Weekly Lesson Plan
February 24 - 28
Emily Lead Teaching
The children continue to explore more winter concepts throughout the classroom. Over the past few weeks, the children have been introduced to different ways they can mix colors in the snow, using spray bottles, pipettes, and frozen colored water to alter their snow creations. Letters, the alphabet and rhyming have also been ongoing topics of interest throughout the classroom and the children have enjoyed learning and creating their own rhymes. This week we will begin to discuss the concept of symmetry with the children; we have added materials to the math and manipulatives cave that will allow them to independently explore symmetry, and teachers will add focus to their explorations during guided discussions at large group.
Materials: Plexiglas easel, paint, paintbrushes, play-doh, rolling pins
Rationale: In the art area we have added the Plexiglas art easel to encourage children to work together to collaborate on pictures and paintings. This will encourage communication with their peers during their painting experiences. Play-doh has also been added to the art table as well as rolling pins and various letters. The children will be encouraged to replicate the letters in a three dimensional representation.
Skills: Fine motor, creative expression, symbolic representation, letter recognition
Materials: Sensory table, snow, ice cubes, spray bottles with colored water, shovels.
Rationale: To further the exploration of color mixing, at the sensory table the children will be able to mix colors with the spray bottles. The children will be able to spray red, blue and yellow colors on the snow to observe the color change when the colors are added to the white snow. The children will also be able to observe and interact with the melting snow as they add the colored water to the snow.
Skills: Sensory input, predicting, observing, knowledge of physical properties.
Materials: vinegar, baking soda, pipettes, colored water, snow
Rationale: The children enjoyed experimenting and watching the reactions when the salt was added to the ice and snow. This week we will be adding a controlled experiment to allow the children to see and predict what will occur when baking soda and vinegar are added together. At the light table we will continue the exploration of color mixing by adding more colors to allow further predictions and explorations as the children experiment with adding color to the snow.
Skills: Scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, making comparisons and predictions.
Language and Literacy
Materials: Plain paper, designed paper, pens, pencils, tape, staplers, hole punchers, envelopes, books related to winter and winter animals
Rationale: There are three writing centers set up in the classroom. At the writing center by the bird watching station, the children have been enjoying making notes, cards and books. This interest is being carried out to a new letter-writing table that will allow for the children to further their exploration of writing letters and notes to friends and family. This concept will continue to be supported throughout the next few weeks to build on the children's awareness of different types of communication, as well as the purpose and function of letters and words. This will also allow for the children to continue developing their fine motor skills and awareness of the alphabet.
Skills: Fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, letter recognition
Math and Manipulative
Materials: colored pattern animals, duplos, shape puzzles, letter puzzles, interlocking puzzles, magnetic tiles, and magnetic boards.
Rationale: Our exploration of patterns has lead us into a discussion about symmetry in an effort to extend the children's ability to observe and make sense of the world around them. We have set up magnetic boards and magnetic tiles to allow for the children to explore and demonstrate their knowledge of symmetry. The children will be encouraged to make symmetrical patterns on one side of the magnetic board and then recreate it on the other side of the magnetic board to develop a sense of symmetry.
Skills: symmetry, logical thinking, reasoning, fine motor strength and dexterity
Materials: Kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, mixing bowls, grocery lists, grocery store shelves, grocery bags and baskets, grocery goods. In the cave we have winter animals that reflect the story of The Mitten, winter fabrics to represent a snowy, forest landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we are creating a classroom grocery store.
Rationale: To encourage children to engage in dramatic play scenarios and support peer interactions, we are transforming the loft into a classroom grocery store. This will allow for the children to continue furthering their role-play of grocery store scenarios. There will be adding more grocery store foods, as well as a countertop to act as a check-out area. The children continue to engage in cooperative play, peer negotiation strategies, turn taking, and other social and emotional skills while interacting with one another in this area.
Skills: Role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.
Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks, wood planks
Rational: The children have been engaged in creating various house-like structures utilizing the hollow blocks. They have been extending the kitchen materials into their play structures and creating dramatic play scenarios.
Skills: Creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor, symbolic play.
Materials: Gym-Climbing wall, jumping pit, monkey bars, stairs and slide, basketball hoop, hop scotch, pitch back. Outdoors- playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
Rationale: The new gym set up is designed primarily to foster the growth of the children's propulsion and reception skills and continues to foster cooperative large group play.
Skills: Gross motor, balance, endurance, upper body strength, fine motor-grasping, hand-eye coordination, risk-taking, hoping on one and two feet, throwing, catching.