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Title: All about Gardens
Url: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/pa/project-guides/about-gardens/
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Todo sobre jardines
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/es/pa/project-guides/about-gardens-sp/
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Long
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Gardening
Geography
Outdoor Activities
Play
Project Approach
Science
Social Science
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH
THE ARTS
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PROJECT APPROACH
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
2. Demonstrate understanding and enjoyment of literature.
3. Demonstrate interest in and understanding of informational text.
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
6. Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, including numeration and operations.
7. Explore measurement of objects and quantities.
8. Identify and describe common attributes, patterns, and relationships in objects.
9. Explore concepts of geometry and spatial relations.
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.
15. Explore economic systems and human interdependence.
17. Explore geography, the child’s environment, and where people live, work, and play.
18. Explore people and families.
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.
26. Understand that the arts can be used to communicate ideas and emotions.
30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
31. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
1.C. Use language to convey information and ideas.
1.D. Speak using conventions of Standard English.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
2.A. Demonstrate interest in stories and books.
2.C. Recognize concepts of books.
2.D. Establish personal connections with books.
3.A. Recognize key ideas and details in nonfiction text.
5.A. Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
5.B. Use writing to represent ideas and information.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
6.A. Demonstrate beginning understanding of numbers, number names, and numerals.
7.A. Measure objects and quantities using direct comparison methods and nonstandard units.
7.C. Explore tools used for measurement.
8.A. Explore objects and patterns.
9.A. Recognize, name, and match common shapes.
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.
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.
12.F. Explore changes related to the weather and seasons.
13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
15.D. Explore concepts about trade as an exchange of goods or services.
17.A. Explore environments and where people live.
18.B. Develop an awareness of self within the context of family.
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.
26.B. Understand ways to express meaning through the arts.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
1.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners (e.g., peers and adults in both small and large groups) about age-appropriate topics and texts.
1.C.ECa. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with teacher assistance, provide additional detail.
1.D.ECc. Understand and use question words in speaking.
1.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
1.E.ECd. With teacher assistance, explore word relationships to understand the concepts represented by common categories of words (e.g., food, clothing, vehicles).
2.A.ECa. Engage in book-sharing experiences with purpose and understanding.
2.C.ECa. Interact with a variety of types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems, rhymes, songs).
2.D.ECa. With teacher assistance, discuss illustrations in books and make personal connections to the pictures and story.
3.A.ECa. With teacher assistance, ask and answer questions about details in a nonfiction book.
5.A.ECa. Experiment with writing tools and materials.
5.A.ECb. Use scribbles, letterlike forms, or letters/words to represent written language.
5.B.ECa. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to express an opinion about a book or topic.
5.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
5.B.ECc. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to narrate a single event and provide a reaction to what happened.
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.
6.A.ECa. Count with understanding and recognize “how many” in small sets up to 5.
6.A.ECd. Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models and informal representations.
7.A.ECc. Use vocabulary that describes and compares length, height, weight, capacity, and size.
7.A.ECd. Begin to construct a sense of time through participation in daily activities.
7.C.ECa. With teacher assistance, explore use of measuring tools that use standard units to measure objects and quantities that are meaningful to the child.
8.A.ECa. Sort, order, compare, and describe objects according to characteristics or attribute(s).
9.A.ECa. Recognize and name common two- and three-dimensional shapes and describe some of their attributes (e.g., number of sides, straight or curved lines).
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.
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.ECc. Plan and carry out simple investigations.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
11.A.ECe. Use mathematical and computational thinking.
11.A.ECf. Make meaning from experience and information by describing, talking, and thinking about what happened during an investigation.
11.A.ECg. Generate explanations and communicate ideas and/or conclusions about their investigations.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.A.ECb. Show an awareness of changes that occur in oneself and the environment.
12.B.ECa. Describe and compare basic needs of living things.
12.F.ECa. Observe and discuss changes in weather and seasons using common vocabulary.
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.
15.D.ECa. Begin to understand the use of trade or money to obtain goods and services.
17.A.ECa. Locate objects and places in familiar environments.
17.A.ECb. Express beginning geographic thinking.
18.B.ECa. Understand that each of us belongs to a family and recognize that families vary.
19.A.ECd. Use eye-hand coordination to perform 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.
26.B.ECa. Use creative arts as an avenue for self-expression.
30.C.ECa. Exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner.
30.C.ECb. Demonstrate persistence and creativity in seeking solutions to problems.
30.C.ECc. Show some initiative, self-direction, and independence in actions.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.
31.B.ECa. Interact verbally and nonverbally with other children.
31.B.ECb. Engage in cooperative group play.
31.B.ECc. Use socially appropriate behavior with peers and adults, such as helping, sharing, and taking turns.