Nature All Around Us - How Do Plants Grow? Knowledge Focus: Children learn about their environment by investigating characteristics of the natural world. Social/Emotional Focus: Curiosity BIG Idea: I can plant a seed and watch how it grows. Concepts: Parts of a plant, life cycle of plants, plant needs, common characteristics of plants, food from plants BIG Words: flower, petals, plant, roots, seeds, tree, vine
Monday Theme Introduction - How Do Plants Grow?: Children begin their week exploring plants and plant growth with real seeds, a seed collage, and a KWL chart. Read Aloud - Growing Vegetable Soup: Children learn about gardening through a read aloud and make their own soup with pictures of vegetables in a soup bowl. Mathematics - How Many Carrots in All?: Children practice addition as they combine and count up to five fruits or vegetables.
Tuesday Big Book - What the Sun Sees/What the Moon Sees: Children act out being the sun and the moon using masks Alphabet Knowledge - This Is Letter V: Children learn the letter Vv and the sound /v/ and also review the letter Tt and the sound /t/. Science and Health - Seed Watchers: Children examine a plant's life cycle and plant seeds, which they will be able to observe and measure as they grow.
Wednesday Read Aloud - Counting In The Garden: Children find and count animals hidden in the book, then sing a song to review plant parts and what plants need in order to grow. Social Studies - From Tree to Table: Children explore how apples grow and act out the process picking apples, turning apples into juice, and taking apple juice to the store. Mathematics - How Many Are Hiding?: Children listen to number stories and tell how many bugs are gathering on the tulips and how many bugs are hiding behind a leaf.
Thursday Alphabet Knowledge - This Is Letter Ww: Children learn the letter Ww and the sound /w/ and review the letter Vv and the sound /v/. Social/Emotional Focus - Gardening Experts: Children fill in the KWL chart with curiosity questions about plants, then invite a plant expert to come to the classroom. Modeled/Shared Writing - Flower Prints: Children create flower prints and dictate or write sentences to describe their creations.
Friday Review Read Aloud - Roots, Stems, and Leaves: Children draw pictures of the parts of a plant, then create clay sculptures of the different parts. Mathematics - All Together in the Garden: Children learn more about addition by creating addition stories with seeds and writing numbers to go with their stories. Friday Take-Home - Plastic Cup Gardens: To celebrate being plant experts, children each plant a bean seed to watch over closely at home.