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Early Learning Curriculum Fine Arts Standards for 4-Year-Olds
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1: DRAMA
Drama provides creative opportunities for children to portray a variety of events, characters, or stories through taking on different roles, interacting with props, and engaging in dramatic interactions. Children explore roles individually and collaboratively when acting out experiences and observing the dramatic expression of peers and teachers.

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Standard FA 4 yr.1.1
Identify and express ideas, information, and feelings through dramatic art (for example, telling stories and playing make-believe).

Standard FA 4 yr.1.2
Use dialogue, actions, and objects to tell a story.

Standard FA 4 yr.1.3
Assume the roles of characters in dramatic play situations, or stories through drama, props, and language.

Standard FA 4 yr.1.4
With prompting and support, work independently and cooperatively in dramatic play.

Standard FA 4 yr.1.5
With prompting and support, attend to and show appreciation for the dramatization of others.

Standard FA 4 yr.1.6
With prompting and support, act out a story with a beginning, middle, and an end.

Strand 2: DANCE
Dance provides children the opportunity to use their bodies to move to music and express themselves through movement.

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Standard FA 4 yr.2.1
Move to different patterns of beat and rhythm in music.

Standard FA 4 yr.2.2
Use creative movement to demonstrate feelings, ideas, concepts, and tell stories.

Standard FA 4 yr.2.3
With prompting and support, start, stop, and respond to musical cues.

Standard FA 4 yr.2.4
With prompting and support, find different ways to move the body, arms, and legs, and begin to move body parts one at a time.

Standard FA 4 yr.2.5
With prompting and support, dance for and with others while respecting space and maintaining body control.

Strand 3: MUSIC
Music offers students the opportunity to learn songs, create music, develop self-expression, and build cultural understanding with self and others.

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Standard FA 4 yr.3.1
Participate in musical activities by listening to, singing, and creating music.

Standard FA 4 yr.3.2
Show increasing recognition of the various components of music in terms of dynamics (loud/soft), pitch (high/low), and duration (long/short, fast/slow).

Standard FA 4 yr.3.3
Demonstrate elements of music by bouncing or clapping out the rhythm and discussing how it makes them feel.

Standard FA 4 yr.3.4
Express thoughts, feelings, and energy through music.

Standard FA 4 yr.3.5
With prompting and support, begin to sing songs from various cultures.

Standard FA 4 yr.3.6
With prompting and support, share a favorite song.

Visual arts provide sensory, expressive, and social opportunities through the use of various media and materials to create drawings, pictures, or 3D art.

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Standard FA 4 yr.4.1
Create works of art that reflect experiences using a variety of tools (crayons, markers, scissors, etc.) and materials (clay, leaves, cardboard, etc.).

Standard FA 4 yr.4.2
Recognize and name colors (for example, red, yellow, blue, purple, orange, green, black, white, brown, pink, and gray).

Standard FA 4 yr.4.3
Explore, identify, and describe the physical characteristics of the environment including colors, textures, and light.

Standard FA 4 yr.4.4
Talk with peers and/or adults about their art and their creative process.

Standard FA 4 yr.4.5
With prompting and support, show appreciation by selecting art objects to display, including paintings, photos of block design, sculptures, etc., and begin to explain the reasons for selecting the preferred artwork.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Jessica Mackley and see the Early Learning website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer Throndsen.

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