Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Letterland Activities for the Week: Letter M- March 31

Letterland Videos for the Week 
Letter this week: 

Ms. Courtney and I have created videos for you to watch at home.  Don't worry, we will start with the letter M when we get back to school.   We know how excited you are to meet the Letterlanders so this is a brief introduction to them but we will officially learn them when we are together again.

Video #1
Watch this video to introduce Munching Mike (Ms. Lisa)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lum_OriAYdI&feature=youtu.be
After watching the video talk to you child about the sound they heard and have them name the letter.  Have a sound hunt in your house and find something that begins with the letter sound.
Can't find anything? That is ok.
Maybe just have them name words they can think of or draw a picture of the word.
Send me pictures of your child with the letter object or send me a picture of their illustration.
I will post them on Instagram for everyone to see.

Video #2 
Watch this video Rainbow Write the Letter M (Ms. Courtney)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cueKYhzzZOg
Watch this video of how to correctly form our letter.
Have your child do rainbow writing using 4-6 colors.
Try the rainbow writing app too:  
You can also download the Letterland Rainbow Writing app if you don't have paper or crayons handy.  Have fun.

Don't forget to send pictures to bottiglio@bpsk12.org

Monday, March 30, 2020

Remote Learning Links and Weekly Activities


This link will provide parents with all of the information needed for the week.
Please click on the BECC link to access all of the weekly activities on Monday.  
BECC Remote Learning Link:
https://sites.google.com/bpsk12.org/bps-remote-learning/home

Blog:
I will be posting additional activities from Tuesday through Friday here.    These activities are not required.   If you have not yet subscribed to the blog please provide your email to subscribe.  When you subscribe, you will be notified when I post.  The space to subscribe is on the right of the screen.
Follow by email: and then submit.

Instagram:
I will continue to post pictures on Instagram of our students participating in the activities.
Please email photos of your child and I will post their photos there.
If you are not on Instagram, search for our link and request access.  If you are waiting for me to allow you access please email me and let me know your user name so I can give you access.
Search:  cubcadetsclassroom

Letterland: 
Our class has been enjoying the Letterland curriculum.  We would like to give your children a preview of what letters we will continue when we get back to school.  Myself and the Busy Bee teacher Courtney, will be creating and posting videos for you children.
Your child can do the extension videos suggested in the links such as:
-Find something in your house or outside that begins with the same sound as the Letterlander in the video.
-Practice your "rainbow writing" as modeled in the video.
Please send me your child doing these activities.  I will post them on our Instagram page.

Other ways to stay connected: 
Email me with questions or concerns: bottiglio@bpsk12.org
Instagram: beccburlington
Twitter:beccburlington

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Letterland apps and Letter information





Letterland Apps for the iPad or iPhone: THESE APPS ARE NOW FREE
  • “Letterland Rainbow Write”
    • In this app, you can use your finger or a stylus to “rainbow write” (just like we do in the classroom) the uppercase and lower case letters, all of which appear on the screen with their Letterlander! The app also tells you each Letterlander’s name and sound.
  • “Letterlander Stories”
    • **Disclosure** This is actually 10 different apps broken into letter groups. A and Z are in an app alone (called Letterland Stories A and Letterland Stories Z) and the rest of the letters are broken into groups of 3 (e.g., “Letterland Stories BCD). 
    • Each app contains a story about the Letterlander, comprehension questions about the story, letter tracing, and a few other activities!
  • “Letterland Quick Dash”
    • This app names each letter, Letterlander, sound, and a few words that start with that letter. 







Letters the Busy Bees and Cub Cadets have done so far this year:
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V


Remaining letters in the order we will do them (in case anyone wants a sneak peak):
M (Munching Mike)
N (Noisy Nick)
W (Walter Walrus)
X (Fix-It Max)
Y (Yellow Yo-yo Man)
Z (Zig Zag Zebra)


Letterlanders Poster:


Coloring pages: 


Spot the difference: 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Instagram Photo of the Day!!

