Weather & Seasons!

I know I have done this before! I have some new fun ideas and activities in mind, so I am doing it again. I will leave the other post available, since it is such a favorite!




CIRCLE TIME

There are 4 seasons in the year, and many different types of weather that comes with those seasons. Most weather always comes during certain seasons, and some weather can come at any time.

Seasons:
Spring - Spring comes at the end of winter. It is usually from March to May. The sun warms up, rain falls and all the plants and flowers begin to grow. Everything that turned brown during winter begins to turn green again. Birds will be chirping and flying around, enjoying all the fresh berries that are growing. The weather in Spring is usually warm, sometimes rainy, and sometimes foggy. People will wear less long pants and long sleeve shirts begin to wear more shorts and dresses. The holidays that fall during Spring are St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Memorial Day.

Summer - Summer is the warmest part of the year, which comes after Spring. Summer is from June to August. During Summer, all the plants and animals are having a great time because it is so warm and sunny. The weather is hot, sunny and sometimes rainy. Plants are beautiful and green, flowers are bright and colorful. Birds are happy and raising their babies. People wear shorts, tank tops, sandals, bathing suits and sunglasses! The Summer holidays are Father's Day, Flag Day and Independance Day.

Fall - Fall is the season that comes after Summer. The weather begins to cool down and it will often times be windy. Fall is from September to November. In the fall, the leaves on the trees will begin to change colors and fall to the ground. The birds are busy looking for food to store up so they can eat during winter, when food doesn't really grow. People will put away their shorts and sandals and wear their long pants again. The Fall holidays are Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Winter - Winter comes after Fall. The weather during the Winter is generally cold, windy, rainy, and even  snowy in the northern states. Winter is from December to February. The plants and trees do now grow during the Winter and they will be brown. Birds will be hanging out in their homes, trying to keep warm and eating all the food they stored up during the Fall. People are wearing sweaters, long pants, coats, and hats. The winter holidays are Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day.






BIBLE

"Changing Seasons and Our Unchanging God"

(From ministrytochildren.com)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
http://ministry-to-children.com/seasonal-coloring-pages/  Print the coloring pages and discuss. Color them!

Introduction: As the students arrive, say: Welcome!  Welcome to_____________ (your region’s current season).
As a weather reporter may announce, say: Today’s current conditions call for a temperature of _____ degrees, with partly ______ skies, and a wind coming from the east at ____ mph.  With weather conditions like these, we better plan accordingly and __________________.  (List a number of appropriate seasonal activities such as taking a hayride, raking leaves, shoveling snow, building a snowman, planting some flowers, splashing in puddles, going swimming, or building a sandcastle at the beach.)
Express your like or dislike for the weather in this particular season and explain why.  Ask the students: What is your all-time favorite season and why?  What is your least favorite season and why?  Allow for multiple students to answer.

Sometimes I wonder why God ever created _________ (your least favorite season.) Wouldn’t we all be better off without all this __________?  (snow, freezing rain, heat, humidity, rain, etc.) Please tell me that some of you agree with me!
But God said that He created every season for a purpose.  So, yes!  Even ______ (your least favorite season) has its purpose.  Not only do seasons have their purpose, but times of our lives have a purpose too.  That means that there will be times when we will laugh, dance, keep, love others, be loved, and have peace.  There will also be times when we will cry, mourn and grieve, give up, fix something that is broken, and have to deal with war.

What I want you to know today is that seasons will change.  Bad times and good times will come and go.  You will change.  Your friends and family members will change.  Your home, school, or church may even change.  And your hair, that will probably change too!  (You should see what I looked like in 5th grade!)
But you have to know that God will never change.  If you have a relationship with Him, He will never leave you.  He will always be there to help you through.  God says that He has made everything beautiful in its time.  That means that He can take even the worst seasons of life and turn them into something more beautiful than we could ever have imagined.  Our God is incredible!




