Judith Marshall Finkelstein. Papers, 1968-2010

Collection Overview

Title: Judith Marshall Finkelstein. Papers, 1968-2010

Record Series: 25/01/06

Creator: Judith Marshall Finkelstein

Date: 1968-2010

Extent: 20.25 linear feet, 23 boxes plus 3 items

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.  

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material. Some of the material was recorded using obsolete technology. It has not been digitized.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Judith Marshall Finkelstein Papers, 1968-2010, Archives Record Series 25/01/06, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Historical Note

Judith Marshall Finkelstein was a distinguished member of the University of Northern Iowa faculty for over forty years.  She received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Illinois in 1954.  She received her Master of Arts in education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1968 and her Ph. D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota in 1983.  She taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1954 to 1956, in the Waterloo Community Schools from 1957 to 1960, and the Cedar Falls Public Schools, 1962-1963 and 1964-1965.  She served as Director of Head Start for the Cedar Falls Schools in 1965-1966.

In 1968 she joined the faculty of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School at the rank of instructor.  She was promoted to assistant professor in 1971, to associate professor in 1984, and to professor in 1989. 

Professor Finkelstein was an innovative teacher in her nursery, kindergarten, and first grade work at the Laboratory School.  She documented and published her work for the benefit of others in a wide variety of venues including workshops; presentations at local, state, and national meetings; books; and articles.  Among her areas of specialization were early childhood education, kindergarten scheduling, and curriculum development in early childhood education, especially in the social studies.  In the course of her Laboratory School work, she supervised many student teachers and assisted in their placement.

Professor Finkelstein assisted in the establishment of the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education and served as its director on an acting basis.  She completed her career by serving as a member of the faculty of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education.  She retired in 2009.

Scope and Content

In the summer of 2010, Professor Finkelstein contacted University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson about the disposition of her papers.  Professor Finkelstein delivered the contents of Boxes 1-17 to the Rod Library in August 2010.  She delivered the contents of Boxes 18-21 in November 2010.

This collection is strong from at least two points of view.  First, it documents Professor Finkelstein's career at the University of Northern Iowa.  It records in depth her innovations at the Laboratory School, often from local, early proposals for enhancements in her own classroom all the way to the scholarly documentation of her findings.  As a bonus, the collection also includes the tangible classroom results in the form of a selection of the artwork and writing of her students. The material relating to the curricular units of classroom work deserves special attention.  In many cases the unit work is accompanied by extensive collections of photographic images.  These images provide a good look at what went on in Professor Finkelstein's classrooms.

Second, the collection is valuable because it provides a general look at instruction at the elementary level in the Laboratory School from about 1970 through about 1990.  Professor Finkelstein was involved in many aspects of the work of the Laboratory School during those years, and she was a meticulous record keeper.  Her papers help to show how the Laboratory School reacted to and, in some cases, adopted various philosophical trends in education in that time period.

Note to researchers:  Material relating to specific topics may appear in several parts of this collection.  In some cases, this simply relects the good order in which the University Archives received the collection.  However, in other cases, material may appear initially in parts of the collection relating to Professor Finkelstein's own classrooms; later it may appear as she polished those experiences for publication; and then it may appear in portions of the collection which show how she used her experiences as bases for instructing her undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education. 


Box 1


Professional participation

Dissertation:  A comparison of full day, alternate day, and half day every day kindergarten in Iowa focusing on instructional time, congruence between goals and outcomes, and principal, teacher, and pupil attitudes

Kindergarten scheduling study



  • Fostering participatory citizenship
  • What kids think about the Constitution, by Malcolm Price Laboratory students
  • A two-year kindergarten that works
  • Designing effective early childhood environments
  • Essential modern mathematics
  • Harcourt Brace Jovanovich correspondence
  • Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Social Studies
  • Social Studies and the elementary/middle school student
  • Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Snowball
  • Merrill Social Studies

Early childhood curriculum units, 1969-1975

A nursery/kindergarten program for your school?, 1975

Creative activities to foster language development in the young child, 1974

Articles citing Professor Finkelstein's work

But I already can!, 1979

How kindergartners are taught Social Studies, 1988

Articles in "Highlights for Children" and "Newsletter of Parenting"

