Sunday, June 9, 2019

Week of June 10, 2019


WEEKLY REMINDERS 

          Thursday, June 13th will be Donuts with Dad at 
   10:00am 
     Friday, June 14th School will be closed.  
     Friday, June 21stSchool will be closed. 
    Tuesday, June 25th will be our Moving Up 
   Ceremony

Unit Topic:
                       Transformation

 Essential Question for the Unit:
 What is transformation and how do things change?

     Focus Question for this Week:
     What changes around me?

 Focused Learning Activity for this Week:
The teachers will work with students in the science center.  They will read the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and discuss the life cycle of a butterfly.  Students will be encouraged to draw and label the life cycle of a butterfly.

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed
PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of living things. 

Foundational text for the week:
                           Little Tree by Loren Long

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 
PK.SED.1: Recognizes himself/herself as a unique individual having his/her own abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests


 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall 
Why did Little Tree stay little when all of the other trees started to grow bigger?  Why did Little Tree finally decide to let go of his leaves?  What happened after Little Tree dropped his leaves? 

Level 2: Skill/Concept 
Why do you think Little Tree wanted to keep his leaves for so long?  Why do you think the animals in the forest tried to help Little Tree drop his leaves?  
How do you think Little Tree felt about staying the same when all of the other trees were growing and changing?   

Level 3: Strategic Thinking 
If you were in the forest with Little Tree would you try to help him drop his leaves? Why or why not? What do you think the other trees and animals in the forest thought about Little Tree keeping his leaves and staying the same?

Level 4: Extended Thinking 
If you were going to try to help Little Tree drop his leaves what would you do? Why?   
Can you think of a time when the things around you were changing but you wanted them to stay the same? What did you do?   
Tell a partner about a change that made you uncomfortable or a change that made you excited.

  Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 


Blocks- Students are invited to measure each other with blocks and record their answers.  Students will then make a prediction about how tall they think they'll be when they grow up.
Pretend PlayPretend Play will continue to be a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.  Students will be prompted to reflect on how they have changed from when they were a baby.
Art-Students are invited to draw a picture of the things they can do now and things they would like to do in the future. 
ScienceStudents will be able to discuss and draw the life cycle of a butterfly.
MathStudents will be adding objects in the classroom and writing the corresponding number sentence.
LibraryStudents are invited to read books about our theme, transformation.
WritingBased on the weekly readings throughout the year, students will be encouraged to write a story about something or someone who experiences a change. 
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 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Week of June 3, 2019

WEEKLY REMINDERS 

·                 Thursday, June 13th will be Donuts with Dad at 10:00am 
·       Friday, June 14th School will be closed.  
·       Friday, June 21stSchool will be closed. 
·      Tuesday, June 25th will be our Moving Up 
     Ceremony

Unit Topic:
Babies 

     Essential Question for the Unit:
                                      What are babies? 

     Focus Question for this Week:
                                   How do babies change?

 Focused Learning Activity for this Week:
The teachers will work with students in the writing center.  Students will be provided with labeled pictures of animal babies.  Students will be encouraged to write an animal book with both baby and adult animals.

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed
PK.CLL.6: (Speaking and Listening Standards): Demonstrate an emergent ability to express thoughts, feeling, and ideas.

Foundational text for the week:
 When I was Little: A Four-Year-Olds Memoir of her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 
·      PK.CKW.4 (Social Studies): Develops an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to their present and future activities.

 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall 
What are some of the things the girl in the book did when the girl was little she cried a lot. What does she do now?

Level 2: Skill/Concept 
What is a memoir?
The girl in this book shares many things about her from when she was little. What are some things you did when you were little?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking 
The little girl in this book says she is more helpful now than when she was a baby. 
Can babies be helpful? Why or why not?
What are some things babies need help with?

Level 4: Extended Thinking 
What are some ways you are different now than when you were little?
What are some ways you are the same now as when you were little?

  Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 

Blocks- Students are invited to use blocks to create the animal babies and habitats that they are investigating. 

Pretend Play-Pretend Play will be turned into a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.

Art-Students are invited to create their own baby portraits with a variety of art materials.

ScienceStudents will be able to play a matching game, matching the adult animal to its offspring.

MathCutouts of babies of various lengths will be added to the math center.  Students will be able to measure each baby and tell which is longest and shortest.

LibraryStudents are invited to read books about our theme, babies.

Writing-Cards will be supplied with pictures of animal babies as well as their names. They will be placed in a bin for children to reference as they create their own animal baby book.

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 


Monday, May 27, 2019

Week of May 27, 2019


WEEKLY REMINDERS 
·               Friday, June 14thSchool will be closed.  
·               Friday, June 21stSchool will be closed. 
·               Tuesday, June 25thwill be our Moving Up 
     Ceremony

Unit Topic:
Babies 

     Essential Question for the Unit:
                                       What are babies? 

     Focus Question for this Week:
                       What can we learn about animal babies?

 Focused Learning Activity for this Week:
The teacherswill work with students in the writing center.  Students will be provided with labeled pictures of animal babies.  Students will be encouraged to write an animal book with both baby and adult animals.

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed
PK.CLL.6: (Speaking and Listening Standards): Demonstrate an emergent ability to express thoughts, feeling, and ideas.

Foundational text for the week:
        Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 
PK.CLL.2 (Speaking and Listening Standards): With guidance and support, confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall 
What are some of the animal babies that lived in the meadow?
What are some of the animal homes, or habitats, in the meadow?
How many little turtles did the mother turtle have?

Level 2: Skill/Concept 
What is a meadow?
What do you notice about the numbers in this book?
If there were another page in this book, how many animal babies would there be on this page? Why?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking 
Why did the mother animals tell the little animals what to do?
There are two kinds of birds in this book: bluebirds and crows. What is the same about them? What is different?
The bees live in a beehive. Who do you think made the beehive?

Level 4: Extended Thinking 
In this book, the mother animals told the little animals what to do. What are some of the things the adults who take care of you tell you to do? Why?
If you were in the meadow, what would you do? Why?

  Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 

Blocks- Students are invited to use blocks to create the animal babies and habitats that they are investigating. 

Pretend Play-Pretend Play will be turned into a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.

Art-Students are invited to create their own baby portraits with a variety of art materials.

ScienceStudents will be able to play a matching game, matching the adult animal to its offspring.

MathCutouts of babies of various lengths will be added to the math center.  Students will be able to measure each baby and tell which is longest and shortest.

LibraryStudents are invited to read books about our theme, babies.

Writing-Cards will be supplied with pictures of animal babies as well as their names. They will be placed in a bin for children to reference as they create their own animal baby book.

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 

Week of June 10, 2019 WEEKLY REMINDERS              Thursday, June 13 th  will be  Donuts with Dad at     10:00am        Frid...