1. Topic-
Plain Old Weather
 
2. Content-
Weather- Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall/Autumn - Sunny, Cold, Raining, Snowing, etc. - Umbrella, Coat, Boots, Swimsuits, etc.
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Students will be introduced to the letter "u" sound and have it reinforced throughout the lesson.
2. Students will have a basic introduction to the seasons and weather.
3. Students will create a craft that will remind them of the lesson.
 
4. Objectives-
1. Students will focus on science, through a basic understanding of the weather changes.
2. Students will focus on the alphabet/literature through emphasis on the letter "u" sound and the story.
3. Students will focus on math, through cutting out shapes.
4. Students will focus on music, with the season song and the letter u song.
 
5. Materials and Aids-
"The Umbrella Party" by Janet Lunn, Under the Umbrella - Emergent Reader, Umbrella shaped template for each student, safety scissors for each students, construction paper, glue, shape templates, letter "u" tracing sheets, Alpha tunes cd.
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Read "The Umbrella Party" by Janet Lunn.
2. Give printed coloring page from the emergent reader.
3. Go over different seasons, sing simple seasons song.
 

B. Development-

1. Take Umbrella shaped template and help students cut it out.
2. Help students cut out different shapes to add to umbrella from construction paper, with a color packet theme based on their choice of season.
3. Go over seasons and ask questions, "when its cold- what season is it?" etc.
 

C. Practice-

1. Students participate in season song.
2. Students chose what season their umbrella will represent, then add snowflakes, leaves, raindrops, or flowers appropriately.
3. Students color umbrella sheet.
 

D. Independent Practice-

1. Students color umbrella sheet.
2. Students dance to "u" song without direction.
3. Students practice tracing the letter u.
 

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Teacher will assess each students need and maneuver around to help students.
2. Based on students perceived understanding, questions about season relation to weather will be more simple/general or more in depth/specific.
 

F. Checking for understanding-

1. The question/answer period will check students understanding.
2. The ability of the students to talk about their umbrella project will check understanding.
3. The letter "u" tracing worksheets will check students understanding.
 

G. Closure-

1. Students talk about their umbrella craft.
2. Listen to alpha tunes cd (songs "Cool Clouds" and "Under the Umbrella," which reinforce the letters "c" and "u").
 
7. Evaluation-
1. A large number of the older students seemed to gain real knowledge from the lesson. Their mothers talk about them continuing to talk about weather one week later and their understanding checks were of high quality.
2. The younger students had fun and some learned the song, but larger got distracted from the craft and letter tracing.
 
8. Teacher Reflection-
There was a large gap in the ages of the students, 2 to 5 years old. I found the lesson reasonably effective for having to teach to this level of age gap, because the stories and songs appealed to all the children, even if the craft and letter tracing was only useful to some. Older children demonstrated a high level of understanding during the question-and-answer period and even the two-year-old children learned the lyrics to the season song.
 

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