Theme for the month: Light
Enduring understanding that the student should have by the end of the unit:
- There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
- Light helps us see and stay warm.
- Light helps plants grow.
- When there is little or no light it is dark.
- Shadows appear when an object blocks light
LEARNING CENTERS AND ACTIVITIES:
Blocks: Students will be invited to build in front of paper, then shine a flashlight on the structure. Students will be encouraged to trace the shadows on the paper.
Dramatic Play:A campsite will be created in the dramatic center for students to pretend they are going camping.
Art: After reading the book Round Trip by Ann Jonas, students will be provided with black and white paper to create a picture.
Discovery Area/Science: The students will be supplied with an assortment of small items such as stringing rings, optical illusion sheets, paint pipettes, squiggle pipettes, clear vials, paint scrappers, animal X-Rays to for children to explore on the light table.
Math: Students will be provided with glow sticks as they build with Magna-Tiles. Students encouraged to place the glow sticks inside their structures and note what they see.
Library: The teacher will post and read the poem My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson in the library center.
The teacher will use playdough with the children and model rolling the playdough into thin lines. Children will be invited to use the lines to create various letters, numbers and shapes.
Some of the books we will read this week are:
- Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch
- Light and Shadow by Clyde Roberts
Reminders / Notices:
- School is closed on March 22nd.
- School is closed from March 26 to April 9th for spring break
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