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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Summer Writing Prompts

Summer is a great time of year to engage a child in writing. Not only can it be fun, but continued writing is beneficial for the retention (and further development) of skills obtained during the school year. The following writing prompts are specific to summertime and aim to entice even reluctant writers. Summer Writing Prompt 3 Summer Writing Prompt 2 Summer Writing Prompt...

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