Weekly Lesson Plan for Ross' Class
February 24-28, 2014
Lead Teaching This Week: Megan
Overview: In the classroom, the writing and dramatic play centers continue to be popular areas focusing around mail carrier and post office play. To continue to encourage and foster this play, at the end of this week we plan to take a field trip to the post office and also mail letters home to our families! We hope that this will help reinforce some of the play occurring in the classroom and deepen the children's understanding of this process. Any experiences that children have outside the classroom with mail, sending letters, or the post office, will allow them to further their play even more in the classroom. If you have an opportunity to mail a letter this week or take a trip to the post office with your child, let us know! We would love to hear about it and for your child to share what they thought of this experience with us. Small groups continued this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Groups continue to delve deeper into their topics and we are seeing lots of new interests emerging everyday in each group; storytelling, simple machines, and imaginary animals.
Expressive Art (art table and clay table)
• Materials: art table & easel - color mixing materials (bottles filled with red, blue, yellow, black, and white paint; brushes; mixing pallets; paint samples) large poster board, small boxes; clay table - play dough, wooden tools, metal tools, whicker pieces
• Rationale: The children continue to mix colors at the art table. Many of the children have discovered techniques for making very specific colors by either adding "just a little more" of a certain color, or "a lot more" of another color to make the exact color they want. Some children have even begun naming the colors after they create them. This week, children will have the opportunity to use these colors in a three dimensional design at the art table using various sized boxes. At the play-dough table, the pieces from the dismantled basket will still be available for children to use with the play-dough. So far, the children used these pieces in many ways to decorate creations and also reinforce structures. We have seen many designs, from birthday cakes, to monsters. Further exploration of what these pieces can be used for in their designs will be encouraged.
• Skills: higher level thinking skills (cause and effect, reasoning, problem solving), creative and artistic expression, imagination and invention, fine-motor strength/coordination
Sensory Table (snow table)
• Materials: snow, water, scoops/hand-shovels, buckets and containers of various sizes, spray bottles with colored water, tubes of various sizes
• Rationale: Last week, we had some trouble making ice outside given the warm temperatures! Though temperatures will go back down, the children showed greater interest in moving the water and snow back and forth from container to container, especially the colored water. To foster this, tubes will be made available at the sensory table for children to use as a tool for moving snow and water from container to container, or for other experiments.
• Skills: scientific thinking and reasoning, higher level thinking skills (problem finding and solving, utilization), fine motor strength/endurance, social interaction, imagination and invention, reflection and interpretation, curiosity, creative and artistic expression
(Including the Nook)
• Materials: "Whose eyes are those?" classroom picture game, children's individual journals, human body charts and books, mirror, Mr. Potato Head dolls, "The touch cup matching game," "Take a closer look game," "I Spy" books, the periscope, kaleidoscopes, light table, x-rays, stethoscopes, other doctor's office tools
• Rationale: Our second sense in our series of sense exploration is sight. Children enjoyed using the kaleidoscopes at the science table, but also around other areas of the classroom. We will continue to discus sight and how it ties in to the last sense we explored; touch, by challenging children to think about how objects can be identified using one sense in absence of the other, or how both senses can work together. Throughout our conversations about the five senses we will discuss how we can use one sense at a time in the absence of another for all the senses (sound without sight, touch without sight, sight without sound, etc.) The Nook will be transformed this week in to a sort of doctor's office. X-rays will be available for children to look at while using the light table to incorporate things children are learning about bodies at the science table.
• Skills: self-awareness, high-level thinking skills (comparing/contrasting, observation, symbolic representation)
Language and Literacy
• Materials: books, paper, pencils, staplers, tape, children's photos, Who Am I book, number blocks, mailbox, Our Names/Alphabet book, envelopes, boxes, ink pads and stamps, felt storytelling board and felt pieces
• Rationale: To further the mail carrier and post office play, new flat-rate and shipping envelopes and boxes will be available. Children are using the name/alphabet book as a resource for writing each other's names on letters, which will also continue to be encouraged. Inkpads and rubber stamps will be added for children to use as additional mailing supplies for their envelopes. Also last week, we introduced a felt storytelling board. This quickly became a strong interest in the classroom, as children used it to tell their own stories, or to simply create their own scenes with the different felt pieces.
• Skills: Relationship building, fine motor (strength, coordination, endurance), quantifying (number recognition), pre-literacy (comprehension), language development (communication), creative and artistic expression (playfully uses oral and written language)
Math and Manipulatives
• Materials: puzzles, patterning fruit game, number picture matching, color dominos, number BINGO, 3 dimensional color shapes, LEGOS
• Rationale: Last week, new materials were used at the math table that encouraged building number awareness. Since children are at different levels of understanding this concept, materials such as the picture-number matching game and number BINGO will be valuable supports for each child's individual level. This week, we have a goal of helping the children become more independent in playing the BINGO game so it can be lead by group of children, rather than always by a teacher. At the LEGO table, pairs of children have enjoyed building together. This area has been a point of relationship building and collaboration of ideas in the classroom.
• Skills: recognizing/creating patterns, number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence, dexterity, symbolic representation, social interaction, creative thinking
Dramatic Play & Blocks
• Materials: dramatic play - kitchen furniture, dishes, play food (colorful drink caps, rocks, wood cookies), cooking utensils, dress-up clothes and shoes, pieces of fabric, mail carrier clothes (hats and bags), mailing boxes, baby-dolls (with clothes, blankets, bottles, etc.), corded telephones; blocks - large hollow blocks, unit blocks, Dr. Drew blocks, traction pads
• Rationale: This week, themes at the block and dramatic play areas varied day to day and included many different elements. The depth of each idea was reflected in their play. To encourage this creativity to continue, versatile objects, such as the telephones, which have been incorporated into nearly every dramatic play episode, will continue to be available. To elaborate on the mail carrier and post office play that continues in the room, larger boxes for mailing will be available in the area.
• Skills: socio-dramatic/imaginative play, symbolic representation, social skills (compromising skills, negotiation, conflict resolution skills, etc.), promotion of new/existing friendships, large/fine-motor skills, problem-solving
• Materials: In the gym: bumpy slide, monkey bars, basketball hoops, "pitch back" throwing corner, "Jump the River" jumping/leaping platforms (made out of stacked mats); On the playground: snow shovels, buckets, sleds, colored snow, quinzees, snowshoes
• Rationale: Children continue to enjoy the gym set up. The "Jump the River" platforms are a popular area as children explore different ways to propel their bodies forward from stack to stack. The hula-hoops also became an area of interest in the gym that we will continue to encourage. We were lucky to have nice weather this week, so we spent a little less time than usual in the gym to allow for more time outside. Children had the opportunity to sled, build quinzees, and build with snow since it is becoming stickier...finally! If the weather cooperates this week, we hope to continue this building and have more sledding opportunities.
• Skills: dynamic and static balance and coordination, core strength, cardiovascular strength, depth perception, risk-taking, turn-taking, spatial awareness, directional awareness, locomotion skills
Monday - Birthday snack from last Friday (made by the children)
Oatmeal-raisin cookies & clementine-banana smoothies
Tuesday - Wheat thins
Wednesday - Pretzels and raisins
Thursday - Rice cakes
Friday - Oven fries
* All snacks served with milk and water, unless noted *