Friday, October 15, 2010

Unit 2 Friends- Week 1

     In Unit 2, children will be talking about friendship, how to be a good friend, and ways to resolve conflicts with friends.  Through the Story Time books, children hear about the importance of being who you are, helping friends, enjoying special times together, and getting along.  In addition to listening to stories, children will learn to idenify rhyming works and beginning letters and sounds in words, as they build vocabulary and comprehension skills.  They will also participate in a variety of music, poetry, math, science, and art activities. 
Theme Concepts:
-A friend is someone we like and want to spend time with.  Friends like to do things together.  They enjoy each other's company.
-We can have more than one good friend, and we might like to do some things with one friend and other things with other friends.
-Friends usually share with and help one another.
-Friends may have arguments and get mad at one another. Usually, friends work out their problems and continue to be friends.
-We can make new friends and also keep old friends.
Books this week
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
Small Groups
-Science- Exploring Pizza Dough- Children will be given pizza dough to observe.  They  will use language to describe they observations such as how does it feel and what does it look like.  They will be encouraged to knead the dough and shape it just like at a pizza shop.  We will send home our pizza creations for you to bake with your child.
-Writing- Friendship Pictures- Children will illustrate a picture of something they like to do with their friends at school. They will talk about their picture in small groups. We will create a class book using the illustrations.
-How many chips? Children will use 10 or 5 two sided chips. We they will put the chips into a cup then put them on a plate.  They will sort what colors are on the chips. Then use basis addition skills to count how many.
-Math- How Many Dinosaurs?  We will count how many dinosaurs are in a forest and in the lake. We will use basis addition to discuss our results.
-Language- Alphabet Letter Tiles and Storybook Word Cards- They will match letters to create words of familiar vocabulary from our stories this week.
- Uppercase Alphabet Memory Game.
***Please note that some small group activities will continue next week.
Blocks-Dollhouses and friends
Sensory Table-Washing Dishes
Dramatic Play- Washing Dishes and Inviting Friends Over to Play
Library- A variety of books about friends
Art Table-Making Bowl Drums
Easel- Pizza Painting
Puzzles- Vegetable Puzzles
Manipulatives- Stringing Beads
Writing Center- Creating Handmade Stationary
Song, Word Play and Letters
Poems- Five Juicy Apples, Five Little Owl in an old oak tree
Songs- Come On and Join In To The Game, Down by the Bay, Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Literacy Skills- Clap out our names(counting the syllables in our friends names), If your name starts with a __  raise your hand, Chiming in with rhyming words.

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