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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: The Path to Math: Word Problems for Preschoolers
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El camino a la matemática. Problemas de planteo para nińos preescolares
Polish Version: Droga do matematyki: Zadania treściowe dla przedszkolaków
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Home
Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Problem Solving
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: MATHEMATICS
Goals: 6. Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, including numeration and operations.
Learning Standards: 6.A. Demonstrate beginning understanding of numbers, number names, and numerals.
6.B. Add and subtract to create new numbers and begin to construct sets.
6.D. Compare quantities using appropriate vocabulary terms.
Benchmarks: 6.A.ECa. Count with understanding and recognize “how many” in small sets up to 5.
6.A.ECd. Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models and informal representations.
6.B.ECa. Recognize that numbers (or sets of objects) can be combined or separated to make another number.
6.B.ECb. Show understanding of how to count out and construct sets of objects of a given number up to 5.
6.B.ECc. Identify the new number created when small sets (up to 5) are combined or separated.
6.B.ECd. Informally solve simple mathematical problems presented in a meaningful context.
6.D.ECb. Describe comparisons with appropriate vocabulary, such as “more”, “less”, “greater than”, “fewer”, “equal to”, or “same as”.