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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: The Project Approach for Preschoolers
Url: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/projects-overview/
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El Método de enseñanza por proyectos para niños preescolares
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/es/tipsheets/projects-overview-sp/
Polish Version: Szkolne projekty dla przedszkolakow
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/pl/tipsheets/projects-overview-pol/
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: Classroom Activities
Curriculum
Language Arts
Mathematics
Project Approach
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
PROJECT APPROACH
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
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.
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.
5.A. Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
5.B. Use writing to represent ideas and information.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
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.
30.A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior.
30.C. Demonstrate skills related to successful personal and school outcomes.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
32.C. Contribute to the well-being of one’s school and community.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
5.A.ECb. Use scribbles, letterlike forms, or letters/words to represent written language.
5.B.ECa. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to express an opinion about a book or topic.
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.
5.B.ECc. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to narrate a single event and provide a reaction to what happened.
5.C.ECa. Participate in group projects or units of study designed to learn about a topic of interest.
5.C.ECb. With teacher assistance, recall factual information and share that information through drawing, dictation, or writing.
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.
10.B.ECb. Make predictions about the outcome prior to collecting information, with teacher support and multiple experiences over time.
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.
11.A.ECc. Plan and carry out simple investigations.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
11.A.ECf. Make meaning from experience and information by describing, talking, and thinking about what happened during an investigation.
11.A.ECg. Generate explanations and communicate ideas and/or conclusions about their investigations.
30.A.ECe. Use materials with purpose, safety, and respect.
30.C.ECa. Exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner.
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.B.ECa. Interact verbally and nonverbally with other children.