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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Playground Physics: On a Roll!
Languages: English
Spanish Version: La física en el patio de recreo. ¡A rodar!
Polish Version: Fizyka na placu zabaw: kręć się!
Korean Version:
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: Outdoor Activities
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: MATHEMATICS
Goals: 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.
Learning Standards: 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.C. Explore the physical properties of objects.
12.D. Explore concepts of force and motion.
Benchmarks: 10.A.ECa. With teacher assistance, come up with meaningful questions that can be answered through gathering information.
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.ECc. Plan and carry out simple investigations.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
12.C.ECa. Identify, describe, and compare the physical properties of objects.
12.D.ECa. Describe the effects of forces in nature.
12.D.ECb. Explore the effect of force on objects in and outside the early childhood environment.