Spider Book Based Unit for Preschool

Spider Centers, Activities and Book Based Lesson for Preschool
We had so much fun with our spider unit the last few weeks!   

Spider Centers, Activities and Book Based Lesson for Preschool
First we read a factual book, Super Spiders by Jason Blake.  My daughter loves spiders and was excited to learn about them, however, in a classroom it is always a good idea to see how students feel about spiders.  After reading the book we focused on three of the biggest "facts:"  spiders have eight legs, two body parts and eight eyes (four pairs).  V liked labeled the spider with the numbers.  Finally, we made this adorable spider crown.



Spider Centers, Activities and Book Based Lesson for Preschool
On day 2 we read The Very Busy Spider,  by Eric Carle.  After we read through the story once, she helped to retell the story.  We reviewed the characters and the narrators response.  Then, we worked on rhyming with "Spider Spider in the Web."  V worked on finding a rhyme out of four choices.  For an art/sensory project I drew a web on a square piece black paper.  V used a bottle of white glue and traced the lines.  Then, she coated the glue lines with salt and used watercolors to paint the web.  For a fine-motor work out, we sorted jumping spiders into the correct web.

Spider Centers, Activities and Book Based Lesson for Preschool
On Day 3 we learned the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet.  To help V remember, we role played it using a chair and a plastic spider.  V pretended to sit on the chair and eat her curds and whey.  I crept close to the chair with a little spider and she pretended to be terrified and jumped out of the chair.  We talked about the letters in our name and that spider starts with the letter "s."  We rotated through several centers throughout the week.
Centers:
1.  Using shaving cream, glue and a dab of Karo syrup V made this web like shape.  She cut out the letters of her name and placed them in the mixture.  
2.  We used glow in the dark webs, spiders and other creepy bugs to make this fun sensory table.  I added several of our ABC cards to practice matching uppercase letters (spiders to webs).  
3.  We made a fun slime and created spider tracks.
4.  We built spiders with dough, pipe cleaners, googly eyes etc.
5.  We made an S is for Spiders Craft.


Spider Centers, Activities and Book Based Lesson for Preschool
Day 4 we focused on Itsy Bitsy Spider.  We love the story by Kate Toms.  We also practiced the nursery rhyme the traditional way with our fingers.  V LOVED our cute story prop.  We used a black bag and our poem to make a cute 3D house.  Then we taped a straw to the side of the house, slid the spider on the straw and taped the bottom.  We practiced the song all day and used our prop as a Halloween decoration.
V also worked on tracing numbers, matching numbers to sets, and recognizing numbers with these fun printables.


Spider Centers, Activities and Book Based Lesson for Preschool
Day 5 we focused on sequencing with the book  There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  As we read the book, we stuck the characters on the our Little Old Lady Story Prop.  After we read, we recalled the story and the order the characters appeared in the story.  For a project V made this cut Little Old Lady story prop using our printable and a baggie.  It was fun to retell the story to her friends.


Spider Centers, Activities and Book Based Lesson for Preschool
On Day 6 we focused on numbers and the number 8.  V loved to help read our story.  As we read Counting Spiders V helped stick the ring spiders into the web.  Then, we played a spider game.  I placed contact paper onto the window.  V identified the number and then placed the matching number of flies on the web.  Then, we made this cute spider craft.  We discussed the shapes circle and rectangle and reviewed the fact that a spider has 8 legs.  Finally, V matched spiders to numbers with this cute printable.

This unit was so fun!  Although we had a theme each of the six days, we were able to stretch this unit out for two week!  Check it out here:


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October Math Centers Made Fun with Pumpkin Candy

October is one of my favorite months to teach.  The weather is usually beautiful with leaves changing color and cooler temperatures after a long hot summer!  My students always loved talking about pumpkins and of course every child loves Halloween. 
Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!  

However, most school are no longer celebrating this Holiday with a party.  That is why I created Pumpkin Candy Math Centers.  This is a great unit to use during the month of October or November.  

