Relationship of Project Activities
to Illinois Learning Standards*

Standard 4: Listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Listen effectively in formal and informal situations.

4.A.1a Listen attentively by facing the speaker, making eye contact and paraphrasing what is said.

4.A.1b Ask questions and respond to questions from the teacher and from group members to improve comprehension.

4.A.1c Follow oral instructions accurately.

4.A.1d Use visually oriented and auditorily based media.

B. Speak effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.

4.B.1a Present brief oral reports, using language and vocabulary appropriate to the message and audience (e.g., show and tell).

4.B.1b Participate in discussions around a common topic.

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Standard 5: Use the language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Locate, organize, and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas.

5.A.1a Identify questions and gather information.

5.A.1b Locate information using a variety of resources.

B. Analyze and evaluate information acquired from various sources.

5.B.1a Select and organize information from various sources for a specific purpose.

5.B.1b Cite sources used.

C. Apply acquired information, concepts and ideas to communicate in a variety of formats.

5.C.1a Write letters, reports and stories based on acquired information.

5.C.1b Use print, nonprint, human and technological resources to acquire and use information.

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Standard 6: Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, including numeration and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), patterns, ratios and proportions.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Demonstrate knowledge and use of numbers and their representations in a broad range of theoretical and practical settings.

6.A.1a Identify whole numbers and compare them using the symbols <, >, or = and the words "less than", "greater than", or "equal to", applying counting, grouping and place value concepts.

6.A.1b Identify and model fractions using concrete materials and pictorial representations.

B. Investigate, represent and solve problems using number facts, operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and their properties, algorithms and relationships.

6.B.1 Solve one- and two-step problems with whole numbers using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

C. Compute and estimate using mental mathematics, paper-and-pencil methods, calculators and computers.

6.C.1a Select and perform computational procedures to solve problems with whole numbers.

6.C.1b Show evidence that whole number computational results are correct and/or that estimates are reasonable.

D. Solve problems using comparison of quantities, ratios, proportions and percents.

6.D.1 Compare the numbers of objects in groups.

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Standard 7: Estimate, make and use measurements of objects, quantities and relationships and determine acceptable levels of accuracy.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Measure and compare quantities using appropriate units, instruments and methods.

7.A.1a Measure length, volume and weight/mass using rulers, scales and other appropriate measuring instruments in the customary and metric systems.

7.A.1b Measure units of time using appropriate instruments (e.g., calendars, clocks, watches—both analog and digital).

7.A.1c Identify and describe the relative values and relationships among coins and solve addition and subtraction problems using currency.

7.A.1d Read temperatures to the nearest degree from Celsius and Fahrenheit thermometers.

B. Estimate measurements and determine acceptable levels of accuracy.

7.B.1a Given a problem, describe possible methods for estimating a given measure.

7.B.1b Compare estimated measures to actual measures taken with appropriate measuring instruments.

C. Select and use appropriate technology, instruments and formulas to solve problems, interpret results and communicate findings.

7.C.1 Determine perimeter and area using concrete materials (e.g., geoboards, square tiles, grids, measurement instruments).

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Standard 10: Collect, organize and analyze data using statistical methods; predict results; and interpret uncertainty using concepts of probability.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Organize, describe and make predictions from existing data.

10.A.1a Organize and display data using pictures, tallies, tables, charts or bar graphs.

10.A.1b Answer questions and make predictions based on given data.

B. Formulate questions, design data collection methods, gather and analyze data and communicate findings.

10.B.1a Formulate questions of interest and design surveys or experiments to gather data.

10.B.1b Collect, organize and describe data using pictures, tallies, tables, charts or bar graphs.

10.B.1c Analyze data, draw conclusions and communicate the results.

C. Determine, describe and apply the probabilities of events.

10.C.1a Describe the concept of probability in relationship to likelihood and chance.

10.C.1b Systematically list all possible outcomes of a simple one-stage experiment (e.g., the flip of one coin, the toss of one die, the spin of a spinner).

