Thursday, January 16, 2020

Farm Unit Week 4 (An Orange In January) January 21-24

No School January 21, MLK Day
Unit Book: 
An Orange in January
(We will also be discussing and celebrating Chinese New Year) 
(Dragon Day for our group reward will be on Friday. We will be decorating and creating dragons for a dragon parade)

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How does food get from a farm to your house?
(plump, drenched, transport, journey, segment, gleamed)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Dippy Duck
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: D and d
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: diamond dust tracing( glitter and Epsom salt)
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Small Groups
Orange Playdough Trees- We will roll a number cube and identify how many dots are on the cube.  Then each student will be given their own orange playdough which they will create that number of oranges on the tree.  Each student will take turns rolling the cube and we will manipulate the group of oranges.  For example, I have 5 oranges on the tree and we rolled 3.  We need to take 2 oranges away.

Syllable Sorting- Using vocabulary for a unit book Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type, we will listen to the words and then sort them into groups based on their syllables. We will also discuss the vocabulary words and what they mean.

Rhyming on the Farm- We will be pairing words that rhyme into a barn. We will learn a rhyming song so children can do this activity at home.

Animal Cube Rolling- We rolled cubes with animal pictures on them then recorded the results from each roll. We observed the animals that were rolled the most, least, and if there were any equal totals.

Centers
Art Table-Orange Tree Creations (Incorporating a Chinese New Year tradition of exchanging kumquats, we will make kumquat trees in a dragon vase)
Block Area- farm animals
Sensory Table-Washing produce(sponges, plastic fruit, soapy water)
Book Area- Exploring Books about farm
Dramatic Play- Chinese Food
Rug- Dragons and castle blocks

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Planes, trains, and automobiles (How we get food from around the world)
-What Does It Do?
-Good for you food

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Farmer in the Dell
-Rhyming Identifying games
-Simon Says (Farmer Lisa Says.....)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Farm Unit (Otis) January 13-17

Unit Book:

Otis

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How Do Machines Help Farmers?
Soil, Tractor, Startle, Pond, Parade, Fancy
Image result for otis book Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Jumping Jim
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: J and j
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: salt trays
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Literacy Small Groups
Story Sequencing- After reading the story Otis, we will cut pictures from our unit book. We will then trace numbers on strips. Next we will place the pictures in order to retell the story. We will retell the story orally to recall the events from our book.

Stuck in the Mud- We will use animals counters to recreate a scene from the Otis story.  This time more than one animal will be stuck in the mud.  Using our counters we will hide animals under a card and leave some showing.  We will have to guess how many animals are stuck in the mud given out total number of animals.  Using dot stickers, we will make our own number stories to share

Onset Rime Bingo- We will segmenting words by onset & rime.  Using things found on a farm, we will practice saying words by segmenting the beginning sound and entire ending. We will work on a new skill to take away the beginning sound and say only the ending of each word (deleting the onset) to cover a spot on our board.

Animal Patterns- Using farm animal manipulatives then moving toward a sequencing board, we will create animal patterns. (For example: cow, duck, cow, duck / pig, pig, duck, pig, pig, duck, etc)

Handwriting Books- We will be completing our Magic C Handwriting without Tears books. In small groups, we will practice rainbow writing along with adding a review of our past Magic C letters.

Making 5- Using cubes, we will manipulate sets of 5. For example, if you have 2 how many more do you need to make 5.

Centers
Art Table- Barn animals for a farm mural/ using bubble wrap on rolling pins to paint corn on the cob
Block Area- Making pens for animals
Sensory Table- Mud, tractors, farm animals(role-play of story Otis)
Book Area- Exploring Books about Farm

Dramatic Play-Chicken Coop (collecting eggs from chickens)
Rug- Farms and Tractors

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Farm Food Sort (What is the difference between fruits and vegetables)
-Machines on the farm
-Farm to Store process

Friday, January 3, 2020

Farm Unit Week 1 (January 2-3 and January 6-10)

Unit Book:
What is a Farm
Farmer John

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What is a farm?
(barn, farmer, wool, silo, gate, map)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Sammy Snake
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: S and s
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing S in sand
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make an S: S is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Little Magic C, then turn and make a backward Magic C to the bottom) S is a Magic C Letter

Literacy Small Groups
Letterland Letter Review- After a long winter break, we will try to remember all of the Letterlanders we have learned so far. We will label the letters and sounds and then pair a picture with the same sound we hear in the Letterlander.

