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Title: One Morning in the Block Area
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Una manana en el área de bloques
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Medium
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Cognitive Development
IL Early Learning Standards/IELDS
Language Development
Learning Standards
Physical Development
Social 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.
9. Explore concepts of geometry and spatial relations.
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.
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.
32. Demonstrate decision-making skills and behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
7.A. Measure objects and quantities using direct comparison methods and nonstandard units.
7.B. Begin to make estimates of measurements.
9.A. Recognize, name, and match common shapes.
12.C. Explore the physical properties of objects.
12.D. Explore concepts of force and motion.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
19.B. Demonstrate awareness and coordination of body movements.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
31.A. Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
32.A. Begin to consider ethical, safety, and societal factors in making decisions.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
7.A.ECa. Compare, order, and describe objects according to a single attribute.
7.B.ECa. Practice estimating in everyday play and everyday measurement problems.
9.A.ECb. Sort collections of two- and three-dimensional shapes by type (e.g., triangles, rectangles, circles, cubes, spheres, pyramids).
9.A.ECe. Think about/imagine how altering the spatial orientation of a shape will change how it looks (e.g., turning it upside down).
12.C.ECa. Identify, describe, and compare the physical properties of objects.
12.D.ECb. Explore the effect of force on objects in and outside the early childhood environment.
19.A.ECa. Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills.
19.A.ECd. Use eye-hand coordination to perform tasks.
19.B.ECa. Coordinate movements to perform complex tasks.
30.A.ECb. Use appropriate communication skills when expressing needs, wants, and feelings.
30.A.ECe. Use materials with purpose, safety, and respect.
30.A.ECf. Begin to understand the consequences of his or her behavior.
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.A.ECc. Interact easily with familiar adults.
31.B.ECa. Interact verbally and nonverbally with other children.
31.B.ECb. Engage in cooperative group play.
32.A.ECb. Follow rules and make good choices about behavior.