Kindergarten scheduling study--research results, 1984

Opening a window on the community, 1987

Kindergarten scheduling, the continuing debate, 1988

National Council for the Social Studies, SIG newsletter articles

Social Education articles

Museum education; trends and visitation strategies

Celebrating a centennial, 1985

Citizenship education; looking at government, 1988

Social Studies for early childhood and elementary school children preparing for the 21st century, 1988

The happy, healthy children's treat book

Patriotic unit, 1988

Sexual abuse; every parent's concern, 1989

Children and learning

Box 2

A new approach to parent conferences, 1993

Toys; medium for the development of creativity and sensory awareness

A program incorporating nursery and kindergarten

Twenty tips for museum trips

Some thoughts on the integration of early childhood education, 1992

Reviews in Instructor magazine, 1991

Back to the true basics, 1998

Social Studies and the young child; past, present, and future, 2000

National Council for the Social Studies--brochure

An early childhood curriculum philosophy

Educating the gifted

Entering behaviors for first grade

Proposal for multi-age grouping of pre-school children, Malcolm Price Laboratory School,1969-1970

Role of the Social Studies in early childhood education; a back to basics curriculum, 1981

Social Studies curriculum wheel

Teacher training; are we tapping the right resources?

Using theories of social psychology in the early childhood classroom

Teaching with documents, 1993--Social Studies methods, 210:164

Early childhood experience, syllabus, fall 1995; spring 2000; fall 2005, 210:192g

Guidance and instruction in early childhood education, syllabus, spring 2000, 210:130g

Supervising teachers, syllabus, 210:192, spring 2000

Guidance strategy paper, 210:130

International recognition and experience

Committee work

Recognition by students

Future Directions in Teacher Education Committee, 1987-1988

Malcolm Price Laboratory School Task Force, 1988

Full inclusion; two model teaching strategies, 1996

Guides to the Social Studies, Malcolm Price Laboratory School

Social Studies curriculum, Malcolm Price Laboratory School, 1987

English Language Arts program, reading, MPLS

Direction of master's degree papers



  • Legislative Interim Task Force, 1987-1988
  • Pre-K/K Task Force, 1987
  • Early Childhood Task Force, 1990
  • Iowa Kids Count, 1991-2010
  • Standards Committee, 1991
  • Pallischeck Lecture
  • State Resource Planning Team, 1997
  • Endorsement 100, 1998
  • Unified Licensure Committee, 1998

Box 3

Service--state, continued

  • Developing the ECE/ECSE program leading to new licensing standards, 2001-2002
  • Earlycare Project
  • Quality preschool program standards and criteria, 2004


  • Creative language arts
  • Early childhood education, 1977
  • Early childhood education, Virgin Islands, 1978
  • Garner-Hayfield, 1992-1993, 1998

Teaching, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  •  210:130
  • Autism
  • 210:149g, Child, Family, School, and Community Relations, spring 1989
  • 210:152/210:164
  • Emotional development
  • 210:151/210:152, fall 1991
  • Fairy tale unit, 1987-1988
  • Lynn Moore's first grade class, 1988-1989
  • Student projects, elementary curriculum
  • 210:192, Early childhood education documentation boards
  • 210:164, Social Studies methods, spring 1994
  • 210:152, Elementary curriculum centers, 1992
  • 210:152, Elementary curriculum, interactive bulletin boards, 1992
  • 210:130/210:192, Cooking centers
  • 210/130, Early childhood education centers
  • 210:192, Centers projects, fall 2003
  • 210:130, Centers projects, 1994
  • 210:192, Supervising teachers syllabus

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Early childhood education program review, 1993
  • Correspondence, conferences, programs, 1990-2003
  • Retirement party, 2010

