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Title: Bethany Draws a Wheel
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Bethany dibuja una rueda
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Creativity
Language Arts
Project Approach
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
8. Identify and describe common attributes, patterns, and relationships in objects.
9. Explore concepts of geometry and spatial relations.
11. Demonstrate curiosity about the world and begin to use the practices of science and engineering to answer questions and solve problems.
12. Explore concepts and information about the physical, earth, and life sciences.
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
25. Gain exposure to and explore the arts.
26. Understand that the arts can be used to communicate ideas and emotions.
30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.C. Use language to convey information and ideas.
5.A. Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
5.B. Use writing to represent ideas and information.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
8.A. Explore objects and patterns.
9.B. Demonstrate an understanding of location and ordinal position, using appropriate vocabulary.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
12.D. Explore concepts of force and motion.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
25.A. Investigate, begin to appreciate, and participate in the arts.
26.B. Understand ways to express meaning through the arts.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.C.ECa. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with teacher assistance, provide additional detail.
5.A.ECa. Experiment with writing tools and materials.
5.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
5.C.ECa. Participate in group projects or units of study designed to learn about a topic of interest.
5.C.ECb. With teacher assistance, recall factual information and share that information through drawing, dictation, or writing.
8.A.ECa. Sort, order, compare, and describe objects according to characteristics or attribute(s).
9.B.ECb. Use appropriate vocabulary for identifying location and ordinal position.
11.A.ECb. Develop and use models to represent their ideas, observations, and explanations through approaches such as drawing, building, or modeling with clay.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
12.D.ECa. Describe the effects of forces in nature.
12.D.ECb. Explore the effect of force on objects in and outside the early childhood environment.
19.A.ECe. Use writing and drawing tools with some control.
25.A.ECd. Visual Arts: Investigate and participate in activities using visual arts materials.
26.B.ECa. Use creative arts as an avenue for self-expression.
30.C.ECb. Demonstrate persistence and creativity in seeking solutions to problems.
30.C.ECc. Show some initiative, self-direction, and independence in actions.