Learn at Home Grade K

May 2009
Learn at Home: Grade K New York City Department of Education

Dear Kindergarten Parents and Scholars,
We are facing difficult and unusual times right now with some schools closing for a week. We recognize that a break in school may be a challenge for you and your family. Even though your school is closed, this time can be used to continue learning. On the following pages, you will find a day-to-day guide to help your child stay engaged. It includes a suggested schedule, activities, and educational TV shows and websites. Please use the guide and fill in the chart each day outlining your daily learning. All of these activities will require adult supervision.

For additional web resources and updated materials, go to: http://schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

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Day 1 Schedule
Subject Vocabulary Minutes Per Day (At Least!) 30 Assignments • • Study vocabulary words Create a picture dictionary • What Did I Learn Today?

Reading and Writing

45

Read a story, answer questions about the story, and draw a picture of your favorite part

Math

45

Complete at least one: • Fill it Up activity • Fracture Fractions activity Complete : • Parts of the Body activity • Salt Volcano activity •

Science

30

Fitness and Health

30

Choose one or two activities from the Activity Calendar Choose one or two activities from Visual Arts

Arts

30

TV Shows and Websites

30

Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home

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Day 1 Activities
Vocabulary
Create your own picture dictionary. Each day this week, write new words you learn (from reading, listening, talking or the Vocabulary List in the back of this packet) next to the appropriate letter. Draw a picture of each word. Review your dictionary every day to see how the list of words is growing! You can use the handout in the following pages to create your picture dictionary or you can use a notebook or separate sheets of paper.

Reading and Writing
Activity 1: Select a book to read with your parent or caregiver. Have your parent or caregiver tell you the title and author. Before you read the book, look at the cover and the pictures. What do you think the story will be about? Ask your parent or caregiver to write your comments below. __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ After reading the story, tell what actually happened. Did you guess correctly? Ask your parent or caregiver to write your comments below. __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Activity 2: Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story below.

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Day 1 Activities (continued)
Mathematics
Please complete at least one of the following activities: • Fill It Up • Fractured Fractions

Science
• Parts of the Body: Have your parent or caregiver find a picture of a boy or a girl. The picture should show the boy or girl from head to foot. Look at the picture and name the parts of the body as your parent/caregiver points to them (for example, arms, feet, ears, etc). Next, look at yourself in a full length mirror and point to the parts of your own body. Afterwards, using crayons and paper, draw yourself. Point to the parts of the body on your drawing and write they are (e.g., arms, feet, ears). Salt Volcano Activity (The worksheets on the following pages tell you what to do.)

Health and Fitness
Choose one or two activities from the Physical Activity Calendar and do each activity for 10 minutes.

Arts
Choose one or two activities from the Visual Arts section of the Arts Activities and complete these activities today.

TV Shows and Websites
Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home. A list of suggested TV shows is included at the back of this guide. A list of suggested websites can be found at http://schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

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My Picture Dictionary
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Science Explorer: Salt Volcano--make your own miniature "Lava Lite"

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Salt Volcano

Make your own miniature 'lava UW-

What do I need?
• A glass jar or clear drinking
glass
• Vegetable oil • Salt • Water • Food coloring (if you want)

DANGER! Don't forget to be careful with glass.

What do I do?

1 Pour about 3 inches of water into the jar.

Z Pour about 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
into the jar. When everything settles, is the oil on top of the water or underneath it? If you want, add one drop of food coloring to the jar. What happens? Is the drop in the oil or in the water? Does the color spread?

3

WOW! I Didn't Know Thatl
Lava Lites are lamps that were invented by an English

Shake salt on top of the oil while you count slowly to 5. Wow! What happens to
the food

4

http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/volcano.html

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man named Craven Walker in 1964. They are basically tall thin glass jars filled with liquid and a special kind of colored wax, set on top of a base with a light bulb. When the bulb is turned on, the lamp glows, the liquid heats up, and the wax begins to melt. Blobs of wax rise to the top of the lamp, then cool and sink back down-­ over and over again.

coloring? What happens to the salt?

