Fall lesson plan - week of November 1
Lesson Plan-Ayuko's 3AM Classroom
Jessica Lead Teaching
Overview: We are now into the seventh week and the children are continuing to become more comfortable and are forming relationships with one another. We will be continuing to have a strong emphasis on literacy and mathematical development throughout a variety of activities in the classroom. To encourage social interactions and collaboration with one another, the dramatic play area will be expanded into an area that will promote working together and sharing in experiences. The weather is continuing to change and the wind and cold weather is upon us. We will continue to promote opportunities for the children to think about how wind affects objects and how they can create their own "wind." Their interest in birds has continued to emerge and they have shown a growing interest in bird eggs and the hatching process. We will continue to foster this interest in a variety of ways to expand the children's knowledge and interest in bird life.
**Materials: Colored play dough, rolling pins, a variety of molds (such as turtles and houses), Alphabet cookie cutters, cutting tools, name cards
Rationale: To continue to promote literacy and letter awareness with the letter cookie cutters and name cards. To encourage the use of a variety of molds to represent objects and ideas. To encourage cutting with tools to make different marks and shapes.
Skills: Sensory input, fine motor, creative expression, alphabetic awareness, symbolic representation.
**Materials: Primary paint colors, sponge brushes, and paper
Rationale: To provide an opportunity to experiment with new painting tools. To encourage creativity through mixing colors and experimenting with different paint strokes.
Skills: Fine motor, hand-eye coordination self-expression, risk taking, observation, comparison, and promote social interaction.
**Materials: 4x4 grid paper, various colored bingo stampers, and markers
Rationale: To continue the practice of creating patterns and shapes, such as circles, and to encourage one to one correspondence.
Skills: Fine motor, counting, one to one correspondence, patterns
**Materials: Scissors and paper with lines
Rationale: To promote fine motor skills of cutting and snipping. To experiment with different methods of cutting (little snips, longer cuts, straight-line cutting) on different lines on the paper
Skills: fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, persistence, creative expression.
**Materials: Shaving cream and trays.
Rationale: To explore the texture and smell of a new material that allows them to use their hands and fingers.
Skills: Sensory input, observation, manual dexterity, comparison, try out
**Materials: sand, scoops, rakes, sifters, and paddlewheels
Rationale: To explore and experiment with sand by using different tools and containers
Skills: Sensory input, observation, measurement, familiarity with new materials, experimentation, math skills (spatial relations and volume), comparison, prediction, and fine motor.
**Materials: Ribbons, cotton, leaves, feathers, light materials.
Rationale: To experiment with creating our own "wind" by blowing and using fans to move light objects.
Skills: Observation, comparison, try out, prediction, cause and effect.
***If any families have any air pumping devices that are not sharp (for example, hand air pumps for balls) that you are willing to bring into the class it would be greatly appreciated. We hope to expand the idea of creating our own wind by having different devices available for the children to experiment with.
**Materials: Sticks, twine, natural materials, sunflower seeds, neutral colored play dough, tree stumps, real bird nests and eggs
Rationale: To continue to support the children's interest in birds and the process of making their own bird nests.
Skills: Observation, cause and effect, prediction, comparison, try out ideas.
**Materials: Plastic and stuffed animal birds, basket nests, acorns, seeds, pictures of birds (highlighting the nesting and egg hatching process), and books about birds (in the Cave).
Rationale: To continue to encourage the children's interest in various types of birds, their habitats, and the process of hatching and caretaking of baby birds through dramatic play scenarios.
Skills: Observation, role play, social skills, classification, comparison, prediction, creative expression.
**Materials: Familiar kitchen furniture, table, plastic foods highlighting those that encourage serving (pizza, cuttable fruits/vegetables cake, cupcakes), serving trays, silverware, plates, bowls, cups, pitchers, menus, aprons, notepad (to take orders), and writing tools.
Rationale: The kitchen area will be extended to be a part of a restaurant setting to encourage the children's interest in preparing and serving various foods and drinks to others. To encourage and promote writing and taking food orders from other children.
Skills: Role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, social skills.
***Please let the teachers know if your child has any favorite restaurants or specific restaurant experiences you would like to share to make our classroom restaurant more personal and familiar to the children.
Math and Manipulatives
**Materials: Pegs and pegboards, sorting bears
Rationale: To continue to encourage one-to-one correspondence and seriation with the pegs. To give the children opportunity to group, sort, and count the different colored sorting bears.
Skills: Fine motor control, visual and spatial discrimination, one-to-one correspondence, grouping and ordering, counting, seriation, turn taking, manual dexterity.
Language and Literacy
**Materials: Books related to the birds, the changing weather (wind, rain, snow), and the alphabet
Rationale: To promote finding resources and new information in books while continuing to facilitate the development of the basic components of language.
Skills: Listening, speaking, reading, phonological awareness, alphabetical awareness, heuristic language, give and ask for information.
**Materials: Letter cookie cutters, name cards, letter matching game
Rationale: To continue to support knowledge of symbol and representational systems. To promote alphabetical awareness, name recognition, and letter formations and letter matching.
Skills: fine motor, reading, writing, alphabet awareness, and vocabulary expansion
**Materials: Menus, notepads and markers
Rationale: To encourage writing and reading to promote letter and word recognition in the restaurant area.
Skills: fine motor, writing, alphabetical awareness, and vocabulary expansion
**Materials: various sized wooden ramps, hollow blocks, wood blocks, wooden planks, various wheels, small trucks, cars, and road signs.
Rationale: To promote road building with different surfaces (ramps, tunnels, streets). To continue to foster experimenting with speed, weight, direction, acceleration and slope.
Skills: Cooperation, collaboration, creative expression, large and fine motor, spatial concepts, construction skills (building), scientific skill, experimenting, reasoning.
**Materials: Indoors- climbing wall, slide, stairs, A-frame and balancing beams, donut hole, monkey bars, basketball hoops, balls, and mats.
Rationale: To provide children opportunities to engage in activities that challenge their physical skills. To provide opportunities for the children to practice climbing and upper and lower body strength. To focus on receptive skills including throwing, catching, and grasping.
Skills: Upper and lower body strength, endurance, hand-eye coordination, receptive skills (throwing, grasping, reaching, catching), balance, visual/spatial discrimination
**Materials: Outdoors- trikes, wagons, buckets, shovels, sand molds, ribbons
Rationale: To provide children opportunities to engage in activities that challenge their physicals skills including a focus on propulsion skills through riding the trikes. To encourage the children to make creations out of the sand with the variety of molds and buckets. To give the children the opportunity to see how the wind affects the ribbons that will be tied to different areas of the playground.
Skills: Fine and large motor, body manipulation, physical fitness
**Materials: Songs and rhymes led by teacher (gather, name, and topic songs and rhymes), guest dancers
Rationale: To expand on specific topics of interest (birds, wind, rain/snow) through sharing a common experience; practicing a routine and being part of a community of learners.
Skills: Attention span, attending and orienting, respect for one another, following directions.
**Materials: Piano, drums, chimes, tambourines, interactive music PowerPoint
Rationale: To promote exploration of sound, volume, rhythm and social interaction. To allow the children an opportunity to use the computer to chose different instrument sounds to listen to
Skills: Mathematical concepts (beats and patterns), imitation, call and answer, communication.
Monday: Oven fries and milk
Wednesday: Pretzels and raisins
Thursday: Cereal and milk