Weekly Lesson Plan For Ross' Class
Week of: May 20-24, 2013
Lead Teaching This Week: Hilary
Hello Families! Last week was truly a week full of spring, with all the nice weather we had... hopefully, this week will be the same ☺. Last week, we kept an eye on the children's hosta plants outside the classroom...and noticed some dramatic changes! We also planted our own seeds during large group, and we will continue thinking/discussing how to care for them throughout the week; especially, "Watering our seeds so they grow!" Another change we made to the classroom was in the dramatic play area, switching from a coffee shop to a doctor's office. This week we will explore aspects of a doctor's office and continue to add new materials with the help of the children: using their past experiences and visit to the doctor as a guide.
• Materials: Soil, plastic trees, shovels, rakes, rocks, plastic bugs
• Rationale: The soil table continues to be a hit, as the children continued to explore with the soil and bugs all last week. We started to use the bugs and trees to create forests and make our own stories. This week we will additional materials like plastic trees and other animals that eat bugs or live in the woods to introduce the concept of food chains and habitats.
• Skills: peer interactions/collaboration, problem solving, imagination/creativity, fine motor
Expressive Art (art table):
• Materials: Easel: paint, paintbrushes, plastic egg carton halves, paper; Art table: Paper, watercolors, water, egg carton halves, paintbrushes.
• Rationale: Last week the children explored the new medium of watercolors. This week we will continue working with water colors and may add coffee filters to explore the differences in changing the type of paper we use as well as how the liquid color spreads and changes as it goes through/across the paper.
• Skills: recognition of colors, making patterns by using different colors, artistic expression, imagination/creativity, fine motor,
• Materials: soil, seeds, water, spray bottle, cartons, journals, pencils
• Rationale: Last week during large group we looked outside to see if our plants were growing along the front of the building, and boy, did they ever! The children noticed that some of their plants were even bigger than their popsicle sticks. Some of the children also planted their own seed to take care of in the classroom, as it turns out we had a bad bunch of soybeans...with no one's pouches resulting in germination. This week we will continue watching the plants outside and drawing what we see in our journals. We will also continue our seed planting and taking care of our plants by watering them every day and tracking the changes.
• Skills: hypothesizing, making observations, exploring, recording data/information, strengthen understanding of plant life cycle
• Materials: Shape puzzles, small build blocks in different shapes such as squares, rectangles, and triangles, geo board
• Rationale: Last week the children continued to work on the puzzles with shapes, and this week we will switch out some of the puzzles to bring in some geo boards for the children to start exploring with. Geo boards work on fine motor skills and involved putting rubber bands on different pegs on the board. The children will create different shapes using their rubber bands.
• Skills: shape/shapes recognition, symbolic representation (creating with blocks), fine motor
Literature Center (including The Nook):
• Materials: paper, stamps, paint, white boards, markers light table, storybook pieces
• Rationale: The writing table continues to be a hit! Last week the children worked on making words by using letter stamps and drew lots of pictures! This week we will continue to provide paper and stamps for the children to use. The books on tape also seems to be a hit and we this week we may add some more books on tape to our collection. The children were introduced to new storybook pieces to use on the light table to create their own stories. We will continue using the storybook pieces this week and will add a few imaginative books to help give the children some ideas.
• Skills: letter recognition, pre/early literacy skills, imaginative thinking, symbolic representation, literacy skills
• Materials: "Doctors office" props (syringes, rubber gloves, stethoscope, band aids) dress up clothes (scrubs, doctors coat)
• Rationale: The play in the coffee shop has started to fade this past week, so in collaboration with the afternoon class and a few discussions with some of the children we have decided to create a new dramatic play area. With the new change the children were excited to play in the doctor's office and made comments about a time when they went to the doctor. On Monday we will have even more new materials in the doctor's office!
• 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 w/ connected slide and donut hole, a-frame balancing bridge and climbing walls Playground: wheelbarrows, shovels, wagons, tricycles and soccer balls)
• Rationale: The set up in the gym continues to be a hit! The children swing on the money bars with their feet and love trying to walk across the a-frame balancing bridge. After this week the teachers will be making some new changes to the gym. Also with the weather being so nice outside the teachers are going to open the toddler playground during free play to allow for larger motor/big body play. On the playground, we continue to bring out shovels, wagons, buckets, tricycles and soccer balls. We are seeing a lot of soccer games and digging in the sand to find treasure (gems).
• Skills: jumping/landing skills, upper/lower body, cardiovascular endurance, hopping, propulsion skills, static balance.
Announcements and reminders:
• This week, Laura E and Hilary will be gone on Monday, and Laura E will be gone on Thursday. Sheila will join us on Monday.
• NO SCHOOL MONDAY, MAY 27 - In observance of Memorial Day
• Don't forget about the Pizza Party the following day - Tuesday night: 6-7.30p. We hope you can come!
Put in on the calendar - "End of the Year" Party on Thursday, June 6!
Monday - Cucumbers & crackers
Tuesday - Rice Chex & fruit smoothies
Wednesday - Pretzels & dried apples
Thursday - Rice cakes & carrot sticks
Friday - Oven fries
**All snacks served with choice of milk or water, unless noted**