5

Add more salt to keep the action going for as long as you want.
Six-year-old Nina Gumkowsky shared this activity with the other students in her first-grade class. Everyone loved it! They did it over and over again and kept trying to touch the layers. It was messy, but it was fun!

What's Going On?
Why does the oil float on the water?
Oil floats on water because a drop of oil is lighter than a drop of water the same size. Another way of saying this is to say that water is denser than oil. Density is a measurement of how much a given volume of something weighs. Things that are less dense than water will float in water. Things that are more dense than water will sink. Even though oil and water are both liquids, they are what chemists call immiscible liquids. That's a fancy word that means they don't
mIX.

What happens when I pour salt on the oil?
Salt is heavier than water, so when you pour salt on the oil, it sinks to the bottom of the mixture, carrying a blob of oil with it. In the water, the salt starts to dissolve. As it dissolves, the salt releases the oil, which floats back up to the top of the water.

This looks like a Lava Lite. How does a Lava Lite work?
Like your oil and water, the "lava" in a Lava Lite doesn't mix with the liquid that surrounds it. When it's cool, the "lava" is a little bit denser than the liquid surrounding it. When the "lava"

http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/volcano.html

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Science Explorer: Salt Volcano--make your own miniature "Lava Lite"

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rests on the bottom of the Lava Lite, the light bulb in the lamp warms it up. As it warms up, the "lava" expands a little. When it expands, the "lava" stays the same weight but it takes up more space-so it's less dense. When it's warm enough, the "lava" is less dense than the surrounding liquid, and so it rises up to the top to float. At the top of the lamp, it cools down, becomes more dense, and sinks once again. This cycle repeats over and over as the "lava" warms up and rises, then cools down and sinks.

Where did this experiment come from, anyway?
Exploratorium Teacher-in-Residence Eric Muller created this activity while playing with his food in a Chinese restaurant.

This and dozens of other cool activities are included in the Exploratorium's Science Explorer books, available for purchase from our online store.
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Day 2 Schedule
Subject
Vocabulary

Minutes Per Day (At Least!)
30 • • •

Assignments
Study vocabulary words Add to your picture dictionary Use the vocabulary in your assignments below Read a story, answer questions, and draw a picture about what happened in the story •

What Did I Learn Today?

Reading and Writing

45

Math

45

Complete at least one: • In the News activity • Treasure Hunt activity Complete: • Shapes and Clouds activity • Sinking and Floating Soda cans activity • Choose one or two activities from the Activity Calendar s

Science

30

Fitness and Health

30

Arts

30

Choose one or two activities from Dance

TV Shows and Websites

30

Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home

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Day 2 Activities
Vocabulary
Learn new words (from reading, listening, talking or the Vocabulary List in the back of this packet) and add them to the picture dictionary you started on Day 1.

Reading and Writing
Activity 1: Select a book/story to read together with your parent or caregiver. Tell how this book is alike or unlike other books you have read/listened to. Ask your parent or caregiver to write your comments below. __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Have your parent read the story to you. Think about one thing that stands out in your mind about this story. Ask your parent or caregiver to write it down. __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Activity 2: Draw a picture of what happened in the story, and try to draw things in the order that they happened.

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Day 2 Activities (continued)
Mathematics
Please complete at least one of the following activities: • In the News • Treasure Hunt

Science
Inquiry is Fun! Ask your parent or an adult to supervise you in the following activities. Have fun! • Shapes and clouds: Have your parent or caregiver draw a simple shape (like a circle, triangle, or square) on a large sheet of paper. Then you try and copy the shape. Later go outside with your parent or caregiver and find a place where you can look at clouds together. Talk about how the clouds look and how they might feel. Look for shapes in the clouds. • Sinking and Floating Soda Cans activity (The worksheets on the following pages tell you what to do.)