Box 4 - Malcolm Price Laboratory School

Early childhood/elementary programs

Balcony room 102 blueprints

SCOPES, science teachers publications

Spelling contract

Speech service

Science in kindergarten

Story writing, nursery/kindergarten

Supervisor's responsibilities

Super States at PLS

Creative drama, 1975

Spelling lists, 1975

Fold-a-dog center, 1976

Library statements, 1981

Spanish program, 1982

History newspaper, 1983

Spring and scientific thinking, 1984

Schedules, 1985-1988

Author conference, 2003

Statement on PLS from Dean of the College of Education and the Provost, 2003

Beginning Reading Conference, programs, 1969-2002, with audio recording from 1975

Room materials, 1969


  • Professor Finkelstein's room, 1978
  • Round-up presentation, 1969
  • Multi-age grouping proposal, 1969
  • Creative thinking, 1969
  • Goodlad on Design for education for the future, 1969
  • Child development, 1970
  • Films used, 1970
  • Parents' night, 1971
  • Sixth grade friends, 1973
  • The big turnip, 1975
  • Sex education for preschoolers, 1976-1977
  • Mini-unit, 1978
  • Cognitive structures, 1978
  • Little groups, reading readiness, 1978-1979
  • PST demonstration, 1983
  • Newspaper friends, 1984
  • Centers, demonstration boards, 2005

First grade

  • Fairy tales, 1988; Christmas, 1982; Pie reading, 1982; Japan, 1988; Fairy tale fair, 1984; Amigos
  • Hartman Reserve, winter 1984-1985; Fairy Tale Fair, 1984-1985; Japan, 1987
  • Classroom, 1980-1988
  • January-March 1988
  • Vacations unit, Ross Nielsen, 1986
  • Science Committee, 1984
  • Math scope and sequence; record card master, Cheryl Lubinski and Judith Finkelstein, 1984-1986
  • The little elf who listened, 1985
  • Wellness; food, 1986
  • Program development statement, 1986
  • Fairy Tale Fair, 1989
  • Reading program drill, 1982-1988


  • Guidance of young children
  • HDP guidance program--Edward C. Redalen
  • Effective praise seminar
  • Conflict situations and resolutions
  • Guidance Committee
  • Self concept development--Edward C. Redalen
  • Reinforcers, Ann Vernon, 1970
  • Multicultural bibliographies, 1970
  • Emotional development, 1973
  • Circle meetings, AEA7, 1973
  • Minnesota Attitude Inventory, 1973
  • Guidance objectives
  • Guidance strategies, for 210:130

Correspondence, conferences, and programs, 1968-1981

Box 5 - Malcolm Price Laboratory School, continued

Correspondence, conferences, and programs, 1982-1989

Program development

  • Proposal for nursery/kindergarten program, 1969-1970
  • Multi-age grouping; reorganization of PLS elementary school, 1970
  • US Bicentennial celebration, 1976
  • Nursery/kindergarten, 1979
  • An early childhood curriculum philosophy
  • Welcome to kindergarten, 1969-1970
  • Assessment forms for Units I and II
  • Criterion reference checklist for ECE programs
  • Concept development through toys, 1970
  • EC curriculum philosophy, 1975
  • Plan for integration of handicapped students into the preschool, 1974
  • Involving parents in children's learning
  • Social Studies curriculum, Unit II, 1981
  • Spanish program
  • Sac-Fox exchange, 1982-1986
  • Language Arts Committee; Social Studies Committee
  • Curriculum development for EC programs
  • First grade program development, Unit II, 1982
  • Mathematics, first grade, 1983
  • Children's portfolio, conference, spring 1986
  • First grade program, Unit II, 1986
  • PLS strategic planning, 1987
  • AFPLS Organizing Committee, 1988
  • Developmentally appropriate programs, 1989-1992
  • Working with parents, nursery/kindergarten and first grade
  • Citizenship program, 1998
  • First Amendment school designation, 2005

