Friday, June 8, 2018

End of the year Video



The end of the school year is fast approaching! We are so proud of the Cub Cadets and all of their accomplishments during their time with us.  It has been a wonderful year!!
Best Wishes,
Lisa, Liz, and Joan
Cub Cadets Teachers


Friday, June 1, 2018

Camping Unit (June 4-June 22)

June 4-8
Books This Week
Just Me and My Dad
Bailey Goes Camping


Let's Talk About It
-What activities do you do outside for fun?
-Outdoor Safety
-Cooking Outside(BBQ, camping, fishing for dinner)
-Recreational activities in the water(canoe, swimming, kayaking..)


Small Groups For This Week:
Phonemic Awareness- We will be matching pictures that rhyme to create Rhyming Rainbows
S’mores Rolling Game- Using a cube with ingredients to make smores on each side, we will take turns to create as many s’mores as we can.  We will note who made the most and what ingredients we can share to create more s'mores.
Marshmallow Measuring- Using marshmallow rulers, we will measure to see how long camping vocabulary pictures are (ie. a canoe is 10 marshmallows long). Then we will measure other objects at our tables to extend.
Fishing for Letters- We will be using fishing rods to catch fish with letters on them.  We will name the letter, the sound it makes and brainstorm as many words that begin with the letter before we put it in our buckets.  
Journal Writing about camping


Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Number Formations 1-5


Centers
Rug Activity- Lincoln Logs
Art Table: Using red and orange paint and cutting brown paper to create a campfire
Blocks: building "campfires" with blocks and red tissue paper
Sensory Table: Sink and Float Exploration with "canoes" and some cargo.
Book Area: books about The Great Outdoors
Writing Table: making camping lists
Dramatic Play: Zoo Animals (comparing to forest animals)
Puzzles and Manipulative: puzzles

June 11-15
Week 2
Books This Week
Curious George Goes Camping
Bailey Goes Camping
Froggy Goes Camping


Small Groups For This Week:
Creating Sets Math- Sets of 5. We will create sets of 5 objects using camping pictures.  This is to introduce simple addition sentences( 2+3=5)
Flashlight Letters- We will use flashlights in our classroom to find letters in the dark.  We will record the letters on our papers.
Secret Words(Phonemic Activity) We will be given a set of 3 letters.  We will match the letters on our papers to the beginning sounds in pictures.  The order of the letters will spell out a secret word. We will then draw a picture of the secret word
Gross Motor- We will navigate through a river rock obstacle course in the hall. Each time we complete the course, each child will pick up a rock with a letter and say the sound the letter makes before starting again.
What’s Missing- Using a frame of 6 or 9 spaces, we will remember objects on the frames.  Then a teacher or friend will take one away and we will try to remember the missing object.  


Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Number Formations 6-10


Centers
Rug Activity- Building Tracks
Art Table: dandelion art- using yellow paint with forks to make flower and green paint to make stem
Blocks: blocks to build boats with
Sensory Table: floating fish and boats
Book Area: books about The Great Outdoors
Writing Table: Unit Vocabulary Words
Dramatic Play: Camp Site
Puzzles and Manipulative: puzzles


Songs and Word Play Activities
-Owl Hooting Game (Who's Missing) - One child covers their eyes. A child will hide and hoot like an owl. The child will have to guess who is missing.

June 18-22
Books This Week
Absolutely Not
Molly Goes Hiking
Sheep on a Hike


Small Groups For This Week:
Camping Math- We will spin a spinner then record which picture is the outcome.  We will create a chart and discuss math terms such as most, least, and equal.
Math-Counters in a cup. We will be using marshmallows to count to 10. Then we will put some in the cup and leave others out of the cup.  We will record how many different ways we will make 10.
Camping Vocabulary Rhyming Books- We will use vocabulary words to find words that rhyme to create a book
Sequencing Camping Scene- We will be coloring then sequencing a camping scene. We will give details about the pictures and try to tell an oral story about the sequence.
Board Games- We will choose our favorite board games to reinforce turn taking during our last week of school
Our Last Day Class Reward- We will vote what we would like our last reward to be.


