Critical Thinking in Language Arts and Social Studies-Mirta Hertzfeld

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Critical Thinking in Language Arts and Social Studies-Mirta Hertzfeld

The early childhood teacher provides students with early literacy instruction by reading enjoyable stories, poems, and informational text. Classroom discussions about the texts are extended by introducing rich vocabulary during individual and group talk. The books and activities that the children are exposed to cover both language arts skills such as rhyming, alliteration, and phonemic awareness as well as social studies topics such as community workers and transportation.

In the early childhood classrooom critical thinking skills are developed when we provide our students with numerous opportunities to analyze, evaluate and create through play and exploration. Critical thinking is promoted by posing a provocative question and providing relevant content and materials to encourage students to explore and discover the answers to the question. In early childhood we use theme based content (such as farms) with multiple entry points to provide significant opportunities for investigation and critical thinking.


Critical Thinking in Language Arts and Social Studies ByMirta HertzfeldJuly 27, 2015

Language Arts and Social Studies

1. Read Fantastic Farm Machines by Cris Petersonn. After talking about the way the machines were used in the text have a discussion about how farmers did their work before the machines were invented. Provide materials such as plastic spoons, empty boxes, milk cartons, etc and have students create their own machines. Encourage the students to describe their creations and their purpose. 2. Read Corn by Gail Gibbons. Have the children bring in or provide a collection of food from different cultures and from different parts of the world that contain corn as one of the ingredients.3. Read Old Mikamba Had a Farm and the original version Old McDonald Had a Farm. Compare and contrast the two versions of the story . Focus on the cultural differences.

1. Read Farms ABC by B.B. Hoena. Provide magazines and have children find and cut-out pictures of food. Have discussions with the children as they peruse the magazine about the pictures that they choose. Example: Do potatoes grow above ground or under ground?2. Read books with repetitive text such as Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm by Joy Cowley. Encourage the children to chime in during the repeating parts. Hand out animal puppets and have the children act out the story with the teacher playing the role of Mrs. Wishy Washy.3. Read Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud by Lynn Ploude. Make mud with the students by having them mix soil and water. Have the students feel the mud with their hands and come up with adjectives to describe the way the mud feels. Create a circle map with the adjectives.

ReferencesMinds G, (2005 September) Social Studies in Today's Early Childhood Curricula-Beyond the Journal-Young Children on the Web

Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm

Language Arts

EDD 550Rachel Wurmlinger

Social Studies


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