N E W S & L E S S O N S F R O M M R S. G R A N D E ’ S C L A S S
Issue: January 19- January 29, 2021
Once again we want to wish you a healthy and safe 2021 and want to thank you for sharing your children with us. We’re very happy to have everyone back to school after winter recess and to have our class full of enthusiastic children. Over the past two weeks we learned more about the winter season and the effect on the weather (getting cold, snowy and ice) on the environment (winter days have fewer hours of sunlight), on humans (people wear layered clothing to keep warm) and on animals (they hibernate or migrate).
The children have had fun with activities, artwork, books and songs related to the winter season.
La Bafana came to visit! The children were so excited she left treats in boxes we had made in anticipation of her arrival. We read a book about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he worked to teach people to solve problems without fighting, to help one another and to share. We then had the children brainstorm ways of solving problems without arguing or fighting and created a list of rules for getting along in our classroom.
We also practiced writing and learned the sound of “w.” Each of the children came up with excellent words starting with the letter and we were very proud of them!
Our next unit will be an exciting one and always children’s favorite: “Dinosaurs”. We’re going to spend time learning facts about them, about their sizes (measuring their length!) and new words associated with them (“fossils”, “paleontologist” etc.) as well as reading books and making exciting activities.
Last week we resumed our enrichment program: Spanish, Music and Nature of Things
We wanted to share a wonderful observation! We noticed the children becoming more independent in their self-help skills. They are able to put on their jackets, gloves, mittens, hats and zipper up without the teacher’s help.
Eva and Helene
Our theme is: Winter - Dinosaurs
Winter and dinosaur collage
Snowflakes sponging paint
Model Magic snowman
Puffy paint dinosaurs using shaving cream, glue and paint
Making designs with color ice cubes
World jigsaw map (matching Continents)
Puzzle Maps of: North America, U.S.A. and Africa
Dinosaurs that lived in North America and Africa
Discuss new President taking office on January 20th
Sounds of the week: [d] [e]
Metal Inset 2nd lesson: Trace the shapes and fill them up with colored lines
Cut and paste rhyming pictures
Art matching cards
Learn new words: Prehistory, Carnivore, Herbivore, Omnivore and Paleontologist
Connect the dots from A to Z to make a Triceratops (Herbivore) and a T. Rex (Carnivore)
Dinosaurs Three Part Cards to learn the names and beginning sounds of some dinosaurs
Dinosaurs Adjective List: Think of many words to describe a dinosaur
Dinosaurs by Anne McCord
The First Dinosaurs by Douglas Dixon
Giant Dinosaurs by Erna Rowe
First Big Book of Dinosaurs
How do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton
How Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends by Jane Yolen
The Mitten by Jan Brett (make special project)
Stamping numbers from 1 to 20
Snowflakes Symmetry (Explaining the meaning of symmetry in nature)
Matching numbers on the dinosaurs using numbered clothespins
Dinosaurs addition book
Learning about graphing - Graphing winter clothes: children count and compare
Screwdriver and screw board
Transferring dry and wet ingredients with funnel
Experiment: Make Ice. Feel the water in its solid state. Show the children that water expands when it freezes. “Ice cubes fishing game”
Facts about dinosaurs: What is a dinosaur? What did dinosaurs live? What did dinosaurs
like to do? Were there any people, houses or cars? What did they eat? Etc.
Learn about Fossils. Fossils are the only physical evidence that dinosaurs existed
Make our own fossils
Geometric solids: cone, pyramid, cylinder. Difference between cone and pyramid
Cut and build a cone and a pyramid
Build different shapes using small colored sticks and count how many sides
Curvilinear shapes from the Montessori Geometric Cabinet
Dinosaur floor puzzle