BOOKS


http://www.amazon.com/Sunshine-Seasons-reillustrated-Lets-Read---Find-Out/dp/0060592052/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383067596&sr=1-1&keywords=sunshine+makes+the+seasons#_


The sun shines down on us, giving warmth and light. But did you know that the sun also makes the seasons? As the earth makes one complete rotation around the sun every year, the seasons on the earth change -- from winter to spring to summer to fall and back to winter again. Find out how the light from the sun affects life on the earth for all living things in this look at the only star in our solar system.



http://www.amazon.com/Say-Can-Whats-Weather-Today/dp/0375822763/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383067722&sr=1-1&keywords=oh+say+can+you+say+what%27s+the+weather+today


The Cat and company travel by hot air balloon up and into various weather phenomena including rain, snow, thunder, tornadoes, and (yikes!) even hurricanes! Along the way they learn about thermometers, anemometers, wind vanes, cloud formations, humidity, fog, smog, weather folklore, and how to stay safe in lightning. Written and illustrated in Seussian style, this a great addition to the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library!




SCIENCE

Rain Cloud In A Cup


This is an oldie but goodie! The kids really enjoy this one and it helps to demonstrate what is going on inside a rain cloud.

Materials Needed:
Clear cup, glass, or jar
White shaving cream
Blue food coloring
Water




Where does rain come from? Water that is in the rivers and lakes gets heated by the sun which causes it to turn into vapor. Water vapor is just tiny little droplets of water which are very light and "float" up into the sky. As they reach the sky, the vapor drops get mushed together into clouds. When the cloud full of water vapor gets full, it gets heavy. That is when the water will fall back to the ground as rain! (this is a very simplified explanation, of course)

To demonstrate this happening, fill the glass with water so that there is about an inch left at the top. Spray a thick "cloud" of shaving cream on top. Explain that the cream is the cloud and the water is the air below the cloud. Squirt several drops (it may take 20 or 30) of the blue food coloring into the cloud. Once the cloud is full and heavy, the rain will fall!


The Power of Wind

Wind can be very powerful! When the air outside is moving, that is wind. Wind can be soft and gentle or it can be fast and violent! To demonstrate wind, place a large pile of torn up crepe paper on a table. Give each child a drinking straw and let them blow the paper. This way they can see the effects of wind.

If you want to find out how fast the wind is blowing, you can use an anemometer. That is an instrument which catches the wind and will tell you it's speed.


If you want to find out which direction the wind is blowing, you can make a wind sock. The wind sock is just like it sounds, a large "sock" which catches the wind and points in the direction it is blowing.



To make a simple Anemometer:
Poke a long pencil into a small styrofoam cup, with the cup's open end down on the table. Collect 2 drinking straws, a straight pin, and 4 small paper cups. Poke holes in the sides of the cups so that you can stick the straws through them. Stick 1 cup to each end of each straw, there will be 2 cups per straw and the opening of the cups should be facing in opposite directions. Place 1 straw with cups attached to the pencil's eraser, with the straw centered on the eraser. Place the other straw on top, in it's middle, perpendicular to the first straw. Stick the straight pin through both straws and into the eraser. Be sure the straws can spin around on the pin. **See below for an idea of what it should look like.

Place the anemometer on a table and blow into one of the cups to see the wind move it. Place it outside on a windy day in order to see the wind power!

To make a simple Wind Sock:
You need a piece of construction paper, ribbon, streamers, and glue. You can decorate it, too! Wrap the paper aroundto form a large tube. Tape or glue the seam. Run some streamers out the bottom about a foot or 2 long and tape to the inside edge at the bottom of the tube. Tape a length of ribbon to the inside edge of the top of the tube to form the "handle". **See below image.

On a windy day you can hold this by the handle to see the direction the wind is blowing!






MOTOR SKILLS

Gross - Tub O' Tornado

You will need a large tub or bucket full of water and a stick or paddle. You might want to do this outside! The basic idea is to have the kids make a tornado (or whirlpool) in the water.  Have them hold the stick down into the tub and swirl it around and around until it creates the tornado. This takes a lot of work and it is really cool to see how a tornado works! The difference is that a tornado is formed by air instead of water.





Fine - 4 Seasons Cutting Practice

Print the worksheet HERE.  The children should practice cutting the lines that connect the object with the season. This is great for fine motor skills!








MATH

Raindrop Math

Print the worksheet HERE.  You can buy glass beads that are blue from a hobby store for cheap! The kids need to say the number listed and then count out the number of beads and place them in the space next to the number.






Seasons Sequencing Chart

Print out the form from kidsparkz.com. Print 1 form for each child. Cut the 4 season cards apart. Provide a piece of construction paper and some glue. The idea is to put the seasons in order and glue them to the paper. It really doesn't matter which one they start with, as long as they have the right order!