Teaching units

  • Note and overview
  • Valentine's Day
  • Pets
  • Holidays around the world
  • Space
  • Shapes and senses of Easter
  • Patriotism
  • Elections
  • Toys and winter
  • Transportation
  • Children's plays, 1971
  • You and your school
  • Children's stories, 1971-1972
  • Sense of touch, 1970
  • Fall and Halloween, 1970
  • Ocean, sky, and underground
  • Mini-units
  • Bicentennial
  • Neighborhood
  • Student teacher units
  • Latin America
  • Thanksgiving and food
  • Toys
  • School
  • Farms
  • Elections
  • Circus
  • Transportation
  • Names
  • Africa
  • Oceans

Box 6 - Malcolm Price Laboratory School, continued

Teaching units, continued

  • Japan
  • Summer fun
  • Fairy tales, including "Concentration" game cards
  • Feelings
  • Vacations
  • Spanish
  • Food
  • Communication
  • Paper dolls

Children's writing

  • Friends in our school
  • Light of Dawn reading group
  • Writing, 1969
  • Nursery/kindergarten, 1971, 1976
  • I like . . . ., Unit II, 1982-1983
  • People in our school, 1982-1983
  • Our trip, Hartman Reserve, 1983-1984
  • Hartman Reserve trip, 1984
  • Hartman Reserve trip, winter 1984-1985
  • Hartman Reserve trip, spring 1985
  • Hartman Reserve trips, 1986
  • Haiku and makura, first grade, 1986-1987
  • Jeremy's book, first grade, 1987
  • Japan and US Constitution celebration, first grade, 1987
  • Writers' workshop, Halloween pictures, Unit II, first grade, 1987
  • Writing, 1988
  • Our school workers, 1988-1989


  • NIACC/AEA 2, 1978
  • Robin Sabino, Piaget moral development, Virgin Islands, 1978
  • NCSS, Questioning techniques with young children
  • NCSS, 1980
  • NAEYC, 1979
  • NCSS, 1981, Cooperative learning
  • NCSS, 1982, Museum learning
  • NCSS, 1983
  • NCSS, 1984
  • Teaching of foreign languages, 1985
  • AEA 12, Western Hills
  • IASCD, 1985, Building and evaluating kindergarten programs
  • NCSS regional meeting, 1985
  • NCSS regional meeting, 1986, Using social studies content to develop thinking and problem solving in young children
  • ASCD, 1986, Building and evaluating kindergarten programs
  • NCSS regional meeting, 1986, Current and future trends in kindergarten, curricular implications
  • International Conference on Second/Foreign Language Acquisition, 1986
  • IRA, 1987
  • NCSS, 1987
  • NCSS regional meeting, 1987, Developing citizenship in young children
  • IFLA, 1987, Oral proficiency based method of second language teaching
  • NCSS regional meeting, 1987, Building programs for young learners which foster problem solving
  • ASCD, 1988, Kindergarten scheduling
  • NCSS regional meeting, 1988, Forming a more perfect union
  • Third International Conference on Second/Foreign Language Acquisition, Developing citizenship in the EC classroom
  • Iowa CSS, 1988
  • NCSS, 1988
  • NCSS regional meeting, 19889
  • ACTFL, 1989
  • NCSS, 1990
  • NCSS, 1991, Appropriate assessment practices for EC and elementary social studies
  • ICSS, 1994
  • IAEYC, 1997
  • See how they grow, 2000, Phonics:  yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Papers produced under the advice or direction of Professor Finkelstein

  • Janice E. Woods:  Attitudes of elementary principals and kindergarten teachers toward mandatory kindergarten and optional pre-kindergarten programs in Iowa, 1979
  • Elaine Mahone:  Thematic units, 1991
  • Kevin M. Anderson:  An investigation of selected at risk factors in rural high schools in the Midwest, 1992
  • Mary Jane Hazelwood:  Curriculum for children with severe and profound disability, 1992
  • Karmen Larson:  Third grade Chapter I curriculum, 1993
  • Tina M. Martinez Adix:  Assessment project report, 1993

Box 7

 Papers produced under the advice or direction of Professor Finkelstein, continued