Health and Fitness
Choose one or two activities from the Physical Activity Calendar and do each activity for 10 minutes.

Arts
Choose one or two activities from the Dance section of the Arts Activities and complete these activities today.

TV Shows and Websites
Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home. A list of suggested TV shows is included at the back of this guide. A list of suggested websites can be found at http://schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

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Sinking and Floating Cans Experiment

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Imagine a hot summer day. You're at a picnic and go to the ice chest where the sodas are staying nice and cool. Which cans are floating in the ice water, and which have sunk: to the bottom? For this experiment you will need: • several unopened cans of regular soda of different varieties • several unopened cans of diet soda of different varieties • a large aquarium or sink Fill the aquarium or sink almost to the top with water. Place a can of regular soda into the water. Make sure that no air bubbles are trapped under the can when you place it in the water. Does it sink or float? Repeat the experiment with a can of diet soda. Does it sink or float? Why does one can sink, and the other can float? The cans of soda have exactly the same volume, or size. But their density differs due to what is dissolved in the soda. Regular soda contains sugar as a sweetener. If you look at the nutrition facts on a can of regular soda, you will notice that it contains sugar...a lot of sugar. In some cases a 12 ounce can of regular soda will contain over 40 grams of sugar. Diet sodas, on the other hand, use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. These artificial sweeteners may be hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, which means that less than a few grams of artificial sweetener is used in a can of diet soda. The difference in the amount of dissolved sweeteners leads to a difference in density. Cans of regular soda tend to be more dense than water, so they sink. Cans of diet soda are usually less dense than water, so they float. Are there any varieties of regular soda that will float? Are there any varieties of diet soda that sink? Can you think other factors that might influence which sodas float or sink? For another look at how dissolved sugar affects the density of a solution, see the layered liquids experiment.

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Day 3 Schedule
Subject
Vocabulary

Minutes Per Day (At Least!)
30 • • •

Assignments
Study vocabulary words Add to your picture dictionary Use the vocabulary in your assignments below Read a story, retell it in your own words, write a letter to your favorite character •

What Did I Learn Today?

Reading and Writing

45

Math

45

Complete at least one: • Guess If You Can activity • What Are My Chances? activity Complete: • Rainbows activity

Science

30

Fitness and Health

30

Choose one or two activities from the Activity Calendar

Arts

30

Choose one or two activities from Theatre

TV Shows and Websites

30

Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home

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Day 3 Activities
Vocabulary
Learn new words (from reading, listening, talking or the Vocabulary List in the back of this packet) and add them to the picture dictionary you started on Day 1.

Reading and Writing
Activity 1: Select a book to read with your parent or caregiver, or if you can read, select a book that you can read on your own. After reading the story, retell the story in your own words. __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Write your comments below (or ask your parent or caregiver to write below). __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Activity 2: With the help of your parent or caregiver, write a letter to your favorite character below. What do you want to tell the character? Why? Dear_____________________, ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________ From, _________________________

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Day 3 Activities (continued)
Math
Please complete at least one of the following activities: • Guess If You Can • What Are My Chances?

Science
Inquiry is Fun! Ask your parent or an adult to supervise you in the following activity. Have fun! • Rainbows: Talk about rainbows with your parent or caregiver. Talk about where they come from and when you can see them. Then on a large sheet of paper, have your parent or caregiver draw a curved line of one color. You continue the rainbow, following your parent/caregiver’s line with a different color. Together finish the rainbow with four or five colorful lines.

Health and Fitness
Choose one or two activities from the Physical Activity Calendar and do each activity for 10 minutes.

Arts
Choose one or two activities from the Theatre section of the Arts Activities and complete these activities today.

