We are both sad and excited for some of the wonderful students in our class to make the transition from preschool to Kindergarten. This week we are reading books about transitioning to Kindergarten, and also doing some really fun crafts and activities that the students wont have anymore at elementary school (ex mud!). Below are the lesson plans for this week.
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This week we have been learning about the genre of fantasy. We've talked about knights, castles, and dragons so far. On Monday we made castle collages out of rectangle shapes and on Tuesday we made knights in shining tin foil. We have been reading a lot of fantasy books too! We read The Kiss That Missed, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Library Dragon.
This week in our literacy centers we have been going through the writing process with the students. We are working on writing letters to our favorite Disney characters and when we finish we are going to mail them to Disney! On Monday we started by brainstorming in our journals, then on Tuesday we wrote our rough drafts, and today we started writing our final drafts. Look at the pictures below to see some of our work.
Everyone is enjoying mystery week! Can you solve the missing cookie mystery using the clues above? We did! It turns out that Miss Carey was the cookie thief!! We've been reading mystery books all week and working on our case cracking skills. We even made our own magnifying glasses.
We loved studying the poetry genre so much that we decided to try another genre study--mystery! This week we'll be reading mystery books, solving classroom mysteries, and doing other detective work. Here are our plans.
Here are a few pictures from literacy stations this morning. We are working on letter tracing, letter hunt (finding letters around the classroom and sorting them on our paper), parking lot (parking cars on various letters called out by a partner), and letter clues in our journals.
Wednesday we read "The Crocodile's Toothache." It was about two silly things that don't go together- a crocodile and a dentist. Our craft was using marshmallows to make teeth in a mouth. We also made some very creative poems. Students chose two things that don't go together (a cricket and toothpaste??) and wrote a poem about it! We spent a lot of time laughing :)
Our poem for today was called "Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too!" by Shel Silverstein. It was about three little men called Ickle Me, Pickle Me, and Tickle Me who flew around in a flying shoe! We brainstormed as a class what our own flying shoe would look like, and this is what we came up with------------------------------------->
Since making our own flying shoes could get a little dangerous, we created paper airplanes instead!
For our poem of the day, we wrote about what we think happened to the flying shoe when it left "the world as they knew it." Check out what your child thought when you pick them up, poems are hanging by the cubbies.
Thursday we read Shel Silverstein's poem "Homemade Boat" and created our own homemade boats out of tinfoil.
After we made sure all of our boats would float, we tested them to see which was the strongest! One by one we counted how many house keys we could each put in our boats before it sank. The strongest boat held 31 keys!
Each day we have been reading poetry from Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends, we have also been creating our own poetry. Today our poem was called "Sometimes I Forget." Come check them out hanging on the classroom wall! We have some creative little poets in our class.
This week we are trying something new- a Preschool Poetry Unit! Today we read the first poem from A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, called "Magic." We talked about what we would do with magic if we had it (turn into a mermaid/princess, find a treasure chest, blow up the world, to name a few students' ideas). Then we used our mini magic wands (toothpicks) at snack to create magic swirls in our chocolate milk!
Here is a link to the poetry unit we are using if you are interested!