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WEEKLY THEME
kids in leaves
Week of September 25, 2017
TREES/LEAVES

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.
Goal P-ATL 2.Child follows classroom rules
and routines with increasing independence.

Question of the Day
What is fall?
The class will discuss what fall means to them and what happens during the fall.
Goal P-ATL 11.Child shows interest in and
curiosity about the world around them.

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 (Ee), shape of the week (Heart), color of the week (Blue), and number of the week (9) will be introduced. Today's question is "What is Fall?"
Goal P-ATL 6.Child maintains focus and
sustains attention with minimal adult
support.

Large Group
Going on a nature walk
The class will go on a nature walk around the school building. While we are on the walk we are going to observe changes in the trees and leaves and also we will be collecting nature items that we find along the way.

Read-Aloud
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the topic of trees and leaves in our community.
Vocabulary: Maple, Birch, Hickory, Oak.
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "How do trees change in the Fall?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think leaves don't all look the same?" "What do you think we would find if we want on a leaf hunt?" "How have the trees in our community changed so far this Fall?"
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 trees change in Fall?"
Goal P-LIT 5.Child asks and answers
questions about a book that was read aloud.

Small Group
Painting with leaves
The children will paint with the leaves or items that they collected on their nature walk. While painting we will discuss the different properties of the leaves and the various marks they create with the paint.
Goal P-PMP 3.Child demonstrates increasing control, strength, and coordination of small muscles.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #62
The students will learn a new song using the
names of animals who live in trees. The song will be sung to the tune of "Oh where has my little dog gone?" replacing the word dog with animals who live in trees.
Goal P-SE 3. Child engages in and maintains
positive interactions and relationships with
other children.

Outdoor Experiences
P04 - Kick High

Family Partnerships
Leaf in-kind
The families are going to receive an in-kind
focusing on leaves and fall. They will go on a nature walk with their children at home and collect leaves. They will then color print with those leaves and work on color recognition of the leaves. Learning new colors like magenta,bronze and many more.

Wow! Experiences
Keeping our Teeth Healthy
Today the children will learn about different ways they can keep their teeth healthy. We've already discussed the importance of brushing our teeth so this discussion will focus more around other ways to care for our teeth. We will talk about flossing, eating healthy foods such as apples, and drinking certain foods such as milk.
Goal P-PMP 4. Child demonstrates personal
hygiene and self-care skills
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.
Goal P-ATL 2.Child follows classroom rules
and routines with increasing independence.

Question of the Day
Why do the leaves change color?
The children will give their insight on as to why the leaves change colors and fall off. After providing their insight we will discuss the process of the leaves' chlorophyll breaking down colors occurs.
Goal P-ATL 11.Child shows interest in and
curiosity about the world around them.

LLarge 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 (Ee), shape of the week (Heart), color of the week (Blue), and number of the week (9) will be introduced. Today's question is "Why do leaves change colors?"
Goal P-ATL 6.Child maintains focus and
sustains attention with minimal adult
support.

Large Group
LL18 - What's Missing?

Read-Aloud
Leaf Man
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept leaves and how to use them creatively.
Vocabulary: Leaf, Marsh, Field, Orchard Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality, author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "Who do you think Leaf Man is?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Where do you think the wind took Leaf Man? "What do the leaves look like to you?" "How are the leaves in our book alike/different?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "What can you make using leaves?"
Goal P-LIT 5.Child asks and answers
questions about a book that was read aloud.

Small Group
Leaf Rubbings
The children will use the leaves from their nature walk in order to create leaf rubbings. First we will discuss the  differences/similarities of the leaves and identify the leaf parts (stem, veins, etc.) The
students will then place various leaves
underneath a piece of paper. The students will then run a crayon over the leaf
Goal P-SCI 3. Child compares and
categorizes observable phenomena.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #76
The students will take part in a guessing game activity using different Fall symbols. A mystery bag will be introduced to the students with a mystery item inside. The teacher will describe what is in the bag until it is correctly guessed. Each child will then be given a chance to place and describe an item in the mystery bag.
Goal P-SCI 1.Child observes and describes
phenomena.