(Sequencing is great for helping young children understand order. Most things, especially in math, have a very specific order to them.)




MUSIC

4 Seasons of the Apple Tree

Four Seasons of the Apple Tree by Candace Lindemann
(tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

The apple tree in spring,
has tiny buds of pink.
Those buds will start flower
before you even blink

The apple tree in summer,
is full and green and tall.
It grows tiny little apples
the size of a rubber ball

The apple tree in fall,
its leaves are turning gold.
The apples are delicious
to be picked or baked or sold.

The apple tree in winter,
the temperature is low
The roots rest for the spring
in a bed of snow.

(found on naturallyeducational.com)




LETTER/ READING

Letter O and Short O Sound!

http://www.starfall.com/n/level-a/learn-to-read/load.htm?f

This week on Starfall.com you should work on the ot and og lesson.

http://www.readingbear.org/Presentation.aspx?PresentationID=5

On readingbear.org you should do the above Short O lessons.

Print the short O worksheet on Education.com HERE.





ART/CRAFT

Art - Sparkly Rainbows

You will need:
Thick paper
Paintbrushes
Liquid water colors
Table salt
White school glue

Allow the kids to make a pattern on their paper with the glue. Sprinkle the table salt on the glue before it dries. Tip paper over a container to remove excess salt. Use the paintbrushes to add color to the salt. The result is very pretty! Allow to dry and hang up in the classroom.




Craft - Rainy Clouds

You will need:

White paper
Blue paper
Glue
Yarn (blue is best)
Cotton Balls

Set Up:  Make a cloud template and cut out a cloud from the white paper for each child. You will also need to cut a few raindrops out of the blue paper. Cut several lengths of yarn for each child.

The children should glue cotton balls to the cloud template to make their clouds fluffy! They will then glue the yarn to the back of the clouds hanging down below the clouds. Glue the raindrops to the bottoms of the yarn so that the raindrops appear to be falling from the cloud.  You could add a smile and googley eyes if you wish!






COOKING

Snow Cones

Ingredients:
Shaved Ice
Snow cone syrup (you can make your own using Kool-Aid! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Snow-Cone-Syrup-II/)

If you place the ice in a big bowl you can let the kids scoop their own into cups. Put the flavors in a squeeze bottle and allow them to squirt their own juice as well. Now they get to eat "snow"! SO fun...



HALLOWEEN FUN!

Halloween is my favorite holiday! I just love the dressing up and getting to pretend to be someone else. I love the decorations. I love the time of year. I love the CANDY. This will be a super fun week. I have incorporated Halloween fun with lessons in order to create a boo-tiful mix of laughter and learning!



CIRCLE TIME

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31 each year. Ask the children to explain what a holiday is and help them out with the definition if needed. A very long time ago, people believed that ghosts were real and were afraid of them. So they would dress up in costumes to fool the ghosts so they would not recognize them. Now we know that ghosts are not real and are nothing to be afraid of. So we dress up for Halloween for fun! Ask the kids what their favorite part of Halloween is. What are they dressing up as this year?






BIBLE

"Do not be afraid. He has Risen"

I want to start out with this to help the children understand they don't have to be afraid of things they may see this Halloween. It is pretty hard to hide from the dark and scary aspects of this holiday.

Matthew 10:28-33

(I pulled much of this lesson from ministrytochildren.com)

  1. “What are some things that come to your mind when you think about Halloween?”  Take input from the children.
  2. “Many of the things you have shared are scary things and things to do with death.  Would you say a big part of how people celebrate Halloween is to be scared and find fun in death?”
  3. “But, God tells us in the Bible that if we are His child who has accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we do not need to fear death.”
http://ministry-to-children.com/my-god-is-so-big-song/

Singing this song can really help the kids feel that God is protecting them and keeping them safe!

There is also a Veggie Tales video called "Where's God When I'm S-S-Scared?" that is excellent for helping kids feel God protecting them all the time!






SCIENCE

Making Slime!

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
Green food color

Mix ingredients well in a bowl. The sciency part is how the substance is both a solid and a liquid at the same time! You can let it "drip" from your hand to the table but you can also break it in half. The Halloween-ish part is that it is green slime! Have fun with this one.








