Friday, July 23, 2010

Fishy In A Pond

Each child picked a shoe box or lid to paint as their fish pond.

They created their own fish from apple carton dividers, paper tubes, or egg carton. They embellished them with eyes, tissue paper, glitter, foil, and construction paper shapes.

Once the boxes were dry children glued stones, shells, sticks, silk leaves, and their fishes into their ponds.

Sorting Big Fish from Little Fish
 We used this as an assessment and placed the fishing project into their portfolios.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fish Songs

Once I Caught A Fish Alive

One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the ritht.

Five Little Fishes

Five little fishes swimming in a pool.(wiggle five fingers, move arm)
The first fish said, "This pool is cool!" (Shiver and hug yourself)
The second fish said, "This pool is deep." (Use a low voice)
The third fish said, "I want to sleep." (yawn and stretch)
The fourth fish said, "I spy a ship." (hand shading eyes)
Fishing boat comes, line goes kersplash! (throw in line)
Away the five little fishies dash. (fingers "swim" away quickly)

Here is a flannel board story to use with the songs.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fishbowl Math

On Monday we will be starting a unit on Fun in the Sun. Around here that means things that we do around the rivers and lakes and all the animals that go with it. I thought I would start out with fish since most of the children have been fishing for the summer.

Here is a math game I came up with for this week.

I made copies of a fishbowl on white card stock and then cut blue paper in the shape of the water and glued it on. Once I had all the math mats ready I laminated them. I found small plastic fish for counting at the dollar store and also floral stones.

Object of the game is number recognition and counting.

• Each child at small group will get a fishbowl mat.
• Teacher will write numbers on the mat with a dry eraser marker.
• A number at the top for fish and a number at the bottom for stones.
• Child will identify each number and then count out the object for each of the numbers.
• Have them check their answers with one another.
• To make it more challenging the children can use addition to find the total of objects in the fishbowl.

You could also use game dice for the children to roll and identify the amount on the dice and then count out how many fish they need to put in the bowl. Once the fishbowl is full of fish the game is over.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Another day of Camping

Over the last few weeks we have been having a camp out in our classroom. We have set up tents inside and outside for the children to have a camping experience with. They even brought sleeping bags and pillow for the occasion.

We read the story Going on a Bear Hunt and listened to the song by Greg and Steve. After the story we made bears.
We took the children on a nature walk through the different play grounds. Each child carried a paper sack with them to collect nature items. When we returned to the classroom children created a art piece with their findings.

We also made dragonflies out of paper bags and coffee filters.
When our unit was complete our classroom looked like we had been camping, with stars, bears, tents, owls, and dragonflies.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Camping We Will Go

When We Go Camping

We started our camp out theme this week with the book When We Go Camping. We also sang songs and roasted marshmallows around our class campfire.
A camping we will go!

(sung to the tune of: Farmer in the Dell)

A camping we will go
A camping we will go
Hi ho off we go
A camping we will go

We will build a tent
We will build a tent
Hi ho off we go
We will build a tent

We will gather wood
We will gather wood
Hi ho off we go
We will gather wood

We will roast marshmallows
We will roast marshmallows
Hi ho off we go
We will roast marshmallows

Let the children add other things that they would do when going camping.

Camping Song - Sung to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?"

Let's go camping
Let's go camping
Pack the tent
Pack the tent
We will all go hiking
We will all go swimming
We will have fun!
We will have fun!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

The children enjoyed their day of celebration. It took them all week to make items for them to display while parading around the neighborhood where our school is located.
Making the top part of their hats                                     Making paper streamer shakers

Mother Goose was on the loose

Let the parade begin!

Even the girls in the office wanted to join the celebration.


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