Friday, March 1, 2013

World of Color March4-March8

World of Color Unit
This week we will continue our Unit 4 of the Owl, World of Color. During this unit students will interact with colors explore topics such as color mixing, stains, fading, camouflage, and color patterns. Students will learn that color can be found in nature, that color can carry information, that paints and dyes are used to color things, colors can be mixed to make new colors and that sun and washing can make colors fade.

Upcoming Special Lunch
We will be having lunch in the High School Cafe during the week as a reward to our "high five" program.  The assistant principal will be setting a special table during the high school lunch time for us. We will be in the cafe with the big kids but eating at our own tables.  Everyone is very excited.  We will post pictures of our very exciting lunch.

Books This Week
Dear Juno
A Pocket for Corduroy (Related to colors and our artist visit)

Knuffle Bunny

Small Groups
-Writing- Rhyme Time Color Word Book- We will be writing color words in a rhyming book. (Ex. A pink drink, a red bed, etc). This will take place over 2 small groups.
-Artist Project (2 day project) This is a link to her Art Studio Website
This week we will have a real artist (Boris' Mom) come into our classroom to do a special art project with us.  We will be painting cool and warm colors with her.  Then we will be creating collages with our painting. We will also look at other artists that make collages in their books such as Eric Carle in the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We will post pictures of this special event.

-Science Experiment in Our Window (Final Observations)
Will colored paper fade? We will be conducting an experiment to see how paper fades in the sun. This experiment will continue for our entire unit to compare and discuss how different colors fade in the sun. Our experiment will be in our classroom windows for us to check everyday.

Science Table-Color screens to explore to try to make new colors.
Blocks-Jungle Animals (Camouflage animals)
Sensory Table- Colored rice
Dramatic Play-Airport with Passport to stamp when they arrive in other countries
Library- A variety of books about color
Art Table- Painting with primary colors to make new colors
Easel- Primary Colors
Puzzles- Puzzles
Manipulatives- Pattern Blocks.
Writing Center- Ipad Mixing App (mixing colors to match the wall color and using primary colors to make secondary colors)

Song, Word Play and Letters
Poems- Boom, Bang, Raindrops
Songs-Green Grass Grows All Around, Diagonal Lines
Literacy Skills- Change, Change, Rearrange of letters in words

Let's Talk About It
-Airmail, stamps, and passports
-Color Meanings- Traffic Lights, Construction, Cones, Signs
-Camouflage and how animals change their color
-Practice our "waiting words"

-We will be finishing up our Diagonal Line Letters. (Z, N,R, M,) We will also be singing songs related to diagonal lines.
-We will be moving onto our "Magic C" letters.  I will have a "magic" black hat and a special rabbit to help me write our magic C letters.   They are magic C letters because they can change. If you make a C it can change to a G, O, and Q.  We also have a fun song to sing about Magic C letters.

Preschool Life Skills
We are continuing to review our previous skills 1-7.
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)
7-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.
New skill:
When an adult tells you to wait say, "Okay", and your waiting words. (Waiting Words= "When I wait quietly, I get what I want")

We also have been learning:
"Checking our Body" - This is to remind us how to sit during large group activities. We will talk about how to "check" our bodies to get ready to listen. This is a important skill as we transition into kindergarten.

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