ART/CRAFT

Art - Spider Web Marble Painting

Marble painting is awesome because it creates an original masterpiece every time and it is also great for fine motor skills!

You will need a box that is big enough to fit a piece of paper at the bottom and has tall sides. You also need paper, paints, and a few marbles.



Place the paper in the bottom of the box. Squirt or drop a few different colors of paint onto the paper in various areas. (Let the kids pick their colors, I like to do 2 colors). Let them drop in a marble or two. Then they will shake the box around, tilting it one way and the other, in order to create their work of art. In the end they will look like a spider web! This will work really well if you use colors like brown, black and grey.




 Craft - Paper Plate Spiders

To go along with the spider web art, make spiders!

Materials Needed:

Paper plates
Black Paint
Googley eyes
Black construction paper
Black yarn
Scissors
Glue

Directions - Paint the bottom of the paper plates black and allow to dry. While you wait, have the class help cut out the legs. They are easy so the kids can help! Just cut 8 strips out of the paper. Show them how to accordion fold them and set them aside. Once the paint is dry, punch a hole through one edge of the plate and tie the yarn through it. Let the kids attach their eyes (you could be more accurate and do 8 eyes) and the legs. When they are complete, hang them around the room. They look great hanging down from the ceiling!





MATH

Sequencing Puzzles


Download and print any of the puzzles you want. It is best to print onto card stock. Cut them through the vertical lines. The single horizontal line should not be cut through. The numbers at the bottom  are for number sequencing. Mix up the pieces. The children should be able put the puzzles together by placing the numbers at the bottom in order!
Halloween Sequencing Puzzles


Candy Corn Math

You will need a divided plate with 3 segments and a bunch of candy corn!
To help to visually understand addition, we will use some yummy Halloween candy! Place 1 candy corn in one small segment and 1 in the other. Talk the kids through the process of "adding" the 2 candies together. Point to 1 candy and say "one candy PLUS" point to the other "one candy EQUALS"? Physically take each candy from their small section and place them into the large section. Ask a child to tell you how many that makes. When they guess correctly, you could give them the candies! This is a motivator that I don't use often, but it is fun to use on special occasions. Continue this lesson by changing the number of candies in each section.





MOTOR SKILLS

Fine - Toothpick Punching
The idea here is to punch holes around simple Halloween image, like tracing but with holes.

You need carpet remnant or sample squares, toothpicks, construction paper and a Sharpie.

Draw some simple Halloween shapes on the paper. You could also look up "Halloween template" online and come up with some if you don't want to freehand it! Place the paper on top of the carpet and instruct the kids to use the toothpicks to punch holes all around the line of the shape. When they are done you can tape them to the window and the light will shine through their holes!

This is excellent for concentration and for developing their hand-eye coordination.
(one idea I saw that seems like a great idea is to poke the toothpick into a cork or large eraser to make it easier for little hands to grasp)




Gross - Monster Mash Creature Bash

This is a simple game! Play the song "Monster Mash" and have the kids act out the Halloween characters as you shout them out! Simple, silly and great exercise!






LETTER & READING

Letter I, Short I Sound

Print the Letter I worksheet below. Talk about the items on the page and their names. The children will circle the items that begin with I.
Letter I Worksheet








Review the ig and ip lesson. Once you have reviewed them, read "The Big Hit" with the kids and focus on that short I sound.


Review the Short I lesson. Take the quiz this week!





BOOKS 


http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Is-Real-Harold-Myra/dp/0849914949

Halloween is an odd mixture of creepy creatures, costume parties, and harvest festivals. It is also a confusing time for those hesitant to celebrate a holiday that traces its roots to pagan practices and beliefs.

Written by Harold Myra, President of Christianity Today, Inc., this trustworthy story is accompanied with fun, whimsical illustrations.





http://www.amazon.com/The-Best-Halloween-Hunt-Ever/dp/0439192595

Go on a Halloween Hunt! Read the rebus pictures. Look for the hidden Halloween treats, pumpkins, and real live ghosts! For an added treat, find your way through mazes, solve puzzles and look for scary creatues in every scene....





MUSIC  

I found both of these on everythingpreschool.com!