  • Janice C. Miller:  Drama education, 1993
  • Kathleen Schmitt:  The development of a transformational curriculum model for kindergarten, 1993
  • Kara Ellen Schmadeke:  Engaging students in mathematical thought, 1994
  • Sylvia P. Boehmke:  Preparation for curriculum development
  • Sylvia P. Boehmke:  Educating limited English proficient Spanish children four and five years of age, 1995
  • Lori Randall:  The effects of transformational curriculum on a second grade Social Science program, 1995
  • Tina M. Martinez Adix:  The development of a multi-dimensional component for a kindergarten program, 1996
  • Michelle Block:  Looping:  an alternative to grade level promotions, 1998
  • Wendy Edwards:  Multiage education, 1998
  • Lisa Kaiser:  Developing literacy, 1999
  • Linda S. Jacoby:  Home visits:  building a team approach with families with children with special needs, 2000
  • Cynthia Ford:  Invented spelling, 2000
  • Joyce Nelson:  Make it--take it:  professional development training, 2001
  • James A. Hauschildt:  Application of case study methodology in the context of undergraduate critical care nursing education, 2004
  • Kim Slater:  Character education, 2006

Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

  • Kindergarten . . . a year of beginnings, 1983
  • RCEDE proposals, 1986, 1988
  • Plans, fall 1988
  • Legislative Task Force, 1988
  • Goals, 1988
  • Legislative Interim Study Committee, December 1988-January 1989
  • Muscatine RCEDE, 1989-1990
  • AEA 3, 1989
  • Report, summary of activities, 1989
  • Leadership Council meetings, 1989-1990
  • Project Match, 1989-1990
  • Maquoketa RCEDE goals, 1990
  • Guide to curriculum development in the arts, developmental drama, 1990
  • Workshop, summer 1990
  • Waterloo schools staff development, 1990-1992
  • Lewis Central, 1991
  • Postville, spring 1991
  • Developmental drama, 1991
  • Retreat, 1991
  • Iowa Falls, 1991-1992
  • Activities, 1991-1993
  • Marshalltown, 1992
  • Findings, 1993
  • Director search, 1993
  • Drama project work
  • Program Assessment Committee files, 1994
  • Influence on ECE graduate program, 1994
  • Retreat, 1994
  • ECE study, 1994
  • Pragmatic initiatives
  • Developmentally appropriate ECE
  • Decision making model; constructivist model
  • Freeburg curriculum goals
  • Group games
  • Principals
  • ECE summit meeting, 1995
  • Teacher Practitioner Council, 1997-1999
  • IAEYC pre-conference workshop on constructivist education, 1996
  • Staff meetings, 199501997

Box 8

Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education, continued

  • Activities, 1999, 2000
  • Centers, 2001
  • Centers, bubbles, 2001
  • Community summit on early learning and preschool, 2006
  • Occasional papers 3, 4, and 5
  • Annual reports, 1989-1991
  • Brochures
  • Herman Lecture Series
  • Home literacy bags

Early childhood education publications

  • Children's activity plans--modeling dough, cooking, baking
  • Me, teachers edition
  • Vowels and variants, phonics text
  • Learning to think series, teachers manuals
  • Developing logical thinking in children, Dale Phillips
  • Children's centers, a guide for those who care for and about young children, 1942
  • Institute of child behavior and development, fifty years of research, 1967
  • Studies of childhood, research bulletin of the International Kindergarten Union, 1930
  • The kindergarten curriculum, Department of the Interior, 1919
  • Kindergarten, St. Louis Board of Education, 1926
  • Effect of kindergarten attendance upon progress and quality of work in the grades, Detroit Educational Bulletin, 1925
  • Brain and learning, directions in early childhood education, 1980
  • Kindergarten teacher's handbook, 1973
  • Kindergarten policies; what is best for children?
  • Beginning language, 1979
  • Iowa procedures for the provision of early childhood special education programs and services in the least restrictive environment, Iowa Department of Education, 1993
  • Personnel standards for early education and early intervention:  guidelines for licensure in early childhood special education, NAEYC, draft 1, 1994
  • Licensure change initiative:  a discussion document, Iowa Department of Education, 1994
  • The impact on children's education:  television's influence on cognitive development, US Office of Educational Research, 1988
  • Reflections; thoughts of delegates to the First Iowa Adult Literacy Congress, Iowa Department of Education, 1991
  • Iowa human growth and development curriculum K-3, Sue Johnson, 1990
  • Iowa human growth and development curriculum 4-6, Sue Johnson, 1990
  • An open letter to America on schools, students, and tomorrow, National Education Association

