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Adapting Lesson Plans to Meet IELDS Benchmarks

The Illinois Early Learning Project is excited to offer a new resource for teachers. We now have available several sample lesson plans that correspond to the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS). Keep in mind that these sample lesson plans are just suggestions of ways that teachers can address the 2013 IELDS.

Each lesson targets a specific benchmark and includes the following components:

  • A short vignette describing a typical early childhood classroom
  • A detailed lesson plan describing the goal of the lesson, the materials needed, the procedure for conducting the lesson, and a way to monitor child progress  
  • Ideas for targeting a secondary benchmark in addition to the main benchmark addressed in the lesson
  • A list of adaptations that will help teachers tailor the lesson to young children with a variety of learning needs (e.g., a young 3-year-old, an English-language learner, a child needing mobility supports, a child needing communication supports, a child exhibiting challenging behavior)
  • Ideas for extension activities related to the targeted benchmark skills

These sample lesson plans have been designed to meet the following benchmarks:

Language Arts Lesson Plans

  • Addressing Benchmark 1.C.ECa
    Describe familiar places, things, events, and, with teacher assistance, provide additional detail.
  • Addressing Benchmark 2.B.ECa
    With teacher assistance, ask and answer questions about books read aloud.
  • Addressing Benchmark 3.B.ECa
    With teacher assistance, identify basic similarities and differences in pictures and information found in two texts on the same topic.
  • Addressing Benchmark 4.D.ECa
    Recognize own name and common signs and labels in the environment.
  • Addressing Benchmark 5.B.ECb
    With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

Math Lesson Plans

Science Lesson Plans

Social Studies Lesson Plans

Physical Development and Health Lesson Plan

The Arts Lesson Plan

Please contact IEL Project staff  if you have any questions about the adapted lesson plans.

These lesson plans were supported, in part, by a leadership grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (Project BLEND, H325D110037) and a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education for the Illinois Early Learning Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (D6548). Opinions reflect those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the granting agencies.

As you scroll through the HTML version of the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, look for the words "Sample Lesson Plan" next to selected benchmarks, indicating that a sample lesson plan accompanies that benchmark.

Please let us know what you think of this new resource. We welcome your feedback.


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