Dear Pre-K For All Families, April 2021
Our theme is exploring the concept of plants and why they are important.
Students will participate in the following center activities:
Science: Children will be provided with individual pictures of the plant cycle. Students will be asked to sequence the pictures. They will be given both pictures and diagrams of plants to refer to as they play and talk about each stage of the plant life cycle. Students will be view an assortment of seeds from fruits and vegetables. These seeds will be placed in a Ziploc bag and the children will be invited to observe and write or draw what they have observed. Children will be supplied with pictures of different types of plants as well as pictures of the landscapes in which each type of plant grows. Children will be asked to match the plant to its habitat. Children will be provided with several types of seeds and invite children to compare them. This will also be done with leaves, flowers and other plant parts. Children will use the light table to examine plant parts such as flowers and leaves.
Math: Students will be given an assortment of seeds and beans as well as containers for sorting. Children will sort seeds by color, size and design. Children will be provided with paper strawberries that contain the numbers one through ten on it. Children will be asked to put the appropriate number of seeds on each strawberry. Children will then be encouraged to write their own numbers when they are ready. Children will be given an assortment of seeds as well as a large flat tray and will be invited to create patterns with the seeds. Trees will cut out approximately the same size as the children in the class. The trees will be hung up in the classroom and the children will be invited to see if the tree is taller or shorter than they are. Children can write their names on the tree to indicate their own height.
Writing: Practice identifying and writing words that pertain to plants such as: botany, branch, bud, dirt, flower, fruit, grow, leaves, petals, plant, pollen, rain, roots, seed, seedling, soil, sprinkler, sprout, stem, sunlight, trunk, vine, water, watering can, botanist, bouquet, courtyard, farm, farmer, field, floral arrangement, florist, garden, gardener, greenhouse, landscape, lawn, nature, nursey, park, patio, bush, cactus, grass, seaweed, tree, weeds, vegetables, habitat, harvest, shade, shelter, vegetarian, and wood.
Dramatic Play: The Dramatic Play area will be turned into a flower shop. Students will be provided with silk flowers, containers, pictures of flower arrangements, cash register, notepads and writing utensils. They will be invited to pretend to make, buy and sell floral arrangements.
Literacy: Daily Read Aloud activities include:
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken
Food from Farms by Nancy Dickmann
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan
How Does a Seed Sprout? And Other Questions About Plants by Melissa Stewart
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Stone Soup by Heather Forest
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Titch by Pat Hutchins
Underground by Denise Fleming
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer
Library: Students will select books that revolve around plants.
Blocks: Children will be invited to build a park, or a roof top garden by using the blocks and other materials in the center. They will be given a supply of small cards as well as writing utensils to create labels for their park and gardens. Children will be provided with toy trees, bushes, flowers, etc. to add as landscaping to their structures. They will be invited to use these vocabulary words as they play with the materials. Children will be invited to build a park using the blocks and materials in the center. They can build a park for toy people.
Art: Children will be provided with pictures of floral arrangements to observe. They will then paint or draw one of the floral arrangements with various types mediums such as crayon, chalk, marker and or paint. Children will be invited to paint with a variety of vegetables such as celery, carrots and peppers to create different types of flowers. Students will be provided with different types of silk flowers to use as paint brushes. They will be encouraged to consider what type of mark each flower will make when used as a painting tool. Children will be provided with pipe cleaners as well as tissue paper circles. They will pierce the middle of the tissue paper circles with a pipe cleaner, then fold the circles up to create a flower. Children will be provided with parts of plants such as flowers or leaves, invite children to dip them into a small amount of paint and press them onto a piece of paper similar to a stamp..
Family Activities: Invite your child to observe a plant together. Encourage your child to talk about what the plant looks like, how it smells and way it feels. After observing the plant together your child can draw the plant and bring it back to class to display in the room.
What do you know about your plant?
Where is the plant located?
What does it need it to grow?
What are the different parts of your plant?
Encourage your child to go on a plant scavenger hunt in the neighborhood. Here is a list of things for them to look for and observe; a patch of grass, a tree taller than they are, something with petals and different kinds of plants.
How many different color flowers did you see?
Did you locate any trees smaller then you?
Where were the plants located?
Where did you find the most tress or flowers?