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Observation of Children

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Employability

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Purposes and procedures for observing children.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Early Childhood Education I
Strand 1 Standard 3

Incorporate observation techniques and guidelines while studying children and develop strategies to meet their needs.

Career Connections:

  • Child Care Professional

Power point projector or copy of lesson plan, work paper for each student, copy of "Report Card" for each student, sample portfolios to show students.

Background For Teachers:
Reading of any of the resource materials would be helpful. The websites help teachers develop electronic portfolios available to parents on the web. What a new high tech idea!!!!


Web Sites

  • Creative Curriculum
    Website at which teachers can produce portfolio based on checklists and comments for each child and then make available to parents with a password. 50 objectives grouped in categories. Each objective is explained through many examples so both teacher and parent will know meaning.
  • Work Sampling Online
    Teachers can enter the data on each child in their class by entering a rating on many objectives grouped into categories. Teachers can scan samples of artwork, photos of children and post these on a website that is available to parents with a password.

Student Prior Knowledge:
It would be helpful for students to have worked in child care. Most of this information is new and probably not covered in child development.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will complete work paper that accompanies power point presentation. They will be exposed to different ways in which to observe children.

Instructional Procedures:
Power point presentation along with handouts of work paper, sample report card, and sample portfolio.


Assessment Plan:
Quiz of sample questions for state test, to be given at end of lesson.

Contact using your education email address if you would like copies of the test / exam for this lesson plan. Be sure to include the Lesson Plan title in your email request.


Arizona HSST/CDA, Report Card originated by Ms. Terry Price, Introduction to Early Childhood Education by Brewer (ISBN 0-205-32657-9), Focused Portfolios by Gronlund & Engel (ISBN 1-929610-07-6),


Created Date :
Jun 23 2003 14:41 PM

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