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Title: Appreciating the Natural World with Young Children: Resource List
Url: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/reslists/natural-world/
Languages: English
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Long
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Outdoor Activities
Science
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
SCIENCE
Goals: 5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
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: 5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
12.A. Understand that living things grow and change.
12.B. Understand that living things rely on the environment and/or others to live and grow.
Benchmarks: 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.
11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.A.ECb. Show an awareness of changes that occur in oneself and the environment.
12.B.ECa. Describe and compare basic needs of living things.
12.B.ECb. Show respect for living things.