Preschool Lesson 11: Thanksgiving

This week’s Preschool Theme is Thanksgiving.

 

Circle Time

Color – Yellow

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – It song from Reading the Alphabet

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather.

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger The Great Turkey Race

Letter G Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word, the, every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

This week’s sight word is the word ‘it’.

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word, see. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with G Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: My First Thanksgiving by Tomi dePaola My First Thanksgiving

Letter G Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.

Friday

Read Aloud: Thanksgiving is Here! By Diane Goode Thanksgiving is Here

Letter G Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

 

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas

I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by Alison Jackson

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Pinkalicious: A Thanksgiving Helper by Victoria Kann

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter G. The girls are writing the letter G and identifying letters in it on page 10 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter G on page 8.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Today we are practicing writing the letter G on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about what we are thankful for. They can draw pictures and write what each picture means. You can dictate their sentences for them as needed.

*Remember to encourage them to write the words first.

Friday

Today the girls will be doing the Print Awareness from Reading the Alphabet. For this activity they will need to trace the picture and letter. Then they will help me cut out the sentences and mix up the words. They then will help me reassemble the sentences so that they read correctly. We will glue them onto a piece of paper.

 

centers

Monday

Center 1: Trace the Letter G from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this activity, the girls will sort the beginning sounds with letters and pictures. Then they will place the cards into the pocket chart with the letter book pocket chart versions.

Center 4: 20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this math activity, they will roll a die, then count the number rolled. Place that number of small objects on the board, starting at the top left and continuing until the board is full.

Wednesday

Center 1: Letter G Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

  • Today they will color the pictures that start with this letter.

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

  • Place the letter cards at the top of your pocket chart. Shuffle the initial picture cards. Go through each picture naming the object like this “/b/ /b/ balloon. Child needs to identify the beginning sounds

Center 4: Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

  • This activity needs to start with shuffling the number cards. The child picks a card and turns it over, identifying what the number is. Then they find that same number on their dot page and cover it up with an object. Continue until all the numbers have been identified.

Friday

Center 1: Sight word search

  • Today we are going to find all of this week’s sight word, see, in a word search and circle it with our favorite marker.

Center 2: Tracer Page

  • For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Center 3: Sight word wall

  • Read the sight words on the wall using the pointer. I have included other words that they recognize such as our family members names and pets names.

Center 4: Pattern Cards

  • For this activity we are going to use the picture cards to create picture patterns. These picture cards match our letter this week. Your child can cut the pictures out with you or you can do it ahead of time to save time (which is what I did).

 

math

Monday

Today we will introduce sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting by color. I will have objects that are red, yellow, and blue that we will sort together. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.It's As Easy As 123

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

Wednesday

Today we will be sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting objects by color. I will have items in purple, orange, and green that they will have to determine which category that goes into. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

Friday

Today we will be sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting objects big and small. I will have items that are small and some that are big that they will have to determine which category that goes into. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Grass in A Cup from Creative Connections for Kids.

Materials:

Grass Seed

Soil

Clear Container

Foam Shapes

Water

Directions:

Decorate your cup with shapes first. Pour dirt into the cup. Sprinkle on the seeds. Pour water on top of the seeds.

Check on the grass for 7 days, watching the changes each day. Talk about how grass needs soil, daylight, and water.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we chefs preparing a big thanksgiving feast. They will tell me what they are planning to cook. They can role play how they get the food, cooking it, and eating it together. This is a fun activity to include their dad in and allow us to have a family picnic for the meal they prepared.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Thanksgiving. We are going to talk about helping others. We will write down how we can help others in our home and at school. I am building the foundation about helping others in the community by starting with the places that they know best.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Turkeys. I found a lot of cute ideas from Artsy Momma that would be fun to create with your child. I chose to create the paper plate turkey.

For this activity you will need:

Materials:

paper plate
colored construction paper
glue
scissors
brown marker

Directions:

  1. Cut feathers with the construction paper. Cut white circles for eyes and an orange triangle for the beak.
  2. Trace their hands for the feet on orange paper.
  3. Color the paper plate brown.
  4. Glue the feathers on to the back top of the paper plate. Then glue the eyes and beak onto the paper plate. Add the hands to the bottom of the plate.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Thanksgiving!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme The Pond.

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