Here were our plans for our penguin theme:
And here are the details for each activity:
Our first book this week was If You Were a Penguin by Florence Minor. After reading, we talked about all of the different things the penguins did in the book. Then I asked Madelynn what she would do if she were a penguin and had her draw it on the response page. Madelynn said she would swim and fly through the water.
Our next story was the loveable Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. After reading Madelynn drew pictures to show what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Penguin Problem and Solution:
Our next story was Penguins to the Rescue by Tony Mitton. Before reading we discussed and defined problem. We talked about how every story usually has a problem or something that goes wrong. After reading, Madelynn drew and labeled the problem in the story (The seal pup was sad. He missed his mom.) Then we talked about and drew how the problem was solved (The penguins acted silly to cheer up the seal while he waited for his mom.)
Penguin Vocabulary Match:
Rhyme and Color Penguin:
Igloo Sound Stamping:
Penguin Sound Stomp:
This week we continued to focus on ending sounds with this penguin stomp activity. Madelynn choose a penguin card and identified the picture. I helped her say the word slowly as she listened. I had her listen for the ending sound and she used a dot stamper to stamp it.
Penguin Name Craft:
Penguin Journal Writing:
Penguin Writing Tray:
Grab and Graph Snowflakes:
For our next graphing activity, Madelynn and I played I spy. First I said “I spy seals that are brown.” She then had to find the item I named, color each one, count them and color in her graph. This was a lot of steps to follow so I helped her along the way, but she really did great following along! We repeated the “I spy” game with each arctic object on the page.
Penguin Sticker and Graph:
Like most kids, Madelynn loves stickers. I found these foam penguin stickers in 3 colors and knew they woul mak a great picture graphing activity. She sorted, stuck them to the page, then counted to answer the questions at the bottom.
Penguin Number Sense Mats:
We used these mats to practice numbers 11-20 this week. First, Madelynn identified the large number. Then she made it with play dough and counted the igloos in the ten frame. Next, she used a dry erase marker to practice writing the number, and finally counted out penguin mini erasers to fill each igloo.
Build an Igloo Sensory Bin:
In this bin: baking soda snow, penguin mini erasers, empty fruit cups
Baking soda snow recipe:
- Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1 Tbsp. of white hair conditioner (or water).
- Stir to combine.
- Add more tablespoons one at a time, until the mixture forms a wet moldable consistency.
Directed Draw Penguin:
For this directed drawing I drew one part of the penguin at a time on my paper, and Madelynn followed along by drawing the same or similar shape on her paper. She is quite the perfectionist, so I had her use a pencil in case she wanted to erase try any part of the penguin again. Then I quickly outlined the entire penguin with a black crayon. (You could definitely skip the pencil and start with a black crayon to save time.) To finish off the project, Madelynn used watercolors to paint her penguin and add details to the background.
Penguin Feather Science:
Igloo Stamp Art:
Our second art project this week was this stamping project. Madelynn used a building block to stamp rectangles on a light blue semi circle page with white paint. Then she stamped the other side of the block with circles on dark blue paper for snow and painted the bottom of the page white. After both pages were dry, she cut semi circle igloo out and glued it to the dark blue background. And finally she added penguin stickers.
In this sensory bin: penguins from our Penguin Toob, blue gems, frozen icebergs, bowls, and water.
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