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Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey, Diddle, Diddle

Objective: Help children enjoy the language of the nursery rhyme,“Hey, Diddle, Diddle”.

Preparation:

Lesson:

  • Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
  • The cow jumped over the moon.
  • The little dog laughed to see such a sport,
  • And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Read the book or the rhyme then discuss words:

  • Action words– jumped, laughed, and ran.
  • Diddle– waste time.
  • Fiddle– a musical instrument like a violin
  • Sport– in this rhyme it means to play or have fun.  

Discussion questions:

  • What is the rhyme about?
  • Could this really happen?
  • Who plays a fiddle?
  • Who jumps over the moon?
  • Who laughed?
  • What are the dish and the spoon doing?

Activity: Hey, Diddle, Diddle, Book

Have the children write in the missing words and draw a picture to go with the sentence on each page.

Vehicles

Vehicles HPIM2377

Objective: Children will learn how vehicles can help us and that vehicles travel through the air, on the land and on the water .   Note: You may want to teach vehicles in 2 or 3 lessons.

Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of a variety of different types of water, land and air vehicles from books, magazines, internet, or old calendars.

  • Prepare red and green paper for the Red Light, Green Light activity.

  • Paper and crayons for making paper airplanes.

  • Print out vehicle book from the following link: vehicles book

  • Cut vehicle book into quarters then staple together to make a book.

  • Suggested books:

    • Truck Talk by Bobbi Katz

    • Follow That Boat by Jim Razzi

    • Tracks by David Galef

Lesson:

Read a book then discuss vehicles while showing pictures.

Vehicles are machines that take people or things from one place to another.  Discuss Vehicles and what they are used for:

    1.  Water:

  • Water was the first method of travel.
  • Today, ships are used to move big things around the world.
  • Often boats and ships are used fun.

     2.  Land:

  • We can travel on land in cars, buses and trains. 
  • We use these to go to school, to the park, to the grocery store, or to Grandma’s house.
  • Trains and trucks are used to move the food we eat, the clothing we wear, and materials to make homes.
  • Big vehicles are used to make roads, and buildings.
  • Some trucks deliver things like mail, furniture, etc.

    3.  Air:

  • We can travel by air in airplanes and helicopters.
  • Airplanes takes packages and mail. 
  • Helicopters help our community and world.  They are used to fight fires, help police, and move injured people to the hospital. 

    4.  Space:

  • Rockets are used to take people, satellites and other things into space.  

Possible Activities:

Play Red Light, Green Light:

  • Talk about how red means go and green means stop.
  • Have children line up in a row at least 10 feet away from you. 
  • Say, “green light” while holding up green paper.
  • The children start coming towards you.
  • Say, “red light” while holding up red paper.
  • The children stop.
  • Continue until they reach you. 
  • Variations are: Use the Spanish words “verde” and “rojo” for the colors– Let the children take turns being the stop light–They could crab walk, hop, or crawl.

Make a paper airplane:

  • Have children decorate the paper with markers or crayons.
  • Help them fold the paper to make a paper airplane.
  • Fly airplane.

Make a Vehicle book:

  • Read each page with the children.
  • Then have them draw a vehicle to go with the sentence.
  • Repeat with each page.

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

POPCORNThis is a fun easy recipe to do with children.  This can be used when teaching:

  • the sounds — OR, AR, Short O, or P.
  • the word family -op.
  • farms, seeds, plants, or heat.  

Caramel Popcorn

1.  Melt in the microwave in a large glass bowl on high for 2 minutes:

  • 1 cube butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt

2.  Stir then microwave for 2 or 3 more minutes.

3.  Stir in ½ tsp. baking soda.

4.  Pour over 4-5 quarts of popped popcorn.

5.  Stir to mix then pour in a large brown paper grocery bag.

6.  Fold down the top then cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.

7.  Take out the bag then shake it and cook again for 1 ½ minutes.

8.   Pour out on a cookie sheet to cool.

9.  When cool break apart.

ENJOY!

Farm–Animals, Plants, and Machines

     Farms

Objective:  Children will learn about animals, plants and machinery on farms.  Also learn to listen and follow directions.  (You may want to divide Farms into 3 lessons. Also it is good to teach the “AR” sound with farms.)

Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of farm animals, plants and machines from books, internet, magazines or old calendars. 

  • Print the attached worksheet.  Farm following directions worksheet
  • Possibly plan a trip to a farm.
  • Suggested books:
    • Farm Flu by Teresa Bateman  

    • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Lesson:  Discuss farms while showing pictures.

  • Farm Animals: Discuss with pictures the types of animals found on the farm and each animals purpose.

  • Farm Plants:  Discuss with pictures the types of crops grown on the farm. Include fruit trees, garden fruits and vegetables, hay, wheat, corn, etc.

  • Farm Machines:  Discuss with pictures the types of machines found on the farm and their uses.

Activity:  Following Directions Worksheet

Give each child a worksheet and a set of crayons.