Photographic slide collections

  • Fairy Tale Fair, 1984-1985
  • Spanish program
  • PLS centennial celebration
  • Japanese unit, 1987
  • Children + Art = Readiness, workshop presented many times
  • Safety City
  • Sac-Fox, 1984-1985
  • Field trip, Center for the Arts, Waterloo
  • Nursery/kindergarten
  • First grade
  • Australia, Unit III, 1987
  • Hartman Reserve bulletin board, December 1987
  • Sixth grade play, Joyce Hornby
  • Reading conference, April 20, 1974
  • Amigos, 1984-1985
  • Unit III

Boxes 9-11

Bulletin board, curricular, and reference material.  Professor Finkelstein assembled this material in the course of her teaching career.  The collection includes illustrations clipped from magazines, professional articles, information about local and state educational programs, and many other things.  The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject

Boxes 12-14

Audiocassettes.  This collection of audiocassettes includes recordings of classroom work, children's stories, and some commercially-produced material.  The listing below is simply a transcription of what appears on the cassette labels.  The processor did not listen to the tapes to verify their condition or content. In some cases, both sides of the cassette are labeled; in other cases only one side is labeled.  Contents of tapes labeled on both sides are separated by a semi-colon (;) in the inventory below.

Box 12

Judy Finkelstein kindergarten (3 cassettes)

Judy Finkelstein first grade (3 cassettes)

Honeycombs, Erik, Sara, Susie, Rachel; The circle Sarah drew

Dollars, Julie, Elena, Jenny; The hen and the bread, Clayton, Justin

Hartman Reserve, fall 1988; Finding the real Buffy, Matt, John, Nick

Abe Lincoln, by Todd L.

Initial discussion of toys, AM (2 cassettes)



AM, Judy Gish; AM


Orange group; Rita, Unit II, PM

Hartman Reserve story; Where the wild things are

Boyer, Main address, second general session, ASCD

 Box 13

Ann Vernon sexism discussion, January 20, 1983

Comfort zone

Enhancing productivity

Toys PM; Toys PM


AM kids; Animal stories:  Dogs don't belong on beds, Just like puppies, Cats

Oh, were they ever happy, Vincent; PM

Gish, Unit II

Over the river and through the wood, by Lydia Marie Child; Bread and jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban

Mike's house, by Julie Sauer; The biggest snowstorm ever

It's time now, by Alvin Tresselt; The tiny seed, by Eric Carle

The line Sophie drew; Stuart--Silkworm

Mrs. Beggs and the wizard, by Mercer Mayer; When the sky is like lace

Custard and the wicked knight

The little red hen; The Berenstain bears and the double dare

Wild animal sounds

Piano music--Swickard

I know an old lady and other funny songs

Peter and the north wind

Star Wars 

Box 14

The wonderful world of the brothers Grimm, The singing bone, The dream; The wonderful world of the brothers Grimm, The dancing princess, The cobbler and the elves

Positively no pets allowed, by Nathan Limelman

Bread and jam for Frances; Where's Wallace?

Joyce, Be nice to S(?)

The little match girl, The blind men and the elephant; Corduroy, Brave Daniel

Chicken fogets, Karate kid

The lazy bear

Edie changes her mind, Blueberries for Sal

The runaway snowman

La historia de la pollita; Jorgito (Georgie)

The carrot seed, Drip, drop, splash; Caps for sale, Sherwood walks home

Around Africa in song; Hi, neighbor

Mr. Mischief, The hundredth smurf

Los dinosaurios gigantes; Harry y el terrible quien sabeque

Hawkeye, Little red rooster

Seeds by wind and water


Unfortunately Harriet, Harry by the sea; Harold's circus, Go hush the baby

Halloween record

Cinderella; Alladin and his wonderful lamp

The tiny seed, by Eric Carle

Mindy, Ryan, Jessica, Terry

The two old women's bet, Rootabaga country, The liar's contest (Part 1); The liar's contest (Part 2); Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin

