Spring Weekly Lesson Plan: 4.1.13-4.5.13
Jamie, Megan, Catherine, and Taylor Lead Teaching
As the children return to school from Spring Break it is our intention to support them as they reestablish their relationships with peers and teachers. We will be mindful of relationships and new friendships that strengthened and began over the break based on the children's experiences interacting with classmates in different contexts such as a play date. We will also support the children in forming a new relationship with a new teacher. We will continue to build on previous interests in the classroom such as construction, packing their lunches for work or school, and cooking and baking. Our ideas will continue to be based upon our overarching theme of changes. We will also work as a team to spark new interests in new curriculum areas and themes such as Spring, weather, life cycles, flowers, and birds.
**Materials: Easel, pastel colored paper, various textured paint brushes, pastel colored paint
Rationale: To promote exploration of lighter colored shades and increase color awareness and recognition. To promote exploration of softer shades of color and give the children an opportunity to represent some of the colors they see in nature and the natural world during Spring.
Skills: Fine motor, exploration, color mixing, creativity, artistic expression, turn taking, observation
**Materials: White lined paper, cutting sheets, scissors, spring themed stickers
Rationale: To increase fine motor skills and encourage the children to use the scissors in intentional ways. To provide sheets and lined paper for the children to cut along and cut in a variety of ways (snips and across the paper). To encourage the children to place the stickers in individual squares and support their 1-1 correspondence skills.
Skills: Fine motor, cutting, creativity, artistic expression, color exploration, observation, comparison, discussion
**Materials: natural colored play dough, kitchen tools and dishes, rolling pins, impression tools, shape cut outs.
Rationale: To continue manipulating and creating things out of play dough. To continue to support themes of cooking and baking by providing relevant tools. To try out materials for cause and effect relationship. To encourage shape identification skills. To encourage creative expression, imagination, invention, and persistence.
Skills: Sensory input, fine motor, turn taking, creative expression, manual dexterity, observation, cause and effect, exploration, creativity.
**Materials: Sand table, scoops, shovels, molds, bucket, and rakes.
Rationale: To introduce a different sensory table and provide materials for the children to become familiar with sand and it properties. To use tools in meaningful ways through prompting and modeling. To discuss the physical properties of sand and find ways to change and manipulate it. To ask questions and seek answers through active exploration.
Skills: Communication, collaboration, problem-solving, fine motor, sensory input, manual dexterity, trying out new idea, observation.
**Materials: A variety of seeds, plant and food visuals, garden visuals.
Rationale: To increase awareness of seeds, gardening, and planting. To encourage children to discuss their ideas and make predictions about objects and natural events. To encourage children to use tools and their senses for investigation of the new materials.
Skills: Prediction, observation, discussion, ideas
**Materials: Loft, home areas design including couch, rocking chair, telephones, babies, and books
Rationale: To integrate the kitchen area and loft to encourage the children to act out their ideas about cooking, care taking, and relationships. To provide babies for the children to prepare meals for, feed, and dress.
Skills practiced: communication, collaboration, try out new ideas, creative expression, role play, symbolic play, discussion
**Materials: Community helper vehicles- fire trucks, ambulances, and helicopters.
Rationale: To introduce new vehicles and materials in the block area. To spark interest in building structures and creating imaginative scenarios to use the vehicles in. To increase awareness of community roles and support the ability to recognize and describe the roles of workers in the community.
Skills: Role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, social skills, building, and fine motor.
**Materials: Construction vests, tool boxes, plastic tools, tool belts, wooden 'nails' and boards to hammer, construction visuals.
Rationale: To continue exploring construction dramatic play materials based on the children's interest in building and using tools. To investigate what construction workers wear, tools they use, and structures they build. To merge the content areas of blocks and dramatic play to develop rich and intentional play. To encourage and provide opportunities
for collaborative play and building.
Skills: Role play, symbolic play, communication, turn-taking, collaboration, fine motor, self-help skills, creative expression, try out new ideas
**Materials: Household kitchen furniture, plates, bowls, cups, food, sandwich making set, lunchboxes.
Rationale: To continue to provide opportunities for children to symbolically represent their experiences and promote curiosity about making and serving food for themselves and others. To continue to encourage collaborative cooking projects and give the children opportunities to express their ideas and share materials.
To encourage children to explore making lunches and taking 'lunch breaks' from work, based upon their interest in doing so.
Skills: Role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, social skills, spatial reasoning.
Math and Manipulatives
**Materials: Shape sorters, matching games, sorting and ordering tasks, spring animal and weather puzzles.
Rationale: To provide materials that support problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor control. To have puzzles that promote awareness and interest in Spring. To continue to support the concept of seriation, ordering, and exploring objects in relation to their size.
Skills: comparison, persistence, fine motor control, cause and effect, hand-eye coordination, seriation, problem-solving.
Language and Literacy
**Materials: A variety of books about Spring, vehicles, and community helper themes will be displayed in different curriculum areas as well as the reading nook. Books and book shelf in the 'cave'.
Rationale: To continue to promote finding new information in books and applying it in play, while continuing to facilitate the development of the basic components of language and pre-literacy skills. To help the children gain knowledge and understanding by using resources. To provide a comfortable space to explore and read books with teachers.
Skills: Listening, speaking, reading, phonological awareness, alphabetical awareness, heuristic language, give and ask for information, turn taking.
**Materials: Light table in the room, literacy "cave" with names of children taped to walls, large letter cut outs, alphabet visuals
Rationale: To increase children's pre-literacy skills and letter identification skills.
Skills: Observing, fine motor, color mixing, cause and effect, trying out new ideas, taking turns, creative expression, predicting.
**Materials: Hollow blocks and unit blocks.
Rationale: To continue to encourage collaborative block building and making airports, houses, garages, and any three dimensional structure based upon the new materials provided. To support spatial and weight concepts when building a structure. To encourage collaborative play and cooperative learning.
Skills: Cooperation, collaboration, creativity, symbolic representation, large and fine motor,
spatial concepts, construction skills (building), try out new ideas
**Materials: Rope-swing, "Balance Bridge," donut slide, triangle slide, scooter boards, mini-trampoline
Rationale: The theme for this new set-up is "big body movements." We added the smaller triangle slide of the edge of the climber, as well as the large donut slide to the side of the climber - challenging children to slide off the side of the jumping donut and land on their feet! We also added an inclined balance-beam bridge - adding a new level of challenge for those that enjoyed the bridge from the previous set-up. We put the scooter boards in the back of the gym, and we anticipate many new and fun games to be created over the next two weeks! Last, but certainly not least, we added the rope swing! A favorite of many, the large rope-swing challenges children to use many skills simultaneously in order to successfully swing back and forth!
Skills: upper-body strength/endurance, grasping, pushing/pumping with feet (propulsion skills), spatial-/directional-/body-awareness (proprioceptive skills), jumping and landing, eye-to-foot coordination, static and dynamic balance, flexibility, agility, cardio-vascular endurance, cooperation/negotiation, "big-body" play
**Materials: Outdoors: Buckets, shovels, snow, yellow scooter cars, dump trucks, wheelbarrows
Rationale: To provide children opportunities to engage in activities that challenge their physical skills including pushing, running, climbing, and jumping. To facilitate activities that promote usage of snow and ice. To encourage social interactions, collaboration, and turn taking.
Skills: Fine and large motor, body manipulation, physical fitness, hand-eye coordination, cause and effect, turn-taking, observation, collaboration.
**Materials: Songs and rhymes led by teacher (gather, name, and topic songs and rhymes), rhyming stories and songs, modeling of activities
Rationale: To continue discussing the changes that are affecting us including spring, new siblings, and a new teacher in the classroom. To encourage rhyming skills and word play. To incorporate and model curriculum area concepts.
Skills: Attention span, attending and orienting, respect for one another, following directions.
**Materials: Piano, drums, sheet music, and shakers.
Rationale: To continue exploration of sound, volume, rhythm and social interaction. To promote social interaction by encouraging the children to play instruments both in large group and during free play.
Skills: Creative expression and movement, mathematical concepts (beats and patterns), imitation, call and answer, communication.
Tuesday: Rice cakes and raisins
Friday: Bananas and milk