Author: Brad

Tree Observation

Observation is a necessary skill for life and, therefore, an essential skill to teach young learners. In this activity, students will observe a tree, record their data, and make a prediction about future changes. This is a great way to introduce the scientific method and solidify concepts that take place during a particular season. Objectives(s):  Student(s) will observe and record information that represent the changes that occur over time in a tree. Students will make predictions about their tree. Student(s) will answer questions about their observations. Implementation: For the first observation, introduce the students to the tree they will...

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Apple Tree Through the Seasons

How do apples get on the apple tree? I can’t count how many preschoolers have asked me this over the years! This lesson teaches just that–the changes that occur in the apple tree through the four seasons. From bare branches in winter to crisp apples in the fall, preschoolers will learn how the apple tree gets its apples. Objective(s): Students will complete a visual representation (Apple Tree Through the Seasons Worksheet) of the changes that occur in an apple tree through the four seasons. Explain (through verbal telling or acting out) the changes that occur in the apple tree...

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Changes of an Apple Tree

Ever wonder how apples grow on an apple tree? This lesson teaches the changes that occur in the apple tree through the four seasons–from bare branches in winter to crisp apples in the fall. Objective(s): Students will complete a visual representation (Apple Tree Through the Seasons Worksheet) of the changes that occur in an apple tree through the four seasons. Students will explain (through verbal and/or written text) the changes that occur in the apple tree through the four seasons. Materials: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall (or any other book that demonstrates the changes of an apple...

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Five Little Speckled Frogs Activities

“Five Little Speckled Frogs, sat on a great big log”…such a catchy little tune and a fun way to incorporate frogs and backwards counting into your curriculum. But the fun doesn’t stop with the song! Below you will find several follow-up activities for the Five Little Speckled Frogs Song. The activities range in skill level–from simple coloring pages, to cutting out finger puppets, to counting up to 20. A short description is provided for each, so you can find the one(s) that best suit your student’s needs.  Five Little Speckled Frogs Coloring Page–Students color the speckled frog sitting on...

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Five Little Speckled Frogs Hand Motions

The use of hand motions is an effective way to teach children, especially young ones, the lyrics to a song. Hand motions not only make singing the song fun, but it helps children remember the words and their order in the song. Below you will find the words and hand motions to the popular nursery rhyme Five Little Speckled Frogs. The hand motions are given in green print and you will find a printable version at the end of the song. Hand Motions to Five Little Speckled Frogs: Five little speckled frogs     Show the number of frogs by holding up five fingers. Sat on a great big log     Curling hands in toward chest, mimic a frog perched on a log. Eating the most delicious bugs (flies or grubs)…Yum, Yum!     Pretend to eat and then rub your belly. One jumped into the pool     Hold one finger up to represent number of frogs that jumped into the pool. Where it was nice and cool     Pretend to happily swim in cold, refreshing water. Then there were four speckled frogs     Hold up four fingers to represent frogs still remaining on the log. Glub, glub.   Four little speckled frogs     Show the number of frogs by holding up four fingers. Sat on a great big log     Curling hands in toward chest,...

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