Friday, August 31, 2012

It's All About ME!

Ms. Deb is starting off the school year by getting to know all of the children and allowing them to share information about themselves with each other.

The children brought in family pictures to display throughout the classroom.  They love to talk about who is in their pictures and where the pictures were taken (Kings Island! A baseball game!).

Everyone helped to design their own special poster, complete with pictures and facts about them. By discussing information about themselves they can identify things they have in common and differences (example: "He is 4 years old like me!" or "Her favorite color is red but my favorite color is blue.")

Fun facts about these two friends...their favorite foods include waffles and meatballs!
They are busy gluing shapes to their posters.  

Adding stickers to his poster.
He says that he likes the color blue and lives in Ohio.  

Ohio Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards met from the above theme include:
  • Social Studies (Theme: The Classroom Community)
    • History Strand
      • Heritage -- Personal family stories and traditions support the understanding of heritage.  
      • Historical Thinking and Skills -- People develop an awareness of their personal histories. 
    • Geography Strand
      • Human Systems -- People belong to a number of groups and these groups have unique characteristics. Similarities among people are used to define groups. 
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading Standards for Informational Text
      • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas -- With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Magnetic or Non-Magnetic?

These little scientists are experimenting with various objects and a magnet to answer the question, "Is it magnetic or non-magnetic?"  

Testing her first item.
Will the bottle cap make it into the magnetic column?  

The children tested each item with the magnet and decided which column the items belonged in. After sorting the items into one of the two categories they were able to see how many of their items were magnetic and how many were not magnetic.  

The cork, the cotton ball, and the eraser did not stick to the magnet.
How many non-magnetic items are there? How many magnetic items?

Ohio Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards met from the above activity include:
  • Mathematics
    • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category. 
  • Science
    • Science Inquiry and Application
      • Plan and conduct simple investigations
      • Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses
      • Communicate about observations, investigations and explanations
    • Physical Science 
      • Observations of objects and materials (exploring and describing properties of objects and materials that can be found in nature, classrooms and homes)