Saturday, December 8, 2018

Week of December 10th!

WEEKLY REMINDERS:


  • Our Holiday Presentation will be on Thursday, December 20th at 9:00 a.m.
  • There is No after-school on Thursday, December 20th. 
  • Christmas break begins on Thursday, December 20th at Dismissal.  School resumes on January 3rd.



Unit Topic:

Where We Live


Essential Question for the Unit:

Where do the people and animals around me live?


Focus Question for this Week:

Where do people and animals live?





Focused Learning Activity for this Week:
  • Pictures of animals and their habitats will be added to the science center.  Students will be encouraged to talk about the arrangement of animals as well as the arrangement of habitats.  They will then be asked to match the pictures, placing the animal in the appropriate habitat.  Students will be asked why or how they made the matches. The teacher will ask students higher order thinking questions, such as, "why do you think an animal would need thick fur to live in the arctic?

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:

PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of living things.



Foundational Text for the Week: A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed: 

PK.CKW.11 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting and support, make connections between self, text and the world around them (text, media, social interaction).

Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 


Level 1: Recall

  • Why did Hermit Crab need a new house?
  • Hermit Crab liked the way his new house felt, but did not like the way it looked. Why didn’t Hermit Crab like the way the house looked?
  • What are some of the things Hermit Crab used to decorate his house?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

  • What are some things you like about where you live?
  • Hermit Crab invited many friends to live with him; who lives with you?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking

  • Hermit crab added many things to his home, which one do you like best? Why?
  • When the Smaller Crab moved into Hermit Crab’s house she promised to be good to his friends. How do you take good care of your friends?

Level 4: Extended Thinking

  • Hermit Crab was very polite and used his manners when he asked the sea creatures to decorate his house; when do you use your manners?
  • What do you think Hermit Crab would have done if the sea creatures he asked to decorate his house said no?
  • Hermit Crab moved two times in this story; have you ever moved to a new home? How did you feel about moving?



Learning Centers Available for the Unit:

Blocks-Pictures of different types of homes and buildings will be posted in block center and students are invited to build the homes in the pictures or similar homes.
Pretend Play- Students will decorate a building facade that will be used in the pretend play area.  
Art- Students will be supplied with popsicle sticks in order for them to create a home by gluing sticks onto paper.
Science- Multiple pictures of animals and their homes will be provided in science center for students to match.
Math- People figures, number cards, and pictures of homes will be placed in the math center.  Students will be encouraged to pick a number card, and place the corresponding number of people into a home.
Library- Students are encouraged to look at two non-fiction books about homes and compare and contrast what they see.
Writing-  Students will discover blueprints and create their own blueprint with blue paper and chalk.  
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



For more information about the lesson plan, click HERE!






If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the


Help Line at 888-227-8175

Friday, November 30, 2018

Week of December 3rd!

WEEKLY REMINDERS:


  • Our Holiday Presentation will be on Thursday, December 20th at 9:00 a.m.
  • There is No after-school on Thursday, December 20th. 
  • Christmas break begins on Thursday, December 20th at Dismissal.  School resumes on January 3rd.



Unit Topic:

Where We Live


Essential Question for the Unit:

Where do the people and animals around me live?


Focus Question for this Week:

Where do I live? Where do my family members live?





Focused Learning Activities for this Week:
  • Students will be encouraged to discover blueprints in the writing center and create their own building blueprint with blue paper and chalk.
  • Students will then be able to use what they created in the writing center to guide them in making their building come to life in the block center.

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:

PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places, and regions. 




Foundational Text for the Week: The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed: 
PK.CKW.6 (Speaking and Listening Standards): Demonstrate an emergent ability to express thoughts, feelings and ideas.



Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 


Level 1: Recall
How did the big orange splot get on Mr. Plumbean’s house?
What did the neighbors want Mr. Plumbean to do about the splot?
What did Mr. Plumbean do when he painted his house?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

Why were the neighbors upset that Mr. Plumbean changed his house?
Why do you think Mr. Plumbean changed his house at night?
What happened when the neighbors talked to Mr. Plumbean at night?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
Do you like the changes Mr. Plumbean made to his house? Why or why not?
Which house on Mr. Plumbean’s street do you like best? Why?

Level 4: Extended Thinking

Why do you think Mr. Plumbean changed his house?
If you lived on Mr. Plumbean’s street, how would you paint your house? Why?




Learning Centers Available for the Unit:

Blocks-Pictures of different types of homes and buildings will be posted in block center and students are invited to build the homes in the pictures or similar homes.
Pretend Play- Students will decorate a building facade that will be used in the pretend play area.  
Art- Students will be supplied with popsicle sticks in order for them to create a home by gluing sticks onto paper.
Science- Multiple pictures of animals and their homes will be provided in science center for students to match.
Math- People figures, number cards, and pictures of homes will be placed in the math center.  Students will be encouraged to pick a number card, and place the corresponding number of people into a home.
Library- Students are encouraged to look at two non-fiction books about homes and compare and contrast what they see.
Writing-  Students will discover blueprints and create their own blueprint with blue paper and chalk.  
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



For more information about the lesson plan, click HERE!