If you have not requested to follow our classroom on Instagram please look us up. I will be posting pictures there of our home adventures. Send me pictures of your child doing fun activities at home with a brief description of what they are doing. Please note that you give me permission to use these home photos and wait for your child to be posted. I will try to post one child/teacher photo per day as they are emailed to me. This can be a great way for everyone to stay socially connected.
Email me at bottiglio@bpsk12.org

On Instagram:
Search "cubcadetclassroom" and request to follow.  
If you are waiting for me to accept your request just send me an email. Since it is private, if I don't recognize the name or photo I do not accept the request.

Monday, March 23, 2020

ABC Mouse Free Access

The district has a code for free access to ABCMouse.com while school is not in session. 

2. Type in the code: SCHOOL4374
3. Complete the registration pages for your child to create an account based on the student's age


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Activities for Home


Hello Cub Cadet Families, 

I am hoping all of you are doing well.  Due to the school closure, the teachers and staff at the BECC have created some activities you can do at home.  These activities are optional.  They are some ideas and suggestions that you can try at home with your child.  You will find the activities on the link below:


https://www.burlingtonpublicschools.org/schools/becc/covid-19-resources/student-technology-options

-Click on the tab BECC to find the document

In addition, People Helping People will be offering FREE LUNCH FOODS for families who receive free or reduced price lunch at school for the duration of the school closure. The food to prepare a week’s worth of lunches can be picked up each Tuesday at St. Mark’s church, 10 St. Mark’s Road, from 3-7pm. Families who need assistance getting these items should call the emergency number (781) 238-4674. 


I will be checking my email frequently so if your child would like to send me a picture of what they are doing at home, I will be happy to respond back to them.  I also plan on doing some video recordings in the future so I will keep you posted on where to see them.   


Please feel free to reach out to me at bottiglio@bpsk12.org if you have any questions or concerns.


-Lisa

Friday, March 6, 2020

Earth and Sky Week 1 (March 10-13)



Reminder: NO SCHOOL MONDAY
Earth and Sky Unit Week 1
Unit Book: Night Shift Daddy
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What happens when day changes to night?
(cloud, awaken, day, star, snore, night)


Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Vicky Violet
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: V and v
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: finger lights on black paper

We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Small Groups
Night Numbers- We will work to recognize, name and write numbers 1-10.  We will dim the lights and use flashlights to search our classroom for number stars in the “night sky.”  We will trace each number on our recording sheet after we found each one.  

Starry Night Math- We will practice recognizing and subitizing numbers 1 through 3. After rolling a number cube, children will recognize the number then find the set of stars to match the sum (subitizing) and put them in a cup. Finally, each child will add how many stars they added to their cup.  When the game is over, they will use those stars to fill up the night sky on their paper.

How Many Am I Hiding- We will have fun playing a guessing game that will help us learn to count on to get to a given number.  Using 5 cubes, we will hide some behind our backs and reveal the leftover cubes.  Players will have to count on to guess the hidden amount and record it on their sheet

Mystery Sounds Bingo- In a bag with be sets of three pictures. As a group, we will same the name of the pictures then try to think of the first sound we hear in all of the words. (ring, robot, rain) Then we will say the sound (/r/) and then identify the letter that makes that sound. We will color the box and play this version of bingo on our papers.

Segmenting Words Sounds- We will be exposing students to segmenting parts of a word.  For example /b/ /a/ /t/.  Using chips we will say each sound and slide a chip as we segment the word.  Then we will bingo dob our papers to make a 1:1 correspondence for the word. 

Centers
Art Table-Day and Night painting (multi-step activity)
Block Area- Building Rocket ships with blocks
Sensory Table- black beans with stars sorting
Book Area- Exploring Books about sky and earth
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Making Pancakes for Breakfast (related to our story)
Rug- Waffle Blocks

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Energy from Electricity (lights)
-Going to Sleep Routines
-What Do I spy?
-Making and Breaking sets to count

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Season Song
-Space Man Song (counting song)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Cub Cadet Mock Election...Our Next President Will Be......