Give them directions to follow. Here are some examples:

  1. Choose a color then write your name on the top of your paper.

  2. With your blue crayon, circle all the animals.

  3. With your yellow crayon, color the animal that comes from an egg. 

  4. With your brown crayon, write the word, “Farm” on the bottom of your paper.

  5. With your red crayon, draw a square around the farm plants or crops.

  6. With your purple crayon make a triangle around the barn.

  7. With your orange crayon, color the tail and ears of the animal we get wool from.

  8. With your gray crayon, color the face of the animal we get milk from.

  9. With your green crayon, color the plant or crop used to make flour for bread. 

  10. On the back, use many colors to draw yourself on a farm with a tractor. 

Wrap Up:  Read a fun Farm book while they draw on the back of their worksheet.

Weather Review

Weather Review

 

Objective:  To review weather.

Preparation:

  • Find pictures or drawings of weather in books, magazines, internet, or old calendars.
  • Have crayons, pencils or markers to finish the books.
  • Print the template for the weather book.  Cut into 2 pages. Use half a sheet of construction paper for the cover.
  •  weather book template page 1    weather book template page 2  
  • Suggested Book: Weather by Gallimard Jeunesse

Lesson:

Read the book and discuss:

  • Discuss any pictures of weather. 
  • Discuss what weather the children have seen.
  • Review ideas from other weather lessons. 

Activity:

Help the kids make their weather book by reading and discussing each page as they work. When finished, read the book together.

Suggested Discussion questions:

  • What do you wear when it’s snowy; rainy; etc. ?
  • What kinds of activities can you do when it’s snowy; rainy; etc.?

 


 

 

   

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Fresh Air Cookies

Fresh Air Cookies      HPIM1518 

(Fun to make when teaching the AIR sound.  This is fun to eat outside in the fresh air.)

1. Mix:

  • 2 cubes Butter
  • 3 cups Brown Sugar

2. Mix in:

  • ½ cup Applesauce
  • 2 teas. Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs

3. Combine and mix in:

  • 3 cups Flour (part whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teas. Baking Soda
  • ½ teas. Salt

4. Mix in on low:

  •  2 cups regular Oatmeal
  •  ½ -12 oz bag of Chocolate Chips

5. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

7. Eat outside in the Fresh Air.

Weather: Rain and Snow

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Weather: Rain and Snow      

Objective: Help children learn about the water cycle and how water is a part of our weather.

Preparation:
  • Find drawings or pictures of rain, snow and other storms from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Collect a pan, water, a cookie sheet, and a stove or something to heat the water.
  • Make word cards; evaporation, water cycle, water vapor, and condensation. 
  • Have crayons, pencils or markers.
  • Scraps of construction paper in white, dark blue, green and yellow.
  • Print the water cycle on light blue or white paper. water-cycle-picture   If you do this activity with older children, they can write all the words.  
  • Create a sample water cycle.
Suggested books:
  • Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  • Franklin and the Thunderstorm by Paulette Bourgeois
  • What Makes it Rain? by Keith Brandt
Lesson:
Read a book then discuss water weather:
Discussion questions:
  1. How do you feel when it rains?
  2. Are you afraid of storms, if so why do they scare you?
  3. What activities do you like to do in the rain?
  4. Where do you think rain comes from?
  5. What other weather has water in it?  (snow, hail)

Demonstrate “condensation” and “evaporation” by heating a small pot of water on the stove. Heat the water until you see steam.  Show the “water vapor” and “evaporation” cards.  Say, “The steam is water vapor or evaporation.”  Hold the cookie sheet above the water.  Show how the water condensate on the cookie sheet. Show the word card “condensation. Say, “If we hold this cookie sheet for a long time above the water it will start dropping rain. 

Activity: Help children learn about the water cycle by making a water cycle collage picture.  (Tearing paper is a skill that most children have to be taught.)
  • Give each child a sheet of light blue or white water cycle picture paper.
  • Tear dark blue paper big enough to fill half of the bottom part of the paper to look like the ocean. Have the children glue it on their paper by the word “ocean”.
  • Tear a sun shape of yellow. Have the children glue it by the word “sun” above the ocean. Talk about how the sun heats the water and causes it to evaporate. Help them write “sun” on the sun.
  • Tear a piece of white paper and have the children shade it with gray with the side of a crayon to look like a rain cloud. Have the children glue it on their paper opposite the sun by the words, “rain cloud”. (Explain how the droplets of water vapor come together and cool to make a cloud and when they get too heavy they condensate on bits of dust and begin to fall to the earth as snow or rain depending on how cold they are.)
  • Have the children draw the rain coming from the cloud by the word, “rain” below the cloud. Discuss the ways the rain helps all living things and all the benefits of rain and storms.
  • Tear a piece of green or brown paper to look like a slope of land coming down to meet the ocean. Have the children glue it next to the ocean piece of paper by the word “land”.
  • Tear a strip of blue paper to look like a river. Have the children glue it on the slope of land by the word, “river”. Talk about the collection of rain into rivers, lakes and oceans
  • Read all the words on the picture together.
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