Theme – This is our first week of our new unit, Shadows and Reflections. During this unit students will explore shadows and reflections, using observations, experiments and books to learn what makes a shadow and a reflection. Through Story Time books, children hear about a girl playing by a still pond, a puppy who thinks he is a kitten, a crocodile collecting reflections in a pail, a sleepy boy who sees a shadow save a cat, and a raccoon who has an adventure with only his reflection for company.
Reflections are images thrown back from a shiny surface.
There must be light or there is no reflection.
Mirrors and still water reflect light well; dull surfaces do not.
If water is moving, its reflections are blurry or crooked.
Objects are opaque, translucent, or transparent.
Shadows are the dark areas made when an object blocks light.
-Easel – Painting meadow, pond, and stream animals/Cloud Paintings
-Sensory–Bubbles and mirrors (looking for reflections in bubbles)/Plastic Lid Boats
-Dramatic Play – Eye Doctor (eye charts/ literacy)Pet Shop
-Art – Reflective-Paper Collages/Exploring Glitter in Art work
-Writing Center – Drawing and writing about animals
-Puzzles – Animal Puzzles (Raccoons, crocodiles, grasshoppers, and fawns).
-Blocks –Blocks/ Reptiles Zoo
-Science Center- Mirrors and Reflection Exploring
Independent Center- Magic C Letter Books (HWT)/ Sequencing Animal Pictures
Let's Talk About It
-How Animals catch mosquitos(related to swamp books)
March 30-April 3
-Good and Poor Reflections
-Making Collections(What do you collect?, stamps, stickers,)
-Imaging Things in clouds(What animal does this cloud look like?)
-What is a shadow? Discussing sharpness of edges
Songs, Word Plays and Letters
Five Green Frogs
Bingo – with the word Snake
Whose Reflection is in the Pool? (Smart board Activity)
Five Little Fishies
-Reviewing Magic C Letters We will review "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.
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")
When a friend 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.