Friday, January 4, 2013

The North Pole

We began our look at the Arctic with one of my favorite books that uses predictable text and rhyme,
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Some of the items I used to help with sequencing within the story included Zoo pal plates and images from a curriculum website.

We spent time reading about snow and exploring melting ice. We added warm water to our ice and also explored snow in our sensory table. We started the week with a cloud dough, ice, shaving cream combination.

One of the highlights of this week was playing "melt the ice." The book we used is It's Snowing! by Gail Gibbons. We also explored how a cloud works by adding food coloring to shaving cream until the "cloud" couldn't hold any more and "rained/ snowed" into the water below.

Some of the art we made this week included marker "snowflakes" that we added water to. We then placed the snow flake on a white paper bag to dry, leaving behind a print.

We also completed a book about polar bears and painted with watercolors. The children love working with the Do A Dot markers, so I included a letter Ss worksheet and snowman this week.

 I have collected some items from the Mother Goose Time curriculum I have used in the past. Here are the weather puppets we use to answer ¿QuĂ© tiempo hace hoy?- (What is the weather like today). I also use a combination of wooden letters/ numbers and manipulatives to assist in introducing letters. Our alphabet books from Mondo also include real photos of words that begin with the letter showcased in each book.

I am also introducing the use of Cuisenaire Rods. For now, we are using the manipulatives to create pictures or letters. I will continue to research and learn about the manipulative throughout this next semester as well.

As you can tell, we stayed busy and had fun exploring snow and ice. Next week, we will continue our look at the North Pole and end our week in the South Pole. I will leave you with a video of a polar bear swimming that we used during circle time. I will see you next week!