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Standard 11: Understand the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry.

11.A.1a Describe an observed event.

11.A.1b Develop questions on scientific topics.

11.A.1c Collect data for investigations using measuring instruments and technologies.

11.A.1d Record and store data using available technologies.

11.A.1e Arrange data into logical patterns and describe the patterns.

11.A.1f Compare observations of individual and group results.

B. Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of technological design.

11.B.1a Given a simple design problem, formulate possible solutions.

11.B.1b Design a device that will be useful in solving the problem.

11.B.1c Build the device using the materials and tools provided.

11.B.1d Test the device and record results using given instruments, techniques and measurement methods.

11.B.1e Report the design of the device, the test process and the results in solving a given problem.

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Standard 13: Understand the relationships among science, technology and society in historical and contemporary contexts.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Know and apply the accepted practices of science.

13.A.1a Use basic safety practices (e.g., not tasting materials without permission, "stop/drop/roll").

13.A.1b Explain why similar results are expected when procedures are done the same way.

13.A.1c Explain how knowledge can be gained by careful observation.


B. Know and apply concepts that describe the interaction between science, technology and society.

13.B.1a Explain the uses of common scientific instruments (e.g., ruler, thermometer, balance, probe, computer).

13.B.1b Explain how using measuring tools improves the accuracy of estimates.

13.B.1c Describe contributions men and women have made to science and technology.

13.B.1d Identify and describe ways that science and technology affect people's everyday lives (e.g., transportation, medicine, agriculture, sanitation, communication occupations).

13.B.1e Demonstrate ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.

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Standard 25: Know the language of the arts.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Understand the sensory elements, organizational principles and expressive qualities of the arts.

25.A.1a Dance: Identify the elements of personal and shared space, direction in space, quick and slow speed, firm and fine force; the principles of AB choreographic form and sequence; and the expressive qualities of mood and emotion.

25.A.1b Drama: Understand the elements of acting, locomotor and nonlocomotor movement, vocal and nonvocal sound, story making; the principles of plot, character, setting, problem/resolution and message; and the expressive characteristics of simple emotions.

25.A.1c Music: Identify differences in elements and expressive qualities (e.g., between fast and slow tempo; loud and soft dynamics; high and low pitch/direction; long and short duration; same and different form, tone color or timbre, and beat).

25.A.1d Visual Arts: Identify the elements of line, shape, space, color and texture; the principles of repetition and pattern; and the expressive qualities of mood, emotion and pictorial representation.

B. Understand the similarities, distinctions and connections in and among the arts.

25.B.1 Identify similarities in and among the arts (e.g., pattern, sequence and mood).

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Standard 26: Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced.

Learning Standards

Early Elementary

A. Understand processes, traditional tools and modern technologies used in the arts.

26.A.1a Dance: Understand that the body is the primary tool of dance and identify secondary tools (e.g., pictures, visual aids, words, props and recordings).

26.A.1b Drama: Understand the tools of body, mind, voice and simple visual/aural media and the processes of planning, practicing and collaborating used to create or perform drama/theatre.

26.A.1c Music: Identify a variety of sounds and sound sources (e.g., instruments, voices and environmental sounds).

26.A.1d Music: Relate symbol systems (e.g., icons, syllables, numbers and letters) to musical sounds.

26.A.1e Visual Arts: Identify media and tools and how to use them in a safe and responsible manner when painting, drawing and constructing.

B. Apply skills and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more of the arts.

26.B.1a Dance: Perform basic locomotor, non-locomotor movements and traditional dance forms and create simple dance sequences.

26.B.1b Drama: Demonstrate individual skills (e.g., vocalizing, listening, moving, observing, concentrating) and group skills (e.g., decision making, planning, practicing, spacing) necessary to create or perform story elements and characterizations.

26.B.1c Music: Sing or play on classroom instruments a variety of music representing diverse cultures and styles.

26.B.1d Visual Arts: Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create visual works of art using manipulation, eye-hand coordination, building and imagination.

* Illinois Learning Standards available online at

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