Weekly Lesson Plan For Ross' Class
Week of: May 27-31, 2013
Lead Teaching This Week: Laura E.
Hello Families, we hope you enjoyed the long weekend! Last week we made the most of the rainy days by digging for worms in the soil and splashing in puddles! With help from Mother Nature the children's hostas marked by their popsicle sticks at the front of the school are in full bloom, much to the excitement of the children! In the classroom the children will continue to expand their dramatic play in the doctor's office through building ambulances and other medical machines with the blocks. The teachers are hoping E1's dad and I1's dad will stop by this week, giving the children an opportunity to learn more about real doctors in our community. We are starting to wrap things up during these last two weeks, and this will be our last week for small groups. The teachers are excited for the pizza party this Tuesday, and we hope to see you all there!
• Materials: Various sized rocks, paint, and brushes
• Rationale: Early this week the teachers discovered the soil didn't look as healthy and rich as it had the first day it was placed in the sensory table. The soil was replaced with different sized rocks for the children to paint. The children had the opportunity to mix colors and even put the paint on their hands to explore different ways to paint the rocks. This coming week the table will have a water movement focus. The teachers will supply funnels and PVC pipes and tubes to create new water movement puzzles for the children to solve.
• Skills: Fine motor skills, collaboration with peers, exploration of water movement, problem solving
Expressive Art (art table, easel):
• Materials: Easel: paint, paintbrushes, plastic egg carton halves, paper; Art table: Paper, watercolors, water, egg carton halves, paintbrushes, white crayons
• Rationale: Last week the children explored combining crayons and watercolors, which led to the creation of secret messages! They made the messages by writing with a white crayon and painting over the message with the watercolors. The children remain interested in this art technique that teacher Frances introduced, therefore we will continue this activity and prompt the children to use their new secret messages for their spy kits. This could open doors for some dramatic play opportunities.
• Skills: recognition of colors, making patterns by using different colors, artistic expression, imagination/creativity, fine-motor
• Materials: soil, herb seeds, water, spray bottle, cartons, journals, pencils
• Rationale: Last week the children were given the opportunity to plant their own seed in a small carton. The children demonstrated great patience waiting for their seeds to sprout and persisted to water their seed everyday. As the seeds sprout the children will continue to nurture their own plant, learning the importance of water, sunlight and soil. They will soon have the opportunity to take home their plant to "transplant" into their own gardens.
• Skills: hypothesizing, making observations, exploring, recording data/information, strengthen understanding of plant life cycle
Math/Manipulatives (including The Nook):
• Materials: Shape puzzles, small build blocks in different shapes such as squares, rectangles, and triangles, geo-boards with rubber bands, number bingo
• Rationale: Last week the children were introduced to the geo-boards and enjoyed creating various shapes with the rubber bands. This week they will continue to explore the geo-boards and teachers will challenge the children to make various shapes and letters with the boards. This week the teachers will also introduce number bingo as an activity time center. The children have been enjoying the executive function games, therefore the teachers might add some more games with rules to our nook, which can become our "game room."
• Skills: shape/shapes recognition, symbolic representation (creating with blocks), fine motor, number recognition
• Materials: Rubber stamps, markers, pencils, scissors, paper and white boards
• Rationale: This week the children will continue to use our literature center for writing and coloring. Many children are engaged in this center and teachers often use the hand over hand strategy to guide cutting and writing/drawing. Last week L4 and I1 came up with the idea of making "tiny" books with all of our extra scrap paper. The teachers will support this idea by gathering the scrap paper and providing the necessary supplies to create these books.
• Skills: Pre/early literacy skills, letter recognition, fine motor strength, phonemic awareness, creativity skills
• Materials: "Doctors office" props (syringes, rubber gloves, stethoscope, band aids) dress up clothes (scrubs, doctors coat), body charts
• Rationale: This past week the teachers added body charts to the doctor's office which children have been using to figure out what part of their patient hurts. The teachers have taken many pictures of the children exploring the doctor's office, both as patients and as doctors. The teachers will print out these pictures and place them on the walls of doctor's office to prompt and guide more dramatic play. The children will also be given opportunities to make real life connections through meeting E1's and I1's dads, who are real doctors!
• Skills: imaginative/creative play, peer relationships, large motor skills, symbolic representation, connection to surrounding community/real-life experiences
Large Motor: Gym and Playground:
• Materials: Gym: monkey bars with connected A-frame ladder and triangle slide, climber with donut hole and regular slide connected, river jump made with mats and bean bags, bean bag toss, and the climbing wall; Playground: wheelbarrows, shovels, wagons, tricycles, soccer balls, Frisbee, and child built catapult for paper or soft balls
• 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 Jaime's teachers collaborated to create the new gym setup and are excited to introduce the new areas to the children! Last week children were asking about building a catapult, so the teachers will look into a construction activity to throw some soft materials on our playground. As the weather improves the children have been engaging in dramatic play on the playground, and making good use of our stick house. There has also been great interest in riding the tricycles, climbing on the monkey bars, and practicing pumping on the swings.
• 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), creativity (catapult construction...including safety provisions!)
Additional announcements and reminders:
• We hope you can come to the Pizza Party on Tuesday! If you haven't RSVP'd, please email Amy Pieren and let her know how many members of your family will be coming so we can make sure to have enough pizza for all!
• Small group will be wrapping up this week. It's been exciting watching the group topics unfold and children's learning/discovery blossom.
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Popsicles for I1's Birthday!
Wednesday - Rice cakes & raisins
Thursday - Pretzels & applesauce
Friday - Popcorn & milk