Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
|For our winter unit in January the theme was The Mitten which transitioned to The Three Bears..and then this week we are starting our Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes unit. The Mitten was super fun (see prev. post) and tied it quite nicely to The Three Bears..where we focused on size ordering..small, medium, large, big, bigger, biggest, small, smaller, smallest, etc. This is a photo of a corner of our reading area. It has the 3 bears felt board with sm. med. large labels, puppets, The Mitten masks, and vocab from here http://www.pre-kpages.com/goldilocks-mini-word-wall/|
|The Mitten and The Three Bears led us into winter weather, bears, and hibernations. This is a photo of our science table where we have winter vocabulary, weather books, hibernation stories, and a new weather puzzle!|
|After we did our mitten temperature experiment I left the therm. and mitten in science center as an activity.|
|This new game is also in science, we have been talking about animals that live in snow and then forest animals. The game comes will all the animals needed for different habitats. The mat underneath is forest animals.|
|New counting boxes/games and manipulatives for morning tubs and math center.|
|Current ABC center: book basket (baskets on sale now at Hobby Lobby! lime green, pink, teal), abc puzzles, letter punches and twist up crayons, wiki sticks and letter cards, ABC lower case and upper case foam letter match|
|Here are some other little fairy tale friends to join blocks center!|
|Getting ready for Valentine's day with some vday vocab!|
|Just a couple photos to share from some of our winter pre-k activities... Students counted the letters in their name, counted snowballs, wrote their letters, and created these cute snowmen!|
|We filled up the Grinch with hearts by performing extra acts of kindness!|
|We read the book "The Mitten" which I have come to love.. there are SO many ideas, lessons, activities that can tie into the mitten on all subjects! |
-We measured ourselves with mittens and compared our heights when we discussed small, tall, and small, medium, large!
-We used a thermometer in and outside of a mitten and discussed how mittens and clothing keep us warm!
-Students acted out The Mitten characters by wearing animal masks
(from http://www.janbrett.com/mitten_masks_main.htm) and squeezing into a mitten (masking tape on carpet)!
-Discussed winter animals and hibernation!
-Compared mittens and gloves!
-Designed our own mittens!
-Talked about the color white, camouflage, and snow!
|Snow sensory tub: snow plows, dump trucks, snowman beanie babies, mitten christmas ornaments, forest animals, berries, pinecones, mini trees, clear glass gems for ice, fake snow, cotton batting, |
pipe cleaners and beads, and diff. size pom poms.
|Snow globe art! We used a pencil eraser for snowflakes...|
|Torn paper wreaths... used a circle punch for the ornaments, scrap ribbon, construct. paper, and paper plates!|
I just found the photos from our Little Red Hen on one of my many camera cards... We did this unit after Fall/Pumpkins/Apples.. leading up to Thanksgiving..and right before our Gingerbread Man unit. Our student "I Can" statements were about answering questions/asking questions about the story, counting sets, and identifying shapes.
We had many cooking/baking projects including mixing homemade bread! The kids measured and mixed and I took the bread home and baked it. I found a really easy recipe from Steamy Kitchen http://steamykitchen.com/168-no-knead-bread-revisited.html The post says "so easy a 4 year old can do it!"and it was THAT easy! It is no fail, really tasty bread that I have made several times now for family since our unit.
For counting sets, students counted baked snacks like crackers and even mini chocolate cookies (cookie crisp cereal!). We read many different versions of the little red hen, including "Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza." Students created paper plate pizzas with paper shapes..they turned out really cute..have to find the photo I took..it's somewhere on one of those camera cards : )
|Sign for our pretend bakery that I made last year. I used images of real life bakers, breads, and pastries. I found these great stickers at Michaels.|
|My mother in law made this really cool pie.. she has been making all kinds of "amigurumi" foods and characters for our classroom!|
|Small, medium and large amigurumi cookies, fortune cookies, felt cinn. rolls, and cookies... varied textures and sizes!|
|I picked up some baking tins and trays from the dollar store for our pretend bakery : )|
|We read "The Best Mouse Cookie" before we counted sets with cookie crisp cereal...it's so much fun to incorporate literacy with other subjects!|
|For the sensory tub, students sifted, poured, measured, and drew letters in flour.|
|And TADAAAA!!! my new blocks center curtains! The fabric is from Hobby Lobby. LOVE!|