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We are addressing our listening, speaking, and writing skills through books and activities focused on animals in winter; specifically bears.
We reinforced beginning sounds and letters as we read the about the Brown Bear, Black Bear, Panda Bear, Polar Bear and Sun Bear.
The Pre-K students used their imaginations and knowledge of bears to draw and describe the kind of bear they would like to be. We have also been discussing what bears do in the winter. The hibernation process of bears is another topic we learned about through the making of bear caves. We discussed the reasons bears hibernate as we extended our winter theme. Some of the questions we asked were: What are some of the ways you know it is winter? What are some of the things you do for winter? Where does the snow fall? If the snow covers their food, what can bears do? Why do you think bears are fat? What is a big word we use to mean sleep for a long time? Do all bears hibernate? Why do you think bears hibernate for the winter?
Bear and Valentine math activities included graphing, as we graphed our favorite bears. We also sorted heart cut outs by color and/or size. We created patterns of various hearts and bears. Our objective is to teach the children to recognize, describe, create, and extend patterns. Bear shaped tangram manipulatives and roll, match and count bear shape games were available at center time.
We learned about Presidents Washington and Lincoln as we read stories about their lives. These stories prompted discussions about honesty and hard work. We used the Internet to learn about Washington D.C. where the White House and the presidential monuments are located. We celebrated the holiday of Valentines Day and reinforced our Pre-K Creed. We continue to practice using kind words and thoughtful deeds through our positive actions. Chinese New Year was celebrated through the reading of books and pretending to be dragons as we danced to the Chinese New Year Drum Song. We used chopsticks for fine motor skill practice.
Most of the children in our class have teddy bears, so they can relate to bears in some way. The children showed an interest in bears and began looking at the books in our classroom as well as asking questions about bears. We also have been tying in our environment by talking about the endangered polar bear since the polar bear is the most popular with our class. The following goals should be achieved through this unit about bears. Students should be able to recognize the difference between living bears and non-living bears.
Students should be able to recognize and name the polar bear, brown bear, black bear, and panda. (Note: Students should know a few items that bears eat. Students should learn how bears walk (amble). Students should know that bears live in dens and sleep through the winter. (Hibernate)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See?
We learned about the endangered Polar Bear. We watched a video on Polar bears and learned that:
Polar bear fur is oily and water repellent.
Polar bears live in the icy cold arctic.
Polar bears are very good swimmers. We discussed how color could help animals in the world and introduced new vocabulary words like camouflage and insulate. We walked and swam around the room like Polar Bears.
Song: Have You Ever Seen a Polar Bear
(Tune: Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?) Have you ever seen a polar bear, a polar bear, a polar bear
Ever seen a polar bear, walk this way and that? (Show polar bear walking on all fours.)
Have you ever seen a polar bear, a polar bear, a polar bear
Ever seen a polar bear, walk this way and that? (Let children walk around like polar bears.)
Stretch, lift a leg to the front, lift a leg to the back, lift head up and down, turn head to the right and to the left, turn around, stand up, lie on its back with legs up in the air, sit down.
Coming up next:
Watch out for the Gingerbread Man! We will explore content areas through a study of gingerbread stories. We will also be celebrating books by Dr. Seuss and Ezra jack Keats. Pre-K will look at clothing in our everyday lives and study seeds and plants!
Thank you for contributing goodies and attending our Valentine’s celebration! It was so much fun creating and moving to music with you around our room! The craft was an exercise in using fine motor skills for all of us! The movement activity is one of the ways we use our gross motor skills when we need to stay inside due to inclement weather.