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
You will need 2-4 bags of Brach's Pumpkin Candy.  You can usually get a deal with 2 bags.  I think I paid $6.00 for four bags.  They do sell Brach's at the Dollar Tree, however I believe they are in smaller portions.  Also, the dollar tree brand of the pumpkin candy is too small for the centers.

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
One of my favorite centers is "Pumpkin Weigh Off."  The boys and girls not only identify numbers 1-10, they use 1-1 correspondence and compare the numbers/weight and determine which number/weight is greater.  There are several different forms for this one activity.  In the activity above they use the greater/less than symbols.  In a simpler version, they circle the number that weighs more.  This a great way to practice using the balance.


Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
In "Lil' Pumpkin Measure Up," the boys and girls measure common school supply items with pumpkins.  Most of the students have these items in their desk or they are easily accessible.  These are items you most likely have around the house if you are using this unit from home.  Students  count the total number of pumpkin "units" long each item is and record it on the recording sheet.  

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
To prep for "Pick 5"  I purchased little white stickers from Target.  Then, I placed the stickers on the bottom of the pumpkins and numbered the pumpkins 1-10.  Each child needs 10 pumpkins labeled 1-10.  The children place the pumpkins in a cup, or miniature pumpkin and shake (or mix-them up).  They dump the pumpkins on the desk and count out 5.  Then, they put the pumpkins in order from the smallest to largest number and write the numbers on one of the pumpkin rows.

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
"Pumpkin Plus 1" is and easy one to prep.  Each child needs 7 pumpkins.  They roll the dice and count out pumpkins to match the number of dots on the dice.  Then, they add one pumpkin to the total.  Finally, they find a pumpkin with the matching number and color.  

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
"Lil' Pumpkin Shapes" is a great activity to work on shape identification, formation and one to one correspondence.  The boys and girls choose a shape and build the shape using the little pumpkins.  Next, they find the matching letter on their recording sheet and draw the matching shape in the .  Then, draw the matching shape in the box.  Finally, they count how many pumpkins it took to build the shape and write the number in the pumpkin.

Estimation is a blast with "Lil' Pumpkin Estimation."  The boys and girls grab a handful of pumpkins and estimate how many pumpkins are in their hand.  Then they write their guess on the first hand.  Next, they count out the actual amount and write the number on the pumpkin.  I usually don't encourage them to circle or put a smiley face in the boxes where they make an accurate "guess"  because they tend to always have an accurate guess:)

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
If your students are just learning how to tally, or you want to reinforce the skills, "Lil' Pumpkin Tally" will be helpful.  The boys and girls grab a handful of pumpkins and make a tally mark for each one in one of the boxes.  Then, they count the total number of tally marks and write the number in the pumpkin.

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
We are really starting to work hard on the concept of addition and really want kids to visualize the idea that numbers represent objects.  The boys and girls love "Pumpkin Patch Flip."  I purchased binder ring stickers (but any colored stickers will do-dollar store has many mini-circle colors) and chose two colors to use.  I put ten of one color on one set of pumpkins and ten of another on another set of ten.  Place all twenty in a pumpkin pail and have the boys and girls shake the bucket to mix.  They choose ten and color one set of the pumpkins to match.  There is also a recording sheet that has students write out the number sentence.

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
In, "Lil' Pumpkin Addition" the boys and girls roll two dice.  Then, they count out the matching number of pumpkins, count the total and then write the number in one of the pumpkins.  To hold students accountable have them draw the two sets of dots in the pumpkin as well.

Lil’ Pumpkin Candy Math Centers is over 12 fun hands-on math centers that are perfect for your kindergartners to help build a strong foundation in math. All the centers are common core aligned and encourage independence. Most importantly all of the centers use little candy pumpkins as math manipulatives. This will make centers a blast all fall long!
A few of your students may already have a good grasp on addition. I like to have students "rescue" the pumpkins and help them return to the pumpkin patch.  Children place one pumpkin over each addition problem.  After they solve each problem, they can return the pumpkins to the pumpkins patch.  They can also use the pumpkins to solve the problems.

