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GSCI 3050: Natural Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education: Home

Natural Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Instructor Info

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  • Instructor: Ingrid Thomas-Clark
  • Email address:
  • Office Hours: Mondays, 3:25-4:20 PM, James 1108
  • If you need to speak with me privately after class, please make an appointment.

FYI: In the greeting line of all e-mails, list your:

  • First and Last Names
  • Course
  • Purpose for email.

Note: If it is an email about an assignment, make sure to list the name/title of the assignment and due date of the assignment.

Course Emphasis and Design

  • Science activities, demonstrations, and experiments useful in early childhood and elementary education.
  • Emphasis on laboratory experiences using nontoxic and familiar objects and materials.

Course General Info

  • Course Number: GSCI 3050
  • Course Section: M12A (20919)
  • Course Name: Natural Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Class Hours: Mondays 12:50PM - 3:20PM
  • Class Location: 1108 James
  • Course Breakdown: 1 hour lecture, 2 hours laboratory
  • Course Credits: 2 credits
  • Taught in coordination with Education 3107 or 3207.

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Course Instructions and Information

Education 3107/3207 and General Science 3050 are linked courses. Cooperative learning strategies and group problem-solving are important elements of the learning environment for these linked courses. Opportunity for extensive, hands-on/minds-on experience is provided, and sufficient time is allotted for students to construct knowledge for themselves rather than having facts lectured to them. This means that breadth of coverage is carefully balanced with depth of coverage, and that the latter is preferable to the former.

This course will offer students the opportunity to:

  • Participate in Science activities, demonstrations, and experiments to renew their prior science learning and to construct science knowledge for themselves.
  • Collaborate with peers during participation in Science activities, demonstrations, and experiments
  • Record learning of science content as scientists do.
  • Connect the learning in a particular science discipline to other science disciplines as well as to disciplines in other areas such as English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
  • Reflect on your learning.


Syllabus/Course Requirements are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion and with appropriate notification time to students!

Grading Policy:

  • All grading categories below carry equal weight.
  • Accumulated points will determine each student's final grade.
  • Total 100%
Assignment Due Date Percentage of Final Grade
Diagnostic Assessment that shows your knowledge of content Jan 30, 2023  
Assessment 1 Feb 26, 2023 25%
Assessment 2 Mar 26, 2023 25%
Experiment Lab Report (Use the Lab Report Rubric as a guide.) and Reflection Wednesday, immediately following session 25%
Final Examination May 22, 2023 25%


Experiment Lab Report and Reflection: For each class activity/demonstration/experiment:

  1. Experiment Lab Report (Use the Lab Report Rubric as a guide.): Written so that the reader, whoever that might be:
    • Would understand what was done in class;
    • Could conduct the experiment.
  2. Reflection on:
    • Science content learned or with which you became acquainted or re-acquainted;
    • Science content’s relevance to your everyday life.
  • Required Readings will be posted on Blackboard.
  • Suggested Texts are as follows (also for CBSE 3207):
    • Miele, E. (2011). Doing Science with Children. 2nd Edition. Dubuque: Kendall-Hunt
    • Miele, E. and J.D. Adams. (2010) Science Safaris in New York City: Informal Science Expeditions for Children, Parents and Teachers. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt
  • Reading Assignments should be finished before the next class session.
  • You are expected to apply the readings to classwork and science learning.

Good attendance and punctuality are mandatory since collaborative learning with individual accountability are the essence of this course. Any missed session must be made up with individual work on the appropriate reports and reflections based on readings, experiments, and class discussions. Any work not submitted will receive a grade of zero. I reserve the right to lower your grade for more than two absences one step (e.g., from A to A-).

All written assignments must be submitted online -- Deductions will be taken from all late assignments:

  • Using the Portable Document Format (PDF) ONLY;
  • Expected by/on the due date on the Wednesday, immediately following the session;
  • Emailed to

Each header for written assignments should include the following:

  • Course: CBSE 3207
  • Your First and Last Name
  • Instructor Name: Ingrid Thomas-Clark
  • Assignment Name:
  • Due Date of Assignment:
  • Emailed Submission Date of Assignment:

General Formatting for written assignments:

  • Typed, double spaced, 1-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right);
  • Standard font, size, and color: Times New Roman, 12 pt., and black;
  • Insert page numbers.

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Phone: 718.951.5538
FAX: 718.951.4442
Department Office Hours:

  • Monday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m.–6:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.–6:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Note: Office hours during summer and winter intersession breaks varies.

Students should inform the professor if they have a disability or any other situation that may require Section 504/ADA accommodations.  The faculty and staff will attempt to work out whatever arrangements are necessary.

Please provide your professor with your course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with your professor as soon as possible to ensure accommodations are met in a timely fashion.

In order to receive academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or who suspect that they might have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell or the Assistant Director, Josephine Patterson or their general email

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It is the mission of the Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS) to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all campus facilities, curricula, and activities. The program’s objective focuses on providing students with reasonable disability-related accommodations and the opportunity to maximize their academic success at Brooklyn College. The goal is to ensure an inclusive environment while maintaining and enhancing the college’s academic excellence by providing students with disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest possible academic potential.

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  •  As an option, and in consultation with the Division of Student Affairs, students may take the Leave of Absence Bereavement after the Standard Bereavement.
  • Reference to the Student Bereavement Policies will be noted on course syllabi.
  • Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Division of Student Affairs as well. The chief student affairs officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.

Bereavement Procedure:

  • Upon approval from the Division of Student Affairs, the student is allowed one week, commencing from the day of notification to the Division of Student Affairs, of excused absence.
  • Should the student feel that he/she needs additional days, these should be discussed with individual course instructors and/or the Division of Student Affairs.
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  • Faculty and academic staff will be advised that extensions must be granted to the student for the period of one week of excused absence.
  • Further extensions may be negotiated with the student when he or she returns to campus.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss options with their instructors.

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  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
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  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  •  Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.
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