A trend is developing in our lessons.
I find it easy and natural to quickly prepare math and language arts lessons, two areas in which I feel comfortable and confident. I have seen this trend developing for a few weeks now, but didn’t give it much thought. Armed with this observation, I am going to challenge myself to bring in a few more science and social studies based activities (areas I do not gravitate to naturally).
The coming of Fall is lending me a helping hand in this area. One of our kindergarten standards in science is to describe characteristics of the four seasons. So, we have already done a lot of talking about the Fall – change of weather, leaves changing color, leaves falling, wearing jackets, etc. I downloaded a cute Fall pack from www.servingjoyfully.com. It is a great resource of really cute activities.
In printing out and using this Fall pack, I made note that many of the activities were review for Mason (4 yrs). However, more pages than I expected would interest Madison (2 yrs). This is a great shift for all of us, I simply need to expand my searching in regards to lessons for Mason, and begin making a more conscious effort to think of activities on Madison’s level.
Basic Facts Addition Practice – Addition Blackout
- Write the numbers 2-12 on a piece of paper. Roll two dice and add the numbers showing. Cover up or mark off the number on your sheet that matches the sum rolled. The first person to cover or mark off all the answers wins.
Basic Facts Addition Practice – Addition Bingo
- We used the portion of the game that focuses on addition facts 1s – 5s. The answers are on the BINGO cards, and the question cards have simple addition questions such as 1 + 4.
Sight Word Practice
- Mason used the PowerPoint for Dolch sight words, Kindergarten List 1. More details about the list and download option, here.
- We then made a sight word “parking lot” to match the words on this new list. Below is an example parking lot picture, but not the one that actually matches the (K)List 1 words. Click here for more details on the “parking lot”.
Season Characteristics – Fall Trees
- I went on a search for cut-and-paste activities, and this Fall Leaves download came across my path. It is so simple and perfect. As the kiddos are cutting and glueing, it gives a great opportunity to discuss fall characteristics such as leaves changing and falling, weather growing colder and more rainy, etc. Not to mention, I absolutely loved seeing the artwork side of things, and how differently their pictures turned out.