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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Cooperation in the Preschool Classroom: Class Discussions
Languages: English
Spanish Version: La cooperación en el aula preescolar. Juntas de la clase
Polish Version: Współdziałanie w grupie przedszkolaków: Dyskusja w klasie
Chinese Version: 在学龄前课室合作:课堂讨论
Korean Version: 학급에서의 협동: 학급 토론
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Language Arts
Peer Relationships
Project Approach
Self Care/Life Skills
Social Development
Social Science
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.
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.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.B. Recognize own uniqueness and personal qualities.
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.
31.C. Demonstrate an ability to prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways.
Benchmarks: 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.B.ECc. Continue a conversation through two or more exchanges.
5.C.ECb. With teacher assistance, recall factual information and share that information through drawing, dictation, or writing.
30.A.ECb. Use appropriate communication skills when expressing needs, wants, and feelings.
30.A.ECe. Use materials with purpose, safety, and respect.
31.C.ECa. Begin to share materials and experiences and take turns.