I hope your students love Pumpkin Candy Math Centers as much as mine did!  Click here to check it out!

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Preschool Printables for October: Fall and Fire Safety Worksheets for Preschool

Are you looking for fun October and Fall themed printables?  We had so much fun with Fire Safety and Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets.  All of the printables cover important topics themes and skills that are crucial in preschool.
Fire Safety Worksheets and Printables for Preschool.
Fire Safety month is in October.  Not only does this packet include parent connection and an important checklist for parents to discuss with their child, it includes fun math and literacy pages, as well as vocabulary and important fire safety topics worksheets.  

Fire Safety Worksheets and Printables for Preschool.

Color the gear firefighters need to fight fires.

Fire Safety Worksheets and Printables for Preschool.
Dress a firefighter (important cutting skills as well).

Fire Safety Worksheets and Printables for Preschool.
Help the firefighters put out the fires by matching numbers to sets.

Fire Safety Worksheets and Printables for Preschool.
Help the firefighters rescue the kitten (a great reminder that only firefighters are should go back into a home).

Fire Safety Worksheets and Printables for Preschool.
Color the firefighter by numbers.

Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.

Fall is a fun time to explore our environment as well as work on letters, numbers and emergent writing skills.

Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.
 We love to talk about apples in the fall, instead of coloring apples, the boys and girls will color by shapes.

 Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.

Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.
Counting to 6 and finding the matching number.



Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.
Tracing lines to help the child make it to the pumpkin patch.

Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.
Tracing lines from left to right.

Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.


Fall Math and Literacy Worksheets and Printable for Preschool.
Coloring fall leaves, 26 sheets A-Z.




        

Community Helpers and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool

Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool.
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Community Helpers and Fire Safety is one of my favorite units to teach.  I love to see children making connections to their community.  I like to teach community helpers around fire safety week. Kids can become hyper focused on things that scare them and it is nice to be able to talk about it for a few days and then change the subject to a new community helper.

Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool.
To start out our unit we took a closer look at our community and the jobs within the community.  When I was in the classroom, we would always take a walk around town searching for community helpers.  However, when you live in a bigger city that can be more challenging.  To make our unit more personal, I drove around town and took pictures of the buildings in our community and made it into this cute editable book.  It was fun to see if my daughter was able to recognize it before I told her what the building was and the community helpers that worked there.  We continued to build our vocabulary with a cute matching game.  V had to match the community helper to the building where they work.  I made it more interactive by cutting out the community helper, taping them to a popsicle stick and slicing a hole by the matching building.  That way V could insert the community helper next to the building.  To tie it all together, V drew a picture of the most influential community helper.  This would make a cute class book in the classroom.

Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool. Construction Ideas.

The first community helper we focused on was a builder.  We have been talking about building our new house, so I thought this would be a fun way to get V involved.  We read the book, Jack's House by Karen Magnuson Beil.  This is a great book for repetition and construction vocabulary.  Then, I introduced V to centers.  The fun thing about centers with one child is that they can explore at their own pace.  All of the centers that I introduced were open ended.  
Center 1:  we build structures using colored tooth picks and marshamallows.  
 Center 2:  we made popsicle sticks houses (try not to model this or their house will look just like yours:).  

Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool. Construction Ideas.