Today we conducted our own democratic primary and then presidential election. Given a choice of the four main candidates, more cubs voted by secret ballot for Biden. Then given a choice of Biden and Trump, more cubs chose Trump in a vote of 10 to 2.  
This was a fun way to pretend to vote like our families. 


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Desert Week 2 (March 2-6)

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What are desert animals like?
Unit Book: The Gingerbread Cowboy
(lizard, cowboy, herd, spider, sniff, burrow)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Annie Apple
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: A and a
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: cornstarch and water to form A and a

We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
Small Groups
Beginning Sounds in the Desert- We will look at 3 different pictures and say the words.  We will identify the words that share the same sounds and put them on the same cactus  The one picture that has a different beginning sound we will put in the sand. 

Desert Math "addition"- We will be creating a desert scene by placing two different types of desert animals.  We will count the animals that are the same and trace the numbers. Then we will count all of the desert animals in the scene.  Then we will trace the "whole number" below the scene.  This is exposing them to the concept of part/part/whole. 

Desert Syllable Sorting- We will label desert vocabulary.  Then we will clap the syllables of each of the vocabulary words.  We will then sort the pictures into a chart based on the number of syllables each word has. 

QR Codes- Using an Ipad, we will scan qr codes. A picture will appear on the Ipad which we will label and then identify the sound we hear in the beginning of the word. We will then trace, rainbow write and draw a picture of the word we said.

Whole Group Science Activity- Using different materials, we will try to build a bridge for the gingerbread cowboy to get across the river to avoid the fox.  We will predict then experiment with materials such as pipe cleaners, straws, popsicle sticks, blocks, etc.  We will try to think of whey some materials worked better than others. 

Centers
Art Table- Playdough
Block Area- Animals and blocks
Sensory Table- Water and sponges (absorb concept)
Book Area- Exploring Books about jungle and desert
Dramatic Play-Camping
Science - Sponges and water to explore  how water absorbs
Rug- Building shelter from the sun in the desert

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Absorbing water (how do cactus store water??)
-Desert Animals Video
-Compare and contrast desert animals to jungle animals

Desert Week 1 (Feb.24-28)

Unit Book: Two Cool Coyotes
Weekly Question and Unit Words
What is a desert?
(sand, desert, coyote, howl, absorb, cactus)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Peter Puppy
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: K and k
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: chalk boards

We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Small Groups
Two Cool Coyote Initial Sounds Sunglasses- We will be listening to the initial sound we hear in words.  When two pictures have the same beginning sound we will pair them together to create a “pair” of sunglasses for our Two Cool Coyotes. 

Desert Vocabulary Books- We will be reviewing our unit vocabulary from our unit book Two Cool Coyotes. We will write or trace the beginning letter for each of our words. We will also review the definition of each word and we will recall the word from our story.

Desert Animals- Using desert animal manipulatives, we discussed different animals that live in the desert. We will talk about the colors of the animals and why the animals are brown and grey. We will talk about how they need to be these colors to hide and camouflage in the desert sand. Then we will draw pictures of what we learned.

Save the Animals- In this fine motor small group, animals have rubber bands around them and using our "alligator fingers" we need to free the animals by removing all the bands. We will then draw a picture of our favorite animal.

Snake word rolling- We will roll a letter cube with the letters snake on it. We will then rainbow write the letter that was rolled in a graph on our papers. One of the sides has a snake on it. We need to watch each friend's turn to roll because if the snake is on top we need to make the sound of a rattlesnake. We will also note which letter we rolled the most, least, or equal.


Centers
Art Table-cactus painting with forks to make spikes
Block Area- Animals and blocks
Sensory Table-Sand and  desert animals (Animals, rocks, caves....)
Book Area- Exploring Books about jungle and desert
Dramatic Play-Singing (Cub Cadet Idol)
Rug- Safari jeeps, animals, and people

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-What is a desert?
-How do animals live in a desert
-Compare and contrast jungle and desert animals


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jungle week 3 (Feb.10-14)





Unit Book: 
Giraffes Can't Dance
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What makes each animal special? What makes you special?
(clumsy, slim, baboon, warthog, amazing)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Red Robot
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: R and r
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Red salt in trays

We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Small Groups
Elephants Ears- We will be making elephant ears to help us be better listeners to the first sound in words. We will put on our ears and then listen to a word a teacher says. We will say the sound and then find the elephant with the letter on it that makes the same sound.

