Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Color Unit February 11-27

World of Color Unit
This week we will begin Unit 4,  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.

Valentine's Exchange
We will be exchanging valentine's with our school friends on Thursday Feb. 12

Snow Days:
Our color unit has had many missed days due to snow days.
I updated our small groups to reflect our schedule. Hopefully we will not have anymore snow days.

Books This Week
Max's Dragon Shirt 
Dog's Colorful Day
The Lion and the Little Red Bird

Small Groups
Week of Feb 11-13
-Math- Patterns-We will be talking about patterns and explaining what is and what is not a pattern.  Then we will creating pattern frames for our self portraits.
-Science- Will colored paper fade? We will taking the paper from our experiment out of the window to see what happened.  Then we will glue our strips of paper and make some conclusions of what happened to the paper after one week in the sun.  We will try to predict what will happen to the paper after February vacation.
-Valentine's Day Exchange
Week of Feb. 23-27
-Motor Monday- We will be coloring, cutting then lacing a dog face for our unit book.  Then we will cut pictures of objects that begin with the letter D and put them in the pocket
-Ice Cream Cone Addition- We will be adding "scoops" of ice cream to create a number book.  We will be reinforcing words such as add, total, and all together.
-Writing- We will rewriting our own version of Dog's Colorful Day.  We will brainstorm ideas of different stains he could get on him, where did he get it, how did he get it, and what did he do next.
-Remove One- We will create books to expose children to the concept of subtraction (remove one).
-Science- Is it Colorfast? We will experiment with tissue paper to see how colors run out of the different colors of tissue paper.  Vocabulary words: colorfast, non-colorfast, absorb, dye, run, stain, tint

Blocks-Blocks and Colored Blocks
Independent Multi-Step Table: Diagonal Letters from HWT/Tracing Shapes/ Copying AABB patterns
Sensory Table- Colored Water/Scooping Ice Cream cones(using colored snow)
Dramatic Play-Laundry Sorting/ Ice Cream Shop
Library- A variety of books about color
Art Table-Open ended paint for mixing/ Mouse Paint mixing paint pages for class books
Easel- Designing Dragon Shirts
Puzzles- Puzzles
Manipulatives-  Colored Snap Cubes
Writing Center- Teacher led activity

Song, Word Play and Letters
Poems- Boom, Bang, Raindrops
Songs-Green Grass Grows All Around, Diagonal Lines
Literacy Skills- Rhyming Word Guessing Game, Interesting Sounding Words(squash, squish, splash)

Let's Talk About It
-Thanking people who help us
- Paints from berries or other fruits
- Helping others
-Washable and Permanent Colors
-What is that stain? (What can make a green stain? What can make a yellow stain?)
-Interesting words from our book: (splat, splish, squash, squish.....)

-We will be working on Diagonal Line Letters. (Z, N,R, M,) We will also be singing songs related to diagonal lines.

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.
Continuing to work on:
8-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 working on:
"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. Ask your child to show you what this means.

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