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WEEKLY THEME
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Week of October 2, 2017
TREE  STUDY/FALL

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will locate the chair with their name on it and interact with the activity at that table. Table activities will vary day to day. The students will then clean up and wash their hands in preparation for breakfast. Once finished eating the students will practice writing their names while waiting for
everyone to be complete. The students will then brush their teeth to the tune of the alphabet song being sung twice. After the students have finished brushing their teeth they will sit on the carpet for circle time.

Question of the Day
How can we describe the trees in our
community?

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and go on a nature walk. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will also sing our "What is the Weather" song and discuss what the weather looks like from outside the windows. We will then go over our schedule for the day pointing to each
picture so that the children will know what to expect for the day. The letter of the week (Ff), shape of the week (Circle), color of the week (Orange), and number of the week (4) will be introduced. Today's question is "What is Fall?" Today's question is "How can we describe the trees in our community?"

Read-Aloud
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves
Purpose for Reading: To help reinforce the
concept of Fall and the changes in our
environment during the season.
Vocabulary: Leaves, Scarecrow, Pole, Autumn
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What are some signs of Fall?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think the old lady swallowed some leaves? "How do you think she made a scarecrow?" "How can we compare the different items the old lady swallowed?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How else could this story have ended?"

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #97
The students will take part in a shape hunt. Each student will be asked to find a certain shape somewhere in the classroom.

Small Group
Leaf Marble Painting
The children will be using fall colored paint and marbles to decorate maple and oak leaves. The students will place the marbles onto a tray with one of the leaves on it and roll them back and forth through the paint until they cover the leaf. During the project we will discuss the various colors of Fall and where we can find those colors in nature.

Wow! Experiences
Shubert Sees the Best
Today the students will hear the story, "Shubert Sees the Best". We will read the story aloud while questioning and explaining the characters' behaviors and choices. After the story we will discuss the importance of our Shubert story.

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given a tree theme
related in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Choice Time
Fallen Leaves
To go along with our tree/fall study we will be adding real fallen leaves to the water table. The students will have the opportunity to explore these leaves during their play.

Outdoor Experiences
P09 - Up and Away
Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will locate the chair with their name on it and interact with the activity at that table. Table activities will vary day to day. The students will then clean up and wash their hands in preparation for breakfast. Once finished eating the students will practice writing their names while waiting for
everyone to be complete. The students will then brush their teeth to the tune of the alphabet song being sung twice. After the students have finished brushing their teeth they will sit on the carpet for circle time.

Question of the Day
Who lives in trees?

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and go on a nature walk. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will also sing our "What is the Weather" song and discuss what the weather looks like from outside the windows. We will then go over our schedule for the day pointing to each
picture so that the children will know what to expect for the day. The letter of the week (Ff), shape of the week (Circle), color of the week (Orange), and number of the week (4) will be introduced. Today's question is "Who lives in trees?"

Read-Aloud
Who Lives in Trees?
Purpose for Reading: To help introduce a variety of animals who live in trees.
Vocabulary: Nest, Hive, Cocoon, Nook, Roots, Soil
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What kind of animals do you think live in trees?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "How do animals make their homes in trees? "What kinds of homes do we find in trees?" "How do you think animals in trees survive?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "Why do you think some animals live in trees and some don't?"

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes: #19
The students will take part in an I Spy Game. Each student will be asked to find a certain object based on the Spyer?s clues.

Small Group
Leaf Marble Painting
The children will be using fall colored paint and marbles to decorate maple and oak leaves. The students will place the marbles onto a tray with one of the leaves on it and roll them back and forth through the paint until they cover the leaf. During the project we will discuss the various colors of Fall and where we can find those colors in nature.

Wow! Experiences
Handwashing
Today we will review the proper way to wash our hands and the importance of good hygiene. We will also review the hand washing poster by the sinks. We will conclude our discussion with the choosy song, My Hands Need Washed.

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given a tree theme
related in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Choice Time
Branch Building Blocks
We will be adding natural branch blocks to our block area. Adding these materials to the block center will allow students to become more familiar with the properties of a tree.

Outdoor Experiences
P37 - Wonderful Warm-Ups

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will locate the chair with their name on it and interact with the activity at that table. Table activities will vary day to day. The students will then clean up and wash their hands in preparation for breakfast. Once finished eating the students will practice writing their names while waiting for
everyone to be complete. The students will then brush their teeth to the tune of the alphabet song being sung twice. After the students have finished brushing their teeth they will sit on the carpet for circle time.

Question of the Day
What food comes from trees?

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and go on a nature walk. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will also sing our "What is the Weather" song and discuss what the weather looks like from outside the windows. We will then go over our schedule for the day pointing to each
picture so that the children will know what to expect for the day. The letter of the week (Ff), shape of the week (Circle), color of the week (Orange), and number of the week (4) will be introduced.Today's question is "What food comes from trees?"

Read-Aloud
Chicka, Chicka 1, 2, 3
Purpose for Reading: To introduce/review the numbers 1-100 using rhyme and the familiarity of a tree.
Vocabulary: Branches, Plenty, Tree
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "How is the tree in this book similar to the trees in our community?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Does this type of tree grow in our community? "How is this book similar/different than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom?" "Why do you think the apple tree in this book didn't lean over like the coconut tree in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How are the trees from both Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 alike/different than the trees in our community?"

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes: #15
The students will play a number game. While the teacher holds up a number card the students will name the numeral and perform a simple motion to demonstrate knowledge of the quantity.