Save the Animals- Fine motor activity- The animals need our help. Our jungle animals will have rubber bands tied on them and they will be taped to the table. It is our job to use our "alligator fingers" to pull the bands and tape off to free all of them.


Patterns- We will use legos to create a variety of patterns. We will then record our patterns by coloring on a recording sheet. We will compare our patterns with our friends to see how they are the same or different.

Syllable Segmenting- We will be working on our syllable segmenting using jungle words. After we clap the jungle vocabulary, we will then cut and sort the words based on the number of syllables we hear in the words.

Beginning Sounds in the Jungle- After we are given 3 pictures, we will name the pictures and then identify the 2 pictures that share the same sounds. We will place the 2 same sound pictures in the jungle and the picture that does not share the same sound will go in the river.

Valentine Exchange- We will give our friends their valentines in a whole group activity. We will reinforce conversational words such as "Lisa, Happy Valentine's Day" and"Thank you" as we give our friends their cards. We will also remind them to look at their friends in the eyes as they are talking to them.

Centers
Art Table-Valentine's Day Bag decorating
Block Area- Zoo animals 
Sensory Table- Cornstarch and Water
Book Area- Exploring Books about jungle and desert
Writing Table-Jungle Stamping
Dramatic Play-Hot Cocoa (making cocoa for our friends)
Rug- Safari jeeps, animals, and people

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-What is a pattern?
-What special skills/traits does each animal have?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Jungle week 2

Unit Book: 
Chameleon's Colors
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What are jungle animals like?
(parrot, complain, splash, chase, collect, pattern )

We will also have a real parrot visiting our classroom next week.


Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Bouncy Ben
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase:B and b
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Black salt strays

We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Literacy Small Groups

Patterns- We will use the story Chameleon’s colors to create our own patterned chameleons.  Using colored cubes we will make our own colorful chameleon by repeating an AB pattern.  We will then use colored tissue squares to craft our chameleons.


Roll and Paint Chameleons- We will roll a large number cube by taking turns. We will label the number on the cube then each child will show that many by counting objects. Then we will use watercolors to paint the matching chameleon with the same number.


Nature's Patterns- Patterns can be seen in our natural world.  We will explore patterns on familiar jungle animals by looking at & discussing photos of a zebra, tiger, tropical bird and snake.  We will then roll out putty into snakes. Then we will create patterns using paperclips, beads, buttons, etc.


Reptile Patterns- We will be creating patterns using different reptiles from our unit book

Beginning sounds in the jungle- We will be rainbow writing letters of Letterlanders we have learned. Then we will cut and sort the correct beginning letter onto the correct jungle animal.


Centers
Art Table-Animal prints to add to our mural
Block Area- Zoo animals with labels for children to create zoo cages (Welcome to the Zoo)
Sensory Table- Cornstarch and Water
Book Area- Exploring Books about jungle and desert
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table-Zookeeper Lists
Dramatic Play-Cub Cadet Zoo- Buying Tickets and visiting animals
Rug- Legos and jungle animals

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-What is a pattern?
-How jungle animals camouflage in different environments
-What living things need
-Canopy, understory, and forest floor review.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Jungle Unit Week 1 January 27-February 31

Unit Book: Amazing Jungle
What is a jungle?
(trunk, twig, branch, explore, hunt, graze, jungle)


Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Peter Puppy
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: P and p
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Putty (pulling putty to make P's big line down and building P in a letter tray)

We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Small Groups
Jungle Bingo Rhyming- Using jungle animal counters, we will play a rhyming bingo game. After saying the name of the pictures on each of our boards, we will listen to a word a teacher says. Then if we having the rhyming word we will place a jungle animal on the picture.