-Farm Same Sound Bingo- We will practice identifying rhyming pairs with farm rhyming bingo.  After listening to the teacher say a word, children will repeat the word and then find a rhyming farm picture on his/her mat while working to get five in a row.

How Many Animals in the Barn?- We will work on our counting and subitizing skills to fill our barn with animals.  Using a dot dice, we will roll to determine how many animals to place in our barn using a 10 grid.  We will discuss how many animals we have and how many more we need to fill our barn. After playing this game with counters, we will play our final round with dot stickers to make our own animals to take home. 

-We share sounds- We will be listening to sounds we hear in the beginning of words. We will match words that share the same sounds in the initial sound of each word. For example, cow and corn share the same sound. Gate and goat, wig and wagon, etc.

Stack and Take Down 5 (Subitizing to 5)- We will use farm pictures to sort by number.  Using the skill of subitizing we will recognize quantities in dots and fingers.  We will decide quickly whether there are 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.  We will work to be sure this skill is automatic.  The more practice we have with this the more automatic our responses will become

All the Ways to 5-We will play a game and try to show different ways to make 5 such as 2 fingers, 2 dots, or the number 2 are all different ways to show 2. We will play a game to demonstrate this skill up to the amount of 5.

Centers
Art Table- Barn animals for a farm mural
Block Area- farms
Sensory Table- Corn kernels (feed for hungry chickens) Wind up chickens
Book Area- Exploring Books about Farm
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Farm Stand with pumpkin patch
Rug- Farms and Tractors

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Farm Food Sort (What is the difference between fruits and vegetables)
-Animal Differences (2 legs/4 legs animals, animals that lay eggs/not lay eggs)
-Farm to Store process
-Farmer To Do List: What would be on the list?


Friday, December 13, 2019

Gingerbread Week December 16-20

Books This Week:
Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Girl
Gingerbread Baby
Pancake Boy (Norwegian Tale with similar story elements of Gingerbread books to compare)


Concept For This Week:
-Patterns (Pattern in books and patterns in the environment)
-Rhyming Pairs

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Golden Girl
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: G and g
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing G in Gold Glitter
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make a G: G is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Big Curve Down, Keep going up to middle, Little Line on top ")G is a Magic C Letter


Small Groups This Week:
-Rhyming Cookie Pairs- We will be labeling 2 cookies on a tray.  Then they will identify if the words rhyme or not rhyme.  We will then sort our cookie trays on our papers

-Gingerbread Turn Taking Game- We will take turns spinning a spinner and then record what the spinner lands on.  We will observe which colors the spinner landed on the most, least, or equal.

-Gingerbread House Letter Matching- In groups we will cut and then match letters onto our houses (matching uppercase to lowercase or lowercase to lowercase)

-Gingerbread House matching- We will be cutting pictures of rhyming picture pairs.  We will mix up our pictures.  Then we will place the rhyming pairs in the house.  We will put them in a baggie to take home.  Practice finding the rhyming pairs at home with your child.  

Centers
Art Table: Gingerbread Playdough
Block Area: blocks with gingerbread man
Sensory Table:Water and cups
Book Area: books about gingerbread
Dramatic Play: Cocoa Shop
Puzzles and Manipulatives: gingerbread man baking on Ipads


Friday, December 6, 2019

Community Week 4 December 9-13

Our Gingerbread Musical will be performed on Friday.  We look forward to seeing you then. 

Unit Book:
The Ugly Vegetables
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What kinds of communities do people live in?
(neighborhood, vine, stem, sprinkle, neighbors, aroma)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Quarrelsome Queen
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: Q and q
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing Q in soil
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make a Q: Q is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Big Curve Down, Keep going back to the top, Don't Forget to add the Queen's diagonal finger (she points)")Qis a Magic C Letter

Small Groups
-Number Hunt- We will search for hidden numbers in bowls. When we find them we will label and match the numbers on our papers. We will then color to record each number we find.

- Community Houses- We will be rainbow writing our names on houses and cutting out squares and triangles to create a house name for each of us.

- Stack and Roll-We will experiment with 3-dimensional blocks to determine if they roll, stack or do both.  Spheres roll. Rectangular prisms stack. Cylinders both roll and stack! Discuss geometrical shapes you find in your home and ask your child to predict if they will roll, stack or do both!


-Rhyming Bingo- We will review how rhyming words "sound alot alike" such as bat and cat. Then we will play a game of bingo by listening to a word then finding the picture that rhymes with the word we heard.

-Shape Bingo- We will each create our own bingo boards by cutting and gluing shapes to the board.  Then we will play bingo to identify the shapes we know.

