Preschool Lesson 8: Halloween and Pumpkins

This week’s Preschool Theme is Halloween (And Pumpkins of course).

 

Circle Time

Color – Red

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – my song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

 

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud:  From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

Letter D 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 ‘my’.

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 D 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: It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky

Letter D 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: The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey

Letter D 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.

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

Check out more Family Friendly Halloween books here at The Jenny Evolution.

 

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 D. The girls are writing the letter D and identifying letters in it on page 4 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter D on page 5.

*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 D on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about your Halloween costume. Let your child draw a picture of their Halloween costume and  you can dictate for them.

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

Trace the Letter D from Reading the Alphabet

Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

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.

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

Letter D Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

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

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

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.

Tracer Page

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

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.

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, p. 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

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce counting strategies. These strategies will be a great way to review counting but also allow them to learn a new skill that will help them as they learn to count higher numbers. Today’s counting strategy will be counting out loud. Every time we count objects, using manipulatives and number cards, we will count out loud.  I will have an anchor chart up to share with them as we count.

Their independent practice will be continuing to count out loud while identifying the number the cards.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce counting strategies. These strategies will be a great way to review counting but also allow them to learn a new skill that will help them as they learn to count higher numbers. Today’s counting strategy will be touch and count. Every time we count objects, using manipulatives and number cards, we will touch the object.  I will have an anchor chart up to share with them as we count.

Their independent practice will be continuing to touch and count while identifying the number the cards.

Friday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce counting strategies. These strategies will be a great way to review counting but also allow them to learn a new skill that will help them as they learn to count higher numbers. Today’s counting strategy will be line up to count. Every time we count objects, using manipulatives and number cards, we will line up to count.  I will have an anchor chart up to share with them as we count.

Their independent practice will be continuing to line up  to count while identifying the number the cards.

science

This week we are going to do the Density Experiment from Inspiration Laboratories.

For this experiment you will need:

Bowl of water
Objects around the house (we used a ball, a plastic toy of their choice, a spoon, aluminum foil ball, rock, and a pacifier)

Directions:

Place the object into the water. Ask your child did it sink or did it float? Continue to do this until all of the objects have been placed in the water. Discuss what they saw.

Then explain that an object will be more dense if it sinks and less dense if it floats. Place the objects back in the water one by one and ask them if the object is more dense (sinks) or less dense (floats). It is important to expose them to this vocabulary so have them use the word dense.

 

 

social studies

This week we are going to do an experiment for Social Studies,  Pumpkin Seed Baking. I found this amazing recipe at Home Cooking Memories.

Materials:

How-To-Make-Perfect-Pumpkin-Seeds-1

Picture is from HomecookingMemories.com. See them for the original recipe.

Pumpkin (Seeds)
Knife
Scraper
Baking Sheet
1/2 teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
Dash of Salt

Directions:

  1. Cut the pumpkin open and begin scrapping out the seeds.
  2. Clean the pumpkin seeds really well. Make sure you get any remaining pumpkin “guts” off of the seeds. You may need to rinse them multiple times to get it all off.
  3. Once your seeds are clean, soak them in warm water for 1/2 an hour. Drain the seeds and get rid of the water.
  4. Fill a pot with water and a dash of salt. Bring the water to a boil and then put the seeds in the water. Boil for about 10 minutes. (This will help cook the inside of the seeds so that they are fully cooked when roasting).
  5. Drain the water and put the seeds in a bowl. Toss the seeds with the olive oil and lay them on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the Lawry’s Seasoned Salt on them.
  6. Bake the seeds at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.You have to flip the seeds every ten minutes so that they do not burn.
  7. Let them cool completely. Storing them is recommended in a mason jar to keep them fresh longer. Enjoy!

 

For an extension:

This week we are going to take a trip to the pumpkin patch and let them pick out their own pumpkins.

Art

Pumpkin Painting

Materials:

Pumpkin(s)
Paint
Paint Brushes
Smock or old t-shirt

Directions:

Allow your child to paint their pumpkin. This can allow them to get really creative. We have painted pumpkins for a few years now and they absolutely love this activity.

Alternative Art Activity: Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

Picture from Vivint.com.

Materials:

Pumpkin(s)
Carving Knife
Permanent Marker

Directions:

Draw a face onto the pumpkin. Use the knife to carve the pumpkin face. Here are a few cute carving templates I found on pinterest Vivint.

*I listed this as an alternative because I am not comfortable carving pumpkins with my children being so young. This is an activity I want to save for later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Role Play

This week will be at the pumpkin patch. We are going to act out visiting the pumpkin patch and picking out pumpkins.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Halloween!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Being Healthy.

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