Outdoor Experiences
P16 - Body Part Balance

Family Partnerships
Leaf in-kind
The families are going to receive an in-kind
focusing on leaves and fall. They will go on a nature walk with their children at home and collect leaves. They will then color print with those leaves and work on color recognition of the leaves. Learning new colors like magenta,bronze and many more.

Wow! Experiences
Taking Care of our Health
With the weather changing people are more
prone to getting sick so today we will discuss ways we can prevent spreading germs and staying healthy. We will cover topics such as dressing appropriately while outside, washing our hands, covering our mouths when we cough/sneeze, eating healthy, and more.
Goal P-PMP 4. Child demonstrates personal
hygiene and self-care skills.

Choice Time
Fall Colored Water Beads
To go along with our tree/fall study we will be adding fall colored water beads to the water table. The students will have the opportunity to explore these beads during their play.
Goal P-SCI 1.Child observes and describes
phenomena.




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.
Goal P-ATL 2.Child follows classroom rules
and routines with increasing independence.

Question of the Day
What is your favorite thing to do in the fall?
The class will talk about the things that they can do in the fall and what is their favorite thing to do.
Goal P-ATL 11.Child shows interest in and
curiosity about the world around them.

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 (Ee), shape of the week (Heart), color of the week (Blue), and number of the week (9) will be introduced. Today's question is "What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?"
Goal P-ATL 6.Child maintains focus and
sustains attention with minimal adult
support.

Large Group
M45 - Picture Patterns

Read-Aloud
Trees Count
Purpose for Reading: To help the students learn more about the parts of trees.
Vocabulary: Trunk, Seeds, Knotholes, Buds,
Pinecones, Roots
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "How many parts of a tree do we know?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why are the parts of trees important? "Why are the rings in a tree important?" "Where can we find the parts of trees in our community?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How can we use the parts of trees in our classroom?"
Goal P-LIT 5.Child asks and answers
questions about a book that was read aloud.

Small Group
Leaf Sun Catchers
Using the leftover leaves from our nature walk the students will be creating sun catchers for our windows. The students will place various leaves on a piece of contact paper which we will then close with another piece of contact paper. While creating the sun catchers we will review the different properties of leaves and how they change during Fall.
Goal P-SCI 3. Child compares and
categorizes observable phenomena.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #68
The students will play a classification game to identify and sort different types and colors of leaves.
Goal P-SCI 3. Child compares and
categorizes observable phenomena.

Outdoor Experiences
P09 - Up and Away

Family Partnerships
Leaf in-kind
The families are going to receive an in-kind
focusing on leaves and fall. They will go on a nature walk with their children at home and collect leaves. They will then color print with those leaves and work on color recognition of the leaves. Learning new colors like magenta,bronze and many more.

Wow! Experiences
Autumn Fruits and Veggies
Now that autumn is here we will discuss the
types of fruits of vegetables we often find around
this time of year. We will discuss produce such
as grapes, apples, pumpkins, squash, pears, etc.
We will also talk about where we can find these
autumn fruits and vegetables in our community.
Goal P- PMP 5. Child develops knowledge
and skills that help promote nutritious food
choices and eating habits.

Choice Time
Leaf Cutouts
To go along with our tree study we will be
adding leaf shaped cut outs to the art area. The students will have the opportunity to explore these cut-outs during their play.
Goal P ATL 12. Child expresses creativity in
thinking and communication


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.
Goal P-ATL 2.Child follows classroom rules
and routines with increasing independence.

Question of the Day
Why do the leaves fall down?
After going on a nature walk the class will have observed leaves falling down and the several leaves on the ground. We will discuss why they think the leaves are falling down and what actually causes it.
Goal P-ATL 11.Child shows interest in and
curiosity about the world around them.

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 (Ee), shape of the week (Heart), color of the week (Blue), and number of the week (9) will be introduced.
Today's question is "Why do the leaves fall
down?"
Goal P-ATL 6.Child maintains focus and
sustains attention with minimal adult
support.

