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Title: The Worm Project
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El proyecto de gusanos
Length of article: Long
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Language Development
Outdoor Activities
Project Approach
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
3. Demonstrate interest in and understanding of informational text.
7. Explore measurement of objects and quantities.
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.
30. Develop self-management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
Learning Standards: 1.C. Use language to convey information and ideas.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
3.A. Recognize key ideas and details in nonfiction text.
7.C. Explore tools used for measurement.
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.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
Benchmarks: 1.C.ECa. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with teacher assistance, provide additional detail.
1.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
3.A.ECa. With teacher assistance, ask and answer questions about details in a nonfiction book.
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.
11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
11.A.ECb. Develop and use models to represent their ideas, observations, and explanations through approaches such as drawing, building, or modeling with clay.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
30.A.ECb. Use appropriate communication skills when expressing needs, wants, and feelings.
30.C.ECd. Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities.