Spring Weekly Lesson Plan: 4/29-5/3/13
Jamie, Megan, Taylor and Catherine Lead Teaching
We will begin to acknowledge and support the awareness of emerging Spring weather conditions including sunshine, warmth, wind, and rainy days. We will also continue to focus on Spring animals, life cycles, and the changes happening in the natural world outside of our classroom. We will prepare to plant our own garden outside the classroom by gathering materials and planting seeds initially indoors. Each child will plant their own seed, take care of it, and watch it grow. We will support and foster their dramatic play ideas regarding cooking, caretaking, doctors, and firefighters. We will provide materials for them to collaboratively build and create structures in the home and block area that support the curriculum theme of community helpers.
**Materials: Easel, white thin paper, finger paints, large paint dishes
Rationale: To promote creative expression and continue to promote color mixing. To continue to provide opportunities for color recognition and awareness. To provide sensory input and encourage the children to use colors in a variety of ways. To provide a variety of materials for artistic materials.
Skills: Fine motor, exploration, creativity, artistic expression, turn taking, observation, color recognition
**Materials: bug visuals, bug home and food visuals, green and brown play dough, gardening tools, impression tools, shape cut outs, plastic bugs and spring animals, rocks, sticks
Rationale: To continue the creation of things using play dough. To encourage the children to act out ideas about gardening and creating things they see in nature. To increase their awareness of Spring and the new life, animals, and bugs that emerge. To provide materials for the children to provide homes and food for the bugs. To try out materials for cause and effect relationship. To encourage shape identification skills. To encourage creative expression, imagination, invention, and persistence. To promote creations from visuals.
Skills: Sensory input, fine motor, dramatic and pretend play, creative expression, manual dexterity, observation, cause and effect, exploration, creativity.
**Materials: Water table, funnels, and buckets.
Rationale: To introduce a new sensory experience and begin to understand water and it's properties. To relate to previous knowledge of snow and ice from the winter term. To promote the use of tools for manipulating and investigating. To encourage peer interactions by cooperating and helping.
Skills: Communication, collaboration, problem-solving, fine motor, sensory input, observation, searching and scanning,
**Materials: Plant and food visuals, garden visuals, toilet paper rolls, dirt, pea seeds, "grow a bean", rulers, markers, stickers, pots and seeds.
Rationale: To increase awareness of seeds, gardening, and planting. To introduce and promote independent gardening. To promote creative expression. 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. To integrate life cycles and promote responsibilities. To provide opportunities to observe and record changes in physical features.
Skills: Prediction, observation, discussion, ideas, responsibility, fine motor, hypothesizing, recording
**Materials: Loft, home areas design including couch, rocking chair, telephones, family pictures, babies, small books, strollers, baby beds, diapers
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, take care of, and change.
Skills practiced: responsibility, communication, collaboration, try out new ideas, creative expression, role play, symbolic play, discussion, pretend play, modeling
**Materials: Light table in the room, cave with doctor materials including outfits, hair nets, x-rays, stethoscopes, medicine bottles, syringes, and other doctor tools, human body books
Rationale: To build on the children's interest in caretaking and role playing by the continued use of doctors materials. To encourage children to use doctor tools as they have been modeled. To encourage the children to take care of their babies and each other.
Skills: Creative expression, caretaking, role play, symbolic play, discussion, communication, collaboration, imagination, social skills
**Materials: Community helper vehicles- fire trucks, ambulances, and helicopters. Construction paper house with flames. Fire fighter outfits, hoses, hats, boots, and visuals.
Rationale: To expand on the children's interest in firefighters and increase their dramatic play by providing relevant materials. To provide a prop and visual of a house to increase dramatic play scenes and play. To encourage the children to dress and act out scenarios using the vehicles and dress up outfits. 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. To encourage children to work together to fight fires and help others.
Skills: Role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, peer relationship and social skills, building, and fine motor.
**Materials: Household kitchen furniture, plates, bowls, cups, food, sandwich making set, breakfast food set, fruits, vegetables
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 provide materials, such as fruits and vegetables that allows children to see them as foods that keep our bodies healthy.
Skills: Health related skills, Role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, social skills, spatial reasoning.
Math and Manipulatives
**Materials: Sorting and ordering tasks, fruit, vegetable, bug, dressing, and weather puzzles, pegs and peg board.
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. To introduce the concepts of color identification and patterning.
Skills: comparison, persistence, fine motor control, cause and effect, hand-eye coordination, seriation, problem-solving.
Language and Literacy
**Materials: Name booklet, paper with pictures and names, markers, stickers
Rationale: To help children's understanding of writing as a way to communicate. To encourage children to match their pictures with their names, as well as other children in the classroom. To have children recognize letters. To engage in writing letters to make words and/or names.
Skills: Fine motor, matching skills, color exploration, letter recognition, observation, comparison, searching and scanning
**Materials: A variety of books about planting and taking care of plants, vehicles, and community helper themes will be displayed in different curriculum areas as well as the reading nook. Human body and doctor books 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: Hollow blocks and unit blocks.
Rationale: To continue to encourage collaborative block building and making garages, firehouses, airports, 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. To encourage a safe environment.
Skills: Cooperation, collaboration, creativity, symbolic representation, large and fine motor, spatial concepts, construction skills (building), try out new ideas, turn taking, social skills
**Materials: Rope-ladder, "bumpy-slide", pedalos, mini-trampoline, bean bags, pillows, mats, shakers, beach ball
Rationale: There is a new gym set up that the children are very excited about! The children are using the rope ladder to climb and experimenting new ways to go down the bumpy slide, as well as using their voices to hear changes for each bump. In the back of the gym, the mats are set up in square with pillows on the inside. This has been used for games of "shark in the middle", activities involving the shakers, and tag. The children are also using the pedaols and following arrows for the directions to travel. We will continue to have a group game at the end of gym time and will be introducing new games to this time.
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, directional awareness, cooperation/negotiation, auditory listening for "stop" and "go",
**Materials: Outdoors: Buckets, shovels, yellow scooter cars, tricycles, dump trucks, wheelbarrows
Rationale: To provide children opportunities to engage in activities that challenge their physical skills including pushing, running, climbing, and jumping. To encourage social interactions, collaboration, and turn taking. To provide opportunities for pretend play and role play using the vehicles.
Skills: Fine and large motor, body manipulation, physical fitness, hand-eye coordination, cause and effect, turn-taking, observation, collaboration, role play
**Materials: Songs and rhymes led by teacher (gather, name, and topic songs and rhymes), seeds and dirt, demonstrations by teachers, community helper clothing worn by teachers for acting
Rationale: To continue discussing the changes that are affecting us including spring. To encourage rhyming skills and word play. To incorporate and model curriculum area concepts. To model activities and allow children opportunities to engage in large group focused activities.
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. To encourage children opportunities to model behaviors they have seen. To promote musical expression through voice.
Skills: Creative expression and movement, mathematical concepts (beats and patterns), imitation, call and answer, communication, variants of volume
Tuesday: Pretzels and celery
Friday: Trail Mix