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Title: Natural Illinois: Mammals
Languages: English
Spanish Version: La naturaleza en Illinois. Los mamíferos
Polish Version: Środowisko naturalne w Stanie Illinois: Ssaki
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: Classroom 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).
3. Demonstrate interest in and understanding of informational text.
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
8. Identify and describe common attributes, patterns, and relationships in objects.
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.
13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
25. Gain exposure to and explore the arts.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
3.A. Recognize key ideas and details in nonfiction text.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
8.A. Explore objects and patterns.
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.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.
13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
25.A. Investigate, begin to appreciate, and participate in the arts.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
1.E.ECb. Exhibit curiosity and interest in learning new words heard in conversations and books.
3.A.ECa. With teacher assistance, ask and answer questions about details in a nonfiction book.
5.C.ECa. Participate in group projects or units of study designed to learn about a topic of interest.
8.A.ECa. Sort, order, compare, and describe objects according to characteristics or attribute(s).
10.A.ECa. With teacher assistance, come up with meaningful questions that can be answered through gathering information.
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.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.B.ECa. Describe and compare basic needs of living things.
13.B.ECb. Become familiar with technological tools that can aid in scientific inquiry.
25.A.ECd. Visual Arts: Investigate and participate in activities using visual arts materials.