New topic update...the class chose..(drum roll)

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  1. WaProvider

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    Jan 25, 2011

    WEATHER! :woot:

    I am so happy to have a direction. Tuesday the 25th of the month is an odd time to be dramatically changing themes....but that is the beauty of emergent classrooms...I just keep telling myself that.


    I have done rain as part of the garden, or snow as part of the ice lesson, but what do you do for a weather unit at your school?

    :blush: Just keep learning all time!
     
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  3. mopar

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    A daily weather graph, appropriate clothing/shoes for the weather, weather appropriate activities....
     
  4. Pre-K Teacher 1

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    A weather clothes counting activity chart.

    Each day graph what was worn by the class.

    How are mittens and gloves the same and different?

    Rain in a bag (condensation)

    Listen to thunder on-line ask children what makes it frightening for them.

    Explore a thunder tube.

    Sort sunglasses, socks, gloves, mittents, etc.

    Talk about how we stay safe in various sorts of weather.

    Rain, drip pcitures.

    Footprints in the snow (bulletin board paper and kids walk on it with black paint using barefeet or not!

    Use mediatation music rain, storm and let the kids paint while they listen to the music. Ask them how the music makes them feel.

    Various shades of gray paint to paint a rainstorm.

    Take a walk in the rain to explore puddles.

    Measure the size of puddles according to the amount of rain you get.

    Make a rain guage.

    Track time with a sun dial during a sunny day.

    Talk about the clouds, the types and names.

    Let kids practice being the meterologist (?) Show them clips on line and let them write and practice their presentation.

    Explore how rain helps the earth.

    Rain cycle, snow cycle,

    Tornadoes, hurricanes, other weather.

    Rainbows with prisms.

    Spray bottles with watercolors.

    Mudpies in the sensory table
     
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    Pre-K, great list.
     
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    insta snow in the texture table
    water in the texture table
    Tornado tubes at the science area
    weather related fiction and non fiction books at the reading area
    Sing songs related to weather like Mr. Sun, Rain, Rain, Go Away, It's Raining, It's Pouring, It's raining lemon drops and gumdrops

    Have clothes for different types of weather in the dramatic play area, like rain coats, rain boots, winter boots, snow pants, etc.
     
  7. Miller59

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    WaProvider can you share how your class chose weather as theme? Did you offer some choice and they voted? Did you see that as an organic interest?

    I'm asking because I'm not sure what we'll do next. I'm not getting any clues from the kids right now. I think I have their interest for one more week of ice science and then we could just go with Valentines fun for a week and that would be fine. But I need to get clear about what comes after that.

    Thanks for any tips!
     
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    Great ideas everyone. Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. WaProvider

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    Jan 30, 2011

    Our class attends libary story time at the city library. She makes her own agenda...and it only relates remotely to my lesson plan. Sometimes this is a hardship for me, but other times (like this it is a plus.)

    We had been looking at the weather a bit anyway, wondering if it would be snowy--ever. She was talking about clouds. Parents were talking about the need to wear this coat over the next one and what gloves and so on.

    All of a sudden the librarian made a casual comment about types of clouds based on a book. Then the whole trip to the classroom we were looking up and trying to decide what type we had.

    At lunch we "voted" but just yes or no.

    We were already graphing the weather and discussing the types of clothes so we did some cloud projects, sent home a cloud type chart to view, and we made a class book for "Sometimes It Looked Like Spilt Milk". That is as far as we made it in one week. Still looking for planning ideas.

    We did drop some info about the upcoming Groundhogs day when grown ups treat the groundhog as if it is a weather man and ask it if there will be winter or spring. We use Scholastic's Let's Find Out. This particular issue delt mostly with positional words (helpful, and a goal, but not really in the weather track).

    We will do more on this next week.
     

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