Friday, September 29, 2017

Harvest Unit Week 1 October 2-6

Special Visitors: As a surprise to our classroom, we will be going to the Burlington Science Center and bringing back gerbils for our classroom.  We will be observing them during our harvest unit.  

Week 1
Books This Week:
Eddie’s Garden
Farmer Duck

Concept Questions For This Week:
-What is a garden?
-What cares does a garden need?
-What is a farm?
-What work needs to be done to grow food?
-Why do farmers have animals?

Literacy /Math Small Groups This Week:
Is it a Letter or Not a Letter?- We will be naming symbols, numbers, letters, etc and discussing if they are letters or not letters.  Then we will cut and sort.

Sequence the life cycle of plants- We will color, cut, then sequence 4 pictures to show the life cycle of plants.

Five Frame Farm Animals - We will be focusing on five frames and reinforcing 1:1 correspondence using manipulatives first then we will use paper animals that we can bring home

Bingo Game- Our bingo boards will have tools that can be found on a farm. (rake, tractor,hoe, shovel, sickle,.....)

Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Ll and Ff)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter.
We will hunted for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  
Handwriting Without Tears Books: We will be using a hands-on approach(ie. sand, colored chalk, shaving cream) to reinforce correct letter formation.  In addition, we will be incorporating tasks to improve hand strength(ie. Pulling theraputty, squeezing sponges, opening clothespins)  Then we will practice in our Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) books

Art Table:Cow mural using our hands and Farm Animal Books(We will work on these books for the entire unit)
Block Area:blocks and farm animals
Sensory Table:acorns and fall leaves
Book Area: books about farms and growing
Writing Table: creating seed packets
Dramatic Play: flower shop
Puzzles and Manipulatives: farm related puzzles
Science Table: Observing our new gerbils from the Science Center

Science/Social Studies Circle
- 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".
-Discussing how we sit and listen in a group (our community classroom)
Preschool Life Skills
Every week we will be reinforcing previous skills and introducing new skills. Some weeks we will spend more time with a previous skill before moving to a new skill.
PLS 1: "When a teacher calls your name, you stop, look at the speaker, and say "yes".
PLS 2:  "When I give you an instruction, do it right away."

Social Thinking Curriculum
During the course of the school year, we will be using a series of 6 books.  
Book 1:  Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings.
Concepts Include:
What is a thought?
Your brain is a thought maker
What is a feeling?
Your heart is a feelings keeper

A feeling is something that happens in your body

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