Let's Find Out!

Building Content Knowledge with Young Children

In her new book, Let's Find Out!, kindergarten teacher Susan Kempton talks about the importance of helping children build the content knowledge that is critical to educational success. She shows how she capitalizes on children's natural curiosity and uses various tools—literature (particularly nonfiction), visuals, living and nonliving artifacts, drawing, song, movement, dramatization—to develop language, concepts, and basic literacy skills. As their foundation becomes richer, children's talk, writing, and options for reading expand and flourish.

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In her new book, Let's Find Out!, kindergarten teacher Susan Kempton talks about the importance of helping children build the content knowledge that is critical to educational success. She shows how she capitalizes on children's natural curiosity and uses various tools—literature (particularly nonfiction), visuals, living and nonliving artifacts, drawing, song, movement, dramatization—to develop language, concepts, and basic literacy skills. As their foundation becomes richer, childr...read more

All children deserve a rich foundation for talk, writing, and reading.
Sue Kempton

About the Author(s)

Susan Kempton has spent the past thirty years teaching in the Denver Public Schools, most recently at Harrington Elementary School. For the past nineteen years, Susan has served as a lab classroom teacher and staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Ellin Oliver Keene
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Why Schema?
  • Chapter 2: Connected Learning
  • Chapter 3: The Role of the Teacher in Developing Schema
  • Chapter 4: Story Road Map
  • Chapter 5: Tim the Tortoise
  • Chapter 6: Lions
  • Chapter 7: Snow Bear
  • Chapter 8: Mario: Our Albino Corn Snake
  • Chapter 9: MLK: A Very, Very Special Man
  • Chapter 10: What's Math?
  • Chapter 11: Frog Spawn, Bees, and Trolley
  • Chapter 12: Death, Dying, Living: The Gifts
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Product Details

Grade Range: K-2
Media: 256 pp/paper + 45 minutes online video
Year: 2014
Item No: WEB-0951
ISBN: 978-157110-951-4

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