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Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool Through Fourth Grade
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Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool Through Fourth Grade, with Enhanced Pearson eText -- Access Card Package
Essential information is distilled and directed at all early childhood learners—preschool through fourth grade.
Research-based methods guide classroom teachers in promoting creativity, play, art, music, dance, and drama for all children.
Support for the teacher’s role is addressed through discussions of the classroom environment, materials and resources, child guidance, assessment, and culturally responsive teaching.
Creative thought and play are presented as foundational to arts-based learning through a strong research base, evidence of how the arts and creative thought meet national standards, and practical, ready-to-implement content.
Concrete, useful examples and features make the chapters readable, motivating, and applied:
Snapshots ofClassrooms present grade-level (preschool, K-1, 2-4, or variations) scenarios at the beginning of each chapter to serve as the basis for class discussion.
Each chapter has at least one snapshot that includes using technology.
Teachers’ Reflections share the voices of real teachers as they gain insight into the contributions of creative thinking and arts-based learning to their teaching effectiveness.
Frequently Asked Questions dispel misconceptions about creativity and the arts by supplying research-based responses.
Meeting Standards, a compilation of guidelines from various organizations and states, demonstrates how learning experiences in each of the creative arts and play align with national standards.
Content on assessing within the context of creativity and the arts, including assessment ideas incorporated into all of the chapters as appropriate, and in end-of-chapter activities, is included.
Differentiating Instruction and Making Adaptations for Diverse Learners offers practical ideas for including children with emotional and intellectual, visual, hearing, and orthopedic impairments in creative thinking and arts-based learning.
Integrating the Curriculum presents a teaching theme that is suitable for different age groups and includes creative suggestions for Communication (Literacy, Language Arts, and Technology), the Sciences (Mathematics/Science) and Social Studies (Social Studies, Health and Safety).
Supporting creative expression using technology. Two Technology Tie-in features discuss:
How to integrate a single technology tool into creative arts learning experiences, and
There’s an App for That feature–provides app resources to enhance either teaching skills OR children's creativity.
NEW! Key changes include outstanding aids to understanding and reinforcing the concepts:
NEW! Samples of Children’s Work and Photographs. In collaboration with Head Start and schools, the authors selected new photographs and work samples for the 7th Edition, giving the book a whole new, up-to-date look.
NEW! Cooking as a Creative Activity. A cooking and baking center were added, with recipes to show how and what children learn through appropriate cooking experiences.
NEW! Nature. A new section shows nature as a critical learning tool in the outdoor creative environment.
NEW! Key Terms. With the Enhanced Pearson eText, students can click on highlighted terminology and be linked to the glossary definition, thereby saving them time in locating an authoritative definition.
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