Friday, January 10, 2014

January 13-17 Snow Unit (Week 2)

Books This Week:
Good Night Baby Bear
The Snowy Day
Stella: Queen of the Snow
The Mitten

Small Groups For This Week:
1. Science- Salt on Ice Experiment- We will predict what will happen to an ice cube if we put salt on top of it.  After we predict what will happen, we will put salt on top and watch.  Then we will draw a picture of what happened and talk about why.
2.Sequencing 3 and 4 pictures to tell a story about a snowman. (ie. First building a snowman sequence, the sun came out, next the snowman melted sequence)
3. Art- We will color a picture of Stella( the character from our book). Then we will use epson salt on blue paper to look like snow.  When it is dry we will put Stella in the "snow storm".
1.Sorting Clothes in the snow and not in the snow.  First we will talk about items we need in the snow to keep warm.  Then they will be given items to cut, sort, then glue onto a chart.
2. Math-Subiziting how many(this the concept of looking at a set of objects and knowing how many there are without counting)  We will have a race to see if 2 or 3 will win.  A teacher will show 2 or 3 objects quickly then the children will have to say 2 or 3 then record their results.
3. Language- Snow Syllable Book- We will be tapping out unit words with sticks then writing how many sounds we ear in each word to create a book

Let's Talk About It 
-Winter Equipment
-Melting(how do objects melt)
-Signs of Winter (Seasonal Changes)

Art Table: Winter Scenes with white paint, glitter, hole stickers, qtips
Block Area:blocks with bears to create caves
Sensory Table: Artic animals on icebergs
Book Area: books about weather
Easel: colored ice to paint with
Writing Table: writing shopping lists for winter clothes
Dramatic Play: Snowball Contest (points for throwing snowballs(paper balls) into buckets to get points)
Puzzles and Manipulatives: matching different mittens

We will continuing a program called Handwriting Without Tears. It's focus is on letter formation and letter awareness. This program reinforces proper grasp and trying to strenghten fine motor muscles.
-Shaving Cream to write word SNOW
-chalk boards (with sponges and chalk)
-frogs to flip (to begin talking about frog jump letters like F, E, D)

Songs, Word Play, and Language
-SNOWY (A version of Bingo) "There was a day when we were cold and snowy was the weather."
-Book- When it starts to snow
-Stella Ipad App
-Syllable Tapping for vocabulary words using sticks (like Peter in The Snowy Day)
-PETER (A version of Bingo) on the touch It Board

Preschool Manners
We are moving onto our new skill.
-When you want soemething form a teacher or friend and they are doing something say, "Excuse me" to get them to look at you, then you say"May I____________?" to get what you want.

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