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Week of April 9, 2018
Tubes/Tunnels/Simple Machines
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Choice Time
Sensory Table- Collection of Tubes
To go along with our tubes and tunnels study we will be adding various sized and shaped PVC pipes to the sensory table. We will
also be adding funnels and connectors with the pipes. The table will have bird seed in it for the students to transfer between the pipes and funnels.

Question of the Day
What are simple machines?
Today the students will discuss what they think simple machines are. We will create a list of the answers the students come up with
and decide whether or not they are simple
machines and describe in further detail what a simple machine really is.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for
breakfast by setting out the proper
tableware and utensils for that specific
meal. We will then sit together and serve
breakfast family style with the students.
Once finished eating the students will sit
on the carpet with a book while waiting for
everyone to be complete. After all of the
students have finished eating they will put
their books away and sit on the edge of
the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Ee, the number is 11, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "What are simple
machines?"

Read-Aloud
Simple Machines- D.J. Ward
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of simple machines. Vocabulary: Simple Machines, Pulley, Lever, Inclined Plane, Wedge, Wheel and Axle, and Screw.
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality, author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do think simple machines are?" During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why are simple machines useful? "How can simple machines be put together?" "Where can we find simple machines?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words
with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board.
Ask the students "What simple machines
do we use in the classroom?

Small Group
Balancing Act
Today the students will be exploring simple machines by using a balance. We will discuss the different parts of the balance including the lever and the fulcrum. During the exploration we will put different weighted objects on either side of the balance. We will discuss how the side with the heavier object is lower than the lighter objects. The students will make predictions throughout the project.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #91- Move to the Beat
Today we will be listening and moving our bodies to various beats on a drum. We will start with a slow rhythmic beat on the drum while telling the students to listen carefully and try to move their bodies to match the beat. Next, we will speed up the beat and ask
the students to move their bodies faster in
order to match the beat. Throughout this
activity we will alternate between fast,
medium, and slow.

Outdoor Experiences
M55 - Stepping Stones

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Shubert Sees the Best
Today the children will hear the story, "Shubert Sees the Best". We will read the story aloud while questioning and explaining the characters' behaviors/choices. After the story we will discuss the importance of our Shubert story.
Question of the Day
What do you think a tube is? What do you think a Tunnel is?
Today the students will discuss what tubes are and what tunnels are. We will briefly describe the two and talk about how we use them in our
lives.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for
breakfast by setting out the proper
tableware and utensils for that specific
meal. We will then sit together and serve
breakfast family style with the students.
Once finished eating the students will sit
on the carpet with a book while waiting for
everyone to be complete. After all of the
students have finished eating they will put
their books away and sit on the edge of
the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Ee, the number is 11, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "What do you think a tube is? What do you think a Tunnel is?"

Read-Aloud
Underground- Denise Fleming
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of tubes and tunnels. Vocabulary: Tunnel, Travel, Dig, Tube
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality, author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What can we find underground?" During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think animals build tunnels?" "How are tunnels useful for travel?" After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "Where else have you seen tunnels?"

Small Group
Marble Track
Today we will be using various sized tubes and tape to make a marble track. The students will work together to decide the track and taping it together. We will the place a marble in the track to see if it can make it from start to finish. If the marble does not make it all the way through the track we will brainstorm what happened and fix the track until it works.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #30- Bounce, Bounce, Bounce Sing to the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat.
Use the children's ideas for movements and incorporate them into the song, "Bounce, bounce, bounce around bounce around the floor. Bouncing, bouncing, bouncing, bouncing, more and more and more. Fly, fly, fly around fly around the floor. Flying, flying, flying, flying, more and more and
more."

Outdoor Experiences
LL55 - Dance & Remember

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Balancing Tubes
Today we will be using different types of tubes and various sized items to practice our balancing skills. The students will be presented with items to try and balance on top of the tubes. We will use the different items on the various tubes to sharpen our skills and compare/contrast the different materials.
Choice Time
Library- Books Featuring Tubes and Tunnels
To go along with our Tubes and Tunnels study we will be adding various themed books to the library area. The students will have the opportunity to explore/interact with these books throughout the day.

Question of the Day
How do we use simple machines?
After describing what simple machines are, today, we will be discussing how we use simple machines in our everyday lives. We will make a list of  the machines and talk about their importance and how they make our lives easier.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for
breakfast by setting out the proper
tableware and utensils for that specific
meal. We will then sit together and serve
breakfast family style with the students.
Once finished eating the students will sit
on the carpet with a book while waiting for
everyone to be complete. After all of the
students have finished eating they will put
their books away and sit on the edge of
the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Ee, the number is 11, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "How do we use simple machines?"