Centers
Rug Activity-Legos
Art Table: bear activities
Blocks:  blocks
Sensory Table: sticks, small stones,  and tissue paper to make a campsite
Book Area: books about The Great Outdoors
Dramatic Play:We will vote for our favorite dramatic play and class will decide
Puzzles and Manipulative: puzzles


Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Number Formations Review 1-10

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"Cub Cadet Idol"

 In our dramatic play area this week, we have been playing instruments and playing instruments to roleplay our version of  "American Idol".

This is Cub Cadet Idol!


As we sang some familiar songs, we tried to sing along and play instruments to reinforce how we use our sense of hearing.  After we sang the judges, told us what they liked about our song.  This was a noisy but very fun addition to choice time.  




Monday, May 21, 2018

Parrot in Classroom

Meet Crystal, an African grey parrot, who will be visiting our classroom from the Burlington Science Center.   We will have her visit our classroom during the last two weeks of our Senses Unit.
We learned that she uses her sense of hearing to repeat sounds she hears.  For example, she will make sounds such as a telephone ringing, someone sniffling, the backup sound of a beeping truck, the bubbles of the water bubbler, as well as words such as "Morning".  We will be listening carefully to hear Crystal making these sounds. 



Friday, May 18, 2018

Five Senses (Smell, Hearing, Taste Weeks)

Senses of Smell (May 14-18)
Books This Week:
Hero Cat
Jack and the Beanstalk

Concepts we discuss:
-Senses keep us safe (smell smoke, touch hot)

Small Groups For This Week:
-Smell Painting- We will be painting with paint that smells. (grape, orange, cherry paints)
-Magic Bean Game- We will have Jack's magic bean in a bag. In the bag are beans with the numbers 1-10
inside. Taking turns we will take our a bean and record the numbers on our papers.
-Rolling 5 senses cube game- We will roll a cube with the 5 senses on it. We will record the sense we land
on and name one way we use that sense. (I smell a skunk with my sense of smell)
-Visual Discrimination Puzzle- Using the cover of our unit book, we will cut the pieces and put the cover back together using a visual model at our tables.-Smelling Matching Game- We will match smelling jars to pictures we think have the same smell.  (rose, peppermint, banana)
-Sequencing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk
-Take Home Handwriting flashlight activity- use a flashlight at home on a door and have your child guess the letter you are "writing" on the door.
-Journals- We will be writing in our journals "I can smell_________" and using "ear spelling" to write a word.
Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Lowercase letters u.y, and k )


Centers
Art Table: beanstalk building with green tissue paper
Block Area: beanstalk building
Sensory Table:beans
Book Area: books about senses
Dramatic Play: Firestation with cat to role play book
Big Rug- Legos
Independent Table: Counting beans


Senses of Hearing (May 21-25)
Books This Week:
The Listening Walk
The Billy Goats Gruff

Concepts we discuss:
-Vibrations and air movement

Small Groups For This Week:
-Phonemic Game- We will be listening for shorter and longer words in small groups. We will be placing
long and short strips under the pictures based on how the word sounds
-Listening Walk- We will have clipboards and go on a walk to record sounds we hear.
-Beginning Sounds Trucks- We will be listening to letter sounds and build trucks with the beginning sounds
we hear.
-Sound Eggs- Using eggs, we will shake eggs and predict what we think are inside.
- Animal Sound Bingo
-Playing with Sounds - We will be dropping beans on different materials and comparing the sounds we hear
(ex: will beans sound different if dropped on metal or plastic?)
-Hearing Show and tell presentation- Each child will have a turn to bring in one object from home in the brown
bag provided and we will guess what it is based on the sounds we hear.
-Journals- We will be writing in our journals "I can hear_________" and using "ear spelling" to write a word.

Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Lowercase letters a, d, g, and q)


Centers
Art Table: making rain sticks/painting with bells on paintbrushes
Block Area: building bridges
Sensory Table: colored rice
Book Area: books about senses
Dramatic Play: "Cub Cadet Idol"(a stage with microphone, instruments, and music)
Big Rug- legos
Independent Table: telephone tube (listening and talking to friends)


Senses of Taste (May 29-June1)(No school Monday Memorial Day)
Books This Week:
Stone Soup (2 different versions)

Concepts we discuss:
-Effect of throwing a stone into soup (varied splashing)

Small Groups For This Week:
-Who Stole the cookie from the cookie jar? (Letter game version) We will take cookies out of a jar. If we take a
letter cookie we will say the letter, it's sound, and something that beginnings with that letter. There will be other
surprise cookies such as double stack to take 2 cookies or a cookie with a bite telling us to put one cookie back)
-Popcorn POP game- We will take popcorn from a bucket with letters. We will we will say the letter, it's sound,
and something that beginnings with that letter. If we pull a popcorn that says pop, we all stand up and say POP.
-We will go on a 5 senses scavenger hunt with clipboards around the school.
-Super flex activity- We will be talking about how to be flexible in our thinking when something does not
go according to our plan.
-Journals- We will be writing in our journals "I can taste_________" and using "ear spelling" to write a word.
Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Lowercase letters e,i, j, and f)


Centers
Art Table: water colors
Block Area: blocks with cars
Sensory Table:soup with vegetables, water and soup bowls
Book Area: books about senses
Dramatic Play:making soup
Big Rug-doll houses
Independent Table: patterns

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Science Center Visit

Wendy from the Burlington Science Center visited us with three animals yesterday to explain how animals use  their senses. We learned how snakes, rabbits, and alligators use their senses to help them explore their environment. Thanks Wendy!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Five Senses Week 1 and Week 2 (Sight and Touch) April 30-May 4, May 7-11

Senses of Sight
Books This Week:
On My Way To Buy Eggs
It looks like split milk
Concepts we discuss:
-What body parts are connected to each sense
-How do our senses work together

Small Groups For This Week:
-Beginning Sound Rainbows- We will be pairing beginning sounds in words with letters to create a rainbow
-Word - We will be cracking eggs to find 3 letters and a picture from our letter line. We will then "turtle talk"
the word and try to place the letters in the order we hear. We will write the letters to record
-Kaleidoscope building- We will be coloring and assembling
-Fill The Bucket- As a team, we will be given a container, manipulative, and a number cube. Taking turns,
we will roll the cube, count out the number of manipulatives, and add them to the container. We will note
along the way how many more do you think we need to fill the bucket.
-Rhythm patterns- We will be creating auditory patterns in groups. For example, clap, clap, stomp, stomp.
We will try each child's pattern at our small groups.
-Ink Blots- We will be references our book "It looked like spilt milk" to create our own spilled milk
-Journals- We will be writing in our journals "I can see_________" and using "ear spelling" to write a word.
Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Lowercase letters l, t ,r, and p)

Centers
Art Table: blindfolded painting
Block Area: blocks
Sensory Table:blue tinsel and fish
Book Area: books about senses
Dramatic Play: chicken and eggs (collecting eggs and selling them in a farm stand)
Big Rug- Legos
Independent Table: Finding hidden pictures

Senses of Touch
Books This Week:
Princess and the Pea

Concepts we discuss:
-Senses that keep us safe (ie hot, smoke)
-Textures (smooth, rough)

Small Groups For This Week:
-Princess and the Pea Letter /p/ bed- We will be creating a bed for the princess using only /p/ words
-Rhyming Peas- We will be cutting a set of peas and pairing them with their rhyming pair
-Make a Pea- We will be brainstorming a word that begins with /p/ and creating a chart
-Number Bed for Princess- Using green dot markers, we will count the correct number of peas to create a bed
-Mystery Bag by Touch Letter Game- We will be putting our hand in a bag and guessing the letter by
our sense of touch
-Journals- We will be writing in our journals "I can touch_________" and using "ear spelling" to write a word.
Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Lowercase letters n, m, r, and p)

Centers
Art Table: salt painting
Block Area: blocks
Sensory Table: cooked spaghetti
Book Area: books about senses
Dramatic Play: role play of princess and the pea
Big Rug- Legos
Independent Table:light table for colored letters