Thursday, September 19, 2013

K5: Autumn

KINDERGARTEN LESSON PLAN                                                       Week of Sept 23 (5th week)
Welcome to Autumn
ANNUAL  TEKS:     K19(a)  Students ask questions about topics of class-wide interest  (with adult assistance)
                                               K19(b)  Students decide which sources/people can answer questions (with adult assistance)
                               K20(a)  Students gather evidence from provided text sources (with adult assistance)
                               K20(b)  Students use pictures in conjunction with writing when documenting research (with adult assistance)

PacingStory Elements                 Rhymes                      Predictions         Read Assorted Literature 
 Procedures                     Print Awareness         Book Care          

Intent:  The season of autumn begins this week, so let’s explore what it’s all about.  We’re looking forward to falling leaves, falling temperatures and cool days cuddled up with good books.

CIRCLE: Welcome Song:              Welcome to the Library                (to the tune of London Bridge)
                Welcome to the library, library, library. 
    Welcome to the library, please come inside and read.
                We’re glad to have you here today, here today, here today. 
    We’re glad to have you here today; today’s a special day.

Finger Play:
This is Big

This is big big big                    Hold arms out to side
This is small small small         Cup hands together
This is short short short          Hold hands with palms facing each other
This is tall tall tall                   Reach one hand above head
This is fast fast fast                 Circle fists quickly
This is slow slow slow             Circle fists slowly
This is yes yes yes                   Nod
This is no no no                       Shake head

Set Expectations: voice, movement, participation, help.  file @

Mystery Box:  What’s inside the mystery box today?  The object inside the box will give us a clue what our story time is going to be about.  (Object this week is silk leaves in fall colors)
Pre-reading:  Welcome.  Every week, when kindergarteners come to visit the library, we have a different theme.  We’ve had story times about the circus, pirates, and today our theme is the changing seasons.  This week, the season of summer is over and the season of fall begins.  We’ll sing songs, do finger plays, read books (of course), tell jokes and do fun activities and all of them will be about the season of fall and the fun things you can do in the fall.
Word of the Week:  Autumn/Otoño (Oh-TONE-Yo)
ASL Sign:  (sign language is a real language where people use their hands to communicate.  Here is the sign for autumn.  Put your left hand up like a tree branch.  Your right hand is a leaf that falls.  Try it!

Story/Resource #1:  “The Surprise” from Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel (Harper Trophy, 1976)
Reflection:  What will happen in the morning?  Why is that funny?
Poem:   “What I Hate About Autumn” from Autumblings by Douglas Florian
Reflection:  seasons change, like it or not.  What are things we LIKE about cooler weather? (Solicit answers: closer to holidays, get to wear sweaters, snow, etc)
Action Rhyme:  If I were a leaf… 
·         If I were a leaf, I’d jump down from my tree (jump)
·         I’d dance in the wind (dance)
·          I’d fly in the breeze(arms out – fly)
·          I’d change bright colors, I’d spin in the air (spin)
·          I’d land on the ground, I don’t know where! (fall)

SONG: The Leaves are Falling Down (Farmer in the Dell)
The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green and brown
The leaves are falling down

JOKES:                                  Q: What did the tree say to autumn?
Why did the woman go outdoors with her purse open?
(Because she expected some change in the weather!)

Story/Resource #2:  If you had never seen fall leaves, how could you see them right from your classroom any time of year?  Now, we’re going to go from stories to science.  Let’s watch two short videos, one of a leaf changing color and one of forest leaves changing color as autumn comes:

Story/Resource #3: Fall Leaves, Fall by Zoe Hall (Scholastic, 2000)
Reflection:  Some students may not have experience with leaves changing color- have them be on the lookout in coming weeks.
Activity:  Leaf Sweep online game (mouse skills)
Check out books: Students select one book and check out!
Circle:  review word of week & sing song.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Raise your hands up high.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Wave and say goodbye.

Other book resources:
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber
Four Friends in Autumn by Tomie de Paola
Other activities
CRAFT: Diecut leaves, crayons.  Color a leaf for the “Fall Friends” Friendship tree.
Leaf sorting
Autumn Leaves are falling down song

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