I introduce the math measurement strand within the Dinosaur theme unit. Interactive math stations that will be used to achieve the outcomes for this strand are outlined in this lesson plan. The plan below is my general plan of what I will be doing for the week (I only teach two full days).
8:28-9:15 Circle Time
Sight Word Information Dinosaur Reader
Project the emergent sight word reader “Different Dinosaurs” on the Smart Board (use a pocket chart if you do not have access to a Smart Board). Read it together. Focus on illustrations and how they help us determine what the words are. Discuss how their illustrations should be similar when writing in their dinosaur shape booklets. Discuss the different features of each of the dinosaurs displayed in the reader.
Phonemic Awareness Follow-up – Word Family “in”
I have small little whiteboards that I print the letters that represent the phoneme. A child is assigned to each phoneme and holds the letter(s) that represents this sound. We say each phoneme sound (usually review letters) several times as a review of the sound/letter and how it corresponds. We talk about what makes the beginning, middle and end sound. After, I place the students closer together and we blend the sounds together. The students have to guess what the mystery word is. I do this activity throughout the day as a review of letter sounds.
Word Family Focus “in” and rhyming – win, bin, fin, grin, tin, and pin
Sight Word Focus – some and were
Letter Review Sound and Formation
Review the letter “w” and “s” printing formation and sound as heard in “some and were” from the reader. Students practice printing the letters on their individual erasible boards. Generate and print other words beginning with that sound.
Connection to Literature
Allow one student to choose a dinosaur book from the wide selection displayed on the book shelf to read. They are continuously asking me to read these to them so I let them select.
Together complete the sentence: Some dinosaurs_________. (similar to emergent reader). Together with the students complete this sentence using what they have learned from the emergent readers, videos and books. Do a few examples together modeling the writing process (sounding out words and leaving spaces between words). Example: Some dinosaurs ate plants. Discuss how they would illustrate the sentence.
9:15 – 9:45 Learning Centers
Craft and Writing
Students will complete the craft displayed on the left. After, they will write a sentence that describes Triceratops.
More Dinosaur Craft Ideas
Generally, I assist a small group of students at this Center but this time I want to see what they can do independently. They will complete the sentence: Some dinosaurs_________. This activity is related to the emergent reader we read earlier together, from videos we have viewed and books we have read. I wanted to use this time for assessments.
Rest of Class at Learning Centers with Parent Volunteer
1. Sand – Digging for Alphabet Dinosaur Bones
Students will be digging for the alphabet bones (dog biscuits) and matching these to the correct picture that corresponds to the initital sound.
3. Big Blocks
Students will be making a dinosaur feature display using the dinosaur figures and big blocks.
4. Computers – I have downloaded the Smart Board activities outlined in the Literacy Centers on individuals computers and the students can work on this.
5. Paint Easel has stayed the same.
6. Creative Craft Center – Paper, cards, tape, scissors, glue, all types of decorations and odds and ends are placed here
8. Water Table and Science – Floating and Sinking
Experiment with placing small dinosaur figures in the different boats and estimating how many it will take to sink them.
9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym
10:15 – 10:35 Bathroom Break and Snack
10:35 – 11:30 Literacy Centers
The links below different literacy activities the students will be engaged in.
Dinosaur Literacy Centers
General Literacy Centers
11:30 – 12:00 Music and Author’s Chair
Students share what they wrote during Independent Writing Time.
Sing the different songs from the Alpha Tunes CD.
Animated Alphabet Video from link below:
Animated Alphabet Video
11:55 – 12:00 Bathroom Break
12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
12:25 – 1:00 Lunch Recess
1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break
1:00 – 1:50 Circle Time – Math
Calendar, count days on calendar, count how many days they have been in school, add this many straws to the 10’s cup. Count to 100 and by 10’s to 100.
Math Number Animated Videos
Introduce Math Tubs
Dinosaur Measuring Picture Template
Math Center One – Estimating, Measuring Length and Height
I have a set of erasable paddle boards that I use consistently. The students will be estimating the length and height of our dinosaur figurines (how many snap cubes long or tall). They will write their estimation on their paddle boards. After, they will measure the figurine to see how close their estimation was.
New I have added dinosaur pictures to the theme unit that you can use instead, if you do not have dinosaur figurines.
Math Center Two – Measuring Volume
1. Students estimate how many small dinosaur figurines it will take to fill different containers (can be any small manipulatives or even dinosaur fruit snacks). After, they confirm their estimation by counting how many will fill the container.
2. How many scoops of rice will it take to fill different containers?
Math Center Three – Measuring Weight
Constant – Heavier object (decorative rock)
The students will estimate how many small manipulatives it will take to balance the constant (heavier object) using a pan scale.
Math Center Four – Numeral Identification and Printing Review
Numeral Ten Frame Identification and Printing
My students still need practice with identifying ten frames and numeral printing so I will include this Center throughout the duration of the year. These templates are found in the Dinosaur theme and Math program. Numeral printing sheets include ten frames for 1-10 and 1-20 (this will vary depending on your math outcomes). According to the “Common Core Standards” the students are required to identify and print numerals 1-20. The students draw a ten frame card. I have placed the dotted numeral printing sheets in a plastic cover sheet so they can erase these after. The student must print the numeral that represents the ten frame they selected. They will continue drawing the cards until they have printed all the numerals.
Math Center Five – Decomposing Sets of Numbers
I painted lima beans on one side and left the other side white. Different amounts of beans were placed in plastic Easter eggs. The students spill the eggs (beans) and can print the amount, make an addition sentence or subtraction sentence similar to what is displayed in the photograph. The templates to play this game is found in the Math Program.
1:50 2:10 – Bathroom Break and Recess
2:10 – 3:00 Learning Centers
Groups are switched from this morning so all students have an opportunity to visit the Learning Centers.
3:10 Bus Students Leave
3:15 Walking Students Leave
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