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Costello Building Blocks- Weekly Happenings: January 26- 30, 2014

Description
Plan-DoReview

Small
Group
Activities

PLANNING Time, WORK Time, RECALL Time—
This three-part sequence is unique to the HighScope Curriculum.
Occurring daily, it includes a 10- to 15-minute period during which
children plan what they want to do during work time (the area to visit,
materials to use, and friends to play with); a -minute work time for
children to carry out their plans (or shift to new activities that interest
them); and another 10- to 15-minute period for reviewing and
recalling with an adult and other children what they've done and
learned.
1. Alphabet Bingo: We practiced letter recognition today by
playing Alphabet Bingo. Each child ha a bingo card with 10
different letters on it. When the teacher called out a letter
their job was to search their board for that letter. If they had
it, they used a bingo marker to cover the square. When their
board was full they yelled out “bingo”!
2. Chalk Creations :
Using black paper and wet chalk, children explored with the different
materials to create their very own chalk-y masterpiece! Our
masterpieces are currently proudly hanging in our classroom.

3. Alphabet Cards & Uppercase Monkey Letters:
Using our alphabet carpet (with all the letters of the alphabet on it)
and our uppercase letter monkeys (each monkey has a different letter
on their belly), we played various matching games to help the
monkeys get safely to their homes. Children worked hard to identify
the letters on their monkeys and then match them properly.

KDI’s

Approaches to Learning: initiative, planning, engagement, problem solving, use of
resources, reflection

Social/Emotional: self-identity, sense of competence, emotions, empaty,
community, building relationships, cooperative play, moral development, conflict
resolution





Physical: fine motor skills
Language/Literacy: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary
Math: spatial awareness, part-whole relationships, unity, data analysis
Science: observing, classifying
Social Studies: decision making

 Approaches to Learning: initiative, engagement, uses of resources, reflection
 Social/Emotional: self-identity, sense of competence
 Physical: fine motor, body awareness, healthy behavior
 Language: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary
 Math: number words and symbols, shapes, spatial awareness
 Creative: Art
 Science: observing, classifying, drawing conclusions, communicating idea
 Social Studies: decision making




Physical: fine motor skills
Language: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary, phonological awareness,
alphabetic knowledge
Math: spatial awareness, part-whole relationships, unity, data analysis
Science: observing, classifying
Social Studies: decision making

Extension: Children identified the sound of the letter when they made
a match
4. Alphabet Cards and Lowercase Monkey Letters:
Using cards with the letters of the alphabet on them, and lowercase
letter monkeys (each monkey has a different letter on their belly), we
played various matching games to help the monkeys get safely to
their homes. Children worked hard to identify the letters on their
monkeys and then match them properly.
Extension: Children identified the sound of the letter when they made
a match




Physical: fine motor skills
Language: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary, phonological awareness,
alphabetic knowledge
Math: spatial awareness, part-whole relationships, unity, data analysis
Science: observing, classifying
Social Studies: decision making

Costello Building Blocks- Weekly Happenings: January 26- 30, 2014
5.

Large
Group

Letter Hunt: Taking a paper with letters on it and pencils, we
ventured out into our school hallways on the hunt for letters.
Letters were hidden around the school and it was our job to
find them! Ask your child about all the letters they found in
the school today.




Physical: large motor, body awareness
Language: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary, phonological awareness,
alphabetic knowledge
Math: spatial awareness, data analysis
Creative: art
Science: observing, classifying, communicating ideas
Social Studies: diversity

Songs, Fingerplays & Activities:
Song
Birthdays
Head and Shoulders
Seven Days of the Week
The Days of the Week
Addition Pokey
Today is Monday
Learning Letter Sounds
Scamper, Scamper
The Freeze
Your Face
Kids in Motion
Put Your Finger On
The Baker Song
Your Face

Literature:


Book Title
Would You Rather…
I am NOT going to get up today!
SNOW
Matthew ABC
Scrambled Feelings

Author
John Burningham
Dr. Seuss
Uri Shulevitz
Peter Catalanotto
Sandy Watson

Cold Weather
ABC Time
The Story of Snow

Melvin & Gilda Berger
Christina Ong
Mark Cassino







Approaches to Learning: engagement
Social/Emotional: sense of competence, community
Physical: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, body awareness
Language/Literacy: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary, phonological
awareness
Math: number words and symbols, counting, part-whole relationships
Creative: music, movement
Social Studies: diversity

Language & Literacy: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary, phonological
awareness, alphabetic knowledge, concepts about print, book knowledge

Costello Building Blocks- Weekly Happenings: January 26- 30, 2014
Sensory
Table

“Snow” (white stuffing), polar bears, penguins & ice bergs