Friday, February 27, 2015

Making The Most Of Each Theme

The themes suggested in the Amazing Action Activity Book allows a teacher to incorporate LITERACY, SCIENCE, MATH, and HEALTH while learning each new letter and sound.  

Let's take the letter A for an example.  The theme here is APPLES & ANTS

LITERACY:
In the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart the child engages with the teacher while saying /a/ /a/ /a/ each time the ants try to steal A the Alligator's apple.


"/a/ /a/ /a/, give me back my apple!"


SCIENCE:
Those pesky ants drive us crazy!  So....Why not learn about them?!  Ants are insects.  What makes an insect?  
  • 3 body parts
  • 2 eyes
  • 1 antenna
Did you know...Ants don't have ears.  Ants "hear" by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet!  
{thanks Erika EdVentures}
 MATH:
After learning a little about ants, let's make our own ant by using the A activity found in the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book (also available as an eBook).

  
Lets count...3 finger print body parts, 6 straight legs and 2 googly eyes.  Phew!  Those ants can really dig messes through the sand.  Did you know... there are more than 12,000 different species of ants all over the world!

{example of my A day activity found HERE}



HEALTH:
With all that learning...we've worked up an appetite!  Now it's time for a snack!  Ants on a log are suggested in the snack section of the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book.


"Ants on a log" can be a nutritious and yummy!  Celery is a good vegetable, and peanut butter is a great protein.  Top that off with "ants" (aka raisins) you have completed OUTSTANDING teaching for preschoolers on Apple and Ants day.

Please let me know how you've been successful in teaching literature, science, math and health while teaching letters and sounds.  I'd love to know!

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