TV Shows and Websites
Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home. A list of suggested TV shows is included at the back of this guide. A list of suggested websites can be found at http://schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

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Day 4 Schedule
Subject
Vocabulary

Minutes Per Day (At Least!)
30 • • • •

Assignments
Study vocabulary words Add to your picture dictionary Create a picture file Use the vocabulary in your assignments below Read a story, think about the new words you read or heard in the story, and make flash cards of the new words •

What Did I Learn Today?

Reading and Writing

45

Math

45

Complete at least one: • Money Match activity • More Or Less activity Complete: • Science in the Tub activity •

Science

30

Fitness and Health

30

Choose one or two activities from the Activity Calendar

Arts

30

Choose one or two activities from Music section

TV Shows and Websites

30

Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home

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Day 4 Activities
Vocabulary
Name that picture! Cut out 10 interesting pictures from magazines or newspapers and name what the pictures are with your parent or caregiver. Keep the pictures in a picture file and sort them into categories (e.g., people, foods, animals, places where people live, etc.) Write any new words you learn in your picture dictionary.

Reading and Writing
Activity 1: Choose a book to read or have your parent or caregiver read you a book. After reading, think about any new words you read or heard in the story. Write the new words here and add them to the picture dictionary you started on Day 1: __________________________________ _______________________________________

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_______________________________________

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Activity 2: Make flash cards of the new words from the story. See examples below: Example 1: Front of card Example 2: back of card

fish

fish

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Day 4 Activities (continued)
Math
Please complete at least one of the following activities: • Money Match • More Or Less

Science
Inquiry is Fun! Ask your parent or an adult to supervise you in the following activity. Have fun! • Have fun learning science in the tub! Suggested materials to use include sponges, boats, squeeze bottles, tubes, plastic pitchers, soap bubbles and rubber animals. With your parent or caregiver; o Play with different items and find out which ones sink or float o Use small pitchers for pouring and measuring. Talk about the meaning of full/empty. o Fill a variety of bottles with water. Talk about which has more, which has less. o Fill one container with soap bubbles and another container with water. Talk about heavy and light. o Float a plastic container in the water. Start adding rubber animals. Count the number of animals you can put into the "boat" before it sinks.

Health and Fitness
Choose one or two activities from the Physical Activity Calendar and do each activity for 10 minutes.

Arts
Choose one or two activities from the Music section of the Arts Activities and complete these activities today.

TV Shows and Websites
Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home. A list of suggested TV shows is included at the back of this guide. A list of suggested websites can be found at http://schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

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Day 5 Schedule
Subject
Vocabulary

Minutes Per Day (At Least!)
30 • • •

Assignments
Study vocabulary words Add to your picture dictionary Use the vocabulary in your assignments below Have a word hunt Arrange words in a row, according to their first letter •

What Did I Learn Today?

Reading and Writing

45

• •

Math

45

Complete: • Let’s Play Store activity

Science

30

Complete: • Cooking activity

Fitness and Health

30

Choose one or two activities from the Activity Calendar

Arts

30

Choose one or two activities from the section of your choice

TV Shows and Websites

30

Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home

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Day 5 Activities
Vocabulary
Learn new words (from reading, listening, talking or the Vocabulary List in the back of this packet) and add them to the picture dictionary you started on Day 1.

Reading and Writing
Activity 1: You are learning to get information from different print sources. Have a word hunt with your parent or caregiver and find words you know from objects and items in the home: cereal boxes, toys, games, labels of foods in cupboard, advertisements, etc. Copy the words here, or ask your parent or caregiver to help by writing them down for you. Write the new words here and add them to the picture dictionary you started on Day 1: __________________________________ _______________________________________

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Activity 2: Have your parent or caregiver cut words out of newspapers, magazines, or ads. Paste them in rows in the box below, according to the first letter of the word.

