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Title: Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in the Early Childhood Classroom: Resource List
Languages: English
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Long
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Blocks
Classroom Activities
Problem Solving
Technology for Children
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: MATHEMATICS
Goals: 6. Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, including numeration and operations.
7. Explore measurement of objects and quantities.
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.
13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
Learning Standards: 6.A. Demonstrate beginning understanding of numbers, number names, and numerals.
6.B. Add and subtract to create new numbers and begin to construct sets.
7.B. Begin to make estimates of measurements.
10.A. Generate questions and processes for answering them.
10.B. Organize and describe data and information.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
13.A. Understand rules to follow when investigating and exploring.
13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
Benchmarks: 6.A.ECd. Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models and informal representations.
6.B.ECd. Informally solve simple mathematical problems presented in a meaningful context.
7.B.ECa. Practice estimating in everyday play and everyday measurement problems.
10.A.ECb. Gather data about themselves and their surroundings to answer meaningful questions.
10.B.ECa. Organize, represent, and analyze information using concrete objects, pictures, and graphs, with teacher support.
10.B.ECb. Make predictions about the outcome prior to collecting information, with teacher support and multiple experiences over time.
11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
11.A.ECe. Use mathematical and computational thinking.
13.A.ECa. Begin to understand basic safety practices one must follow when exploring and engaging in science and engineering investigations.
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.