Small Group
Shape Tree
The children will be creating shape trees using their painted hand and various shapes. The students will first create the tree part of the project by having their hand and arm painted brown and then placing it onto the paper. After the tree has dried the students will glue various shapes onto their trees as leaves. During the project we will discuss the various shapes on the tree and their properties.

Wow! Experiences
Twinkle Twinkle
Today we will talk about different ways to calm our bodies down including breathing techniques and soothing songs. We will begin learning the I love you ritual- Twinkle Twinkle. This song will give the students another method of calming their bodies down throughout the day.

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given a tree theme
related in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Choice Time
Fall/Tree Books
To go along with our fall/tree study we will be adding various related literature to the library area. The students will have the opportunity to explore/interact with these books throughout the day.

Outdoor Experiences
P22 - Follow the Leader
Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will locate the chair with their name on it and interact with the activity at that table. Table activities will vary day to day. The students will then clean up and wash their hands in preparation for breakfast. Once finished eating the students will practice writing their names while waiting for
everyone to be complete. The students will then brush their teeth to the tune of the alphabet song being sung twice. After the students have finished brushing their teeth they will sit on the carpet for circle time.

Question of the Day
How can we use the food from trees?

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and go on a nature walk. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will also sing our "What is the Weather" song and discuss what the weather looks like from outside the windows. We will then go over our schedule for the day pointing to each
picture so that the children will know what to expect for the day. The letter of the week (Ff), shape of the week (Circle), color of the week (Orange), and number of the week (4) will be introduced.Today's question is "How can we use the food from trees?"

Read-Aloud
The Apple Pie Tree
Purpose for Reading: To help reinforce the
concept of getting food from trees and how we can use that food in different ways.
Vocabulary: Fall, Harvest, Season, Nest,
Branches
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What kinds of food grows on trees?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think the apple tree is brown and bare during the winter? "How does the apple tree change over the four seasons?" "Why is the apple tree important for the robins?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "What else can we make from apples?"
   
Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes: #85
Using nonsense words that rhyme with the
students? names we will sing the following chant for each child in the class: Listen for your name. Listen for your name. Listen for the word that sounds like your name. (Skeeter, Heater, Teeter? It?s Peter!)

Small Group
Shape Tree
The children will be creating shape trees using their painted hand and various shapes. The students will first create the tree part of the project by having their hand and arm painted brown and then placing it onto the paper. After the tree has dried the students will glue various shapes onto their trees as leaves. During the project we will discuss the various shapes on the tree and their properties.
 
Wow! Experiences
Where does our Food Come From?
Following along with our tree study we will
discuss where our food comes from. Our
discussion will cover topics such as food from animals, fruits from trees, and vegetables from farms. We will also discuss how we think the food gets from it's origin to us.

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given a tree theme
related in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Outdoor Experiences
LL17 - Walk a Letter
Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will locate the chair with their name on it and interact with the activity at that table. Table activities will vary day to day. The students will then clean up and wash their hands in preparation for breakfast. Once finished eating the students will practice writing their names while waiting for
everyone to be complete. The students will then brush their teeth to the tune of the alphabet song being sung twice. After the students have finished brushing their teeth they will sit on the carpet for circle time.

Question of the Day
How can we find out more about trees?

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and go on a nature walk. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will also sing our "What is the Weather" song and discuss what the weather looks like from outside the windows. We will then go over our schedule for the day pointing to each
picture so that the children will know what to expect for the day. The letter of the week (Ff), shape of the week (Circle), color of the week (Orange), and number of the week (4) will be introduced. Today's question is "How can we find out more about trees?"

Read-Aloud
Mouse's First Fall
Purpose for Reading: To help reinforce the
concept of Fall and the changes to our
environment during the season.
Vocabulary: Fall, Season, Leaves
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do you think Mouse will see on his first day of Fall?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "What signs of Fall do you see in this book? "How do you think Mouse felt about Fall?" "How can we compare the different kinds of leaves Mouse saw?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "What else might Mouse find during Fall?"

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes: #98
Each student will be given a card/tag with their name on it, the teacher will then hold up a letter card followed by the question ?Does anyone have this letter in their name?? Children with the letter in their name will stand up and name the letter.

Small Group
Tree Collage
The children will use the items from our nature walk, the leave projects, and the extra items in our science center to create tree collages. First we will discuss the different parts of trees and the properties of each part. The students will then use glue and paper to create their own tree collage.
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Wow! Experiences
Choosy Freeze
Today the students will listen and interact with the song, Choosy Freeze. Throughout the song Choosy sings about being healthy while periodically asking the dancing students to "freeze".

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given a tree theme
related in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Outdoor Experiences
P12 - Exploring Pathways
SEPTEMBER
September 4, 2017
September 11, 2017
September 18, 2017
September 25, 2017
OCTOBER
October 2, 2017
October 9, 2017
October 16, 2017
October 23, 2017
October 30, 2017

NOVEMBER
November 6, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 20, 2017
November 27, 2017

DECEMBER
December 4, 2017
December 11, 2017
December 18, 2017
December 25, 2017

JANUARY
January 1, 2018
January 8, 2018
January 15, 2018
January 22, 2018
January 29, 2018

FEBRUARY
February 5, 2018
February 12, 2018
February 19, 2018
February 26, 2018

MARCH
March 5, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 19, 2018
March 26, 2018

APRIL
April 2, 2018
April 9, 2018
April 16, 2018
April 23, 2018

April 30, 2018
MAY
May 7, 2018
May
14, 2018
May 21, 2018
May 28, 2018


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