Down on the Farm Update
Pocket Chart or Magnetic Board Story
Simple stories are a great way to build children's grammar and a wonderful way to get your students actively involved in the process.
Shared writing lessons will allow you to both model and actively engage students in the writing processes.
We wanted to see what the children already knew about why we have farms.
We asked what animals live on the farm?
Why do we have farms?
Farm Yard Paintings
During group time we had a guided drawing activity on the white boards. While the children were at the easel during work time, this is what they did.
Barn Yard CVC Word Work
With these fun barn write and wipe mats, students will have fun learning to spell simple words. Children will be able to draw on their knowledge of sound-letter relationships with these CVC picture cards.
What Rhymes with Dog?
Children always have a fun time thinking of nonsense words to rhyme with their name, so why not capture that fun of rhyming with these fun hands on rhyming clipping rings.
You will be able to see if they were able to comprehend the rhymes with a fun worksheet.
My little ones are pros at identifying beginning sounds, so we have been challenging them to listen for the ending sound with another set of ending sound clipping rings, I have to say that they are becoming quite the little decoders.
Down on the Farm Block Play
Children can spend day after day in the block building center so to add a little twist to the area we added clipboards, paper, tape and markers along with farm animal picture cards. This is what we found at the end of work time a group of children worked together to make corals for all of the animals and they had labeled each coral with the animal name! I love my job!
How Many Farm Animals?
Children will gain a firm understanding about counting and representing that count with a number when using this interactive number story board.
Barn Door Flip & Cover
Flip and Cover is a great way to get your children to recognize numbers. There are two mats 1-10 and 11-20.
Say It, Trace It, Write It Number Mats
To help reinforce their numbers we followed the flip and cover activity with Say It, Trace It, Write It write and wipe mats.
Barn Yard Spin and Add Mats
My little ones love to count objects and play games with spinners, so we combined to loves together and now they are spinning and adding.
Big Red Barn Art
I just love to placing a tray of art materials along with a sheet of paper on a table after reading a book during group time. It is amazing to watch children creating art from their prior knowledge of a story.
You can find the Down on the Farm unit in my TpT store.
If you have already purchased my Down on the Farm Unit you can go to your purchase page and download the unit again to get all of the updated activities.
Creative Art with Jack
Jack and the Beanstalk Creative Art
Bring Jack and the Beanstalk alive and build comprehension by including art and writing activities for this beloved classroom favorite. Children will love these hands on learning activities geared toward one of their favorite stories.
The fun thing about this project is that it can be used two different ways depending on your art style.
You can give children more control of their project by just providing them with the clothing pieces and a sheet of paper.
Not one will look alike.
Or you can give the children all the pieces and have them assemble their project.
No matter what way you choose children will have the joy of recreating their favorite character from the book.
Use writing prompts and book making sheet will also build children's comprehension and creative writing skills.
With these sheet children will be able to create their own version of the book.
If you are interested in extending their understanding of Jack and the Beanstalk with art you can find it in my TpT story.
Jack & the Beanstalk
As we read the classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk, some children found some magic beans. (hidden in the group area)
We asked the children what should we do with the beans? Of course they said lets plant them.
The Next Day...
A magic beanstalk appeared, growing straight from the floor of our classroom.
We had to measure it!
First we had the children estimate how tall did they think the beanstalk grew.
After we took yarn and measured from top to bottom and taped the yarn on the floor.
Next we took turns measuring the string with our feet,(foot over foot) to see how tall the beanstalk was.
We discovered that not every foot measured the same size.
So How many feet were you?
Each child measured with their feet to see how many feet they had to measure the beanstalk.
We taped the yarn to the wall to record the data.
So how many feet was the beanstalk? It measured 10 feet with a ruler.
We didn't stop measuring
We measured Jack, the Giant and every one that we read about in the story to see how tall they were.
How Tall are They?- Students will identify, describe, and compare by attributes of height. Tall, taller, tallest
More Math Centers
Graphing different Jack and the Beanstalk picture scene.
How Many?- Students will learn strategies for collecting, organizing and displaying data.
Making patterns with Jack and the Beanstalk.
Making Patterns-Students will extend simple patterns by predicting what comes next, with concrete objects.
Students will create simple patterns with concrete objects.
Making Numbers with Magic Beans
Making Numbers-Students will use one-to-one correspondence and rote counting to determine how many objects are in a set. 1 to 20
Students will demonstrate that the last count indicates how many items were counted.
Language and Literacy for the whole class
Help Jack climb to the top
The children helped Jack climb the beanstalk by place leaves with letters in the proper order so that Jack could make it to the top.
What's the Order-Students will be able to recognize and identify letters.
Children sorted beginning sounds by placing clouds on sound mats.
Beginning Sounds-Students will be able to produce a word and identify the initial sound of word.
Children had fun as they clapped and snapped the syllables on all the golden eggs that the hen laid.
Say It, Clap It, Snap It-Students will be able to segment words by syllables.
Children learned about ending sounds in words as we said words and identified the ending sounds that they heard.
Ending Sounds Clipping Ring-Students will recognize and identify ending sounds in words.
Retelling story through Art
Set up a table for an art activity after reading the story. Encourage the children to create what they just heard in the story Jack and the Beanstalk.
Retelling Story with Art-Students will learn how to visualize story to build compression.
If this is something that you would like to use in your classroom, you can purchase them in my TpT shop.
Jack and the Beanstalk lesson plan bundle (Math, Literacy and Art).
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.