If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the


Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Week of November 26th!

Theme for the month:
All About Us!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
  •  I am unique; there is no one who looks, feels, thinks and acts exactly like I do.
  •  I feel different ways at different times for different reasons. 
  •  I am part of a family and a classroom community.
  • My family is important and unique.
  • My classroom is a community. All of the people in my class are important and unique.
  •   I can help make my classroom a fun, safe and exciting place. 


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- The student’s name cards will be available in block center.  Students are invited to write their names using blocks, discussing the lines in each letter of their name (straight, curved, etc.).

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be transformed into "circle time".  Students can take turns being the teacher and leading their friends in circle time activities.

ArtVarious size shapes from construction paper will be cut out and students are invited to use the shapes to create their bodies. After gluing the shapes together, or to a piece of paper, children can use writing utensils to add additional details (hair, patterns on clothes, etc.). 

Science- Students are invited to use magnifying glasses to explore fingerprints, skin, hair, etc. 

Math- Students will be encouraged to refer to their name cards and count how many letters are in their name, then place the appropriate number card next to the name card.  Children can count the letters in their own names, as well as their peer's names.

Library- Students are incouraged to read a book with a friend. One child could read to the other or they could look at a book together. 

Writing-  Students will be able to play a matching game where they match pictures of the students in the class with that students name.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



Some of the books we will read this week are:

      Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
      It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr




Reminders / Notices:


  • Christmas break begins on Thursday, December 20th at Dismissal.  School resumes on January 3rd.  





If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Week of November 19th!

Theme for the month:
All About Us!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
  •  I am unique; there is no one who looks, feels, thinks and acts exactly like I do.
  •  I feel different ways at different times for different reasons. 
  •  I am part of a family and a classroom community.
  • My family is important and unique.
  • My classroom is a community. All of the people in my class are important and unique.
  •   I can help make my classroom a fun, safe and exciting place. 


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- The student’s name cards will be available in block center.  Students are invited to write their names using blocks, discussing the lines in each letter of their name (straight, curved, etc.).

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be transformed into "circle time".  Students can take turns being the teacher and leading their friends in circle time activities.

ArtVarious size shapes from construction paper will be cut out and students are invited to use the shapes to create their bodies. After gluing the shapes together, or to a piece of paper, children can use writing utensils to add additional details (hair, patterns on clothes, etc.). 

Science- Students are invited to use magnifying glasses to explore fingerprints, skin, hair, etc. 

Math- Students will be encouraged to refer to their name cards and count how many letters are in their name, then place the appropriate number card next to the name card.  Children can count the letters in their own names, as well as their peer's names.

Library- Students are incouraged to read a book with a friend. One child could read to the other or they could look at a book together. 

Writing-  Students will be able to play a matching game where they match pictures of the students in the class with that students name.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



Some of the books we will read this week are:

      The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
      The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins




Reminders / Notices:


  • OLQM is having our annual canned food drive.  Please consider donating any canned food for those in need.  
  • Mickey and Minnie Dress up Day will be this Monday, November 19th.
  • Dismissal will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 20th.
  • Parent – Teacher Conferences will be on Tuesday, November  20thfrom 3pm – 8pm.  
  • School will be closed on Thursday, November 22nand Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.





If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Monday, November 12, 2018

Week of November 12th!

Theme for the month:
All About Us!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
  •  I am unique; there is no one who looks, feels, thinks and acts exactly like I do.
  •  I feel different ways at different times for different reasons. 
  •  I am part of a family and a classroom community.
  • My family is important and unique.
  • My classroom is a community. All of the people in my class are important and unique.
  •   I can help make my classroom a fun, safe and exciting place. 


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- The student’s name cards will be available in block center.  Students are invited to write their names using blocks, discussing the lines in each letter of their name (straight, curved, etc.).

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be transformed into "circle time".  Students can take turns being the teacher and leading their friends in circle time activities.

ArtVarious size shapes from construction paper will be cut out and students are invited to use the shapes to create their bodies. After gluing the shapes together, or to a piece of paper, children can use writing utensils to add additional details (hair, patterns on clothes, etc.). 

Science- Students are invited to use magnifying glasses to explore fingerprints, skin, hair, etc. 

Math- Students will be encouraged to refer to their name cards and count how many letters are in their name, then place the appropriate number card next to the name card.  Children can count the letters in their own names, as well as their peer's names.

Library- Students are incouraged to read a book with a friend. One child could read to the other or they could look at a book together. 

Writing-  Students will be able to play a matching game where they match pictures of the students in the class with that students name.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



Some of the books we will read this week are:

      I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley
      Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato





Reminders / Notices:

  • School will be closed on Monday, November 12th, for Veteran’s Day. 
  • OLQM is having our annual canned food drive.  Please consider donating any canned food for those in need.  
  • Our Thanksgiving music Performance will be on Wednesday, November 14th, at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Mickey and Minnie Dress up Day and costume contest will be on Monday, November 19th.
  • Dismissal will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 20th.
  • Parent – Teacher Conferences will be on Tuesday, November  20thfrom 3pm – 8pm.  
  • School will be closed on Thursday, November 22nand Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.





If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175