3am Winter Lesson Plan: Week of 2.17.14
February 17-21 Lead Teaching: Shannon
The curriculum areas of my family, my school, and winter are currently in inquiry stages and moving into the utilization stage. Children are wondering and questioning ideas of particular curriculum areas and testing out their questions and theories, but they are also applying what they know to new situations and applying it to the real world. This week, we are emphasizing the respect of the family's interests and differences by incorporating the families' favorite activities and the children's favorite music into the classroom. Since the weather is warming up, we are also providing more time to play outside. To continue our emphasis on literacy, we will continue the alliterations of letter sounds that have the same sound as the first letter in the children's names. There will be an emphasis on "monster" play in the classroom due to the emerging interest.
***Materials: cookie cutters, alphabet letter shapes, playdough, rolling pins, pizza slicer, garlic press, play oven, cupcake tins
Rationale: To support the concept of cause and effect by pressing cookie cutters and letter shapes into the playdough and seeing what could happen. To bring awareness to the different shapes alphabet letters can make. To provide dramatic play opportunities regarding baking
Skills: sensory input, fine motor, turn taking, creative expression, manual dexterity, observation, cause and effect, try out, creativity
***Materials: table top easels, white paper, teal, purple, and blue watercolor paints, skinny paintbrushes
Rationale: To promote creative expression while providing colors that represent snow. To explore a variety of techniques, brush strokes, and color mixing with different type of paint. To foster fine motor development. To provide a different perspective of water color on a table instead of an easel.
Skills: Fine motor, try out new things, symbolic representation, creativity, artistic expression
***Materials: scissors, colorful tape, markers, hole punchers, black, blue, and white paper, glue, wooden shape pieces, cardboard pieces, and puff balls.
Rationale: To explore the use of glue and sticking materials on paper. To promote collage making. To promote creative expression while providing a variety of writing and art tools for the children to use. To support problem solving opportunities on how to cut and use tape and use scissors.
Skills: fine motor, try out new things, symbolic representation, creativity, artistic expression
***Materials: water, colored ice, pitchers, boats frozen in colored ice, sponges, funnels, penguins, salt
Rationale: To compare, observe, mold, feel, and continue to wonder the difference between snow, water, and ice. To compare and contrast the different states of water, ice, and snow. To observe what happens to ice as it floats in water and in room temperatures. To observe the effects of colored ice melting in water. To continue to build on problem solving skills when figuring out how to melt ice.
Skills: sensory input, turn taking, observation, imitation, prediction, try out, fine motor
***Materials: snow, molds, scoops, ice, microscope and lenses,
Rationale: To continue to manipulate snow indoors with the use of different toys and tools. To compare and contrast water in different forms. To examine the snowflakes that make up snow. To compare and contrast the differences in snowflakes. To examine the photos of real snowflakes taken by the children last week.
Skills: sensory input, turn taking, observation, imitation, prediction, try out, fine motor, recalling from past experiences, comparing and contrasting
***Materials: cars, buses, tracks, ramps, large steering wheels, hollow blocks
Rationale: To continue experimenting with slopes, speed, and cause and effect relationships
Skills: role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, experimentation, creative expression, cooperation, social skills, memory
***Materials: fabric, snow pants, hats, mittens, scarves, boots, backpacks, hollow blocks, wheels
Rationale: To problem solve on how we can stay warm and go outside to test their theories. To practice putting on winter clothes and backpacks independently and recreate the routine of going to and from school. To role play driving in a school bus, car, or some vehicle riding to school.
Skills: observing, reading, listening, act out, sharing ideas, negotiation, cooperation, collaboration, role play, comparing and contrasting, problem solving
***Materials: household kitchen furniture (refrigerator, oven, sink, cabinet, table and chairs), plates bowls, colander, cups, tongs, food, small babies, baby items
Rationale: To provide opportunities to explore and symbolically represent family dynamics in relation to babies. To strengthen self-help skills regarding babies (clothing babies). To provide materials which encourage children to think about their own favorite family meals.
Skills: role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, social skills
***Materials: seriating puzzles, rubber, colored transportation vehicles, driving maps
Rationale: To provide materials which give children opportunities to practice and strengthen sequencing, matching, and grouping skills. To understand part to whole relationships while putting a puzzle together. To support hand-eye coordination in moving transportation vehicles along a large road map.
Skills: try out, persistence, matching, grouping, fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, sequencing
Language and Literacy
***Materials: Letter lists, letter shapes.
Rationale: To continue to support children's interest in identifying, spelling, and writing their own names. To support children's interest in identifying and writing alphabetic letters. To identify initial word sounds with its corresponding letter.
Skills: try out, persistence, fine motor control, communication, letter recognition, phonological awareness
***Materials: hollow blocks, unit blocks, large steering wheels
Rationale: To encourage block building in regards to making airports, houses, garages, train tracks, highways, cities, and bridges. To encourage building baby beds and doctor beds for "sick" babies. To support the story lines of traveling to and from school Skills: cooperation, collaboration, creativity, symbolic representation, large and fine motor, spatial concepts, construction skills, try out, memory
***Materials: stethoscopes, reflex hammers, otoscopes, plastic syringes, pill bottles, hospital shirts, doctor's bags
Rationale: To provide opportunities for children to care for the sick baby dolls. To provide and strengthen helping skills as they care for each other and the babies. To help children recall their own doctor visits they may have had.
Skills: role play, symbolic, representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, social skills, respect for others
***Materials: Gym-Climbing wall, jumping pit, monkey bars, stairs and slide, basketball hoop, hop scotch, pitchback. Outdoors- monster play, playground equipment, shovels, buckets, yellow scooter cars, spray bottles, sledding hill.
Rationale: The gym set up is designed to support the children's propulsion and reception skills. The jumping pit will allow children to practice dynamic balance skills. Outside: To facilitate activities that promote the usage of snow. To examine what happens when snow is sprayed with colored water.
Skills: Gross motor, balance, endurance, upper body strength, fine motor-grasping, hand-eye coordination, risk-taking, hoping on one and two feet, throwing, catching.
***Materials: name songs, modeling of new activities, discussion of family interests, Go To School song, emphasis on music and instruments, books with simple alliterations, discussion of monsters
Rationale: To demonstrate activities or ideas for a variety of curriculum areas. To help children see the uniqueness of our school community. To introduce simple alliterations that children can hear and recognize. To provide opportunities to understand humor in simple alliterations. To continue the incorporation of family into our school. To explore musical instruments and the sounds they make. To support the interest of monsters in a group discussion.
Skills: attention span, attending and orienting, respect for one another, respect for our school, following directions, recognizing similar sounds, humor, creativity
***Materials: drums, maracas, tamborines, cd player with cd's
Rationale: To continue to promote exploration of sound, volume, rhythm and social interaction. To promote social interaction by encouraging the children to play instruments during free play.
Skills: creative expression and movement, mathematical concepts (beats and patterns), imitation, call and answer, communication
Monday: Cinnamon Crunch Snack Mix (cooking project)
Wednesday: Bananas and Crackers
Thursday: Oranges and pretzles