Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Things that Grow- May 16-20

Things That Grow (final week)

Please return the measuring activity by this Thursday. 

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.

Theme Concepts:
-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.

Books This Week:
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones

Small Groups:
- Measuring ourselves with classroom blocks- We will use our classroom blocks to measure our hands, our arms, and our bodies. We will compare how many blocks long each child is. We will see who is the longest, shortest, and the same.
-Sequence- We will color, cut and sequence 4 pictures of the growing process.
-Positional word activity- We will complete a postional book focusing on postional words such as above, below, in, next to.
-How long it the street? - We will use cubes to measure the length of various pictured streets. This activity will also focus on listening to 2 to 3 step directions.
-Lowercase go fish game
-Vegetable Bingo

-Dramatic Play- Garden Shop
-Sensory Table- using measuring cups to count and fill containers
-Art Table-tracing our bodies
-Science- Tadpoles
-Blocks- Little People
-Puzzles- assorted puzzles
-Library- Books about growing
-Technology-using Ipads(teacher directed app=Which two items go together)
-Easel- coffe filters and colored dobbers

Songs, Word Play, and Letters
-Green Grass Grows All Around
-Grow song
-rhythm sticks
-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.

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