Three Little Witches
One little, two little, three little witches (Count on Fingers)
Fly over haystacks & fly over ditches (Make titanic flying motion)
Fly over moonbeams without any hitches (Make titanic flying motion)
Hey its Halloween night
One little, two little, three little witches. (Count on Fingers)
Fly over barb wire and tore their britches (Make titanic flying motion)
Had to go home and get some stitches. (Make titanic flying motion)
Hey, its Halloween night


Three Little Ghosts
Three little ghosts on Halloween night
Saw a witch and freaked in freight
The witch just laughed and shouted Boo!
One ghost ran home and then there were two
Two little ghost who shiver and shook
With every single step they took
When the door opened wide
A goblin stood inside
One ghost said to the other. . .
I'm going home and stay with my mother
One little ghost can't have much fun
so he ran home, and then there were none




COOKING 

Sticks, Stones & Bones Trail Mix 

(original idea found on delicateconstruction.com)

Ingredients:
Peanuts (unless there is an allergy)
Raisins 
Cheerios or Rice Chex (stones)
Candy Corn (bones)
Pretzel Sticks (sticks)
Caramel Pieces

Directions:
Set up by placing each ingredient in it's own container. Allow each child to pour one of the ingredients into a big bowl. Mix it all up. Portion out and serve!

Pumpkins!

Pumpkins are part of the squash family and are really a fruit. They are related to cucumbers! They are an important part of the fall season and are used as a symbol for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. The native Americans used pumpkins for food long before the Pilgrims ever landed here. They are also used as decorations. In this lesson, we are going to be doing everything we can with the fabulous fall fruit called Pumpkin!




CIRCLE TIME

Print the informative booklet  and go through it with the class. It is chock full of interesting information about pumpkins!

Pumpkin Booklet




BIBLE

Pumpkin Carving Prayer

I found this in DLTK! This is an awesome way to incorporate our Christian values into Halloween.

http://www.dltk-bible.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-bible.com/songs/cpumpkincarving.gif





BOOKS

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Pumpkin-Charlie-Brown-Peanuts/dp/0762433027/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1381849273&sr=8-4&keywords=its+the+great+pumpkin+charlie+brown

This is a great book to read, but also a terrific video to watch!

Video: http://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Charlie-Remastered-Deluxe-Edition/dp/B0019KAQEU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381849335&sr=8-2&keywords=its+the+great+pumpkin+charlie+brown







Big Pumpkin

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Pumpkin-Erica-Silverman/dp/0689801297/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381849375&sr=1-1&keywords=big+pumpkin

The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine.
It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.
How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised!






SCIENCE

Pumpkin Science





Print out the Pumpkin Exploration Sheet!  Pumpkin Exploration Sheet

You will need:
A large pumpkin
Above worksheet
Pencil
Measuring tape
Bathroom scale
Tub of water
Knife (be careful not to let the kids get it!)
Spoon for scooping seeds
Plastic bags or table covers
Large baking sheet with sides

The class will need to be sitting in such a way that they can all see you and will also be able to get to the pumpkin for a little hands-on interaction. Place plastic under your pumpkin in order to protect whatever it is sitting on, this is going to be messy!

Work through the Exploration sheet step by step. Have the class help to count the creases. Let them help with the measuring. Weigh your pumpkin. BEFORE you tell them how much it weighs, let them give a guess. Do they think it will float? Try it!  Finally, cut into it. Cut a large circle from the top so there is enough room for them to get their hands inside. Let them explore and come up with their own questions and comments!




MATH

Pumpkin Seed Counting

Now that you have some pumpkin seeds, you can use them for this math activity. Or you can just buy a bag!
Print the sheet for each child. They should place the number of seeds on each pumpkin according to the number listed on the pumpkin! The last page is some simple addition which you can try if you wish.

Pumpkin Seed Counting Sheet




Pumpkin Size Ordering

http://seabearskindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/09/ordinal-numbers-in-pumpkin-patch.html

This link will take you to a great site with a fun ordering activity. You will download the sheet and print as many as you need. Cut out the different sized pumpkins at the bottom (or you can let the kids do it for a little extra scissor practice) and then allow the kids to place them in size order.

