Friday, November 15, 2013

K13: Stretch

KINDERGARTEN LESSON PLAN                                                         Week of November 18
THIS WEEK’S TEKS:          1 a, b, f, g                 Print Awareness
                                                2 b, c, e, i               Rhymes & Phonological Awareness
                                                3 a                          Phonics
                                                4 a, b                      Prediction & Reading Strategies
                                                6 a, c                      Story Elements & Theme & Genre
                                                7                              Poetry
                                                8 a, b                       Retell Stories, Story Elements
                                                9                              Author’s Purpose
                                                10 b, c, d                 Predict, Evaluate & Retell Stories
                                                18 a                        Oral & Written Conventions
                                                19 a                        Generate Questions
                                                20 a                        Whole Group Research
                                                21 a, b                     Library Procedures
                                                RC(fig19) a,b,d,f,e  Read Assorted Literature, Generate Questions,
                    Whole Group Research, Predictions/Inference,
                    Pair Fiction & Non-Fiction, Retell/Summarize                                           Stories, Reading Comprehension
                                                n/a                           Book Selection
Intent: Make connection between mind & body by moving our bodies to express concrete & abstract concepts.  Find things in the world we are grateful for and show gratitude in a variety of ways.

a.      Welcome Song:  Welcome to the Library (To “London Bridge is Falling Down.”)
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.

b.      Finger Play: Five Little Peas

5 little peas in a pea-pod pressed (fist)
One grew, two grew, and so did the rest (raise fingers individually)
They grew and grew and did not stop (cup hands, start expanding)
Until one day, they all went POP! (expanding… on POP, clap hands, throw out arms)

c. Set Library Behavioral Expectations: (reinforce / commend examples )
d.       Mystery Bag: elastics (yardage used in sewing.)   Once kids have felt the elastics through the bag, pour elastics out onto carpet and let them experience the stretchy-ness of the objects.  Talk about how hair elastics, rubber bands, and other things stretch and how our muscles stretch, too. 

e.       Word of the Week:  (Forms a cornerstone of the lesson, aids in understanding and connecting text themes)
i.                    English: stretch .  Say it, syllabicate it, spell it in the air.  Rhymes with…
ii.                  Spanish:  estirar.  (ES-teer-arh)
iii.                ASL (American Sign Language.)  Sign language is a real language where people use their hands to communicate.  Here is the sign for stretch.  Pretend you’re holding one of these elastics and pull.  That’s it!

f.        Intent & Agenda:  This week we are going to be doing some stretching ourselves, both in our bodies and our minds.  First, we will read a book and then we will stretch to a book!  We’ll get to read about a dog who stretches on Tumblebooks, and we’ll do some coloring of mandalas, which are symbols of gratefulness and peace.

2.  STORY/RESOURCE #1: (You Are A Lion by Taeeun Yoo.  Penguin, 2012.)
a.  Pre-reading:   Look at cover & predict what story is about.

b.      READ:  involve students with each page, allow them to stretch and experience
each page vocally when demanded, or just physically.

c.       Reflection:  Why did author write this book (to show you stretches!)  Did you enjoy the book?

d.      Extension Activity:  This is the Way (trad. From: Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we reach up high, (x3.)  This is the way we reach up high, so early in the morning.
      Touch our toes, curl in a ball, lay on the floor…

3.  POEM:  Little Wind by Kate Greenaway
            Little wind, blow on the hill-top.
            Little wind, blow down the plane.
            Little wind, blow up the sunshine.
            Little wind, blow off the rain.

Have children make deep breaths directed towards the “things” (or directions) in the poem.

4a.  STORY/RESOURCE #2:  (Stretch by Doreen Cronin, Simon & Schuster 2009.  Available electronically on Tumblebooks, running time 2:30)
a.      Pre-reading Let’s extend our stretching theme (J) and listen to a funny story about a dog who loves to stretch.
  1. READ

c.       Reflection : what was your favorite animal in the story?  How does that animal look when he stretches?

4b.  STORY/RESOURCE #3:  (Thank You World, Alice B. McGinty, Dial Books, 2007)
d.      Pre-reading: Our last story today is going to take stretching to a new level.  We know that Thanksgiving is coming next week, the time of the year where we’re showing we’re thankful.  This book shows some things everyone in the world is thankful for.
  1. READ or INVESTIGATE Resource
This is another book with actions.  Find suggested stretches/poses at Lamb Puppet is going to help us stretch today!!!

f.        Reflection  Which part of the book is your favorite?  What are you thankful for?

5. ACTIVITY (Mandalas)

a.      Video (Crow Art Collection Mandala-building:
b.      Students are offered a choice of mandala coloring pages found at:

6.  Check out books

7.  Conclusion

a. Circle:
    i.  review intent
    ii.  word of week in English, Spanish, and ASL.
iii.     closing song (Open, shut them.  Open, shut them.  Raise you hands up high. 
Open, shut them.  Open, shut them.  Wave and say goodbye. )

b.      Pet the Puppet.  Lamb comes out again…

c.       Line Up By… Who can stretch the highest?

Additional Resources:
Sleepy Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford
Hop, Hop Jump by Lauren Thompson
Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (song)

Thanks to Dana Tucker at Denton, Texas North Branch Library and Lisa Furrh from Mommy and Me Yoga for book and activity ideas.

1 comment:

  1. Lesson learned: this is really a lot more than a 50-minute story time! I ended up cutting the McGinty book, and sometimes even the mandala video due to time constraints. Also, I moved the poem and the "This is the way" song, so moving and sitting were a little more broken up. This was a highly successful lesson.