Friday, January 31, 2014

Monster Trucks!

For the next two weeks we will be talking all about Monster Trucks during Large Group!  I will be in meetings on Wednesday and since we don't have preschool Thursday I will be in Miss Jeana's class on Monday and Miss Ange's classroom on Tuesday.  Then the following week I will swap (Monday, Miss Ange's and Tuesday, Miss Jeana's) since there will be Valentine festivities going on the last 2 days of that week!  Anyway, In High Scope, the curriculum our preschool uses, they really encourage lesson planning around children's interests.  Well, we have a little guy who absolutely loves everything Monster Trucks, so I was excited to plan some activities around this.  Here is our learning card:

We will talk about some fun facts related to monster trucks.  To help the children understand how loud monster trucks are, we will listen to a little of this clip from youtube.  After talking about the fun facts, we will all figure out if monster trucks are big or little, tall or short, heavy or light, and loud or soft.    

Each student will pretend to be a monster truck, name and all, as they go through our obstacle course: 

We will talk a lot about our obstacle course, with picture cues to help the children see where they will go.  Our VERY mini monster truck is in each picture to show us where to go: under the triangle table, behind the circle table, through the tunnel, over the bridge, and on the road.  

Each monster truck will be announced and when our stoplight turns green they can start their engines and take off through our obstacle course:

Our traffic signs will help each monster truck go in the right direction.  These signs will also be a great way for the students to work on environmental print:

It should be a fun, crazy day!  Because we will be working on several basic concept terms during this large group, our weekly handout is a wonderful post from SpeechGal Therapies, of course on basic concepts!  

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