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Problem Solving Plan #1


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Charlotte Becker, ED 381

District Aim: To provide students with the tools to become better parents as well as educators for their children.

Teacher Goal: To provide students with tools to stimulate a child's verbal ability by presenting different activities to the child.

Grade Level: High school child care class.

Project Statement: You have just taken on the task of baby-sitting responsibilities in your home. You have three children to take care of; thus you must be an effective childcare provider. To accomplish this, you will choose between creating a short story, retelling an existing story or creating an original nursery rhyme for this project.  


  • Students will choose one project to prepare and present orally to the class.
  • The assignments will be due on ______
  • The assignment will be worth 30 points of the student's final grade.
  • Students must take into consideration the ages of the children involved and age-appropriateness, thus, at least one related outside reference will be required. This needs to be documented and cited.
  • Nursery rhymes will be need to be at least 15 seconds or or four stanzas long or more in length.
  • Original picture-story books need be at least 5 pages long for full credit.
  • Nursery rhymes and story presentations will be videotaped.
  • Stories will be read to the class and then handed into the teacher.
  • If choosing the story option, story pages must be accompanied by proper illustrations.
  • The words of the story will be typed in the text.
Evaluation note: Half a grade will be deducted per every five seconds short and every page short of the required.

Parameters: The student must pick a topic that will in some way benefit the child. This could include anything from fantasy to social skills (i.e. how to properly cross the street or saying "thank you" in appropriate situations.) All topic should emphasize positive behaviors an d responses. Students will be advised that portrayals or aspects of negative behaviors are unsatisfactory and will result in lowered grades.

Currently, your hypothetical daycare facility cares for 3 children and their ages range from one and a half to four years of age.

Evaluation: The teacher will videotape the rhyme presentations and collect the books. In the books the teacher will look for neatness, content, meaningful illustrations and age-appropriateness.  Nursery rhymes will also need to have appropriate content, be age-appropriate for the age range given, and have meaningful gestures that accompany the rhyme. The remainder of the grade will be based on observance of the guidelines in the conditions and parameters parts of the lesson.  Point losses are outlined above. Students will be give a grading rubric so that they can self-evaluate.

Process Skills: The following skills will be demonstrated in the respective activities:

  • The ability to pick material appropriate for certain ages of children. (Both)
  • The ability to make creative gestures to accompany words. (Nursery rhyme)
  • The ability to use vocabulary in a fun way. (Both)
  • The ability to coordinate appropriate illustrations with a story. (Story)
  • The ability to stay within specific guidelines to help augment success. (Both)
  • The ability to effectively communicate an idea. (Both)
  • The ability to use organizational skills in preparing materials. (Both)
  • The ability to use researching methods in order to gain relevant information and then using that information to complete the project. (Both)

Extraneous Support Needed: The teacher may want to bring in materials that help to give the students ideas. This could include books on familiar nursery rhymes, books that inform educators when a good time is to teach a certain concept and just regular children's books to page through. Students should be encouraged to use their creative juices to help with the projects. An appropriate amount of time should be given to insure good quality from the students; don't make them rush. Assistance from the teacher should also be provided if needed.