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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Things we find in Autumn

CRAFTS
Squirrels

Pom-pom Tree
Glitter Acorns
SONGS
Leaves In The Air
tune: Wheels on the Bus
The leaves in the air [go up and down],
[up and down, up and down].
The leaves in the air [go up and down]
all around the town.
Continue
[twirl round and round]
[go whooping by]
[fall gently down]

Changing Leaves
tune: London Bridge
Leaves change colors in the fall.
In the fall, in the fall.
Leaves change colors in the fall.
They're so lovely.

I'm a Little Acorn
tune: I'm a Little Tea Pot
I'm a little acorn - look at me!
I live high in an old oak tree.
My face is green but will soon be brown
when leave start to flutter on the ground.

Leaves Are Falling
tune: Where is Thumbkin?
Leaves are Falling
Leaves are Falling
All around
To the ground.
They are such a nice sight.
Dancing in the sunlight.
Floating down,
To the ground.


BOOKS
Clifford's First Autumn (Norman Bridwell)
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (Lois Ehlert)
Nuts to You! (Lois Ehlert)
Apples and Pumpkins (Anne Rockwell)
Autumn Across America (Seymour Simon)
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves (Lucille Colandro)

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

All About Me, MY Friends and My Feelings

CRAFTS

BACK PACK
Make the craft, have the children answer the questions then take home the bag.  Bring the bag back the next day with three things.  Each child will then tell the class about themselves and the things in their 'back pack'.
You can find this craft at OnceUponaFirstGradeAdventure.Blogspot.com 


ALL ABOUT ME POSTER OR COLLAGE
Ask the parents to help their child make a poster or collage of family pictures and things they like.  Have the child bring them to class share with classmates.  
Each child gets up and tells the class about their poster, pictures or collage.


GAMES
HELLO MY FRIEND!
Have one child sit in the middle of a circle on a chair. This child should cover his/her eyes. Then pick one child to go up to the child in the middle and say "Hello my friend, can you guess who I am?" The child in the middle gets three guesses. Then the child who spoke sits in the middle and the child that was in the middle chooses another speaker. The children can use their normal voices, but if they are familiar with the person in the chair, silly voices can be more difficult and amusing.

(credit: The Activity Place)

FINGERPRINT COMPARISON
Provide your children with stamp pads and magnifying glasses.  Have them make fingerprint on paper and then use magnifying glasses to examine their prints.  Encourage them to find similarities and differences between their own prints and their friends print.


BOOKS

Guess How Much I Love You
The Pigeon Has Feelings Too! (Mo Willems)
Rainbow Fish (Marcus Pfister)
Glad Monster, Sad Monster (Ed Emberley)
Franklins Bad Day (Paulette Bourgeois)
Do You Want to be My Friend (Eric Carle)
Biscut Find A Friend (Alyssa S. Capucilli)
How Kind (Mary Murphy)
Little Blue and Little Yellow (Leo Lionni)

For some children friendship skills come easily; while others need a little more practice and help. 

 A great way to introduce and learn about friendship is reading books about friendship together.  

After reading each book, ask children questions like: 

Why were the characters friends? 

What made them good friends? 

How did they become friends? 

How did they settle arguments?
A good friend:
shares his/her toys.
listens to me.
plays with me.
doesn't get mad easily.
is fun to be with.
cares about me.

SONGS

I AM SPECIAL
(Tune: Frere' Jacques)
I am special, I am special (point to self)
If you look, you will see
Someone very special, someone very special,
It is me, it is me!! (Point to self) 

Look who's special.
Look who's special.
Is it her, you, or me?
No, it's all of us, you see!
We're all so special as can be!

SPECIAL, SPECIAL
(Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Special special special me
How I wonder what I'll be
In this big world I can be
Anything I want to be
Special special special me
How I wonder what I'll be

IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
If You're Happy and You Know it, Clap your Hands 
If You're Happy and You Know it, Clap your Hands 
If You're Happy and You Know it, then your face will surely show it 
If You're Happy and You Know it, Clap your Hands 
Variations: 
Angry: Stomp your Feet 
Sad: say boo hoo 
Tired: go to sleep

FEELINGS
(tune: For He's A Jolly Good Fellow)
When I feel very [happy], When I feel very [happy]
When I feel very [happy]
My face will look like this!
Variations:
sad, angry, scared, sleepy

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A FRIEND
Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”
If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.
If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.

If you want a friend that’s new, then say, “How do you do?”

If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.

                                                               (credit: Jean Warren)


**SO MANY FEELINGS**
 (tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Where is (happy)
Where is (happy)
Here I am, Here I am.
I am very (happy)
I am very (happy)
Yes I am, yes I am.
Continue with: sad, mad, silly, etc.
(credit: The Mailbox Companion ~ August/September 2009)

THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER
The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
'Cuz your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends
The more we get together the happier we'll be. 
With child's name, and child's name, and child's name, and child's name
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
With child's name, and child's name, and child's name, and child's name
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
(credit: The Activity Place)


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Transportation

CRAFTS
SHAPE TRUCKS
Made with pre cut out shapes.  
I gave the children shapes and let them put together their own truck.

DUMP TRUCK
Made out of an empty CD case, scraps, glue sticks and construction paper.


GETTING AROUND THE CITY
Made with construction paper, crayons, glue sticks, hand cut out road, 
white crayon (to make dash line on the road) and car cut outs (google search).





The children learned how to draw squares.

