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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Say Yes to the Mess! Play with Rocks
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El juego con piedras. ˇA ensuciarse las manos!
Polish Version: Zgódź się bez trudu na trochę brudu! Baw się z kamieniami
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: Parents/Family
Keywords: Language Arts
Outdoor Activities
Physical Development
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.
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.
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
25. Gain exposure to and explore the arts.
Learning Standards: 1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
3.A. Recognize key ideas and details in nonfiction text.
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.C. Explore the physical properties of objects.
12.D. Explore concepts of force and motion.
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.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
19.B. Demonstrate awareness and coordination of body movements.
25.A. Investigate, begin to appreciate, and participate in the arts.
25.B. Display an awareness of some distinct characteristics of the arts.
Benchmarks: 1.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
3.A.ECa. With teacher assistance, ask and answer questions about details in a nonfiction book.
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.ECb. Develop and use models to represent their ideas, observations, and explanations through approaches such as drawing, building, or modeling with clay.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
12.C.ECa. Identify, describe, and compare the physical properties of objects.
12.D.ECa. Describe the effects of forces in nature.
12.E.ECa. Observe and describe characteristics of earth, water, and air.
13.B.ECa. Use nonstandard and standard scientific tools for investigation.
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.ECc. Use strength and control to accomplish tasks.
19.B.ECa. Coordinate movements to perform complex tasks.
25.A.ECd. Visual Arts: Investigate and participate in activities using visual arts materials.
25.B.ECa. Describe or respond to their creative work or the creative work of others.