Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lesson - Summer

Welcome Song

Announce Date

Summer is one of 4 seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall)
Summer officially starts on June 21, also called the Summer Solstice
It is the longest day of the year and the shortest night
Summer is the warmest season. Although we can grow a garden year round where we live, in many places where it snows in the winter, people plant gardens in the spring that will have vegetables to eat in summer. Some common summer veggies are: tomatoes, squash, peas. Do you have vegetables growing in your yard?

In the spring, the fruit trees and plants had flowers. Now they are getting fruit. Some fruits that are ready to eat in the summer are: plums, peaches, apricots, berries

Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Cute rhyming story with lots of berries.  Summer is the time of year for berries.

Spanish Vocabulary
Some words and phrases related to summer:

verano = summer
el sol = the sun
hace calor = it is warm
la playa = beach
parque = park

Letter of the day - S
Seasons, Summer and Sun start with S.
Can you name some other words that start with S? (swim, strawberries, sea)

Worksheet: S Hide and Seek p.77 in Kindergarten Language Arts Success, S tracing p.104 in Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K

Number of the day - 4
There are 4 seasons in the year. Count to 4 and show 4 fingers. Name some animals that have 4 legs.

Worksheet: Summer Dot to Dot p46. in Big Activity Ages 4 & Up

Blackberry craft
I cut out the branch and leaves ahead of time and had the kids glue those on first before painting on the blackberries.  The berries can be made by dipping fingertips into the paint (I used red, blue and a little white tempura paint), but my son refused to get paint on his hands so we used a paint brush.

Closing Song
by Me
Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat”
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
Are seasons of the year
The days are getting warmer now
‘Cuz summer’s almost here.
(Substitute "finally" for "almost" if you sing this after June 21)

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