Monday, July 16, 2012

Water Creatures- Opening Activity

 With our impending trips to the Great Lakes, I decided it would be a great idea for our next unit to be water related.  So, we started out by using a Melissa & Doug Magnetic Habitat Set E has.  We talked about the word habitat, and discussed what kind of animals would live in the three habitats included in the set. 
 One by one, I would hand an animal or creature to E, and she would move around the room placing it on the correct habitat.  We also used to the time to discuss the names of each animal and anything we knew about the animals.
This was a great opening activity to get E's mind thinking about the different water creatures we would be talking about.

Filler Activity- Letter Dig

Although E is doing great with learning her capital letters, she is still learning to master the matching lower case letter, as well as mastering the sounds that go along with each letter.  This little filler activity was to help her find the letter pairs, as well as working on putting words that go along with those letters and sounds.  
 Using her dollar store foam alphabet puzzle pieces and her table filled with sand, I buried capital and lower case letter pairs (about 8 at a time).  E's job was to dig up the letter, and look for the matching big or little letter.
As she found the letter pairs, we would try to think of a word that started with the letter before placing the letters back into the puzzle.  Although the activity was fun and successful through part of the alphabet, it did not hold E's attention long enough to get through the whole alphabet.  But, we will continue working on the activity, as well as letter sounds!