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Title: The Tamale Project
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El proyecto de tamales
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Medium
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Dual Language Learners
Project Approach
Social Science
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: MATHEMATICS
Goals: 7. Explore measurement of objects and quantities.
12. Explore concepts and information about the physical, earth, and life sciences.
28. Use the home language to communicate within and beyond the classroom.
29. Use the home language to make connections and reinforce knowledge and skills across academic and social areas.
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: 7.A. Measure objects and quantities using direct comparison methods and nonstandard units.
7.B. Begin to make estimates of measurements.
12.C. Explore the physical properties of objects.
28.A. Use the home language at age-appropriate levels for a variety of social and academic purposes.
29.A. Use the home language to attain benchmarks across all the learning areas and to build upon and develop transferable language and literacy skills.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
32.C. Contribute to the well-being of one’s school and community.
Benchmarks: 7.A.ECb. Use nonstandard units to measure attributes such as length and capacity.
7.A.ECd. Begin to construct a sense of time through participation in daily activities.
7.B.ECa. Practice estimating in everyday play and everyday measurement problems.
12.C.ECb. Experiment with changes in matter when combined with other substances.
28.A.ECb. Use home language in family, community, and early childhood settings.
28.A.ECc. Develop an awareness of the different contextual and cultural features in the early childhood and community settings the child participates in.
29.A.ECc. Exhibit foundational literacy skills in home language to foster transfer to English.
30.A.ECe. Use materials with purpose, safety, and respect.
30.C.ECa. Exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.