Jungle Rhymes- To continue our focus on rhyming words, we will match jungle vocabulary to words that rhyme. First, we will color and cut the pictures. Then we will match the pairs on our papers.

Rhythm Patterns- We learn more about patterns by using our bodies to make our own rhythm patterns.  We will practice repeating movements with our bodies (clapping, tapping, etc) then we will make our own pattern strips to make rhythm patterns.  For example, we can tap, tap, clap, tap, tap, clap or shake clap, shake, clap.  Try these at home


Nature's Patterns- Patterns can be seen in our natural world.  We will explore patterns on familiar jungle animals by looking at & discussing photos of a zebra, tiger, tropical bird and snake.  We will then recreate their patterns using cut paper and glue.

One Less Jungle Game- We will practice the concept of one less using a jungle dice game.  After rolling the dice, we will count out that many counters and then take away one.  We will color that many animals on our sheet.  We will challenge ourselves to guess how many without using the counters after a few tries.  We will also discuss more and less concepts.

Pattern or Not- We will play a  fun “Pattern or Not” game.  Using beads and pipe cleaners (snake body) we will create and extend a partner’s pattern. After some practice extending patterns we will challenge one another to decide if the design we made for our partner is a “pattern or not.”  

Centers
Art Table- Sloth for jungle / jungle mural
Block Area- animals with blocks
Sensory Table-Water, leaves, frogs,
Book Area- Exploring Books about jungle and desert
Dramatic Play-Pet Vet (inspired by Peter Puppy)
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Playdough and sticks to make animal "cages"
Rug- Legos

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-What is a pattern?
-Patterns in nature
-Day and Night animals
-Patterns in sounds

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Down in the Jungle
-Rhyming Identifying games
-Jungle Movement Song 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Farm Unit Week 4 (An Orange In January) January 21-24

No School January 21, MLK Day
Unit Book: 
An Orange in January
(We will also be discussing and celebrating Chinese New Year) 
(Dragon Day for our group reward will be on Friday. We will be decorating and creating dragons for a dragon parade)

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How does food get from a farm to your house?
(plump, drenched, transport, journey, segment, gleamed)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Dippy Duck
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: D and d
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: diamond dust tracing( glitter and Epsom salt)
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Small Groups
Orange Playdough Trees- We will roll a number cube and identify how many dots are on the cube.  Then each student will be given their own orange playdough which they will create that number of oranges on the tree.  Each student will take turns rolling the cube and we will manipulate the group of oranges.  For example, I have 5 oranges on the tree and we rolled 3.  We need to take 2 oranges away.

Syllable Sorting- Using vocabulary for a unit book Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type, we will listen to the words and then sort them into groups based on their syllables. We will also discuss the vocabulary words and what they mean.

Rhyming on the Farm- We will be pairing words that rhyme into a barn. We will learn a rhyming song so children can do this activity at home.

Animal Cube Rolling- We rolled cubes with animal pictures on them then recorded the results from each roll. We observed the animals that were rolled the most, least, and if there were any equal totals.

Centers
Art Table-Orange Tree Creations (Incorporating a Chinese New Year tradition of exchanging kumquats, we will make kumquat trees in a dragon vase)
Block Area- farm animals
Sensory Table-Washing produce(sponges, plastic fruit, soapy water)
Book Area- Exploring Books about farm
Dramatic Play- Chinese Food
Rug- Dragons and castle blocks

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Planes, trains, and automobiles (How we get food from around the world)
-What Does It Do?
-Good for you food

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Farmer in the Dell
-Rhyming Identifying games
-Simon Says (Farmer Lisa Says.....)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Farm Unit (Otis) January 13-17

Unit Book:

Otis

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How Do Machines Help Farmers?
Soil, Tractor, Startle, Pond, Parade, Fancy
Image result for otis book Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Jumping Jim
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: J and j
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: salt trays
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.

