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Title: Outdoor Field Trips with Preschoolers: Being There!
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Excursiones al aire libre con niños preescolares. ¡Hemos llegado!
Polish Version: Wycieczki na świeżym powietrzu z przedszkolakami: Jesteśmy na miejscu!
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: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Outdoor 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).
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.
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.
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
21. Develop team-building skills by working with others through physical activity.
30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
32. Demonstrate decision-making skills and behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.D. Speak using conventions of Standard English.
5.A. Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
5.B. Use writing to represent ideas and information.
6.A. Demonstrate beginning understanding of numbers, number names, and numerals.
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.C. Explore the physical properties of objects.
19.C. Demonstrate knowledge of rules and safety during activity.
21.A. Demonstrate individual responsibility during group physical activities.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
32.A. Begin to consider ethical, safety, and societal factors in making decisions.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECa. Follow simple one-, two- and three-step directions.
1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.D.ECc. Understand and use question words in speaking.
5.A.ECa. Experiment with writing tools and materials.
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.
6.A.ECd. Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models and informal representations.
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.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.C.ECa. Identify, describe, and compare the physical properties of objects.
19.C.ECa. Follow simple safety rules while participating in activities.
21.A.ECb. Follow directions, with occasional adult reminders, during group activities.
30.A.ECd. Begin to understand and follow rules.
30.C.ECa. Exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.
32.A.ECb. Follow rules and make good choices about behavior.