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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Make Room for Blocks!
Languages: English
Spanish Version: íHaga un espacio para los bloques!
Polish Version: Bawcie się klockami !
Korean Version: 블록놀이를 하게 해주세요!
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: Blocks
Classroom Activities
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
6. Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, including numeration and operations.
9. Explore concepts of geometry and spatial relations.
12. Explore concepts and information about the physical, earth, and life sciences.
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
26. Understand that the arts can be used to communicate ideas and emotions.
31. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Learning Standards: 1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
6.A. Demonstrate beginning understanding of numbers, number names, and numerals.
9.A. Recognize, name, and match common shapes.
12.C. Explore the physical properties of objects.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
19.B. Demonstrate awareness and coordination of body movements.
26.B. Understand ways to express meaning through the arts.
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.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
6.A.ECd. Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models and informal representations.
9.A.ECa. Recognize and name common two- and three-dimensional shapes and describe some of their attributes (e.g., number of sides, straight or curved lines).
9.A.ECb. Sort collections of two- and three-dimensional shapes by type (e.g., triangles, rectangles, circles, cubes, spheres, pyramids).
9.A.ECc. Identify and name some of the faces (flat sides) of common three-dimensional shapes using two-dimensional shape names.
9.A.ECd. Combine two-dimensional shapes to create new shapes.
9.A.ECe. Think about/imagine how altering the spatial orientation of a shape will change how it looks (e.g., turning it upside down).
12.C.ECa. Identify, describe, and compare the physical properties of objects.
19.A.ECa. Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills.
19.B.ECa. Coordinate movements to perform complex tasks.
26.B.ECa. Use creative arts as an avenue for self-expression.
31.B.ECb. Engage in cooperative group play.
31.C.ECa. Begin to share materials and experiences and take turns.
Domains: Developmental Domain 2: Physical Development & Health
Approaches to Learning
Subdomain: Fine Motor
Persistence, Effort, & Attentiveness