at least four (4) citations. The sections should be clearly marked with headings so that your instructor knows which points you are addressing. Use at least a minimum of four (4) credible references to support your ideas and claims. Follow the guidelines for APA writing style. The title page and references page so not count towards the minimum word amount for this assignment.

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