Preschool Lesson 12: The Pond

This week’s Preschool Theme is The Pond.

 

Circle Time

Color – Yellow

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – For song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud:  Turtle Splash! by Cathryn Falwell

Letter L 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 ‘for’.

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 L 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:  In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Letter L 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:  Beyond The Pond by Joseph Kuefler

Letter L 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.

 

Would You Rather Be A Pollywog? by Bonnie Worth

Just A Day At The Pond by Mercer Mayer

After reading with them, have your child look at books for about 5 minutes on their own. Sit with your child and let them retell the story that they just looked at. This is important to prepare your child for reading.

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter L. The girls are writing the letter L and identifying letters in it on page 18 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter L on page 13.

*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 L on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about what life at the pond would be like. This is a chance for them to use their imagination and what they have learned from the stories to imagine what life would be like to live in a pond.

*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 L 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 L 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 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.

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 short and tall. I will have items that are short and some that are tall 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 short and tall. I will have items that are tall and some that are short 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 Light Experiment from http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/seed-experiment-1-do-seeds-need-light-to-grow/.

Materials:

Two clear cups, Marker, Lima Bean, Dirt, Water

Directions:

We started with two plastic cups. We placed equal amounts of dirt in each cup, and labeled one cup “light” and one cup “dark.” To both cups we added the seed. We placed the “dark” cup into a box, which we sealed tightly to ensure no light could get in. Both the “light” cup and the “dark” cup in the box were placed on a countertop near our kitchen window for several days. When the dirt grew dry, I added more water as needed. After one week, we compared how the seeds in our “light” and “dark” cups had grown.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is The Pond so today we are going to talk about the environment of a pond. I will start by drawing a picture of a pond. Then we will add the trees, the animals, and anything else that they think of that is at the pond. I will label the pictures after drawing them so that they can see the words.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Handprint frogs from http://www.craftymorning.com/diy-cheap-handprint-frog-craft-for-kids/.

For this activity you will need:
green and white construction paper

glue

scissors

Directions:

Trace your hands for the frogs legs. Cut out a circle with the green paper. Glue the hand prints to the circle. Then cut out white circles for the frogs eyes.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we are going fishing. With our pretend fishing poles (or real ones without the hooks) we will go fishing. I will have a small blow up pool and our reading stools ready for us to go fishing. They can use their imagination to pretend that they are catching real fish at the pond.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for The Pond!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Baby Animals.

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