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Service Learning in the PreK–3 Classroom

The What, Why, and How-To Guide for Every Teacher


Among early childhood education books, this one stands in a class by itself. It is the only comprehensive, research-based guide for implementing service learning across the preK and early elementary curriculum. Based on field trials with over 3,500 students and 215 educators, this pioneering resource is rich in both theory and practice, and it combines best practices in service with differentiated content-based learning to meet the academic and social needs of young children in meaningful ways. The guide’s numerous sample service learning lesson plans are based on field-tested preK and early elementary classroom projects and correlated to national standards.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Dozens of ready-to-use templates for lesson planning, surveying, assessment, evaluation, permissions, and documentation
  • Practical project design strategies for readers at all levels of service learning experience—from novice to advanced
  • Supporting research from field experts: Piaget, Dewey, Vygotsky, Kohlberg, Gilligan, Noddings, and Lickona
  • Content and lessons that reflect National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) developmentally appropriate practice (DAP); Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice; Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics; national standards in social studies, science, fine arts, technology, and health; and Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework
  • Over twenty sample lesson plans that include differentiated instruction options and address child-friendly themes

Digital content includes customizable versions of the book’s forms, additional sample lesson plans, and a PowerPoint presentation for use in preservice and professional development.

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Paperback $39.99 23678W Paperback 23678W $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-57542-367-8
Audience: Teachers of preK–grade 3, administrators, and early childhood professionals
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 224
Digital Content: Includes reproducible forms and a PowerPoint presentation for professional development
Praise for Service Learning in the PreK–3 Classroom
“A great resource for educators to embrace their critical role in shaping the mindset of young students.”—Clifton L. Taulbert, K–12 education consultant and author of Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators

“A wonderfully useful guide [that] belongs on the shelf of every preK–3 teacher interested in bringing learning to life through service.”—Joe Follman, founding director, Florida Learn & Serve

“Young children get excited and deeply engaged when they have opportunities to do real work, solve meaningful and interesting problems, and, in the process, gain expertise about the world around them. Service Learning in the PreK–3 Classroom is a wonderfully comprehensive and incredibly practical resource that offers teachers guidance about how to create these opportunities in their classrooms. The book includes everything teachers will need to implement projects—from the theoretical underpinnings, to the standards addressed, to the reproducible forms. I am excited to share this rich and innovative new resource with the educators with whom I work.”—Judy Jablon, educational consultant and author of Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning (NAEYC)

“This book is a vital resource for early childhood educators—including classroom teachers, preservice teachers, and teacher educators. The comprehensiveness combined with the remarkably clear way of communicating how to use service learning as a methodology make this book a required resource for anyone who wants to link experiential learning with the development of social responsibility. This book is filled with real-life examples, organizational resources, and theoretical support that will provide valuable assistance and time-saving tools, which are a teacher’s best friends.”—Elizabeth A. Ethridge, Ed.D., associate professor of early childhood education, University of Oklahoma

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