This little guy couldn't stop saying vroom, vroom!

PACK YOUR BAGS
Provided the children with this traveling suitcase pattern. Inside the suitcase, have the children paste pictures of things they might take on a trip (you can pre-cut a variety of items from magazine pictures). Leave the folders open until they’ve dried. The next day continue the project by having the children lick stamps from foreign countries and paste them on the outside of their “suitcases”. They looked like travel stickers. The stamps came in a big package and were very inexpensive.

FIELD TRIP
We took a trip to our local fire company.


WORD OF THE WEEK
Go

SONGS
RED, YELLOW, GREEN
Tune: Three Blind Mice

Red, yellow, green.
Red, yellow, green.
What do they mean?
What do they mean?
Red means stop, yellow means slow,
Green means go.
Now we know!
Red, yellow, green.


THE DRIVER SONG

Dan the driver has car, beep: beep, beep, beep, beep

And on that car he has a horn: beep, beep, beep, beep, beep

With a beep, beep here and a beep, peep there, here a beep everywhere a beep, beep



Pete the Pilot has a plane: zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom. 

And on that plane there are some wings: zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom. 
With a zoom, zoom, here, and a zoom there, here a zoom everywhere a zoom, zoom

The engineer has a train: chug, chug, chug, chug, chug.
And on that train he has a smokestack: chug, chug, chug, chug, chug.
With a chug, chug here and a chug, chug there, here a chug everywhere a chug, chug


CAR, BUS, SONG
tune: Jingle Bells
C-A-R, C-A-R that’s how you spell car
B-U-S, B-U-S that’s how you spell bus
V-A-N, V-A-N that’s how you spell van
Transportation helps us, I hope you understand!

I'M DRIVING IN MY CAR
tune: Bingo
Look at me, oh, can't you see,
I'm driving in my CAR!
C-A-R, (beep, beep)
C-A-R, (beep, beep)
C-A-R, (beep, beep)
I'm driving in my CAR!
Repeat verses using other three letter transportation words (ex. VAN, BUS)

GAMES
LICENSE PLATE MATCHING
Make up face license plates on index cards.
Have the children match the plate by color, number and state.

CAR PAINT AND CAR WASH
Fill pie pans with different colors of paint let the children drive matchbox cars through the paint and onto paper.
 When finished, they can wash their cars in the car wash!! Just use a tub of soapy water and toothbrushes!!

OUTSIDE FUN
Gather some toy cars, trucks and trains & a supply of sidewalk chalk. Take the children outside & choose a concrete or black top area. Encourage them to draw roads, buildings, & houses.


BOOKS
Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen 
Little Blue Truck By Alice Schertle
Red Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen
The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
Trucks Roll! by George Ella Lyon



Monday, September 1, 2014

Outer Space

Moon

black sheet of card stock paper (construction paper is too thin with the amount of paint used)
white crayon
white paint
flour
paint brush
star stickers


Trace a circle (a cereal bowl works great) with the white crayon onto the black card stock.
Mix paint and flour to make a mixture that looks similar to cottage cheese.
Paint mixture onto the circle.
Decorate with star stickers.
Let dry.


Moon Rock
Gray paint (I mixed white and black)
Silver glitter
moon-like rocks
tissue paper



Paint rock and put on square pieces of tissue paper.
Sprinkle glitter all over
Allow to dry

Making Moon Craters
A large rectangle cake pan
flour
coca powder
small items (i.e.: lego's, marshmallow, pingpong ball)

Place a layer of flour in the cake pan.  Sift cocoa powder on top.
Drop the items into the pan and see what kind of craters it makes. (i.e.: big/small/deep)




Alien
Alien clip art (google search)
construction paper
wiggly eyes

Alien Play Doh
Mix wiggle eyes in play doh for the kids to find.


Looking Out of a Rocket Ship Window


GAMES

Planet Game
Choose one child to be the sun and stand in an open space. Then have other children pretend to be planets and walk around the sun in circles, or orbits, never bumping into one another. Continue as long as interest lasts.


BOOKS


SONGS
Tuning Up For Outer Space
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

The sun is in the sky. The sun is in the sky.

Hot and bright, it gives us light.

The sun is in the sky.



The moon is in the sky.

The Moon is in the sky.
Around and 'round the earth it goes.
The moon is in the sky.

The stars are in the sky.
The stars are in the sky.
Twinkly bright, they shine at night.
The stars are in the sky.



I’M A LITTLE ASTRONAUT
Tune:  “I’m A Little Teapot”

I’m a little astronaut 
Flying to the moon.
My rocket is ready,
We blast off soon.

I climb aboard
And close the hatch.
5-4-3-2-1, off we blast!
                        Source


WE’RE FLYING TO THE MOON
Tune:  “The Farmer In The Dell”

We’re flying to the moon.
We’re going to blast off soon.
Grab your helmets and your suits.
We’re flying to the moon.

Did you feel the blast?
We’re climbing up so fast.
Hang on tight, what a sight!
We’re flying to the moon.

We’re soaring through the air.
I think we’re almost there.
Retro Rockets going off!
We’ve landed on the moon!

We climb down the stairs,
With our tanks of air.
We plant a flag, then grab some rocks
And take them back to earth.

We’re flying oh so fast.
Then we’re home at last.
What a flight, what a sight.
Flying to the moon!


PUZZLES AND PATTERNS

 You can find the Space Pack at 3Dinosaurs.com




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