Center 3:  we played at a community helper themed block center.  
Center 4:  Construction dig site.
Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool. Construction Ideas.
I love creating centers in our home.  They were always such an important part of a classroom when I was teaching in 4K.  I felt they were a great way to tie more community helpers into our unit.  We included puzzles, the block people we made from the printable, community helper vehicles, a variety of wooden blocks, some with snaps, magnets and real wood with tree bark.  I tried to include activities that work on important concepts, like the vocabulary sort with community helper buildings and crucial items for each building.  This was one of our favorite centers.
Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool. Post Office Ideas.
V has also been into making letters for family and friends, so I made a cute little post office for her in order to discuss the mail carrier.  I found this cute shelf at Ikea.  It was perfect for our writing center materials.  We included crayons, markers, gel pens, colored pencils, smelly markers, EXPO markers. post it notes, notebooks, scrap paper, lined paper, colored paper, scrapbook paper, index cards, envelopes, ABC stickers and stampers, stamp pads, stapler, tape, scissors, patterned scissors etc.  We also had a whiteboard with editable name cards, to practice building the names of friends and family.  V put her cards in the mailboxes we made by folding 9 by 12 pieces of paper in half.  To work on number sense V had to deliver mail to the matching number.

Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool. Trash Collectors.

One of my favorite community helper books was Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha.  It is a great book to discuss the main character and his likes and dislikes.  I also like how the book has a great repetitive refrain that the kids can help read.  After we read our book, V had to "pick up the shape trash."  I labeled four baskets with shapes.  I choose shapes that can be easily confused like rectangle, triangle, diamond and square.  I found some scrap paper and drew the shapes.  V had to pick up the scraps and crunch them into a ball before she sorted them by shape.  To tie it all together we made a shape dump truck.  V had to cut out a rectangle, triangle and square to build a garbage truck.  We added alumunum foil to represent the inside of the truck.  V choose some scraps/trash to add to the truck.  We are always working on way to make connections to books, so V then had to tell me what she picked up when she was cleaning Trashy Town.  I wrote it on the slip and she glued it to the top of her paper.

Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool.

Children are very sensitive to the topic of fire safety.  This can cause anxiety and worry.  Prior to a lesson about fire safety and prevention I always sent home a hand out and checklist for parents to discuss with children.  Most school and centers have to do monthly fire drills, so kids usually know what to do in a school.  However a few concepts I always like to cover when I was in the classroom, was what do if you woke up at night and your room was full of smoke.  We talked about staying low, covering your mouth with your pajamas and touching the door before you open it.  Parents will cover these topics as well as how to get out of their bedroom and a meeting place if they make it our prior to the lesson, which makes it a lot easier.  Kids live in different kids of housing so each situation will be different.  When a child knows what they need to do, it helps them feel a sense of control.  We reviewed items that are too hot and not safe to touch.  We also practiced what to do if our clothing catches on fire.  V liked to demonstrate stop, drop and roll, which would be fun in a large group situation as well.  For a project we made a giant t-shirt and finger painted "fire" on the shirt with red and yellow paint.  Then we glued the words stop, drop and roll on the shirt to remind us what to do.  

Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool.

 One of my favorite books for fire safety is Fire Truck by Ivan Ulz.  This book was first a song by Ivan Ulz and is a great way to introduce firefighters.  After we learned the song, we read the book.  We reviewed firefighter vocabulary words.  Then, we played "Alphabet Flames."  I laminated alphabet flames and taped them to the floor.  Violet pretended she was a firefighter and threw water (bean bags) at the flames to put them out.  When a bean bag landed on a flame she would write it on her printable (also available to color or trace).  Finally, Violet finger painted flames on a sheet of paper and then glued an editable firetruck name puzzle over the flames.


Are you looking for a fun hands-on community helper and fire safety themed unit that revolves around amazing stories and is appropriate for your preschool classroom? Then, you will love Community Themed Helper and Fire Safety Unit for Preschool.
To review all of the community helpers we learned about we practiced one to one reading correspondence with these simple sentences.  We pointed and read "I see a police officer," etc.  Then, we played the game, "Pin the Badge on the Officer."  V and friends, closed their eyes and tried to pin a name badge (name writing practice) on this giant police officer that I printed off on several pieces of paper and assembled.  The closest one to the star won.  V also had fun using map symbols to build a city.  Finally, she made a police officer version of herself.

We had so much fun with our unit.  Check it out here:  

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