Nature All Around Us - The Seasons Knowledge Focus: Children learn about their environment by investigating characteristics of the natural world. Social/Emotional Focus: Curiosity BIG Idea: I notice how the seasons change. Concepts: the four seasons, seasonal activities, seasonal weather, months and the calendar, animals and the seasons. BIG Words: branches, fall, leaf, season, spring, summer, twigs, winter
Monday Theme Activity - The Seasons: Children learn about the connection between weather and seasons as they talk about each season, then put them all together in a game. Read Aloud - The Apple Pie Tree: Children learn the changes in an apple tree over the seasons through a story, then examine real apples and make apple pies. Mathematics - Leaf Patterns: Children recognize and complete patterns - the patterns of the seasons and how those patterns made leaves. Tuesday Big Book - Weather and Feelings: Children explore weather and feelings by reading about Peter and his day in the snow in the classic book, The Snowy Day. Alphabet Knowledge - This Is Letter Zz: Children learn about the letter Zz and the sound /z/. Social Studies - A Celebration of Spring: After revisiting The Apple Pie Tree, children consider how people around the world celebrate the seasons and create a colorful maypole to celebrate spring.
Wednesday Field Trip to Adamson Lagoon
Thursday Read Aloud - What Makes The Seasons?: Inspired by a nonfiction book with illustrations, children make a bulletin board about the four seasons. Social/Emotional - Curiosity and Spring Rain: After reading about spring, children use their curiosity in a science exploration about clouds and rain. Mathematics - Umbrella Patterns: The class uses the Math Mat, umbrellas, and sticky notes to work with patterns. They play "What's Missing?" to practice making patterns.
Friday Alphabet Knowledge - Review Vowels: We will review the long and short sounds of all the vowels and look for them in the children's names Science and Health - Winter Hibernation: Children revisit the book What Makes the Seasons? to learn about how animals hibernate during the winter. Then it is time for the children to hibernate! Shared/Independent Writing - Class Leaf Book: Each child chooses a leaf to write about, and the class complies all the pages into a leaf book.