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Day 5 Activities (continued)
Math
Please complete the following activity: • Let’s Play Store

Science
Inquiry is Fun! Ask your parent or an adult to supervise you in the following activity. Have fun! • Cooking: Help your parent or caregiver prepare a meal. For example, you can help by getting the ingredients out (you could have a list that you check off together as you set up each ingredient) or by measuring them using a measuring cup or spoon. As your parent or caregiver cooks the meal, observe and talk about the scientific and chemical changes that are happening to the food (for example, changes in texture, color, temperature, phase, and smell).

Health and Fitness
Choose one or two activities from the Physical Activity Calendar and do each activity for 10 minutes.

Arts
Choose one or two activities from the section of your choice from the Arts Activities and complete these activities today.

TV Shows and Websites
Choose TV shows and websites to further your learning at home. A list of suggested TV shows is included at the back of this guide. A list of suggested websites can be found at http://schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

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Vocabulary List: Grade K
ELA alphabet back cover / front cover date drawing fairy tale first name / last name follow / give directions letter letter - sound relationship listening skill number word picture book picture dictionary poem print retell rhyme sight word sign speech Title/title page (introduction) word word families Math above behind below calendar circle clock day graph (introduction) hour in front inside left money months number number line outside pattern rectangle right shape size sorting square triangle under week year zero Science air animal features cloud color day egg food growth insect month night parent plant ruler seasonal change senses shape size soil water weather week year Social Studies automobile celebration family holiday honesty human job leaders (i.e., Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, & Martin Luther King, Jr.) month neighborhood privacy rules seasons today tomorrow transportation United States vote week year yesterday

Source: http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/

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Fitness Activity Guide
Parents: Help your child get 30 or more minutes of daily physical activity by choosing at least three activities from the options below. Each one takes about 10 minutes. We have included lots of choices, so that there is something for everyone -- from activities that increase heart rate, improve flexibility, and build muscle strength! If you have access to the Internet, you can help your child track her or his physical activity by going to http://www.bam.gov/sub_physicalactivity/cal_index.asp, where your child can create a customized physical activity calendar. Grades K-2 • Activity Calendar (in English and Spanish) – online at o http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/Toolbox/pdf_files/May09/Calendar_EC_Eng.pdf (English) o http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/Toolbox/pdf_files/May09/Calendar_EC_Span.pdf (Spanish) • Small Space Energizers – online at o http://www.ncpe4me.com/pdf_files/K-5-Energizers.pdf • Get up and Move Game from “Lazy Town” – online only o http://www.noggin.com/games/lazytown/lazy_getup/

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May 2009
Early Childhood Physical Activity Calendar
SUNDAY 31 Go back and repeat the activities that you really enjoyed this month! MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY Duplicated with permission from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). To assess whether your child is receiving a quality physical education program, visit www.naspeinfo.org/observePE for an observation assessment tool. 4 Rainbow Run – talk about the colors of the rainbow - as you name colors, run & touch 3 things that are that color. 5 Log rolls – find a safe space in your house and practice rolling in a straight, strong line. Use those muscles. 6 Copy Me – take turns doing three movements, such as reach high, touch your nose, shake your foot – after one person does the movements the partner has to copy them. 13 Pretend that your elbow or your foot is a great big crayon and move all around your house coloring the most beautiful picture. 7 All Aboard –spread a big towel out on the floor. Stand on it, move on it, then fold it up. Can you still stand and move on it? Fold it again – move again. 14 Find a ball and a big target to practice your kicking skills. Kick as hard as you can. FRIDAY 1 Take a walk – each time you see a sign of spring, do 10 jumps for joy. SATURDAY 2 Motions of the Weather – Use your bodies to pretend to be different types of weather. Rain, wind, thunder, snow…get creative. 9 Act out the movements of the animals you see in the spring.

3 Practice your throwing skills – find a big target and throw as hard as you can at it. Work on stepping right at the target with your “opposite” foot. 10 Roll up some socks and practice your self toss and catch skill. Can you clap before you catch it? How about touch your tummy before you catch? 17 Get outside again and play catch. Follow the ball with your eyes and move to where the ball is going.

