This is our last week focusing on the Earth. The kids have really enjoyed the month long unit. Although, I'm always ready to move on to the next unit by the month's end. I must admit, I'm in the middle of writing the kids' syllabuses for next year, selecting text books, and writing IHIPs, as CSE meetings are just around the corner. It has been suggested to bring all of that with me when I go, in hopes for a better experience with the district etc. So, a little less time has been spent preparing my week's worth of activities. Hopefully next week I'll have a bit more time.
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Upper Letter Writing Practice
Lowercase Letter Writing Practice
Though not shown here, I do want to mention, besides the activities I share here each week, all three kiddos have work time in the morning. Dinomite has a journal. Mommy writes a simple question every day, relating to the theme of the week and month. He writes the answer to the question. There is also space in the journal to draw a picture to go along with the question and answer. It has taken a long time for Dinomite's anxieties to lessen, in regards to this task, but with incentives, reinforcers, and a lot of cheering, he's doing fabulous. Writing and drawing are two of his least favorite things. Dinomite also does his reading in the morning. He's now almost finished with his second set of Bob Books. Oh how I love them! We read a the same story each morning, until he reads through it with no errors or questions, and then move on to the next one. Usually this only takes two or three days at most. Then we use a simple School Zone workbook so he practices his skills and gets a little bit more writing in. Usually Dinomite can only handle doing 2 pages of the workbook, at his grade level, before he's burned out, but still, that's enough. The whole process takes about 30 minutes in the morning.
Bulldozer and Princess just do pages in their workbooks, usually five, as their workbooks are much easier, and they don't have any other work. Starting in July, they'll each have a writing task to complete in their own journals. Of course it will be age appropriate.
Endangered Species Cards
Though some of the animals are not technically "endangered," they are threatened etc. The description cards are wonderful, although definitely written for an elementary aged child. I went through each card with Dinomite, reading them aloud. Then we worked through all the big words. It went very well. For Bulldozer and Princess, matching pictures with names will be sufficient.
Source: These cards are available at Montessori Helper. Click HERE for the second set.
Introduction to Clocks
|Step 1: Matching the time on the clock with the time on the card.|
|Step 2: Identifying the actual time in numbers.|
Dinomite is to match the time on the clock and then without looking at the back, tell the time correctly. He can then look on the back to see if he is correct.
How Many Endangered Species Are Left?
Mommy and Daddy spent a lot of time researching endangered species this weekend and came across a list of the top ten most endangered species. After looking up numbers, to see exactly how many are actually left, we created a graph activity for the kids.
The information sheet includes pictures of each animal for the kids, so they know which one is which. All they have to do is find the number, if they can't read. For Dinomite, we included less than and about phrases he has to interpret.
Once the graph is completed the kiddos are asked to tell us about it.
Source: I created this printable as part of my Endangered Species Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.
This week we're introducing the Hundred Board. The front side of this board has all of the numbers, the back side has empty squares for Dinomite who doesn't need the numbers. I'm so excited to finally have a board of my own. (It came as part of a manipulative pack a relative gave me.)
Endangered Animals Sorting & Patterns
We did this activity a while back, but last night I thought of it again, when I realized that most animals in the package are endangered. The kiddos sort a few of the crackers, and then practice making patterns with them. This is one of Bulldozer's favorite activities, especially when he gets to eat the broken ones.
Source: This idea came from Squidoo.
Geography & Science:
The Ocean Habitats
The Earth: Continents & Oceans
In attempt to review our continents and once again work on learning our ocean names and locations, I brought out our maps to color and label using the Montessori continent colors. I included a map of the world, so the kids could find the oceans, to know where to label them.
Sources; The map coloring page is at Crayola. The continent cards were part of an animal activity we did a while back. They can be found at Walk Beside Me.
Dangers to Healthy Habitat Match Up
Source: I created these cards as part of my Endangered Species Printable Pack 1. For your free copy. click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Food Chains of the Grasslands
My kiddos are very familiar with the food chain in regards to the Grasslands of Africa, so I didn't make up cards to match up, but instead put a basket full of animals with some plant life. I ask each kiddo to explain the food chains to me and tell me who eats what and who. They do a fabulous job!
Ocean Animal Maze/Puzzle
Arctic Sensory Bin
My kids love sensory bins, and I just couldn't resist including a couple this week, my first being the Arctic sensory bin. It includes several Arctic animals as well as several different kinds of white and blue beads, gems and stones, cotton balls, and plastic glacier figures. The best part was that all of it was on hand in our house!
Oil Spill Rescue
Rainforest Sensory Bin
I must say, I was pretty pleased with how this sensory bin turned out, and again, all of the contents were available at our house already. The bin includes: several rainforest animal figures, a variety of green and blue beads, green pom poms, plastic plant life, brown popsicle sticks and green popsicle sticks. Dinomite really enjoyed playing with it today.
Blind Folded Endangered Species Identification
How to Draw a Whale & Elephant
Sources. The elephant cards can be found at How to Draw 200 Animals. Click HERE for the whale cards.
For those interested in the Endangered Species printables, click on the link below:
Next week we start our Human Body Unit! I'm excited and nervous, but I'm sure we can do it!