PreK: Week 3 of our BEARS unit.
As always, we begin with the Hello Song. This week, the bear unit included a bear walk around the library, with Teacher Bear and Student Bears. Why? More movement! More interaction! More BEARS! And what a coincidence that they’ve started bear walks in PE!
For this week, there was a lot of action. After reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, we acted out the story with these fantastic (free) printable cards. I handed each student an animal card (duplicate if needed), then they came up to the front when their animal was read in the story. In We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, we moved our hands (and bodies!) all around to the motions of the story. It was a wiggle-free, yet movement-filled, class!
More Mac? Yes, please! Connecting Mac Barnett’s Count the Monkeys with our newest database, PebbleGo, was a seamless lesson. Students loved the interactive story (more than the pre-k students a few weeks ago) and were captivated by the content and features in PebbleGo. Can’t wait to have them explore whales with Mac’s Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem next week!
With students studying Homes Around the World in their Social Studies curriculum, it was time to introduce the Learners Around the World unit. This will incorporate stories, map skills, databases, research, and – if we’re lucky – coding and creating media. This week’s database: CultureGrams. It’s a bit high for the average reader in the room, yet it has sections for “life as a kid” and “school”…so I read it aloud and we make it work.
With Destiny being a royal pain in the rear (not it’s issue…a school-wide issue resulting in usernames/passwords changing at random), I ditched Destiny for a research-fueled/nonfiction lesson. Katherine Applegate’s Ivan: the remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla captivated the students last week. This week, I led the students on a research journey. Focus areas included keywords, reading web summaries, and looking at the source of information (Pinterest website vs Zoo Atlanta?). A pretty good lesson – and one that was my drop-in evaluation.
This was busy, y’all. Following last week’s reading, students were ready to research. Armed with their iPads, they set off after a review of the 3 “articles” and a discussion of keyword and search strategies. I created my own handout – asking students to write keywords for each story, locate websites that are helpful (or not!), and decide if the story was TRUTH or LIE. More resources are found on the publisher’s page.
Cheers, y’all! –arika