8 Do the Opposite – work on doing opposite movements such as run fast and slow, reach high and low, march soft and hard. 15 Take 5 minutes – go to every room in your house and do a funny dance that makes your mom or dad laugh. Make them do the dance with you. 22 Statues Game – Put your body into a balanced position and hold it while you count to 10. Try a more challenging position. 29 Get outside and practice your running. When you run work on pumping your arms front and back, and moving in a straight line

11 Read your favorite Nursery Rhyme and put actions to it so you can say it with your body.

12 Say the ABC’s by putting your body into the shape of each letter.

16 Get outside and run – try running in a straight line, a curvy line, and then a zig zag line.

18 Using paper plates ask someone to help you make a hopscotch pattern and then work on your hopping and jumping. 25 Can you skip? Give it a try – step, hop, step, hop.

19 Can you leap? Pretend that your house is full of puddles and your job is to leap over all of them. Don’t get wet☺ 26 Practice your ball rolling skills by rolling a ball back and forth with someone. Each time you roll it back up a step

20 Find an extra chore that will help you become a better mover. (sorting clothes to work on throwing skills; sweeping the floor to work on strength) 27 Cut out a bunch of different shapes, put the shapes in a pile and then try putting your body into these odd shapes

21 Turn on some music and make your mom or dad dance with you. Tell them they have to dance for at least two whole songs. 28 Find different kinds of shoes in your house. Pretend to move as if you were wearing each kind of shoe. Stomp in your boots, prance in your slippers, slide in your skates.

23 Practice your jumping jacks – can you do them standing up? How about lying on the floor? 30 Get silly today and make up a new sound or word and then make up a new action to go along with that word or sound.

24 Go for a walk – breath in the air as you swing your arms and hold your head high.

Arts Activities for Grades PreK-2
A number of the activities listed reference specific works of art. If you are not familiar with them you may find them on the internet (even the performances). However, these are provided as examples, and you can substitute similar works of art with which you are familiar or to which you have access. All Arts Activities taken from the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Grades PreK-12. DANCE • Practice structured warm-ups learned at school • Explore and repeat movement. • Improvise with props (e.g., balls, hoops, scarves). • Explore images that suggest a beginning, middle and end; compose a short dance phrase—a movement sentence—with a beginning, middle and end. MUSIC • Visit public library and select a variety of recorded music selections for children. • Perform music with repetitive or contrasting patterns. • Perform music with a variety of dynamic levels. • Sing songs in English and other languages with attention to feeling and musical interpretation. • Play instruments with attention to feeling and musical interpretation. • Narrate a story and create musical accompaniment using rhythm instruments. Perform the story and assign each student a role, such as: narrator, actor, musician, conductor, set/costume designer, tech/lighting/sound, composer, audience member, poster designer, usher, ticket maker and seller, etc. • Draw a picture representing a person in the arts professions. Create a book with pictures and text that describes a particular career path. • Sing songs about people’s jobs, such as “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “Whistle While You Work,” or “Working Together” by Carmino Ravosa. Make up original verses to reflect jobs students can identify in their lives. • List places in the community where music is performed. Identify the function and role of music in their daily lives (school, home, place of worship, shopping mall, etc.). Describe or compare ways music is used at home and at school for holidays, celebrations, and traditions. • Create a list of expected behaviors before attending a concert in the school or community. Discuss and model expectations. • Listen to a CD containing soothing environmental sounds (e.g., the ocean, a rainforest, birds, the wind). Simulate the sounds orally using breath, long-sustained vowels, or short percussive sounds made at the front of the mouth. THEATER • Pantomime simple daily activities, including healthful practices in eating and hygiene. • Demonstrate the sound and movements of animals and/or people in a story. • Dramatize storytelling through use of body, voice and gesture. • Listen to a story and create improvised dialogue to play a scene from the story. • Use gesture and voice with a prop, mask or puppet to express character. • Create or re-create a story using tableaux (frozen body pictures) with beginning-middle-end and whowhat-where evidence. • Create a five-panel storyboard or cartoon for an original story or improvisation, with notes describing the main action in each segment.
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Use a photograph as a prompt for asking and answering the “5 Ws” (who, what when, where and why?) about the characters in an imagined story. Draw a scene or design a costume from a story read in class. Use a children’s story such as Goodnight Moon or Tar Beach to generate drawings and a 3-D set model based on the illustrations in the book. Using a drawing of a character as a basis, create a stick puppet that demonstrates the characteristics of the puppet through costume.

