North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Scientific Exploration and Knowledge

Goal: Children observe and describe characteristics of living things and the physical world

Skill Progression: Observe and describe characteristics of living things and the physical world

Age: 27-30 Months

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Makes simple predictions about what will happen (drop rock in water)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in the back yard or a park. Take a pail and shovel, a car, and cup with you.

Elicitation Strategy

Depending on what is in the outdoor area, the adult can ask questions about what will happen. For example, what will happen if you put the car up here on the slide? What will happen if you blow on the dandelion?

Behavior Observed

The child will be able to say what will happen on inclines and with events she has experienced before.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to let the child discover how tools can help solve problems. Instead of telling the child what to do, provide options and let the child investigate on his own. He will be proud to share what he has learned.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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