Theme 6- Things That Grow
Children will explore how living things grow, using observations, experiments, and books. Through story time readings, children will hear about ducks who find a special home, a new baby on a farm, a boy who grows from baby to school age, and a girl who discovers the joys of growing vegetables. Children continue to learn about leters, sounds, and rhyming words, and participate in many other math, science, music, poetry, and art activities.
-Living things grow and have life cycles.
-Living things reproduce, and the offspring are the same kind of plant or animal as their parents.
-Living things need food, water, and proper living conditions to survive.
-Immature living things need special care.
-Living things interact, and among animals ther are predators and prey.
Book This Week:
Make Way for Ducklings
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
-Vegetable Dice Game- We will roll a cube with 6 different vegetables on it. Then record on a chart which vegetable was on the cube. We will discuss which vegetable came out the most, the least, or the same.
-Vegetable Memory- We will play a memory game using vegetable cards.
-Worm Habitat Observations- We will observe real worms in soil. We will spray water on them and watch how they react. We will then draw a picture of what they look like.
-How seeds grow art project-We will use art supplies to show different parts of a flower such as stem, roots, leaves, seeds, and petals.
-Animal Babies born alive or in eggs- We will look in books to see what babies are born live like people and born in eggs like birds. We will then create a chart to take home.
-Sorting Seeds- We will give each child 4 different seeds to sort into 4 groups. Then they will use words to describe each different seed.
Some of these groups will continue next week.
-Sensory Table- filling gardening pots
-Art Table-creating flowers for our garden mural
-Science- Observing Tadpoles and observing our green bean plants(observation journals)
-Blocks- Little People Community Helpers
-Math- Counting Seeds Activity
-Library- Books about growing
-Easel- painting with "mud"
Songs, Word Play, and Letters
-Green Grass Grows All Around
-When I was one (a growing poem)
-Letter Garden- Each child will be given a fruit or vegetable. A "seed letter" will be planted and they will be asked if they have a fruit or vegetable that has the beginning sound of that letter.