("Math is full of sequences." Almost everything that a child does in math involves following a sequence. Sequencing ability allows children to put things, do things, or keep things in the right order. For example, to count from one to ten requires presenting the numbers in a definite order. When solving math problems, children usually are expected to do the right steps in a specific order to achieve the correct answer. - from PBS.org)



LETTER / READING

Letter I and Short I Reading

http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/practice-tracing-i-prek/

Print the worksheet from Education.com. This sheet has some writing practice and also a couple of words that begin with I.



http://www.starfall.com/n/level-a/learn-to-read/load.htm?f  Starfall.com

This week will begin our lessons on short I! Please do the ig and ip lesson.

ALSO - Down the right side are some extra fun activities! Please do the pumpkin activity. They will get to make their own jack-o-lantern on the computer. Super fun!



http://www.readingbear.org/

On readingbear.org work on the short I sound also. Try to do one segment a day to keep them interested!





MOTOR SKILLS

Fine - Picking Up Pumpkin Seeds with Tongs

You will need:
Several small bowls or cups
Pumpkin seeds
Several sets of tongs

Place a bowl of seeds in front of each child. Their goal is to transfer as many seeds as you ask (say 10) from the bowl to the table in front of them using only the tongs. You could provide pumpkin themed paper plates for them to place the seeds onto.
-Great for honing their fine motor skills in their hands and fingers, and can also be great for counting!




Gross - Rolling Pumpkin Races!

This is a good one for outside! If you don't want to buy lots of full grown pumpkins that may be destroyed, you can substitute pie pumpkins since they are usually cheaper and harder to smash.

Make a starting line and a finish line. I think it is best to only have 2 kids racing at a time for this one, otherwise it can  get a bit chaotic! Have the kids race down the course while rolling their pumpkins. You can have them use their feet, like in soccer. Or they can crawl. You could even have them use a broom to "sweep" it along. Whatever sounds good to you! Winners could win a pumpkin to take home, or stickers or whatever! A super fun time.





MUSIC

5 Little Pumpkins

A classic!




ART/CRAFT

Art - Painting Pumpkins

Materials Needed:
Pumpkins
Paints (tempura work best)
Paintbrushes, paint sponges, rollers, etc

This is an easy one! Give each child a pumpkin, some paint and brushes and let them go to town!

(You could also let them use stickers, googley eyes, sticks, leaves, or whatever else you wish!)




Craft - Paper Pumpkins











Make a pumpkin template on orange paper, or you could also use orange craft foam! Cut out a few shapes for the eyes, noses, and mouths out of black paper or foam. Give each child a pumpkin template and allow them to choose the shapes they want to add. Give them a glue stick and let them put their Jack-o-lanterns together! These always end up adorable! Also they last forever.





COOKING

Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:
Raw pumpkin seeds (they need to be well washed and dried if from a pumpkin)
Butter
*Whatever spice you want! I prefer to make cinnamon sugar seeds

Put the seeds in a big bowl. Melt the butter and have a child help pour the butter over the seeds. Have other children help to add each spice to the bowl. The children can then take turns stirring it all up. You want to make sure that all the seeds are well coated. Spread the seeds out onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes (check them often!) at 375ยบ.


http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/halloween/treats/pumpkin-seeds/

Visit the above link for many different pumpkin seed recipes!

Colors Week!

Without colors, this world would be a very boring place. Colors are amazing and can be found everywhere! Colors can effect your emotions, change the temperature of things, and make one thing look like a completely different thing.





CIRCLE TIME

Color Info Sheet

Print the Color Info Sheet above. Use this to guide the children through their colors. Once they are comfortable, ask them to go through the classroom and find an object that is BLUE. Continue through many colors.

Talk about colors in nature. Ask them to think of something in nature that is GREEN. How about something RED? And BLUE? Continue talking about the many different colors all around us! Especially this time of year, you can probably see many beautiful colors from your classroom window.



How many colors can you find?




BOOKS



http://www.amazon.com/Planting-Rainbow-Lois-Ehlert/dp/0152626107/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381253259&sr=1-1&keywords=planting+a+rainbow

This book talks about growing flowers and all the glorious colors they can be!




http://www.amazon.com/Brown-Bear-What-You-See/dp/0805047905/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381253353&sr=1-1&keywords=brown+bear+brown+bear+what+do+you+see

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.



