Friday, January 4, 2013

Wind and Water -January 7-11 week 2

Theme Concepts:
This theme allows children explore wind and water using observations, experiments,
and books to learn more about topics such as evaporation, weather, temperature, insulation, rain, and snow.
Books this week
Gilberto and the Wind
One Dark Night
The Snowy Day

Small Groups
-Science- What can air move?  We will be conducting a science experiment to see how wind or air can move classroom items.  We will compare how they move (ie. slowly, quickly, at high rate of speed, at a low rate of speed). Then we will chart our results to compare.
-Art- Creating pinwheels just like Gilberto in our unit book. 
-Fine Motor/ Letter Awareness- We will create letter snowmen by using our name.  We will compare how many letters are in each of our names as well.
-Exploring Tangrams- Using tangrams we will create picture scenes and discuss shapes.
-Science- Absorbancy of Materials- We will put drops of water on various object to discover if the water absorbs on the material or if it "repels" and rolls off the material.
-Engineering- We will construct tin foil boats using tin foil. Then we will try to put bears in the boats and discover if how different boat designs may hold more bears.

Blocks-Tinker Toys
Sensory Table-Homemade Bubbles
Dramatic Play-  Pet Vet with real stethoscopes and "x-ray" machines
Library- A variety of books about weather
Art Table-creating boxes for cats
Easel- spray bottles
Puzzles- Puzzles
Manipulatives- Clothespin "fence" for animals
Writing Center- Writing Letters

Song, Word Play and Letters
Poems- Boom, Bang, Raindrops
Songs-Down by the Bay.
Literacy Skills- Frog Jump Letters, Diving Letters
-We will be working on Big Line Letters that need a "frog jump" such as F. (A big line down, frog jump up, then little line at the top, and little line in the middle).

Preschool Life Skills
We are continuing to review our previous skills 1-6.
1-When a teacher calls your name, stop, look and say, "Yes".
2-When a teacher tells you to do something, do it "Right Away".
3-When a teacher tells you to do 2 things, do it "Right Away".
4-When something is too hard, first try then say,"Can you help me please?"
5-When you something from a teacher or a friend and they are doing something, say, "Excuse me" to get them to look at you.
(6and 7 are join together)
New skill:
When someone is in your way or has something that you want, say "Excuse me" to get their attention, and then say"May I_____?" to get what you want.

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