This week’s free sample lesson plan is called One Last Summer Blast! It’s an excuse for you and your students to celebrate what’s left of summer. You’ll find a free sample preschool lesson plan and a free sample tot school lesson plan. Each grid includes helpful links and you’ll find brief explanations of some activities. I hope this helps you in your planning. Choose your favorites, or do them all! Have fun!
Tot School Lesson Plan
Theme: One Last Summer Blast!
|Date:||Books||Fine Motor||Gross Motor||Sensory/Art|
|Monday||Where is Baby’s Beach Ball? by Karen Katz||Play Food and Foil Activity||Beach Themed Gross Motor Dice||Build and Re-Build Sandpaper Activity|
|Tuesday||Down By The Bay by Raffi||Watermelon Counting and Fine Motor Activity||Toddler Color Hop||Painting With Feet Activity!|
|Wednesday||Swimmy by Leo Lionni||Squeezing Water Fine Motor Activity||Balloon Tennis||Water Pistol Painting|
|Thursday||Uh-Oh! by Shutta Crum||Pool Noodle Fine Motor Play||Under The Ocean Movement Cards||Paper Plate Beach Ball Craft|
|Friday||Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! by Kenard Pak||Net Fishing||Insect Bugs and Creepy Crawlers Themed Yoga||Ocean Sensory Bin|
Preschool Lesson Plan
Theme: One Last Summer Blast!
|Books||Curious George Goes to the Beach by H.A. Rey||Llama Llama Learns to Swim by Anna Dewdney||Lemonade Stand by Dee Smith||Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee||Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak|
|Language Arts||Sand Word Stamp||Popsicle Rhyming Game||Lazy Crazy Days of Summer||Alphabet Match Sunglasses||Sandcastle Letter Match|
|Math/Science||Whale Spout Measurement||Summer Science||Watermelon Punching and Counting||Bubble Mania||Melon Math|
|Motor Skills||Duck Race Fine Motor Sensory Play||How Many Drops To Fill The Dot?||Bugs and Bottle Taps||Hole Punch Race||Popsicle Fine Motor Craft|
|Sensory||Ocean Sensory Bin||Water Paints||Bubble Letter Sensory Bags||Bubble Art||Pool Party Playdough|
|Social-Emotional||Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney||Morning Workout for Emotional Regulation||My Five Senses by Aliki||Emotions Action Song||Emotions Mix Up Game|
Selected Activity Explanations:
Lazy Crazy Days of Summer (all taken from Mailbox August: A Month of Ideas At Your Fingertips)
Do this activity outside if possible. Lay some blankets and have the children lay under the sun. Start a story with “One lazy summer day…”, then invite one student to add one line to the story. Continue around until you say “Crazy Summer Day!” With this, the students will jump up and act silly. Then say “Laaaazy Summer Day.” Students will then lie back down and start another story. Later, you can have them draw their stories on paper.
A water activity. Divide the class into pairs. Give each pair a copy of a recording form that shows:
Object: Sinks Floats
Ping Pong Ball
Empty Plastic Bottle
Full Plastic Bottle
Have one partner place each object in a tub of water while the other partner records if the object sinks or floats on the form. Invite each pair to share the results with the class.
Another outdoor activity. Make your own bubbles from the following recipe:
1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of sugar
Pour the solution into shallow tubs and give one to each child. Have them experiment with making bubbles using unusual objects like plastic funnels, six-pack soda rings, cans with ends removed, and plastic cups with holes poked in the bottoms. Have them try to catch the bubbles with the same tools they blew them.
Have watermelon as a snack. Then use the seeds for this activity. After each child eats their watermelon, have them put the seeds into a paper cup. After they wash them, have them count their seeds and tell the class how many seeds were in their watermelon. Divide the students into pairs and have them count their seeds together. Then have each pair share how many seeds they have together. Help them divide the seeds evenly between the two partners. Then have one partner make a pattern or design and have the other partner copy. Then they’ll switch.
Gather a collection of paintbrushes, rollers, and water-filled paint trays. Gather a supply of painters hats if you can also. Explain that every school year, the school building and playground could use a fresh coat of paint. Have the students “paint” your school with water. A fun use of imagination!
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