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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Say Yes to the Mess! Snow Time
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El juego con nieve. ˇA ensuciarse las manos!
Polish Version: Zgódź się bez trudu na trochę brudu! Czas na śnieg
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: 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).
7. Explore measurement of objects and quantities.
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.
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.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
7.A. Measure objects and quantities using direct comparison methods and nonstandard units.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
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.
12.F. Explore changes related to the weather and seasons.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
25.A. Investigate, begin to appreciate, and participate in the arts.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.E.ECb. Exhibit curiosity and interest in learning new words heard in conversations and books.
1.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
7.A.ECb. Use nonstandard units to measure attributes such as length and capacity.
7.A.ECc. Use vocabulary that describes and compares length, height, weight, capacity, and size.
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.
12.D.ECa. Describe the effects of forces in nature.
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.
19.A.ECa. Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills.
25.A.ECd. Visual Arts: Investigate and participate in activities using visual arts materials.