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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Out and About with Preschoolers: Literacy Activities
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Al aire libre con niņos preescolares. Actividades de lectoescritura
Polish Version: Aktywne spędzanie czasu z przedszkolakami: Zajęcia rozwijające umiejętność czytania i pisania
Chinese Version: 与学龄前孩子外出:识字活动
Korean Version: 유아들과 바깥으로 나가 활동하기: 문학 활동
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Home
Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Keywords: Early Literacy
Language Arts
Outdoor Activities
Reading Skills
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).
4. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent reading skills and abilities.
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
Learning Standards: 1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
1.C. Use language to convey information and ideas.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
4.B. Demonstrate an emerging knowledge and understanding of the alphabet.
4.D. Demonstrate emergent phonics and word-analysis skills.
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.
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.C.ECa. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with teacher assistance, provide additional detail.
1.E.ECe. With teacher assistance, use adjectives to describe people, places, and things.
4.B.ECb. Recognize and name some upper/lowercase letters of the alphabet, especially those in own name.
4.D.ECa. Recognize own name and common signs and labels in the environment.
5.A.ECb. Use scribbles, letterlike forms, or letters/words to represent written language.
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.ECb. With teacher assistance, recall factual information and share that information through drawing, dictation, or writing.