Friday, 17 June 2016

The Tree That Grew To The Moon

Our activities over the past couple of weeks have been planned utilizing the book The Tree That Grew to the Moon by Eugenie Fernandes.

Week 1
The first week we explored trees and how they grow.  I used this week to introduce our unit on living and non-living things.

The children created handprint trees.  We stamped the trunk and branches using the children's hand and arm print.  When dry, the children added construction paper pieces for the leaves.  



The children drew trees.

There was a hole,
In the middle of the ground
.
The prettiest hole,
That you ever did see.

And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this hole,
There was a tree.
The prettiest tree,
That you ever did see.

And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this tree,
There was a branch.
The prettiest branch,
That you ever did see.

And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this branch,
There was a nest.
The prettiest nest,
That you ever did see.

And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this nest,
There was an egg.
The prettiest egg,
That you ever did see.

And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this egg,
There was a bird.
The prettiest bird,
That you ever did see.

And the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

Snag this freebie I created... Living and Non-Living Things Lapbook

 Week 2
The second week, we explored space concentrating on the moon and earth.

They made construction paper sun pictures.



We made moon pictures.  I found the idea on this website.  We added flour to white paint to create the moon and then stamped in the craters.



We watched the you tube video Life On The International Space Station as a spring board to our gravity experiments.

During outdoor play, I drew a sun and earth's orbit on the ground with chalk.  One child was the sun and the others took turns being the earth moving around the sun.  This was a great way to visualize that the earth moves and introduce the concept of day and night as well as the seasons.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon
If you'd like to take a trip
Step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon.

(We role played going to the moon and hunting for moon rocks - polished stones I had hidden around the room - then we boarded our ships and headed back to Earth)

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're leaving the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're leaving the moon
If you'd like to take a trip
Step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're heading back to Earth.




Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Carrot Seed

I introduced a plant unit with the book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.  This is such a fun and simple book for the children to actively participate in.  

We made handprint carrots.  The children painted the carrot template and when dry, glued it onto another piece of paper.  They then stamped their handprint for the leaves.






We made stuffed felt carrots which we used to retell the story.





We studied plants and how they grow and planted a mini farm.




 I printed this sequencing activity for the children.  We used the sheet while reading the story and then afterwards, they coloured the pictures.

Our Country Road Montessori has additional activities based on the book.

We retold the story in song...

The Carrot Seed

One day a little boy planted a carrot seed.

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

Every day the little boy watered his plant and pulled the weeds.
His Mother came to look and said, "It won't come up."
And the little boy answered...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

The boy continued to care for his carrot seed by watering it and pulling the weeds.
His Father came to look and said, "It won't come up."
And the little boy answered...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

The boy continued to care for his carrot seed by watering it and pulling the weeds.
His brother came to look and said,  "It won't come up."
And the little boy answered...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

Then one day 'pop' the carrot started to grow.
Just like the little boy knew it would BECAUSE...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Big Bad Fish

We had so much fun with the activities planned around this week's book: Look Out For The Big Bad Fish by Sheridan Cain.

The children explored the life cycle of a frog.

We made sock tadpoles.  I got the idea from Danielle's Place.  I bought green ankle socks at the dollar store.  We cut the open end into a triangle shape and stuffed the toe part with batting then added a piece of felt between the pieces before using a glue gun to close.  We then added googly eyes.  They turned out super cute and were fun to use when retelling the story.






We made these awesome Big Bad Fish puppets.  I cut a 2 fish shapes from yellow felt.  The children added blue felt stripes. felt fins, and googly eyes to their fish shapes.  We closed the pieces together leaving the bottom open for their hand to go in.



The children drew tadpoles and frogs.







The children made a life cycle 'clock' using a paper plate and a brad to move the arrow.




We painted paper plates and added bulgy eyes using egg carton cups.



5 Green and Speckled Frogs
5 green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs - yum, yum
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are 4 green, speckled frogs - glub, glub
4 green and speckled frogs... etc
3 green and speckled frogs... etc
2 green and speckled frogs... etc
1 green and speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs - yum, yum
He jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are no green, speckled frogs - glub, glub!

There Once Was a Little Green Frog
There once was a little green frog, frog, frog
Who sat in the woods on a log, log, log
A screech owl sitting in a tree, tree, tree
Came after the frog with a scree, scree, screech
When the frog heard the owl in a flash, flash, flash
He leaped in the pond with a splash, splash, splash!

Frogs Grow And Change
Sung to: Froggie Went A Courtin
Did you know frogs grow and change
Uh-huh, uh-huh
Did you know frogs grow and change
Uh-huh, uh-huh
A tadpole is a baby frog; it moves its tail to swim along
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The back legs are the first to grow
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The back legs are the first to grow
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The back legs are the first to grow; then its front legs start to show
Uh-huh, uh-huh
It climbs onto the land that's near
Uh-huh, uh-huh
It climbs onto the land that's near
Uh-huh, uh-huh
It climbs onto the land that's near; now its tail can disappear
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The frog's legs grow big and strong
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The frog's legs grow big and strong
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The frog's legs grow big and strong; it uses them to hop along
Uh-huh, uh-huh.

Ga Goo
Ga goo went the little green frog one day
Ga goo, Ga goo
Ga goo went the little green frog one day
Ga goo, Ga goo
And his eyes went rolly polly
Well you know frogs don't
La-de-da-de-da., la-de-da-de-da., la-de-da-de-da,
Well you know frogs don't
La-de-da-de-da - They never go Ga Goo!

I highly recommend this story... it is a super fun read and a great way to learn about the life cycle of a frog.