Literacy Small Groups
Story Sequencing- After reading the story Otis, we will cut pictures from our unit book. We will then trace numbers on strips. Next we will place the pictures in order to retell the story. We will retell the story orally to recall the events from our book.

Stuck in the Mud- We will use animals counters to recreate a scene from the Otis story.  This time more than one animal will be stuck in the mud.  Using our counters we will hide animals under a card and leave some showing.  We will have to guess how many animals are stuck in the mud given out total number of animals.  Using dot stickers, we will make our own number stories to share

Onset Rime Bingo- We will segmenting words by onset & rime.  Using things found on a farm, we will practice saying words by segmenting the beginning sound and entire ending. We will work on a new skill to take away the beginning sound and say only the ending of each word (deleting the onset) to cover a spot on our board.

Animal Patterns- Using farm animal manipulatives then moving toward a sequencing board, we will create animal patterns. (For example: cow, duck, cow, duck / pig, pig, duck, pig, pig, duck, etc)

Handwriting Books- We will be completing our Magic C Handwriting without Tears books. In small groups, we will practice rainbow writing along with adding a review of our past Magic C letters.

Making 5- Using cubes, we will manipulate sets of 5. For example, if you have 2 how many more do you need to make 5.

Centers
Art Table- Barn animals for a farm mural/ using bubble wrap on rolling pins to paint corn on the cob
Block Area- Making pens for animals
Sensory Table- Mud, tractors, farm animals(role-play of story Otis)
Book Area- Exploring Books about Farm

Dramatic Play-Chicken Coop (collecting eggs from chickens)
Rug- Farms and Tractors

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Farm Food Sort (What is the difference between fruits and vegetables)
-Machines on the farm
-Farm to Store process

Friday, January 3, 2020

Farm Unit Week 1 (January 2-3 and January 6-10)

Unit Book:
What is a Farm
Farmer John

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What is a farm?
(barn, farmer, wool, silo, gate, map)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Sammy Snake
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: S and s
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing S in sand
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make an S: S is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Little Magic C, then turn and make a backward Magic C to the bottom) S is a Magic C Letter

Literacy Small Groups
Letterland Letter Review- After a long winter break, we will try to remember all of the Letterlanders we have learned so far. We will label the letters and sounds and then pair a picture with the same sound we hear in the Letterlander.

-Farm Same Sound Bingo- We will practice identifying rhyming pairs with farm rhyming bingo.  After listening to the teacher say a word, children will repeat the word and then find a rhyming farm picture on his/her mat while working to get five in a row.

How Many Animals in the Barn?- We will work on our counting and subitizing skills to fill our barn with animals.  Using a dot dice, we will roll to determine how many animals to place in our barn using a 10 grid.  We will discuss how many animals we have and how many more we need to fill our barn. After playing this game with counters, we will play our final round with dot stickers to make our own animals to take home. 

-We share sounds- We will be listening to sounds we hear in the beginning of words. We will match words that share the same sounds in the initial sound of each word. For example, cow and corn share the same sound. Gate and goat, wig and wagon, etc.

Stack and Take Down 5 (Subitizing to 5)- We will use farm pictures to sort by number.  Using the skill of subitizing we will recognize quantities in dots and fingers.  We will decide quickly whether there are 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.  We will work to be sure this skill is automatic.  The more practice we have with this the more automatic our responses will become

All the Ways to 5-We will play a game and try to show different ways to make 5 such as 2 fingers, 2 dots, or the number 2 are all different ways to show 2. We will play a game to demonstrate this skill up to the amount of 5.

Centers
Art Table- Barn animals for a farm mural
Block Area- farms
Sensory Table- Corn kernels (feed for hungry chickens) Wind up chickens
Book Area- Exploring Books about Farm
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Farm Stand with pumpkin patch
Rug- Farms and Tractors

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Farm Food Sort (What is the difference between fruits and vegetables)
-Animal Differences (2 legs/4 legs animals, animals that lay eggs/not lay eggs)
-Farm to Store process
-Farmer To Do List: What would be on the list?