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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Get Growing: Planters and Preschoolers
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Proyectos de jardinería. Las macetas y los niños preescolares
Polish Version: Rośnij w górę: Uprawa roślin i przedszkolaki
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: Gardening
Outdoor Activities
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.
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.
13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
17. Explore geography, the child’s environment, and where people live, work, and play.
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.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
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.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.
12.E. Explore concepts and information related to the Earth, including ways to take care of our planet.
13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
17.A. Explore environments and where people live.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECa. Follow simple one-, two- and three-step directions.
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.
9.B.ECa. Show understanding of location and ordinal position.
11.A.ECf. Make meaning from experience and information by describing, talking, and thinking about what happened during an investigation.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.B.ECa. Describe and compare basic needs of living things.
12.E.ECb. Participate in discussions about simple ways to take care of the environment.
13.B.ECa. Use nonstandard and standard scientific tools for investigation.
17.A.ECa. Locate objects and places in familiar environments.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.