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Title: Constructing a Cradle
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Construcción de una cuna
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Peer Relationships
Problem Solving
Project Approach
Social Communication
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).
11. Demonstrate curiosity about the world and begin to use the practices of science and engineering to answer questions and solve problems.
13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
21. Develop team-building skills by working with others through physical activity.
30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
31. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Learning Standards: 1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
19.B. Demonstrate awareness and coordination of body movements.
19.C. Demonstrate knowledge of rules and safety during activity.
21.A. Demonstrate individual responsibility during group physical activities.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
31.A. Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
31.C. Demonstrate an ability to prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways.
Benchmarks: 1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
11.A.ECb. Develop and use models to represent their ideas, observations, and explanations through approaches such as drawing, building, or modeling with clay.
13.B.ECb. Become familiar with technological tools that can aid in scientific inquiry.
19.A.ECa. Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills.
19.A.ECd. Use eye-hand coordination to perform tasks.
19.B.ECa. Coordinate movements to perform complex tasks.
19.C.ECa. Follow simple safety rules while participating in activities.
21.A.ECb. Follow directions, with occasional adult reminders, during group activities.
30.A.ECe. Use materials with purpose, safety, and respect.
30.C.ECb. Demonstrate persistence and creativity in seeking solutions to problems.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.
31.A.ECa. Show empathy, sympathy, and caring for others.
31.A.ECe. Develop positive relationships with peers.
31.B.ECa. Interact verbally and nonverbally with other children.
31.C.ECb. Solve simple conflicts with peers with independence, using gestures or words.