Monday, February 3, 2014

Clothing Study (part 2)

Last week I mentioned our clothing unit study. (Read about it here!) We have started to use Creative Curriculum studies to help guide students and introduce them to new learning experiences. I like how Creative Curriculum provides many ideas for hands on activities in all learning areas! The curriculum is project based and provides excellent motivation and questioning techniques that lead students into higher thinking learning.  Through provocations, bringing in real items, questioning, and other activities, students were interested in setting up their own clothing store last week.   This activity was student led and the students themselves actually came up with the list of items needed.  I showed students a slideshow of familiar stores in our area and they were so excited to shout out the names (environmental print!!) and they also described what items came from the stores. We listed things we thought we needed for the clothing store and then watched a virtual tour/video of a real clothing store (since we cannot go on field trips) and added more to our list. I posted the list on our class Facebook page and parents were more than willing to help donate and let us borrow items for the week. It actually became a fun parent/child at home activity!   Different groups of students did different things to help set up the store. Some students folded or hung clothes, some wrote out their own price stickers (post-its!), and some created their own signs! 
Here's a photo of two of our students folding donated items and setting up shop!  THEY decided the clothes needed to be folded and I let them have at it! 
We recieved a wide variety of clothing items from party dresses and Batman shirts to furry hats and cowboy boots. 
They decided our signs needed pictures (similar to our vocab. cards). 

Neatly folded and labeled... it was all their idea!  They loved role playing in their pretend clothing store!  Here are some links below to some of the books we read to go along with this study.  I always try to have a variety of types of books with each topic we study that include: fairy tales, familiar stories, familiar characters, rhyming, math, easy retell, and informational books.