-Counters in a Cup- We will be counting 4 double-sided chips.  Working with a friend, we will dump the cup and count how many chips are yellow and how many chips are red. We will record our colors on our papers and compare them with another group.

Rhyming Bingo- We will be reviewing words that rhyme.  "They sound a lot alike at the end" Then we will be playing a rhyming bingo game.

Geometric Sorting- We have introduced the concept of 3D shapes: cube, cone, sphere, and cylinder.  We will sort real-world geometric shapes.  

Centers
Art Table- Painting with Vegetables (rolling vegetables in paint) 
Block Area- blocks and vegetables to make gardens
Sensory Table- Garden (Dirt, shovels, seeds, seed packets)
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- Gingerbread coloring
Dramatic Play- Gingerbread bakery
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Puzzles
Rug- legos

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Soil (What is it and what is in it?)
-Describe a garden
-Food We Like to Eat

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Thumbs Up to rhyming and non-rhyming pairs
-Syllable Sound Off, Compound Boogies
-Neighbors Chant


Monday, December 2, 2019

Community Week 3 December 2-6

Unit Book
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What can you do in our community?
(delicious, ingredient, lovely, sip, delicatessen, hardware store)


Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Oscar Orange
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: O and o
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing O in Orange Shaving Cream
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make an O: O is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Big Curve Down, Keep going back to the top ")O is a Magic C Letter

Literacy Small Groups
-Letter Oo- We will learn what the uppercase and lowercase letters Oo look like.  We will sort magnetic letters to find matches for Oo.  We will then practice O in our Handwriting Without Tears books.

-Pizza Crust Letter Matching- We will be matching uppercase and lowercase letters on our pizzas in small groups.

Beginning Sounds: Do They Match- We will be listening to the sounds we hear in the beginning of words.  We will “turtle talked”(said each sound in the word slowly) each pair of words.  We will identify the words that have the same beginning sound and not the same beginning sound.  Say these words with your child and to reinforce listening to sounds in words.

-Community Helper Bingo- We will review people who help us through their jobs in our community. Each child will be given a bingo board and asked to label who they think each community helper is. Then we will play a bingo game until we find all of the community helpers on all our boards.

-Segmenting Park Words- Students will practice segmenting words by onset and rime. Using park words, students will take turns segmenting words by their beginning sound and remaining ending sounds and blending them back together. Try this activity at home.

Centers
Art Table- Painting Pizzas with toppings
Block Area- blocks and community people
Sensory Table- Mixing bowls/spoons/Cups
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Pizza Shop
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Pizza Mania Math Game
Rug- legos

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Mixing Ingredients
-Shopping Lists
-Healthy Choices

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Syllable Sound Off, Compound Boogies
-Make a Pizza song

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Community Week 2 November 25-27

Wednesday, November 27 (Dismissal at 10:40)

No School November 27-28 (Happy Thanksgiving)

Community Week 2 
Unit Book
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What do workers in our community do? 
(firefighter, emergency, equipment, protect, community helper, rescue)

Letterlander Review: 
This is a short week so we told the children the Letterlanders are away on vacation:
Image result for Letterlander vacation
Small Groups
Turkey Subitize- We will subitize amounts of objects on turkey feathers and sort them quickly onto our turkeys.  Subitizing is recognizing a set of objects without counting.  This is an important skill to master before reading.  

Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down- We will learn how to listen to the beginning sound of words.  We will compare two beginning sounds in words. Then we will discuss if we heard the same sound in both words.  For example mouse/mail: They both beginning the same sound /m/. We will place those pictures in the thumbs upside of our charts.  If you do not have the same beginning sound such as dog and paper, they would be placed on thumbs downside

Turkey Subitize- We will subitize amounts of objects on turkey feathers and sort them quickly onto our turkeys.  Subitizing is recognizing a set of objects without counting.  This is an important skill to master before reading.

On-set Rime Community Helpers-We will practice blending the onset and rimes of spoken words.  The onset is the beginning part of the word and the rime is its entire ending.  For example, in the word “hat,” /h/ is the onset and /at/ is the rime. We will use our community theme to guess school and fire station words the teacher segmented and glued them to our buildings. 

Centers
Art Table- Turkey Art 
Block Area- blocks and community people
Sensory Table- red, yellow, orange shredded paper(to look like fire) and cotton(smoke)with firetrucks and firefighters
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Dramatic Play-Firestation
Rug- tracks and roads

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Locating things in our neighborhoods
-Safety in our neighborhoods
-Jobs in our community

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Syllable Sound Off
-Turkey Pokey
-Firetruck Song