Large Group
LL74 - Observing Insect Life

Read-Aloud
A Grand Old Tree
Purpose for Reading: To reinforce the topic of trees and how they change/grow over time.
Vocabulary: Roots, Branches, Leaves, Bore,
Sowed
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "Why are trees important?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "How did the grand old tree change over time? "How do trees help animals?" "How was the tree a mother to many children?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How did the tree grow even after it died?"
Goal P-LIT 5.Child asks and answers
questions about a book that was read aloud.

Small Group
Pumpkin Mosaic
The children will rip up pieces of Fall colored tissue paper and glue it to a pumpkin shape in order to make a pumpkin mosaic. During the project we will discuss the various colors of Fall where we can find those colors in nature.
Goal P-PMP 3.Child demonstrates increasing control, strength, and coordination of small
muscles.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #77
 The students will learn a new morning song to the tune of BINGO. "To all of my friends at our preschool, Hello I say to you, H-E-L-L-O, H-E-L-L-O, H-E-L-L-O, hello to all of you!" Ms.Jessica will sing the song first and then have the students join in.
Goal P-SE 3. Child engages in and maintains
positive interactions and relationships with
other children.

Outdoor Experiences
P11 - Jump the River

Family Partnerships
Leaf in-kind
The families are going to receive an in-kind
focusing on leaves and fall. They will go on a nature walk with their children at home and collect leaves. They will then color print with those leaves and work on color recognition of the leaves. Learning new colors like magenta,bronze and many more.

Wow! Experiences
Favorite Foods
Today the children will share and discuss their
favorite food and find where it is located on the
My Plate chart. We will talk about liking different
types of food and not eating too much of our
favorite foods. We will extend this conversation
into talking about maintaining a balanced diet.
Goal P- PMP 5. Child develops knowledge
and skills that help promote nutritious food
choices and eating habits.

Choice Time
Examining Parts of a Tree
To enhance our tree study this week we will be adding different parts of a tree to the science center for exploration. The students will also have access to magnifying glasses, tweezers, and other scientific tools in order to make exploration even more interactive.
Goal P-SCI 1.Child observes and describes
phenomena
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.
Goal P-ATL 2.Child follows classroom rules
and routines with increasing independence.

Question of the Day
What comes after fall?
We will discuss after the fall season what is next, and what changes will occur.
Goal P-ATL 11.Child shows interest in and
curiosity about the world around them.

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 (Ee), shape of the week (Heart), color of the week (Blue), and number of the week (9) will be introduced. Today's question is "What comes after Fall?"
Goal P-ATL 6.Child maintains focus and
sustains attention with minimal adult
support.

Large Group
LL54 - Asking Questions

Read-Aloud
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of trees and review the letters of the alphabet.
Vocabulary: Tree, Trunk, Leaf
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "How can we describe the trees in our community?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Do you think we have coconut trees in or community? Why or Why not?" "Why do you think all of the letters are racing to the top of the coconut tree?" "Look at the illustrations in our book; why do you think the tree started to lean over when more letters reached the top?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How is the tree from our book alike/different than the trees in our community?"
Goal P-LIT 5.Child asks and answers
questions about a book that was read aloud.

Small Group
Leaf Wreath
The children will be gluing different types of
leaves to hollowed out circle in order to create an Autumn wreath. While the students are creating the wreaths we will discuss the different types of leaves and how to classify the various types from one another.
Goal P-SCI 3. Child compares and
categorizes observable phenomena.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes: #19
The students will take part in a Fall I Spy Game.Each student will be asked to find a certain Fall related object based on the Spyer's clues.
Goal P-SCI 1.Child observes and describes
phenomena.

Outdoor Experiences
M51 - Can You Find It?

Family Partnerships
Leaf in-kind
The families are going to receive an in-kind
focusing on leaves and fall. They will go on a nature walk with their children at home and collect leaves. They will then color print with those leaves and work on color recognition of the leaves. Learning new colors like magenta,bronze and many more.

Wow! Experiences
Calming Techniques
Today we will talk about ways we can calm
ourselves down at school. Within this discussion we will talk about the various uses of our safe place, fidgets, breathing techniques, and yoga.
The teachers will scaffold this lesson based on what the children already know about our safe place and breathing techniques.
Goal P-ATL 1. Child manages emotions with
increasing independence


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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