Spring Weekly Lesson Plan: 5/27/13-5/31/13
Jamie, Megan, Catherine, and Taylor Lead Teaching
As the year comes to an end, it is our intention to revisit some of the concepts and ideas we have discovered, discussed, and explored over the winter and Spring terms. We have introduced some camping materials to support the children's interest in camping and will encourage them to act out related dramatic play scenarios. We will introduce a weather related area at the science table based on their observations and comments about the stormy and rainy weather we have been experiencing. We will continue to foster developing and strengthening friendships that hopefully can grow over the summer as well. We will move towards inquiry and utilization within our curriculum areas and notice the way we, our bodies, our surroundings, and the natural world have changed over the year.
**Materials: Easel, white thin paper, primary and secondary color paints, paint brushes
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: paint, letter stamps, different types of paper and cloths to stamp on
Rationale: To promote creative expression and exploration of stamping, pressing, and transferring color. 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 for children to stamp on and with.
Skills: Fine motor, exploration, creativity, artistic expression, turn taking, observation, color recognition
**Materials: bug visuals, bug home and food visuals, lily pad and pond visuals, green and blue play dough, gardening tools, impression tools, plastic bugs and spring animals, rocks,
sticks, pipe cleaners, and bug building materials.
Rationale: To learn about homes and habitats of animals and bugs in Spring. 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 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, fish and ocean animals, bubbles, whisks, nets, and buckets.
Rationale: To continue the exploration of soap and encourage children to use their motor and problem solving skills to create bubbles. To provide spring, water, and ocean animals for the children to increase their dramatic play. 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: weather visuals and weather related objects
Rationale: To support the children's interest in weather related topics including rain, sunshine, storms, thunder, and lightning.
Skills: Prediction, observation, discussion, ideas, responsibility, fine motor, hypothesizing, recording,
**Materials: Loft, farmers market design including: various fruits and vegetables, fake flowers, vases, plastic watering cans, shopping carts, baskets, grocery totes, checkout
counter: paper money, credit card swiper and credit cards, cash register, calculator, farmers market visuals
Rationale: To introduce farmers markets. To increase awareness of growing foods. To build on children's interests of role play and taking on jobs. To increase awareness of buying foods. To introduce local farming. To make connections to plants in the classroom. To continue to encourage planting and shopping experiences 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, communication, collaboration, try out new ideas, creative expression, symbolic play, discussion, pretend play, modeling, buying/selling skills, role play, peer relationship skills, sharing
**Materials: Baby dolls, doll clothing, diapers, doctor materials including stethoscopes, medicine bottles, syringes, and other doctor tools
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: Camping materials, blankets, sleeping bags, flashlights, pots, pans, and felt fire
Rationale: To expand on the children's interest in camping. To provide materials for the children to act out their ideas about building a fire, cooking food on the fire, staying outdoors, walking, and hiking outdoors.
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, breakfast food set. Picnic table, picnic basket with sandwich making set, tablecloth.
Rationale: To continue the theme of spring and introduce picnics with warm weather and outdoor eating. 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.
Skills: Role play, symbolic representation, communication, collaboration, creative expression, cooperation, social skills, spatial reasoning.
Math and Manipulatives
**Materials: Sorting and ordering tasks, 100 bead counter, viewfinders and slides, large train and firetruck matching puzzles, peg stackers
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 and vehicles. To continue to support the concept of seriation, ordering, and exploring objects in relation to their size. To increase the awareness 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: Indoors: Monkey bars with connected A-frame ladder and triangle slide, climber with donut slide and regular slide connected, river jump made with mats and bean bags, bean bag toss, and the climbing wall
Rationale: The gym has changed once again! The children will get the opportunity to practice their broad jumping and leaping skills over "the river (bean bags)", increase the "body-in-motion" (proprioceptive) skills as they slide down the donut slide and try to land on two feet, as well as foster their targeting skills as they throw beanbags into smaller cardboard targets. Our teacher's and Ross' teachers collaborated to create the new gym setup and are excited to introduce the new areas to the children!
Skills: jumping/landing skills (dynamic balance), upper/lower body muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, hopping, propulsion skills, static balance (with bending, stretching, and throwing)
**Materials: Outdoors: Buckets, shovels, tricycles, dump trucks, wheelbarrows, construction vehicles, lawnmowers, basketball hoop
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), executive function activities, demonstrations by teachers
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, drum sticks 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 Apple slices and crackers
Friday Rice cakes and raisins