PreK3 and PreK
Guiding Question: Which nursery rhymes have to do with counting?
We began a unit about Mother Goose rhymes that will continue for the next several sessions.
In this first class, we read rhymes that deal with counting. "One, two, buckle my shoe", "This little pig went to market", and several others. See the complete poems here.
Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
This is a favorite Mother Goose; it includes all of the most common poems, as well as many not-so-common ones, and the illustrations are childlike but snappy. The poems are well organized, flowing together by theme, character, and settting.
Guiding Question: What are the names of vehicles that transport us on land, water, and air?
Things That Go, by Anne Rockwell is a great way to review some of the more unusual transportation vehicles such as bobsleds, snowmobiles, cruise liners, and more. Each spread shows one type of vehicle and we made a game of learning the words and then saying them back.
Afterward, we sang "Wheels on the Bus" with the hand motions, reading the lyrics from a slideshow on our new projector.
Guiding Question: How can we keep ourselves safe?
We learned about trusting our instincts, wearing special equipment for sports, learning a parent's phone number and our own address.
Guiding Questions: What is setting? What details give us clues about a story's setting?
After reading and discussing the story, we leaned about some geography games and practiced our knowledge of the continents and famous landmarks here.
Guiding Question: How can we use World Book Kids and Student Britannica to find information about our developing countries?
We learned how to find various types of maps on World Book Kids, how to browse for information, and search for information. We spent time discussing and exploring the features of both World Book and Britannica, two online encyclopedias the school pays for. These are available from home via the library website, but password are needed (and can't be given over the internet). Students were sent home with bookmarks listing all passwords they might need.
Grade 4 and 5
Guiding Questions: What do call numbers mean? How does understanding call numbers help us find our books in the library?