Read-Aloud
Simple Machines- D.J. Ward
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of simple machines. Vocabulary: Simple Machines, Pulley, Lever, Inclined Plane, Wedge, Wheel and Axle, and Screw.
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality, author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do think simple machines are?" During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why are simple machines useful? "How can simple machines be put together?" "Where can we find simple machines?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words
with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board.
Ask the students "What simple machines
do we use in the classroom?

Small Group
Exploring Ramps
Today we will be using different length blocks to explore ramps. We will set up the ramps and run cars down them . We will then describe how we feel the different sizes of ramps affected the outcome of the car's speed.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #74- Jack in the Box

Tell the children to squat down while you say the rhyme. Explain that they should listen for your signal to jump up. "One, two,
three, four will you jump up off the floor?
Five, six, seven, eight it's really, really, hard to wait. Listen now, and you will know: should you stay, or should you go?

Outdoor Experiences
LL52 - Tap It, Clap It, Stomp It, Jump It

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Book Mobile
Today the Book Mobile will be visiting the school. Each student will be able to enter the Book Mobile to return their old books and check out new ones.While in the book mobile the children will hear a story and sing a song. Once every student has checked out a new book we will return to the classroom and read our new stories.
Question of the Day
How can we compare tubes and tunnels?
After defining the terms tubes and tunnels we will compare the two types of materials and discuss the similarities and differences between them. We will discuss where in the classroom we use tubes and where we use tunnels. We will discuss why some jobs require a tube and others require tunnels. We will also discuss animals who use tunnels
underground.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for
breakfast by setting out the proper
tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Ee, the number is 11, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "How can we compare tubes and tunnels?"

Read-Aloud
Underground- Denise Fleming
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of tubes and tunnels. Vocabulary: Tunnel, Travel, Dig, Tube
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality, author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What can we find underground?" During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think animals build tunnels?" "How are tunnels useful for travel?" After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "Where else have you seen tunnels?"

Small Group
Straw STEM Activity
Today we will present the students with straws, tubes, and playdough for them to interact with.The students will work with the question in mind, "What can you build?" The children will then work together to see what they can make with the items.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #70- The Kids Go Marching In
Sing to the tune of "Camptown Races," and march along with the children. "When the kids go marching in, doo dah, doo dah. When the kids go marching in, oh the doo dah day. Oh the doo dah day, oh the doo dah day. When the kids go marching in, oh the doo dah day."

Outdoor Experiences
LL17 - Walk a Letter

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Obstacle Course
Today the students will be taking part in an obstacle course. We will be using the tunnel and making tunnels out of hula hoops for the students to go through. Every child will be given a chance to go through the obstacle course at least once.

Choice Time
Large Motor- Play Tunnel
To go along with our Tubes and Tunnels study we will be adding the play tunnel to our large motor time. The students will be able to crawl through, roll in,  and explore the tube throughout large motor time.

Question of the Day
What can we make using simple  machines?
After describing what simple machines are, today, we will be discussing how we can put simple machines together in order to make larger machines such as lawn mowers or roller coasters. We will make a list of the
machines and talk about their importance
and how they make our lives easier.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for
breakfast by setting out the proper
tableware and utensils for that specific
meal. We will then sit together and serve
breakfast family style with the students.
Once finished eating the students will sit
on the carpet with a book while waiting for
everyone to be complete. After all of the
students have finished eating they will put
their books away and sit on the edge of
the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Ee, the number is 11, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "What can we make using simple machines?"

Read-Aloud
Simple Machines- D.J. Ward
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of simple machines. Vocabulary: Simple Machines, Pulley, Lever, Inclined Plane, Wedge, Wheel and Axle, and Screw.
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality, author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do think simple machines are?" During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why are simple machines useful? "How can simple machines be put together?" "Where can we find simple machines?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words
with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board.
Ask the students "What simple machines
do we use in the classroom?

Small Group
Making Catapults
Today we will be using
various supplies such as popsicle sticks
and tape to make our own catapults. We
will test our catapults using pom poms.
During thie activity we will discuss the
different simple machines we are using.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #20- I Can Make a Circle
Select a leader to draw a shape with her finger in the air, on the floor, or on a table. Model by playfully making mistakes and erasing them with an imaginary eraser. Sing to the tune of Mulberry Bush while the children are drawing "[Shawanda] can make a circle, a circle, a circle. [Shawanda] can make a circle, just like this!"

Outdoor Experiences
P37 - Wonderful Warm-Ups

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Catapult Games
We will be using the catapults we made during small groups to take part in various catapult games. Games will include cup drop, longest toss, and target practice. We will use pom poms for the games and the students will be encouraged to attempt each activity with their homemade catapult.

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