Friday, April 17, 2015

Things That Grow April 27-May1 and May 4-8

Unit: Things That Grow
Children will explore how living things grow, using observations, experiments, and books.  Through story time readings, children will hear about ducks who find a special home, a new baby on a farm, a boy who grows from baby to school age, and a girl who discovers the joys of growing vegetables.  Children continue to learn about leters, sounds, and rhyming words, and participate in many other math, science, music, poetry, and art activities.
Theme Concepts:
-Living things grow and have life cycles.
-Living things reproduce, and the offspring are the same kind of plant or animal as their parents.
-Living things need food, water, and proper living conditions to survive.
-Immature living things need special care.
-Living things interact, and among animals there are predators and prey.

Books This Week:
April 27-May 1
Ugly Vegetables
Farfellina and Marcel

May 4-8
Where Does Garbage Go?
Make Way For Ducklings

Small Groups:

April 27-May1
-Motor Monday- We will create a more and less garden in small groups.  We will cut and paste flowers to 2 gardens then compare them by labeling them with more and less words.   
- Weighing fruits and vegetables.  We will compare 2 foods using a balance scale to discover which food weighs more and less.
- Measuring vegetables- We will be using cubes to measure how long a carrot is and how long an earn of corn is.  We will use words such as more than and less than to compare. 
- Measuring the room- We will each use a measuring strip to find items in the school that are less than or more than the measuring strip.  This is reinforcing the concept of non-standard units of measure. 

May 4-8
Motor Monday- Sequencing- We will color, cut, and then sequence the life of a plant.
-Vegetable Memory Game
-Tally Vegetable Game- Each child will roll a cube with a different vegetable on each side. Then they will find the vegetable on a chart and color it.  Then we will see which vegetable was rolled the most and the least.
-Vegetable Soup Count- We will first color a pot full of vegetables, then count each vegetable.  We will then write the correct number for each vegetable.
-May Self Portraits for Portfolios

-Dramatic Play- Making vegetable soup/ Vegetable Stand
-Sensory Table- Soil with seeds and sticks.  Children can create rows in the soil with sticks and pretend to plant seeds in rows / Exploring Different Seeds
-Art Table- Printing Veggies on paper with paint /Making Life Sized Pictures of us
-Science- Seeds soaked in water with magnifying glasses /Growing Activity

-Writing Table- Drawing seed packets/About us project
-Math- manipulatives/cubes to measure objects in room
-Library- Books about growing

Songs, Word Play, and Letters
-Green Grass Grows All Around
-Letter Garden- Each child will be given a fruit or vegetable.  A "seed letter" will be planted and they will be asked if they have a fruit or vegetable that has the beginning sound of that letter. 

- First comes a butterfly
- So many things that grow, grow, grow

Independent Activities/Handwriting
-We will be continuing our Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum to combine our concepts.  (ie. diagonal lines, magic C, and diagonal lines to create letters with all strokes such as R)
-Sequencing a plant growing
-Sequencing a baby growing
-Write the Room to find and write vocabulary words
-Measuring the Room with cubes

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")
 9- When a friend tells you to wait say, "Okay", and your waiting words. (Waiting Words= "When I wait quietly, I get what I want")
New Skill:
10- When someone gives you something, look at them and say, "Thank you."

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.

Super-Flex- We are learning how to be flexible in our thinking and not get a "rock brain"

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