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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Encouraging Scientific Thinking: Rain or Shine
Url: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/weather/
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Cómo animar el pensamiento científico… acerca del clima
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/es/tipsheets/weather-sp/
Polish Version: Zachęcamy dzieci do myślenia w sposób naukowy: Uczymy się o dniu słonecznym i deszczowym
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/pl/tipsheets/weather-pol/
Chinese Version: 鼓励科学思维:晴天或雨天
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/zh/tipsheets/weather-ch/
Korean Version: 과학적인 사고 장려: 비 또는 맑음
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/ko/tipsheets/weather-ko/
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Curiosity/Initiative
Science
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
7. Explore measurement of objects and quantities.
10. Begin to make predictions and collect data information.
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.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
7.C. Explore tools used for measurement.
10.A. Generate questions and processes for answering them.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
12.E. Explore concepts and information related to the Earth, including ways to take care of our planet.
12.F. Explore changes related to the weather and seasons.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
1.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners (e.g., peers and adults in both small and large groups) about age-appropriate topics and texts.
1.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
1.E.ECd. With teacher assistance, explore word relationships to understand the concepts represented by common categories of words (e.g., food, clothing, vehicles).
5.C.ECa. Participate in group projects or units of study designed to learn about a topic of interest.
7.C.ECa. With teacher assistance, explore use of measuring tools that use standard units to measure objects and quantities that are meaningful to the child.
7.C.ECb. Know that different attributes, such as length, weight, and time, are measured using different kinds of units, such as feet, pounds, and seconds.
10.A.ECb. Gather data about themselves and their surroundings to answer meaningful questions.
11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
11.A.ECc. Plan and carry out simple investigations.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
11.A.ECf. Make meaning from experience and information by describing, talking, and thinking about what happened during an investigation.
11.A.ECg. Generate explanations and communicate ideas and/or conclusions about their investigations.
12.E.ECa. Observe and describe characteristics of earth, water, and air.
12.F.ECa. Observe and discuss changes in weather and seasons using common vocabulary.