SCIENCE
Which Color Absorbs More Heat?
This is a little bit advanced, but we can simplfy it so that they get the idea!
You Will Need:
2 Glass Jars
1 piece of white paper
1 piece of black paper
Rubber Bands
Thermometer

Wrap one jar in the white paper and secure it with rubber bands. Wrap the other jar in the black paper and secure it.
Talk about how different colors will pull in or absorb more heat from the sun than other colors. The darker the color, the more it will heat up.

Fill each of your jars with water and check the temperature of them. Write the temperature of each jar on their paper. Place the jars outside in direct sunlight. (Go do another activity for a while, it might be good to begin this before nap and check it afterwards!)
After at least an hour in the sun, check the temperatures of the 2 jars again. Ask the class which one they think will be hotter? Were they right?
This is why we like to wear light colors in the heat of the summer to help us stay cooler!





READING & Letter E

This week we continue with our SHORT E lesson






Print the Short E mini book from FirstSchool.com and go through it with the kiddos.
Part 1   Part 2

Also print the worksheet and cutout the images at the bottom. They will glue them in the appropriate spaces in the Mini Book!


Do the "en" and "et" lessons on Starfall.com. Also work on reading the "Peg the Hen" reader with the class.
Complete the "short e" lesson on readingbear.org.


BIBLE
Print the coloring page "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
This is a fun one to color!



MOTOR SKILLS

Fine  - Fizzy Colors
You Need:
Disposable Aluminun Pans (lasagne size)
Lots of Baking Soda
Vinegar
Food Colors
Eye droppers

Mix indivdual colors of food color with the vinegar and keep in separate containers. Spread the baking soda out inthe bottom of the pans. The children will suck up the colored vinegar using the eye droppers and then squeeze it out onto the baking soda. The effect is really neat! It will explode with color.
Using eye droppers to manipulate the colors is how this is a fine motor activity!



Gross - Color Jump Game

This will be a little like Twister! Cut out 6 circles of each color; red, blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple. Tape them to the floor to look kind of like a Twister mat. Make a dice out of a square Kleenex box and have each side correspond to the colors in your game.
The children should stand around the game board, not on it to start. Roll the dice and see what color they need to hop to! Each child should hop to the color rolled. Give each child a turn rolling the dice. This is a great way to get a little energy out and also get the giggles going!








MATH

Color Sorting & Patterning

Pick up several different colors of paint swatches from a hardware store. They are free! Jumble the colors all together in a big bowl. Ask the kiddos to sort them by color. To help get them started, place one of each color in different sections of the table.

Once they have all the colors sorted, make a pattern. Something like red, blue, red, blue, red. Then ask a child to complete the pattern. Continue this through a few more patterns. Continue to make the patterns more complicated in order to challenge them!




Color By Numbers!

Print out the color sheet HERE. In order to help them with this activity, lightly color the key at the bottom. This way the kids will understand that the #1 = Red. Explain that the picture has numbers in each section. The bottom is the key. Color all the spaces that have the number 1 in them Red!




ART/CRAFT

Art - Finger Painting

This one is easy! If you want to make your own finger paints, go HERE!  Just provide a bunch of vibrant colors and let them create masterpieces! Once done, you can talk about the colors they used and why.



Craft - Paper Rainbow

You Need:
Paper in the colors of the rainbow
Glue sticks
White paper

Get the kids involved by allowing them to help tear the paper. All of the pretty color paper needs to be torn into pieces. When the paper is ready, ask the kids to make a rainbow by gluing the different colors to their white paper.






MUSIC

Red, Yellow, Green & Blue
Tune of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"

Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue.
Purple, orange, brown and black
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue.


The Color I See

Red, red is the color I see. If you are wearing red then show it to me. Stand up, turn around. Show me your red then sit back down.

Yellow, Yellow is the color I see. If you are wearing Yellow then show it to me. Stand up, turn around. Show me your yellow then sit back down.

Go through as many colors as you wish



COOKING

Colorful Toast

Ingredients:
Cans of condensed milk
Bread
Food color

**new paintbrushes, small bowls

In individual bowls mix condensed milk with food color to make whatever colors you want! Give each child a piece of bread and a paint brush and let them go crazy!

Once they are done coloring, toast in a toaster oven or a regular oven for a few minutes or until browned. The more color they use, the more soggy that spot will be. Eat them up, they are super yummy!