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Early Childhood Education

Learning Experience Plan

Name: Audrey Lanzotti Lesson Title: Sensory Balloons

Date: April 20, 2017 Grade Level: Pre-K Circle one: ECE PKSN
Cognitive and General Knowledge: Engage in simple investigations

Cognitive and General Knowledge: Explore objects, materials and events in the environment

Cognitive and General Knowledge: Describe, compare, sort, classify, and order

Cognitive and General Knowledge: Record observations using words, pictures, charts, graphs, etc.

Language and Literacy-Listening and Speaking: Use language to communicate in a variety of ways with others to share observations, ideas and experiences;
problem-solve, reason, predict and seek new information.
Pre-assessment of current knowledge: The students have engaged in three lessons on the sense of sound over the course of the investigation. Before starting
the lesson, the teacher will reflect on prior lessons to remind the students of what they have done so far.

Instructional Objectives (1-2) Assessment of Student Learning Learning Experience

One/Two Assessed Instructional Identify Evidence: (What will you collect or record as data Academic Language:
Objective(s): The student will be to demonstrate students have met your objective(s) and Touch, Sensory, Texture, Sort, Soft, Sharp, Smooth, Rough
able to... skill?)
Procedural steps:

The student will be able to The teacher will take pictures to show that the students 1. The teacher will begin by reflecting on the past three
describe how the different balloons were able to use their sense of touch to explore the feeling lessons and what the students have learned so far.
feel after they explore them with of the balloons and then place them on the corresponding 2. The teacher will explain how we can use our sense of
their sense of touch. picture. The teacher will also take note of which students touch to classify materials even when other senses
were able to use appropriate description words when such as sight are not available.
The student will be able to place exploring the balloons. 3. The teacher will then instruct the students to spend
each balloon on the corresponding time using their sense of touch to explore the
picture to what they believe is balloons and using description words to explain them.
inside each balloon. Program Monitoring: (How will you aggregate or compile 4. The teacher will ask the students questions about
your evidence into a class or group view?) what they are feeling while they explore the different
5. The teacher will instruct the students to place each
The teacher will create a checklist that contains the names balloon on the picture that they believe is the object
of each of the students present for the lesson and will check inside that particular balloon
off which students participated in the exploring of the 6. The teacher will end the lesson by opening up each
balloons. The checklist will also contain which students balloon and showing the students what each balloon
were able to correctly place the balloons on their contained.
corresponding picture after using their sense of touch to
feel what is inside. This will give the teacher an
Early Childhood Education
Learning Experience Plan

One Assessed Developmental understanding of which students have grasped the concept Authentic Materials: (Describe authentic real life, hands-on
Skill: at hand and which students may need further instruction. materials.)
One assessed developmental skill
will be cognition when the students Balloons, Cotton Balls, Glass pebbles, Hand soap, Spaghetti
are describing and sorting the Noodles, Popcorn Kernels, Pictures of the objects that are
balloons after they have used their inside the balloons
sense of touch to explore them.
Adult Roles:
Safety Considerations:
The role of the adult is to come prepared with the necessary
One safety consideration for this materials. The adult is also responsible for guiding the
lesson is to make sure that the students through the lesson and providing instruction. The
students do not pop the balloons teacher also should document the descriptive words the
and put any of the materials into students use when exploring the different balloons.
their mouths.

Resources & References:

Reflection: (What have you learned about your students? How will this inform future instruction?)

After implementing this lesson, I have learned how much my students like to engage in activities that allow them to make predictions. The students found the
lesson to be very exciting and they enjoyed feeling the different balloons and trying to guess what each balloon contained. I was pleased to hear the students
using description words that I had introduced them to during my first lesson. When I opened the lesson I recalled past lessons that we had done and this allowed
them to call on prior knowledge and be able to participate in this lesson with a good foundation of knowledge. At one point during the lesson, there was one
student who tried to open up one of the balloons to see what was inside because he was so intrigued by the feeling of it. This caused the other students to
become distracted and I had to reiterate the point of keeping the balloons closed and simply using the sense of touch. In the future, I may add more objects to put
in more balloons because the students were able to explore them in a relatively quick amount of time and I would like to extend the lesson further. In the future I
may also have the students place the balloons on a corresponding paper that has a descriptive word written on it instead of a picture. This will not be able to be
done until the students have more reading skills but I feel that it could be a good way to add reading skills into the lesson. Overall, I believe this lesson went really
well and the students were able to learn more about exploring with their sense of touch. they also had fun with it and wanted to explore more balloons which
showed me that they were engaged and interested in the lesson.