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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Out and About with Preschoolers: Sunshine Science
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Al aire libre con niņos preescolares. Ciencias a la luz del sol
Polish Version: Aktywne spędzanie czasu z przedszkolakami: Dzieci uczą się o promieniach słonecznych
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Outdoor Activities
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: SCIENCE
Goals: 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.
13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
Learning Standards: 11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
12.E. Explore concepts and information related to the Earth, including ways to take care of our planet.
12.F. Explore changes related to the weather and seasons.
13.A. Understand rules to follow when investigating and exploring.
Benchmarks: 11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
12.E.ECa. Observe and describe characteristics of earth, water, and air.
12.F.ECa. Observe and discuss changes in weather and seasons using common vocabulary.
13.A.ECa. Begin to understand basic safety practices one must follow when exploring and engaging in science and engineering investigations.