Monday, January 21, 2019

Week of January 22



WEEKLY REMINDERS:
  
  
  Friday, February 1st dismissal will be at 12:00pm 
 Friday, February 1st will be Parent Teacher  
 Conferences from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  


Unit Topic:

Light

     Essential Question for the Unit:

     How and why do we use different kinds of light? 

     Focus Question for this Week:

How does light help us?
What are shadows?
       

Focused Learning Activity for this Week:

The teachers will point student’s shadows out to them. They will show them how their shadows move in the same way and at the same time they do.  Students will be encouraged to watch their shadows as they move their bodies. They will be asked to pause and pose while the teacher takes pictures. Students will then be able to match the classmate to their shadow.

         Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 

PK.CKW.4 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of Earth and space.


Foundational text for the week:

                         All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer

  
Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 

PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Informational Text):  With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about details in a text.  


 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall
What are some things that give off light? What happens when the sun goes down? Why does the moon look bright?

Level 2: Skill / Concept
Shadows form when light is blocked. Do you see any shadows around you now?
What kinds of light do you see in our classroom?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking

When the sun is up it is light outside. What are some things people do in the light?
When the sun goes down it is dark outside. What are some things people do in the dark?
Why do we need lights in pre-K?
Why do we need lights at home?

Level 4: Extended Thinking 
Do you prefer light or darkness? Why?
Why do you think cars, buses and trains have lights?
  
Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 


Blocks- Students are invited to explore how they might use blocks and a flashlight to create shadow letters. 

Pretend Play- Students will be able to use flashlights for shadow play.

Art- Clear contact paper and tissue paper will be added to the art center in order for students to make "stained glass windows." 

Science- Students will be able to use the light table to look at x-rays and an assortment of translucent objects.  

Math- Students will be able to match shape manipulative with their shadow. 

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, light. 

Writing- Students will use finger lights to aid them in drawing a picture under the writing table 

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh. 



For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE! 


If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that cannot be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the 
                  Help Line at 888-227-8175 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Week of January 14th  


WEEKLY REMINDERS:
  
  January 16thSchoolwill be closed for a workshop 
  January 21stSchool will be closed for Martin Luther 
   King Jr. Day.
   Friday, February 1st dismissal will be at 12:00pm 
  Friday, February 1st will be Parent Teacher   
  Conferences from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  


                                Unit Topic: 

                                                     Light 

     Essential Question for the Unit:

     How and why do we use different kinds of light? 

     Focus Question for this Week:
                                                
                                                  What is darkness? 

Focused Learning Activity for this Week:

The teachers will show the students a picture of Vincent Van Gogh's, The Starry Night.  They will then ask some questions to help students think critically about the painting.  Questions include: What do you notice about the painting? How does the painting make you feel? What do you see in the picture? What colors do you see? What might these colors mean? What does the title of the painting tell us?

         Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 

 PK.CKW.2 (The Arts): Responds and reacts to visual arts created by themselves and others.

Foundational text for the week:

Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell

  
Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 

PK.CKW.4 (Science):  Observes and describes Characteristics of Earth and space.


 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall
Where does Little Bear sleep?
Why couldn’t Little Bear sleep?
What did Big Bear do to help Little Bear sleep?

Level 2: Skill / Concept
What did Big Bear and Little Bear use to light their cave? What do you use to light the place you live?
Why did Big Bear and Little Bear go home when it got dark outside?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
Big Bear and Little Bear played outside in the bright sunlight. What do you like to do when it is sunny outside?
Why do you think Big Bear wanted Little Bear to go to sleep?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
Why do you think Little Bear does not like the dark?
Big Bear takes Little Bear outside to see the moon and Little Bear falls asleep. What are some other things you could do to help someone who is scared of the dark fall asleep?
  
Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 

Blocks- Students are invited to explore how they might use blocks and a flashlight to create shadow letters. 

Pretend Play- Students will be able to use flashlights for shadow play.

Art- Clear contact paper and tissue paper will be added to the art center in order for students to make "stained glass windows." 

Science- Students will be able to use the light table to look at x-rays and an assortment of translucent objects.  

Math- Students will be able to match shape manipulative with their shadow. 

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, light. 

Writing- Students will use finger lights to aid them in drawing a picture under the writing table 

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh. 


For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE! 
If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that cannot be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the 
                  Help Line at 888-227-8175 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Week of January 7th  


WEEKLY REMINDERS:

January 16th school will be closed for a teacher workshop 
    Friday, February 1st dismissal will be at 12:00pm 
    Friday, February 1st will be Parent Teacher   
     Conferences from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  


                           Unit Topic: 

                                             Light 

     Essential Question for the Unit:
     How and why do we use different kinds of light? 

     Focus Question for this Week:

     What kinds of light are around us?    
  
Focused Learning Activity for this Week: 
Mrs. Serbones and Ms. Rosario will be working with students in the science center. We will teach the students how to use and care for the light table.  An arrangement of items will be added to the science center in order for children to explore on the light table.  

       Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 

 PK.CKW.6 (Science): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

 Foundational text for the week: 

 Round Trip by Ann Jonas 
  
Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 

PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Literature): With Prompting and support, ask and answer about details in a text. 

 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall 
Where were the people going on the trip? How did the people in this story get to the city? 
Have you ever gone on a trip? Where did you go? How did you get there? 
Level 2: Skill / Concept 
The trip started as soon as it was light. What does that mean? What time of the day did the trip start? Why was the neighborhood quiet, the houses dark and the stores closed when the trip started? Why do we turn on lights when it is dark?  Level 3: Strategic Thinking 
When the people got to the city, they saw a lot of lights. Why? 
The people in this book rode in a car and on the subway. Do cars and subways have lights? Why?  Level 4: Extended Thinking What do you notice about the pictures in this book? Why do you think the illustrator only used black and white? What color does the illustrator use to show light? What color does the illustrator use to show darkness? Why? 
  
Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 

Blocks- Students are invited to explore how they might use blocks and a flashlight to create shadow letters. 
Pretend Play- Students will be able to use flashlights for shadow play. 
Art- Clear contact paper and tissue paper will be added to the art center in order for students to make "stained glass windows." 
Science- Students will be able to use the light table to look at x-rays and an assortment of translucent objects.  
Math- Students will be able to match shape manipulatives with their shadow. 
Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, light. 
Writing- Students will use finger lights to aid them in drawing a picture under the writing table  
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh. 

For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE! 

If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that cannot be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the 
                  Help Line at 888-227-8175 

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