Scary tale:  Book of magic, Chunk 'o meat, Dark, dark universe; Dark, dark house, Teeny-tiny, Gunniwolf, Yellow ribbon, Oh, what I could do, Bloody finger

The tale of Benjamin Bunny

Snow White


Stone soup

Box 15

Plays, 1984; Plays, fall 1985; Reading group, May 10, 1985, Plays, spring 1985 (VHS format videotape)

Writing room rules (UCA format videotape)

Unit I, Finkelstein (UCA format videotape)

Box 16

Building pre-reading skills, Ginn and Company, Kit B consonants, alphabet and word cards in original plastic case

Frostig MGL (Move, Grow, Learn) movement education activities, teacher's guide and activity card series

Boxes 17-19

Children's artwork.  Large scale drawings, paintings, and cut-out figures illustrating themes and units from Professor Finkelstein's classroom work.  The work illustrates original stories, concepts of mapping, and other aspects of learning by young children in the Price Laboratory School.

Box 20

Units of instruction: Folders include such things as outlines, objectives, description of activities, and illustrations used in units of instruction in Professor Finkelstein's classroom and other Price Laboratory School elementary classrooms. The folders include Professor Finkelstein's own work, her work with her Price Laboratory School professional colleagues, and her teacher education students

Outlines and organization of units




Black history (Unit III)

Career education



China (Unit III)

Christmas around the world








Elections (Unit III)

Fairy tales





Forest friends



Indians, Pilgrims, Exploration



Keeping our bodies well

Latin America



Me, you, us

Native Americans


Nursery rhymes













Summer vacations



Valentine's Day and the post office


White House--200th anniversary


You and others

You are special

You have grown

Box 21

Price Laboratory School

  • Schedules, 1968-1988
  • Social studies methods, 210:164, team teaching, PLS/Curriculum and Instruction
  • Social studies curriculum, 1987
  • Project work
  • Letters to and from Wales, first grade
  • Spanish program
  • Kindergarten round-up
  • Geography bee
  • Readers workshop, first and second grades, 1985
  • Unit III programs
  • Industrial processes (Nick Teig program)
  • Nursery/kindergarten guide for visitors
  • First grade program and report card
  • Fairy tale fair, first grade, 1990
  • Soviet Union, second grade
  • Black history, 1986
  • Science activities
  • Learning center plan book; social studies
  • New friends activities for first grade
  • Nursery/kindergarten planning team, 1969-1973
  • Parent component
  • Parent letters
  • Initial parent conferences
  • Parents--student progress reports
  • Parent meetings
  • First grade name chart--photograph
  • Nursery/kindergarten--photographs
  • Unit II, first grade, 1980-1981; 1983-1989--photographs

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Promotion and tenure
  • Alignment of early childhood education standards, 2003
  • Drama activity
  • Faculty involvement, COE retreat
  • Inclusion grant, 1996
  • Integrated curriculum retreat, 1994
  • Language of curriculum development
  • Lesson plans
  • Schedules, 1988-1989
  • Yearly curriculum/centers, fall 1999
  • Autism project
  • Student outcome assessment planning, 1999
  • Play
  • Participation/field experiences, 1996
  • Pallishack Lectures Series, 1994
  • Iraq/Afghanistan 210:130
  • Competencies
  • Portfolios
  • Strategic plan, 2006-2007
  • Early childhood division, 2002
  • Dance--Kathleen Kerr
  • Elementary education major--Endorsement 100
  • Early childhood education--assessment; 210:130/210:192
  • InTime project

