Thursday, May 16, 2019

Make It Move Week 2 (May 20-24)

Make It Move  Unit 8 Week 2
Unit Book:  A Little Bit More

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What can we do to make things move?
(push, pull, roll, weigh, heavy, light)


Small Groups


Lowercase Letter Formation
We will working on lowercase letter formation of e and i . We will practice these letters using magna doodles, chalkboards, salt trays, etc.  We will rainbow write and pencil practice the letters as well.

Parking Lot Game
We will continue to work on listening for the first sound in words in this fun car game. Each child will have a set of "parking spots" that have pictures on them. They are going to "park" the cars on the spots that share the same beginning sound. (eg;the C car will park on the cat)

Simple Machine Construction
We have been learning about simple machines in school such a a ramp, lever, and wheels.  We learned that these simple machines help us to move objects and do work.  In small groups we used these materials to create our own machine and tested to see if it helped us move objects and do work. Then we recorded how our machines looked on our papers using paper shapes and crayons to add details.  

Comparing Weight
Using a balance scale we weighed classroom objects and compared.  We used language such a heavier and lighter as we placed objects on the scale.  Then we illustrated our results.

Dump It Out
Using a dump truck filled with double sided color chips we took turns dumping the chips to see how many different ways we can count to 5. (eg: 2 red and 3 yellow are 5 chips)

Measuring Length of (Frogs on a log)
We will be using unifix cubes to measure logs that a frog is sitting on. We will reinforce where to start measuring when counting how many long the logs are (Left to right)

Centers
Art Table- car track painting







Sensory Table- Construction Site
Book Area- Exploring Books about movement
Dramatic Play- bowling alley
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Weighing Station
Rug- Doll houses
Block Area- blocks to measure with

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Push and Pull
-Starting Line (where we start when measuring)
-Taller and Shorter
-Working Together

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Vowel Bat
-Big Pig 
-Letter Sounds

Friday, May 10, 2019

Make it move week 1 May 13-17

Make It Move  Unit 8 Week 1
Unit Book:  Oscar and the Cricket

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What are different ways things move?
(bounce, fast, slow, still, direction, muscle)


Literacy Small Groups
Beginning Sounds
We will review ending sounds with a fun bowling game.  Using mini bowling pins, we will segment 3 sound words.  For each sound we hear we will place one pin on our mats.  After we identify and color the sounds we heard on our papers, we will get a chance to use a ball to knock down our pins.

Diving Lowercase Letter Formation
We will working on lowercase letter formation of r and p . We will practice these letters using magna doodles, chalkboards, salt trays, etc.  We will rainbow write and pencil practice the letters as well.

Journal Writing
We have been learning about things that move or help us move.  This week, we will write in our journals about things that move or help us move on our playground. We will use our turtle talk and work to add finger spaces between our sentences.  We will continue to add details and colors to make our illustrations pop.

Comparing Lengths w/Balls & Ramps
We will compare lengths while having fun with balls.  Using three different kinds of balls, we will take turns rolling them down a ramp.  We will use cubes measure how far each ball rolled and compare their lengths. On Friday, your child is invited to bring in a ball to roll. We will compare how far all of the balls roll.

Measuring with Oscar
We will use a card with this week’s story character, Oscar, to compare lengths around our classroom.  We will hunt for items that are longer and shorter than our Oscar card and record them on our papers.

How Far Can You Blow a Ball?
We will have fun experimenting and comparing lengths of balls we move.  Using a straw, students will have a chance to blow a cotton ball and a pom pom to see which could be blown further.  They will use paper strips to measure how far each ball was blown and record it for a class book.  

Centers
Art Table- ramp painting with cars







Sensory Table- ping pong balls (find the word ball)
Book Area- Exploring Books about movement
Writing Table-Word Ball Activity
Dramatic Play- Tool Shop
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- How far can the car roll?
Rug- Ramps with cars
Block Area- block ramps with balls to roll

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Roll, Blow, Bounce(How things move)
-Measure it!
-Comparing length(Comparing short and long)
-Simon Says (Movements)


Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Vowel Bat
-Alphabet Chant using sign language
-Letter Sounds

Monday, May 6, 2019

Saying Thank You


 We have been busy saying thank you to all of the school staff that help us during the school year.
We made a special card and gave flowers to Sandy our secretary on Secretaries Day last week.
Today was Nurses Day so we surprised Jess with a special card and flowers today thank you for helping us when we are not feeling well.
We are lucky to have these wonderful ladies in our school!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Shadows and Reflections Week 4 (May 6-10)

Shadows and Reflections Unit Week 4
Unit Book:  The Puddle Pail
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
Why can’t we hold on to shadows or reflections?
(collection, illustration, ordinary, puddle, proud, disappear)

Literacy Small Groups
Diving Letter Lowercase Letters- We will practice these letters using Magna doodles, chalkboards, salt trays, etc.  We will rainbow write and pencil practice the letters as well. Letters this week will be m and n.

