Weekly Lesson Plan for Ross' Class
November 18-29, 2013
Lead Teaching This Week: Emily
Overview: The colder weather last week got the children excited for winter to come! Getting ready to go outside will give the children more time to learn self-help skills like zipping jackets and pulling on boots. With the colder weather, please remember to send a winter jacket, hats, gloves or mittens, as well as snow pants and boots for especially chilly days. To draw the last couple days of fall into our classroom, the children will be able to admire leaf collages hanging in the windows that were created last week as well as create paint colors to match the remaining leaves at the art table. The next two weeks will be used to culminate small groups by completing final projects--and the children are very excited to share what they have been learning with the rest of the class!
Expressive Arts (paint, collage, clay)
• Materials: easel - mixed paints from the art table, paintbrushes, paper; art table - white, black, and primary colored paints, mixing trays, paintbrushes, Montessori color tiles, paper, water cups for rinsing brushes; clay table - clay, supportive tools (rolling pins, mallets, wood knives, pizza cutters, wire), colored glass gems, seashells
• Rationale: Last week we worked on creating lighter and darker shades of the colors of the rainbow, and will continue to mix these colors at the art table in order to replace the primary colors at the easel. One child recently used paints she thoughtfully mixed to paint a leaf from the science table, making sure to get all the details! We will encourage more children to do similar activities. As for the clay table, the children have been exposed to a variety of tools and had time to explore with the clay itself. Adding glass gems and seashells will help them extend their stories and representational creations.
• Skills: color recognition, creativity, fine-motor strength/coordination, artistic expression, symbolic representation, social skills, imaginative/creative play, prediction
Sensory (water table)
• Materials: pitchers, plastic containers, colored glass gems, rocks, corks, ping-pong balls, plastic toy boats, found pieces of plastic, rubber vehicles, natural materials (leaves, sticks, etc.)
• Rationale: Sinking and floating experiments took place every day last week. At large group the children helped a teacher count how many glass gems it would take to sink a toy boat. The children will have a chance to discover more about why certain objects sink and other objects float, starting to look at the "why" certain items float while others sink.
• Skills: large/fine motor, hand-eye coordination, math concepts including spatial awareness/counting/comparing-contrasting/observation, prediction, creativity
• Materials: magnifying glasses, leaves, paper, black pens, clipboards, computer, books about animals in winter
• Rationale: Most of the leaves the children brought into the classroom have been pressed and will be hanging in the classroom windows this week. Since the trees are almost empty of their leaves we will be able to continue pressing leaves. However, there are also less frequent sightings of other animals around the school, so the focus of the science table will move to wintering habits of animals other than birds. We will read about where animals go for the colder months and how they prepare to stay warm and search the Internet for pictures of homes for animals that stick around for winter.)
• Skills: scientific awareness building and investigation skills, observation skills, foster sense of school/classroom community
Dramatic Play (and the cave)
• Materials: "house" furniture (e.g. stove, fridge, sink, and cupboard), peg people, wooden cars, plates, pretend food, animal print fabrics, habitat materials, baby-dolls and care supplies, string and paper, wood chips, small hand baskets
• Rationale: Recently, the peg people and wooden cars were moved to the dollhouse so the children could discover new ways to play with them. The stuffed animals in the middle cave will be removed to make the space available for more pretend play. The dramatic play area recently transformed into a place for the children to "Trick or Treat" using various small objects from the classroom. Extra hand baskets will allow the children to move around more freely and carry these objects efficiently.
• Skills: imaginative/creative play, symbolic representation, fostering social relationships
Math and Manipulatives
• Materials: bug matching game, puzzles, colored animal sorting set, scale, glass gems, ping-pong balls, rocks, sunflower seeds, light table, colored plastic shapes
• Rationale: A number puzzle has helped some children develop their number recognition skills along with one-to-one correspondence. Using the smaller objects provided, teachers will facilitate games of matching weight and number on each side of the scale to continue development of these skills.
• Skills: patterning (with plastic shapes at the light table), counting, one-to-one correspondence, sorting, opportunities for collaborative problem solving, prediction, number and number recognition
Language and Literacy
• Materials: pencils, markers, paper, envelopes, staplers, tape, Classmate Picture Drawer, sandpaper letters
• Rationale: We recently said goodbye to the dancers who joined our large group on Mondays, and some children are still working on writing thank you notes to them. An increased interest in name-writing has resulted from signing these notes, and the children will work with teachers to continue practicing how to write their names.
• Skills: pre-/early-literacy skills, letter recognition, community building, fine-motor coordination/endurance (as children hand muscles grow stronger with holding writing utensils)
• Materials: Multi-shaped unit blocks, ramps, large hollow blocks, marbles, small wooden bowling pins, paper and markers for creating maps and plans, traction pads
• Rationale: Imaginations have been running wild with many successful outcomes, such as delivery vehicles and tiger cages. Some children are especially interested in mapping out their constructions with the writing materials, which will stay in the block area this week. We hope to recreate some of these creations using the blueprints.
• Skills: large-/fine-motor skills, concepts of balance and gravity, problem solving skills (trial and error), hypothesis creating and testing, planning, pre-/early-literacy skills, imaginative/creative play
• Materials: GYM: monkey bars with rope swings, bumpy slide, Pedalo, A-frame bridge with ladder bridge; PLAYGROUND: climber, slides, swings, shovels/rakes, buckets, tricycles, wagons, cones
• Rationale: Gym time has been filled with energy and big movements. The children especially enjoy playing a game called "Museum Guard" where they become "statues" standing very still when the "guard" turns to make sure the museum is safe. We will have limited gym time this week, but we hope to get outside to the playground earlier to make up for it. Our playground has disappeared beneath another layer of leaves and the children have enjoyed jumping into fresh leaf piles. Another leaf-raking party is in the works! Teachers will also work with the children to beautify our two stick houses by clearing out some clutter and rearrange the sticks to make them more stable and secure.
• Skills: large-motor strength/coordination/endurance, eye-to-hand and eye-to-foot coordination, body in motion (i.e. jumping and sliding), cardiovascular strength, depth perception, balance, turn taking, social skills
Special Interest (cooking projects, field trips, visitors, etc.)
- Small groups are starting to wrap up this week - be sure to talk with your child about their small group project!
- Please continue to send in leaves to add to our class leaf collage and pictures of animals that live around your home to add to the "Who Am I?" book.
- A reminder that there is no school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week, as well as Thursday and Friday of next week.
- Our playground is currently covered in leaves--again! We would like to invite you to join us for another leaf raking party on Tuesday, November 19th. This one is a bit more informal, as it's just our class, but we hope you can come!
- Michonne (Augie's mom) and Sheila will be facilitating a cooking project on Tuesday the 26th, making vegetable soup with the children!
November 18-22 November 25-29
Monday - Pasta & red sauce Monday - Pretzels
Tuesday - Crackers & raisins Tuesday - Vegetable Soup
Wednesday - No school Wednesday - Chex & apple slices
Thursday - No school Thursday - No school
Friday - No school Friday - No school
* All snacks served with milk and water unless noted *