Box 22

Regents Center for Early Developmental Education

  • Physical, logical, sensory, mathematical knowledge
  • Schedules
  • Leadership Council, 1993-1995
  • Professor Finkelstein activities
  • Constructivist activities
  • Is parental involvement the total answer?  Harmon lecture by Professor Margaret Weiser, 1992
  • Freeburg Center Advisory Council
  • Looking to the future of Iowa's children and families, 1998
  • Activity sheets
  • Physical knowledge lessons
  • Summer mathematics program  Paul Trafton
  • Kindergarten room
  • Call for early childhood practitioners, 1999
  • Rheta DeVries--constructivist education papers
  • High quality early education
  • Raschke grant, 2004


  • Adel-DeSoto
  • Early childhood, 1978
  • Early childhood education (Virgin Islands)
  • Creative language arts, 1977
  • Carroll, 1993
  • Kindergarten teachers and elementary school principals, 1984
  • National trends affecting school and family life, 1984
  • Price Laboratory workshop programs, 1976-1978
  • Building and evaluating early learning programs, 1988
  • Iowa Council for the Social Studies, 1994

Other service activities and writing

  • Teaching geography by studying a country or continent
  • Developmentally appropriate early childhood education in the USA
  • Full day or half day kindergarten
  • New paradigm for curriculum planning:  transformational curriculum--becoming a constructivist social studies teacher
  • Science processes presentation
  • National Council for the Social Studies work
  • National Council for the Social Studies, Social Studies experiences, 1984-1989
  • Adapting secondary second language methodology to the elementary school child, 1984
  • Publicizing and encouraging elementary social studies, 1984
  • Building and evaluating kindergarten programs, 1985
  • Developing kindergarten programs, 1986
  • ERIC/ChESS, 1987
  • Social studies in the early childhood classroom, 1987
  • Iowa Prekindergarten Task Force, 1988
  • Social Studies Programs of Excellence, 1988
  • Sexual abuse:  what parents should know, 1989
  • Reading, writing, and social studies,1990
  • Festival of ideas for grades 1-6, 1990
  • Appropriate assessment practices for early childhood/elementary social studies, 1991
  • World class futures:  trends in the well-being of Iowa children, 1991
  • Democratic classroom instruction model, 1993
  • Teaching with documents, 1993
  • Working with families, 1994
  • Child Care Committee, 1994
  • Building and evaluating appropriate learning programs, 1994
  • Transformational curriculum:  reaching potentials, 1994
  • Writing suitcases:  developing home/school partnerships, 1997
  • Extending your writing center into the home, 1996
  • Analysis and design of curriculum for young children, 1997  210:221
  • Music hath charms, 1998
  • Career development group, 1998
  • See how they grow, 2001
  • Teacher education faculty documents, 1988-1998
  • Social studies methods, 1991  210:164
  • Californial social studies framework, 1987
  • Standards for preparation of social studies teachers, 1987
  • Iowa early care licensure, 1995
  • Iowa early care professional development, 1998
  • Meeting the challenges of developing curriculum for culturally diverse groups (Fox Settlement), 1985
  • State Improvement Plan (Donna Raschke), 1998
  • NCATE approved guidelines--early childhood education
  • Iowa Teacher Preparation Task Force, 1987-1988
  • Iowa vision for early childhood
  • Kindergarten scheduling and social studies surveys by Professor Finkelstein
  • Science experiences for nursery school children
  • Mathematics their way (textbook)

The old woman in the shoe--Mother Goose nursery rhymes project work, Norma Foster

Photographs and Slide Transparencies

  • Nursery/Kindergarten
  • Nursery/Kindergarten--Hartman Reserve
  • Beginning reading
  • First grade--Hartman Reserve
  • Headstart
  • Price Laboratory School--outside
  • Halloween
  • Language arts workshop

Kit of spools, wheels, and pegs

Box 23

Nursery rhyme posters:  Mary, Mary, quite contrary;  Little Bo-Peep

Posters with photographs of Fairy Tale unit classroom work, 1986-1987, and Amigos party, 1986-1987

Processing Information

Collection processed and Web inventory created by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, with assistance by student assistants Amy Yates, Dylan Mulfinger, Kim Nurre, and Julie Herrig, August-September 2010; updated December 3, 2010 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018.  Linear feet updated on September 20, 2017.

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