Rhyming Collections- In our story this week, Ernst collected puddles in his pail to discover beautiful collections of shadows and reflections that could be held inside.  We will review our rhyming skills to make collections of rhyming words.  We will use our own special rhyming pail to collect picture cards that rhyme with our picture card.  We will illustrate our collections.  Ask your child to name his/her rhyming collection.

Sharing Pails- We will make another class book while practicing sharing quantities fairly.  Using cubes, we will share a set amount among three pails.  We will need to put any leftovers to the side to be sure each pail has an equal amount.  We will record our work using stickers to create our class book.

Shapes to make Shapes- We will use pattern blocks to make hexagons. Using triangles, trapezoids and rhombuses, we will work to fill the shape of a hexagon.  We will count the number of each shape we used and record our answers in our books.

Tangram Shape Activity- We will use special shapes called tangrams to make objects based on their shadows.  We will manipulate a set number of shapes to fill in the shadow of a boat, house, dog, swan, cat and candle while learning that shapes can be combined and manipulated to make other shapes.  Once we’ve completed the puzzle using real shapes, we will glue paper shapes onto our shadows to take them home.

Guess My Collection- We will sort shapes by various attributes (sides, corners, color, size, shape.)  Using pails, we will make our collection based on one or two rules.  (For example: shapes in my collection have 4 sides.)  We will sort our shapes according to our rule and challenge our friends tp guess the rule of our collection.

Number Formations
Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we will continue to practice forming numbers 1-10.  This week, we will be reviewing all our numbers using wooden sticks, chalkboards or magna doodles and in our letter formation books.

Journal Writing- In our journals we will be "writing" and drawing pictures based upon our unit books. "What type of collections do you collect?"

Centers

Art Table- painting pail reflections 







Sensory Table-mirrors with light table
Book Area- Exploring Books about shadows and reflections
Writing Table-Writing the room using vocabulary words
Dramatic Play- Tace Shop
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- concave mirrors to look at how mirrors can change images
Rug- Bucket Sorting
Block Area- blocks with mirrors (building by looking at reflection in mirror)

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-How can reflection change
-Collections (making a rule)
-Shapes inside of shapes

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Someone sitting by the pool reflection song
-Alphabet Chant using sign language
-Letter Sounds
-Cool Pool Song with visual

Friday, April 26, 2019

Shadows and Reflections Week 3 (April 29-May 3)

Shadows and Reflections Unit Week 3
Unit Book:  Raccoon on his own

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What is a reflection?
(silently, scatter, shiny, reflection, mirror, dull)

Small Groups
Letters-  We will practice the lowercase formation of the letters h and b using a variety of mediums.  This may be in the form of Magna doodles, chalkboards, salt trays, etc.  We will rainbow write and practice the letters h and b as well.

Snake Cube Letter Sounds- We will roll a letter cube with the letters in the word snake. Then each child that landed on the letter will say the letter name, its sound and a word that begins with that letter.  We will chart them by tracing the letter and compare which letter was rolled the most, least, and/or equal.

Journal Writing
This week, we will recount the events of Raccoon’s journey down the river.  In our journals, we will draw and label all the animals Raccoon saw on his journey.  We will do our best to put them in sequence and say each word slowly to hear as many sounds as we can.  We are becoming wonderful writers!

Snake Patterns- In Raccoon on His Own, raccoon comes across a snake on his journey down the river. We will review patterns and shapes using shapes to make our very own pattern snake.  First, we will use blocks, then we will use paper shapes to create our snake.  

Alligator Greater Books- We will compare numbers and quantities to make a fun alligator book.  We will use alligator chompers to emulate the <,> symbol.  After carefully counting fish we will move our chompers so the alligator eats the greater quantity.

Number Formations
Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we will continue to practice forming numbers 1-10.  This week, we will practice number 9 and 10. Then we will review all the numbers.

Reflective /Not Reflective Sorting- We will sort a variety of materials by identifying if the materials reflect light or image or do not reflect light or an image.

Light Table Letters- Using a light table and transparent letters, we will find letters to match basic words. When we find all of the letters and place them in the correct order we will record our results on our papers.

