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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Get Growing: Learning about Seeds
Url: http://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/garden-seeds.htm
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Proyectos de jardinería. Cómo aprender sobre las semillas
http://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets-sp/garden-seeds-sp.htm
Polish Version: Rośnij w górę: Zapoznanie się z nasionami
http://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets-pol/garden-seeds-pol.pdf
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
Gardening
Outdoor Activities
Science
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE
ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
6. Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, including numeration and operations.
8. Identify and describe common attributes, patterns, and relationships in objects.
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.
12. Explore concepts and information about the physical, earth, and life sciences.
13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
1.D. Speak using conventions of Standard English.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
6.D. Compare quantities using appropriate vocabulary terms.
8.A. Explore objects and patterns.
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.
12.A. Understand that living things grow and change.
13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
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.D.ECc. Understand and use question words in speaking.
1.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
5.C.ECa. Participate in group projects or units of study designed to learn about a topic of interest.
6.D.ECa. Compare two collections to see if they are equal or determine which is more, using a procedure of the child’s choice.
8.A.ECa. Sort, order, compare, and describe objects according to characteristics or attribute(s).
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.
11.A.ECa. Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.
11.A.ECc. Plan and carry out simple investigations.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.A.ECb. Show an awareness of changes that occur in oneself and the environment.
13.B.ECa. Use nonstandard and standard scientific tools for investigation.
13.B.ECb. Become familiar with technological tools that can aid in scientific inquiry.