Friday, March 18, 2016

Unit 6 Week 3 Earth and Sky March 21-24 (No School Friday)

Earth and Sky Unit Week 3
Unit Book: A Time for all Seasons
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What changes in each season?
(summer, spring, winter, fall, perfect, chilly, bud)
Literacy Small Groups
Handwriting- We will be focusing on diagonal letters, we will practice writing the letters M and N  We will be working on our own letter formation books that will come home when our uppercase letter formations are complete.   

Ending Sounds Car Sort- We will use a car with a word. Then we will "drive our cars" on a road and stop at the ending sound. We will listen and identify the ending sound and place the car in the chart below.

 Ending Sounds- We will use frogs to practice segmenting sounds in words.  We will do one frog hop for each sound we hear.  On the last hop in each word, we will listen carefully for ending sounds and sort our pictures accordingly.  

Handwriting-We will review the formations for uppercase letters formed with diagonal lines.   We will review and practice the formations for the letters W, X, Y, and Z in our letter books.

Math Small Groups
Fill up the Frame Game- In pairs, we will roll a number cube and subitize the amount of dots we see.  Then each child will place the amount of dots of the cube.  We will identify how many dots each child has and how many empty spaces there are.  The goal is to fill up a ten frame.  

Sort for parts of 10-We will continue our work with adding parts to make a whole number.  This week, we  will work with the number 10.  Using the Mystery Cup game, we will dump and count ten cubes.  After sorting them into two parts we will record how many of each part to make a total of ten.

Towers to Nine- We will practice identifying numerals and matching quantities to numerals 1-9. We will use a number spinner to identify numbers 1-9.  We will  build towers with the corresponding number of cubes.  After we’ve built a tower for each number we will trace the numerals on our paper.

Seasonal Number Book-We will continue to practice parts of whole numbers.  Using pink tissue paper as spring cherry blossoms, we will use a whole number 6-10 and count out that many blossoms.  We will glue some blossoms to the tree and glue some that have fallen on the ground. We will trace numerals to show the whole number of blossoms as well as the numerals that show the number of blossoms on and off the spring tree.

Art Table-Seasonal Tree collages
Block Area- Building with blocks to build trees
Sensory Table- soil and tools for the soil
Book Area- Exploring Books about sky and earth
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table-Paper and words to trace
Dramatic Play-Flower Shop
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives-Spring Trees
Rug- Legos
Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
- Signs of the Seasons
-- Jobs All Year
-Trees and Soil
-Clothing that Protects us in different seasons
Preschool Life Skills 
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
2. When I give you an instruction, do it "right away"
(Ask your child what do you do when your teacher tells you to do something.  They should reply "I do it right away." You can reinforce this at home too.  "Put your legos away and do it "right away""
3. When I give you  instructions, do them "right away" (multi-step directions)
4. When something is too hard say "Help me please"
5. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention
6. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention and then use your asking words(ie. May I have a turn?)

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Windy was the weather
-Letter and sound connections
-Growing Song

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors. 

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