Superflex and Rock Brain Activity with Kate- We will continue to create a social thinking book to develop our "flexible" thinking.
Centers
Art Table- "a secret" project







Sensory Table- reflective tinsel with swamp animals
Book Area- Exploring Books about shadows and reflections
Writing Table-Writing the room using vocabulary words
Dramatic Play- Eye Doctor (pretend glasses and letters)
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives-Blocks with colored glass and flashlights
Rug- Animals
Block Area- blocks with mirrors (building by looking at reflection in mirror)

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Floating Boats
-Moving Circles
-What am I? (shape clues)
-Reflections all around us

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Someone sitting by the pool reflection song
-Alphabet Chant using sign language
-Letter Sounds

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Shadows and Reflections Week 1 April 8-12

Shadows and Reflections Unit Week 1
Unit Book:  Whistle for Willie
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
Why do we see shadows? 
(dark, light, shadow, practice, errand, whirl)

Small Groups
Matching Words with Same Sounds- We will be listening to the beginning sounds in words and comparing the sounds with other words. Then we will match the sounds that are the same. (For example: wind, Willie and whistle)


Rhyming Bingo Game- We will be reinforcing how rhyming words are words that "sound a lott alike at the end"

Journal Writing- In this week’s story, Peter wished he knew how to whistle.  We will make a personal connection to the story and write and draw about what we want to learn to do.  We will practice turtle talking (slowly saying our words to hear their sounds) and adding spaces between our words.  We are also working on our detailed drawings to correlate with our writing.

Fill Up the Frame Game- In pairs, we will roll a number cube and subitize the amount of dots we see.  Then each child will place the amount of dots of the cube.  We will identify how many dots each child has and how many empty spaces there are.  The goal is to fill up a ten frame.  

Number Formation Practice- Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we will continue to practice forming numbers 1-10.  This week, we will practice numbers 3 and 4 using wooden sticks, chalkboards or magna doodles and in our letter formation books.

Shape Shadow Corner Sorting- We will be looking at shapes in a different way. We will be counting corners or shapes. We will be comparing shapes and then sorting them based on the number of corners each shape has.

Sharing Beads- With a partner, we will be given a bag of beads to share equally. We will record our results using dot stickers. We will then count each group to make sure they are equal.

Centers
Art Table-Chalk on black paper
Block Area- blocks with flashlights to create block shadows
Sensory Table- whistling station(role playing how Peter learned to whistle)
Book Area- Exploring Books about shadows and reflections
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table-Paper and words to trace
Dramatic Play-Movie Theater
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Waffle Blocks with Dogs (building boxes for Willie)
Rug- Legos

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Shadows and Shapes
-How to change the shape of shadows
-Using blocks and light to make shadows
-Shape attributes

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Shadows Letter on smartboard
-I see shadows (tune of frere jacques)
-Letter Sounds

Shadows and Reflections Week 1 (April 22-26)

Shadows and Reflections Unit Week 2
Unit Book:  Moonbear's Shadow
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What makes shadows change?
(wide, noon, short, long, cast, deep)

Literacy Small Groups
Lowercase Letters- We will practice the lowercase formation of the letter l and t a variety of mediums.  This may be in the form of magna doodles, chalkboards, salt trays, etc.  We will rainbow write and pencil practice the letter l and t as well.

Fishing for Rhymes- Using a boat in our house area, we will get in the boats with magnetic fishing rods.  Then we will catch fish on the ground until we find pairs of rhyming words. Then we will take our fish to the table and draw the rhymes we caught.  

April Self Portraits- We will be continuing our monthly self-portraits and name writing samples.

My shadow art projects- We will be recreating a shadow of ourselves. Each child will receive a person to draw as themselves. We will also get a shadow and a sun. Then each child will show how the sun above them creates a shadow on the other side of their body.

Short/Long Shadows- We will talk about how shadows can get bigger and smaller like in our unit book Moonbear's shadow. We will place the sun on the correct side then put shadows in size order. We will reinforce the concept of short and longer, shorter and longer as well.

Number Formations- Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we will continue to practice forming numbers 1-10.  This week, we will practice numbers 7 & 8 using chalkboards or magna doodles and in our letter formation books.

Shape Hunt- We will use our clipboards and go on a shape hunt. We will try to find 2 D shapes around our school and record the shapes we find on our papers.

Superflex and Rock Brain Activity with Kate- Kate will join us again to review how we can be flexible in our thinking and not get stuck on ideas to avoid getting frustrated.

Earth Day Celebration- For Earth Day we cleaned up the "trash" on the playground and then at choice time we turned off the lights to conserve electricity. It was a fun way to experience choice time.

Centers   
Art Table- Shadow art project (To reinforce the word cast and shadow)/Silouttes of our heads







Sensory Table- fish
Book Area- Exploring Books about shadows and reflections
Writing Table-Long/Short paper collages
Dramatic Play- Fishing for letters in a boat
Rug- We will use a large box to go into and use a light projector to explore shadows and light
Block Area- blocks with flashlights to create block shadows
For an experiment: (IN THE DARK) WE WILL TURN THE LIGHTS OUT FOR A FUN WAY TO EXPLORE OUR CENTERS. 

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
- Do we need light to make shadows?
- How can we change the shape of shadows?
- Discussing shape attributes (How many corners/side does each shape have?)
-Comparing length? (short, long sorting)