Thursday, March 14, 2019

Week of March 18th!

Reminders / Notices:
  • Dismissal is at 12:00 NOON on Monday, March 25th!
  • Scholastic book orders are due on Monday, March 25th! The online class code is QNFWK




    Unit Topic:
     Water

     Essential Question for the Unit:
          What does water do?

     Focus Questions for this Week:
     What happens when we put things in water?

     Focused Learning activity for the week:
    Ms. McGarry and Mrs. Manan will work with students in the science center.  Students will be shown an arrangement of objects and asked to predict if the object will sink or float.  Students will then test their predictions by putting each item into a bin of water.  They will be asked why they think some items floated and some sank.   

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experiment.


Foundational Text for the Week:

Float by Daniel Miyares

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.CLL.3 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about characters and major events in a story.


QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE ASKED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK:

Level 1: Recall
What did the boy make out of newspaper?
What did the boy play with outside in the rain?
How did the boy’s boat get into the river?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

The boy put his boat in puddles outside. Where did the puddles come from?
Why did the boy have to chase his boat?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
How did the boy feel when his boat got wrecked in the river? How do you know?
How can you find out if something floats in water? What are some things that float?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
Why do you think this book is called Float?
The boy’s boat floated in the puddles but when itwent in the river it fell apart. Why?
Why do some things float and some things sink?


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Pictures of bridges will be added to the center. Students are encouraged to try to build bridges. 

Pretend Play- Large cardboard boxes will be added to Pretend Play for students to pretend they are in a boat. 

Art- Students are invited to draw a picture with crayons. They may choose to draw an underwater or rainy day scene. After their drawings are complete, watercolor paints will be used to lightly paint over their crayon drawings. 

Science- Students are invited to sort animals into two categories: those that live in water and those that live on land. 

Math- Seashells will be added to math center. Students will be able to match the correct number of shells to a number card. 

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, water.

Writing- Students will be asked the question, "Where can we find water?" and be asked to write or draw their answers.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



For more information on 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, March 8, 2019

Week of March 11th!

Reminders / Notices:

  • School is CLOSED on Friday, March 15th!

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    Unit Topic:
     Water

     Essential Question for the Unit:
          What does water do?

     Focus Questions for this Week:
     What happens to water when it changes temperature?

     Focused Learning activity for the week:
      Ms. McGarry and Mrs. Manan will work with students in the Art Center.  Students will be invited to use markers to create a picture.  They will then be provided with spray bottles of water to lightly spray their papers.  Students will be able to watch and describe how the water has changed their work.

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.CKW.6 (Science): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.


Foundational Text for the Week:

Rain by Linda Ashman

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.SED.2: Regulates his/her responses to needs, feelings, and events.


QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE ASKED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK:

Level 1: Recall
What does the boy wear outside in the rain?
What does the boy order at the Rain or Shine Café?
What does the man order at the Rain or Shine Café?
What does the man forget at the café?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
How does the boy feel about the rain? How do you know?
How does the man feel about the rain at the beginning of the story? How do you know?
How does the man feel about the rain at the end of the story? How do you know?
How did the boy help the man change his mind about the rain?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
How do you feel about going outside in the rain? Why?
At the beginning of the story the man is very upset. What are some things that make you upset?
The boy in the story is very happy. What are some things that make you happy?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
If you don’t have a rain coat, hat or umbrella to wearoutside in the rain, what can you do if you want to stay dry?
The boy made the man feel better. When someone is upset what can you do to make him/her feel better?


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Pictures of bridges will be added to the center. Students are encouraged to try to build bridges. 

Pretend Play- Large cardboard boxes will be added to Pretend Play for students to pretend they are in a boat. 

Art- Students are invited to draw a picture with crayons. They may choose to draw an underwater or rainy day scene. After their drawings are complete, watercolor paints will be used to lightly paint over their crayon drawings. 

Science- Students are invited to sort animals into two categories: those that live in water and those that live on land. 

Math- Seashells will be added to math center. Students will be able to match the correct number of shells to a number card. 

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, water.

Writing- Students will be asked the question, "Where can we find water?" and be asked to write or draw their answers.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



For more information on 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, March 3, 2019

Week of March 4th!


                                Reminders / Notices:

  • If you would like your child to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, please make sure the permission form is filled out.  Mass starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6th. Parents are welcome to attend. 

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    Unit Topic:
     Water

     Essential Question for the Unit:
          What does water do?

     Focus Questions for this Week:
     Where can we find water?

     Focused Learning activity for the week:
      Ms. McGarry and Mrs. Manan will work with students in the Dramatic Play Center.  Students will be asked to brainstorm and come up with a list of things we need in order to transform our center into a lake with boats.  Students will be assisted as we paint and build cardboard boats for our center.  

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.CKW.5 (The Arts): Participates in a variety of dramatic play activities to represent fantasy and real life experiences.


Foundational Text for the Week:

Water Dance by Thomas Locker

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.CKW.4 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of earth and space.


QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE ASKED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK:

Level 1: Recall
Where does the rain fall from?
What is high above the earth in the blue sky?
What is still and deep and overflows?
What is a waterfall?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
What are all of the things described in this book (rain, stream, waterfall, etc.) made of?
This book says that clouds can look like many different shapes in the sky. Are there clouds in the sky today? What shapes do you see in the clouds?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
The storm in this book made the sky dark. How do storms and clouds make the sky dark?
This book shows many different places in the environment where we can find water. Where are some places in our classroom where we can find water?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
At the beginning of the book it says, “Some people say that I am one thing. Others say that I am many.”How can something be one thing and many things at the same time?
Compare the pictures to what we see when we go outside. What is the same? What is different?
How do you think water gets to our classroom?



Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Pictures of bridges will be added to the center. Students are encouraged to try to build bridges. 

Pretend Play- Large cardboard boxes will be added to Pretend Play for students to pretend they are in a boat. 

Art- Students are invited to draw a picture with crayons. They may choose to draw an underwater or rainy day scene. After their drawings are complete, watercolor paints will be used to lightly paint over their crayon drawings. 

Science- Students are invited to sort animals into two categories: those that live in water and those that live on land. 

Math- Seashells will be added to math center. Students will be able to match the correct number of shells to a number card. 

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, water.

Writing- Students will be asked the question, "Where can we find water?" and be asked to write or draw their answers.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



For more information on 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, February 24, 2019

Week of February 25th!

Reminders / Notices:
  • There will be 12:00 p.m. dismissal on Monday, February 25th. 
  • There will be Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 1st.  There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL.
  • Friday, March 1st will be Dr. Seuss Dress Up Day and Costume Contest.  Students are invited to dress up like their favorite Dr. Seuss character.

     Unit Topic:
     Transportation

     Essential Question for the Unit:
       How does my community use various modes of transportation?

     Focus Questions for this Week:
     How do we stay safe when using transportation?

     Focused Learning Activity for the Week:
     Ms. McGarry and Mrs. Manan will work with students the math center.  they will provide students with transportation manipulatives.  Students will be encouraged to sort the transportation manipulatives by color and type.  Students will then be asked, "Who operates this vehicle?" as the teacher holds up one of the manipulatives.
  
    Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
     PK.CKW.2 (Measurement and Data): Sort objects and count the number of objects in each category.



      Foundational text for the week:
     
 Whose Vehicle is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper

 Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
       PK.CLL.10 (Reading Standards for Informational Text): With prompting and support, actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.  



QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE ASKED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK:

Level 1: Recall
What are some of the vehicles you noticed in this book? Who drives these vehicles?
What does a locomotive do?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
Where are some places we see vehicles? 
How do vehicles move?
Some people ride bicycles. Where would you like to go on a bicycle?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
How people stay safe when driving vehicles?
Why do you think some vehicles have (wings, wheels, lights, etc.)?
Why don’t all vehicles have (wings, wheels, lights,etc.)?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
Firefighters need to reach a fire quickly so no one gets hurt. What other drivers and vehicles need to move quickly?
Fire engines have flashing lights and loud sirens. What are some other vehicles that have flashing lights and loud sirens? Why?



Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to create a variety of ramps and use different vehicles to race, predicting which one will go down the fastest and why. 

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be transformed into a fire station. Students are invited to create a fire truck using large pieces of cardboard.  

Art- An assortment of shape cutouts and pictures of vehicles will be added to the center.  Students will be invited to reference the vehicles to create their own vehicles.

Science- Students are invited to create boats (with teacher support) and then will be asked to predict if their boat will float or sink, why or why not?

Math- Students will be invited to match numbered cars to the corresponding amount of people each car holds. 

Library- Students are invited to sequence the pictures and retell a familiar story, using a felt board.

Writing-  Students will be invited to match lettered cars to their corresponding spots in a "parking lot".

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



For more information on 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, February 15, 2019

Week of February 18th!

Reminders / Notices:

  • School is Closed on Monday, February 18th
  • Thursday, February 21st is the 100th Day of School.  Students can dress up to look like 100-year-olds.
  • There will be 12:00 p.m. dismissal on Monday, February 25th. 
  • There will be Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 1st.  There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL.
  • Friday, March 1st will be Dr. Seuss Dress Up Day and Costume Contest.  Students are invited to dress up like their favorite Dr. Seuss character.

     Unit Topic:
     Transportation

     Essential Question for the Unit:
       How does my community use various modes of transportation?

     Focus Questions for this Week:
     How do we stay safe when using transportation?

     Focused Learning Activity for the Week:
     Ms. McGarry and Mrs. Manan will work with students in the listening center. They will play a CD with different transportation sounds. Each student will have a dry erase board showing different vehicles.  The students will circle the vehicle that matches they sound they hear on the CD.
  
    Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
     PK.CKW.5 (Technology): Uses the knowledge of technology to increase learning. 



      Foundational text for the week:
     
 Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Cherise Mericle Harper

 Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
       PK.PDH.9: Demonstrates awareness and understanding of safety rules.



QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE ASKED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK:

Level 1: Recall
What was Little Green’s first word?
What did the trucks do when Little Green said,“Go?” Why did this become a problem?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
Why was Little Red important? Why was Little Yellow important?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
Little Green, Red and Yellow made a traffic light. What are some other traffic signals or signs you see outside?
What do traffic lights do?
Why is it important to follow traffic lights and signals?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
Little Green and Little Red were opposites. Name some other things that are opposites
Little Green, Little Yellow and Little Red had to work together to help the trucks. What are some things you can do with other children to help keep the classroom happy and safe?




Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to create a variety of ramps and use different vehicles to race, predicting which one will go down the fastest and why. 

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be transformed into a fire station. Students are invited to create a fire truck using large pieces of cardboard.  

Art- An assortment of shape cutouts and pictures of vehicles will be added to the center.  Students will be invited to reference the vehicles to create their own vehicles.

Science- Students are invited to create boats (with teacher support) and then will be asked to predict if their boat will float or sink, why or why not?

Math- Students will be invited to match numbered cars to the corresponding amount of people each car holds. 

Library- Students are invited to sequence the pictures and retell a familiar story, using a felt board.

Writing-  Students will be invited to match lettered cars to their corresponding spots in a "parking lot".

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



For more information on 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