Weekly Plan for 5.21-5.25
Kelsey Lead Teaching
With the school year nearing its end, this week we will focus on supporting the children in making this transition. We will support the children's quantifying and number skills by counting down the number of school days left using the calendar and a number chart. We will encourage the children to begin thinking about what they will be doing this summer. We will discuss their plans, special occasions, and potential trips. We will also support the children's recent interest in storytelling and wind from the science area by introducing The Three Little Pigs and integrating role-play of this story into the curriculum. As the children finished building the garden bed on the playground, we will begin planting and putting a variety of seeds in the dirt and water them.
Materials: Art easel, three colors of tempera paint, paint brushes, paper
Rationale: To continue to allow the children to explore the cause and effect of shading. To provide opportunities for the children the children to investigate what happens when primary and secondary colors are mixed with white.
Skills: cause and effect, creative expression, fine motor skills, investigation, observation
Materials: clear art easel, wooden art easel, tempera paint, watercolor pain, paint brushes, and paper
Rationale: To expand on the children's interest in painting on easels. To continue to encourage collaboration and socialization using the clear easel. To encourage the children to compare and contrast between the different types of easels and how they are used.
Skills: cause and effect, creative expression, fine motor skills, investigation, observation, compare and contrast.
Materials: Sand table, wet sand, scoops and shovels, rakes, plastic bugs, bug catchers, and magnifying glasses
Rationale: To expand on the children's interest in finding bugs outside. To encourage the children to apply their knowledge of looking for bugs in a new context. To continue to foster symbolic representation.
Skills: symbolic representation, observation, fine motor skills, cause and effect, collaboration, cooperation, sensory input and exploration, pre-math skills - counting, grouping, ordering.
Materials: Red, green, and orange play dough, rolling pins, garlic presses, slicers, cutting boards, baking pans, and cupcake pans
Rationale: To continue to expand the children's interest in baking and cooking by using the play dough to symbolically represent food and tools in the kitchen. To encourage the children to create their own recipes using the play dough.
Skills: sensory input and exploration, storytelling, creative symbolic representation, fine motor skills, creative expression and imagination, and turn taking
Materials: small wind mills, ribbons, various small materials such as feathers, cotton balls, beads, and rollers, air pumps, paper fans, small electric fan, wind chime, and video on computer of wind and wind sounds
Rationale: To continue to expand on the children's interest in storms and weather. To explore the different aspects of wind. To provide opportunities for the children to create wind using different materials and notice the effect it has on different objects. To allow the children to compare and contrast between various materials to see what is easier and harder to blow. To provide opportunities for the children to observe wind by placing ribbons near an open window.
Skills: observation, investigation, compare and contrast, cause and effect, collaboration, prediction, conversation, explanation
Materials: light table, various x-rays of different animals
Rationale: To expand on the children's interest in veterinarians. To provide opportunities for the children to begin to explore x-rays, and the different parts of the animals bodies such as bones.
Skills: observation, investigation, collaboration, symbolic representation, explanation, creative expression
Materials: Stuffed animal dogs, cats, and rabbits, pet carriers, pet dishes and leashes, veterinarian uniforms, syringes, medicine bottles, table, bandage wraps, stethoscopes, and x-rays
Rationale: To continue to expand the children's interest in veterinarians and different animals that veterinarians care for. To continue to encourage children to engage in symbolic play. To continue to take care of sick/injured animals using doctor materials. To provide opportunities for the children to collaborate and help the animals.
Skills: collaboration, social skills, cooperation, turn taking, communication, symbolic representation, creative expression, symbolic play, fine-motor skills, role-play, observation
Materials: kitchen furniture, food, utensils, mixing bowls, play dough, picnic table, picnic baskets, flowers, several picnic blankets
Rationale: To expand on the children's interest in picnics and baking. To continue to make and bake food using play dough as a representational tool. To continue to promote beginning literacy by making recipes and posting children's favorite foods. To further support symbolic play and collaboration. To allow the children to act out what they experience during snack when we have picnics.