VISUAL ARTS • Create a painting that demonstrates: o personal observations about a place o control of paint media and various brushes o basic organization of space o experimentation with mixing colors • Demonstrate the various ways that paints and brushes can be used: o paint – thick, thin o strokes – long, short, curved o colors – light, dark, dull, bright o shapes – big, small, layered • Create a drawing that demonstrates: o experimentation with various drawing tools such as, oil pastels, pencils, colored pencils, crayons o use of varied lines and colors to convey expression • Discuss how artists express themselves; note the use of different mediums, and the effects of black and white, and color. • Create a collage that demonstrates experimentation with: o placement of shapes o color o pre-cut and torn paper o composition o textured materials o layering • Discuss the role of color and placement of shapes in creating a sense of depth and balance.

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Educational TV Shows
Channel Show Subject Day Time Recommended Grades Description In the town of Sheetrock Hills everyone gets help from handyman Manny Garcia and his seven talking tools like Turner the screwdriver and Dusty the saw. The series teaches basic Spanish words and phrases and exposes kids to Latin culture. Other lessons focus on working together and problem solving as a team. Join Sid, his family and his friends as they make science fun! The popular New Orleans band introduces preschoolers to high-energy rock music while emphasizing creative problem-solving skills. Diego's mission is to help rescue an animal in trouble. Using observation skills and scientific tools like computers, a field journal, and cameras-and with help from young viewers at home-Diego succeeds in his goal while introducing kids to information about each animal's sound, movement, habitat, diet, family, and physical characteristics.

Disney Playhouse

Handy Manny

ELA, Spanish

Weekdays

9:00 AM

Pre-K, K-1

PBS-13 Disney Playhouse

Sid the Science Kid Imagination Movers

Science

Weekdays

9:00 AM

Pre-K, K-1

Science

Weekdays

9:30 AM

Pre-K, K-1

Nick Jr.

Go Diego, Go

ELA

Weekdays

9:30 AM

K-1, 2-3

NYC TV 25 PBS-13

Zula Patrol Super WHY!

Science

Weekdays

9:30 AM

Pre-K, K-1

ELA

Weekdays

9:30 AM

Pre-K, K-1

Delivers astronomy-based science education and character-building lessons in an entertaining format. Animated television series helps children learn key reading skills, including alphabet and rhyming

Learn at Home: Grade K New York City Department of Education

Channel PBS-13

Show Clifford the Big Red Dog

Subject General

Day Weekdays

Time 10:00 AM

Recommended Grades Pre-K, K-1

PBS-13

WordGirl

ELA, Vocabulary

Weekdays

4:30 PM

K-1, 2-3

HBO OnDemand

Classical Baby Compilation

Music, Arts

OnDemand

29 minutes

Pre-K, K-1, 2-3

Description Animated series about Clifford, a big red dog; his loving "human," Emily Elizabeth; and dog pals, T-Bone and Cleo. The series emphasizes good citizenship and the importance of community. Each episode introduces up to four new vocabulary words in an engaging, humorous way. WordGirl is a superhero spoof so the storylines are funny and clever takes on familiar stories from that genre. This Emmy-nominated animated special introduces children to works of music, painting and dance.

Learn at Home: Grade K New York City Department of Education

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