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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Mitten & Jingling Many Ways

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The Mitten
For our Mitten large group activity we will tell the story of the mitten with pictures from the book. The students will then be given a mask of one of the animals in the story. We found these on Jan Brett's website:  http://www.janbrett.com/mitten_masks_main.htm. We will hold out a blanket over our large mitten shape taped on the floor and sing to the tune of The Farmer and the Dell:

The mitten in the snow
The mitten in the snow
Help us please. . . so we don't freeze
The mitten in the snow
Carter squeezes in
Carter squeezes in
Help us please. . . so we don't freeze
The mitten in the snow
Once everyone in the whole class is under the sheet we will all sneeze "Ah, Ah, Ah, Chooo!!!!!" And everyone will rush out of the "mitten" and back to their seat.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingling Many Ways
Every student gets their own Jingle Bells, we then sing the song Jingle Bells, but with a twist:

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to shake my Jingle Bells today, Hey!
Shake them high, shake them low, shake them fast and shake them slow
Oh what fun it is to shake my Jingle Bells, Ho Ho.

Each student gets to choose a different verb, we'll give ideas like, tap, twirl, bounce, twist etc. 

From: http://theteacherwife.blogspot.com/2012/09/dont-eat-pete.html

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three Pigs and Jack

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The Three Little Pigs Large Group:
"I will huff and I will puff and I will blow your house down!" We will tell the story of the 3 Little Pigs with visual aides including sequencing cards, straw, sticks and a brick. The students will follow along as they do the actions and say the words.

Jack Be Nimble Large Group:
Jack be nimble, 
Jack be quick, 
Jack jumped over the candle stick. 
The students each get to take a turn deciding how they want to jump based on a choice of prepositions. For example, over, under, behind and in front over. While they do it, the rest of us will pat our knees and chant the rhyme as they do it.

Levels and Heights Small Group:
Just as an FYI, we have made our levels out of science tubes with water, food coloring and just enough space left for an air bubble.

From: http://peoniesandpoppyseeds.com/

Friday, November 7, 2014

Goldilocks, Three Bears and a Pile of Leaves

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Leaf Hunt Large Group
We have a leaf hunt chant with pictures that we are going to say introducing different attributes of leaves; big, small, colors, and positional and directional words as well. We will then take a walk around the school, using these words and reinforcing these concepts as the students find leaves to collect.

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt Chant:

“We’re going on a leaf hunt”
“We’re going to find some big ones”
“Some Small ones too!”
“Some might Be Yellow”
“Some might Be Brown”
“Some might Be Red”

“We’re going on a leaf hunt”
“We’re going to find some big ones”
“Some Small ones too!”
“Look, Ones up High”
“Stretch way up!”
“Reach to the sky!”

 “We’re going on a leaf hunt”
“We’re going to find some big ones”
“Some Small ones too!”
“Look way down low”
“Reach way down”
“Now grab it as you touch your toes!”

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Large Group
We have lots of copies of this story in the classroom and the students love it. Some of them dress up during work time as 'papa bear' and other characters. Other times they like to fill in the story with their own names. During our large group. We'll act out a simplified version of it over and over so everyone can have a turn. We'll emphasize attributes such as big, medium, small, hot, cold, hard and soft and sequencing. The students will have props to use and they can add their own names in as well if they would like.