Skills: social skills, collaboration, symbolic representation, cooperation, communication, creative expression, role-play, early literacy skills, fine motor skills
Materials: grocery baskets, various food items, grocery lists, calculators, credit cards, and credit card swipe
Rationale: To expand on children's interest in grocery shopping. To provide opportunities for children to go grocery shopping and buy various food items to cook with in the kitchen. To encourage the children to make grocery lists of what they need to buy. To promote symbolic representation.
Skills: symbolic representation, collaboration, cooperation, turn-taking, creative expression, early literacy skills, role play, decision making, communication
Materials: Three Little Pigs storyboard, Three little pigs book, vests, coats, and other dress up fabrics
Rationale: To support the children's interest in storytelling. To make connections and comparisons between blowing the house down in The Three Little Pigs and the wind curriculum. To encourage the children to role-play and symbolically represent a story.
Skills: collaboration, cooperation, role-play, symbolic representation, creative expression, communication, beginning literacy
Math and Manipulatives:
Materials: sorting by 2 categories (color and shape), zippers and buttons, nesting cups, and matching materials (photos to line drawings)
Rationale: To support cognitive development through the use of math and manipulatives. To provide new ways for the children to practice seriation, matching, and grouping. To continue to develop the children's self-help skills by practicing buttoning and zipping. To strengthen the children's fine motor skills.
Skills: fine-motor, turn taking, counting, matching, problem solving, risk-taking, seriation, sorting, trial and error, and persistence
Language and Literacy:
Materials: recipes in the kitchen area, grocery lists, paper and pencils available (in kitchen and grocery store), name cards and letters available in art area, new books about topics related to classroom activities
Rationale: To continue to use symbolic representation and imagination by creating their own recipes and grocery lists. To continue to encourage the children to learn the different letters in their name. To encourage the children to use books to expand their understanding of the different classroom topics.
Skills: listening, speaking, observing, spelling, letter identification, conversation, turn taking, symbolic representation, creative expression, fine-motor development, early literacy skills such as comprehension and left-right reading
Materials: accordions, harp, triangles, tone-bells, piano, and cds of classical music
Rationale: To continue to explore and learn about different musical instruments related to classical music. To further encourage the children's use of rhythm and temporal awareness. To allow the children to creatively express themselves through sound. To encourage the children to incorporate music into their symbolic play.
Skills: sensory input and exploration, hand eye coordination, creative expression, listening, turn taking, auditory discrimination, fine and large motor skills
Materials: Hollow blocks, wooden blocks, foam blocks, and The Three Little Pigs visuals
Rationale: To continue to support the children in assuming different roles in fantasy play. To encourage the children to build different structures that represent the houses in The Three Little Pigs storybook.
Skills: Storytelling, beginning literacy, collaboration, communication, role-playing, symbolic representation, turn-taking, cooperation, creative expression, and large motor
Outdoor Materials: scoops, shovels, buckets, bug catchers, tricycles, basketball hoop, target throw, balls, seeds for the garden, and watering cans
Rationale: To continue looking for worms, caterpillars, and various insects. To continue role-playing through the use of various kitchen materials available. To encourage the children to begin throwing balls to a target. To continue to build our new garden and care for the seeds that we plant.
Skills: turn taking, large motor skills, motor coordination, searching, scanning, muscular endurance, hand eye coordination, balance, cardiovascular endurance, role-taking, fine-motor skills, target practice, throwing and catching
Indoor Materials: monkey bars, rope climb up the bumpy ramp, aim and jump, aim and throw, wall ladder, and bridge
Rationale: To support and develop upper body strength and core muscles. To provide challenging activities that foster the children's muscular and cardiovascular endurance.
Skills: upper body strength, motor coordination, hand eye coordination, propulsion skills, balance, depth perception, visual perception, lower body strength, turn taking, dynamic balance
Materials: Songs and welcome activities led by the teacher, calendar, and end of the year count down, children's pictures on floor, The Three Little Pigs book and story board
Rationale: To support the children in making the transition from the end of the school year into summer. To support their understanding of moving to the multiage classrooms next year. To continue to encourage the children to sit on the circle tape, similar to what they will experience in the multiage classrooms. To encourage the children's interest in storytelling and support storytelling as a play theme in the classroom.
Skills: Attention span, listening, receptive skills, speaking, taking turns, communication, social skills, literacy, trying new things, impulse control, group membership, collaboration