|"Very Hairy Bear" by Alice Schertle|
Hello, bloggy friends! I have this new idea to start doing science posts every Sunday. I feel guilty sometimes about concentrating so hard on reading and math that science gets left behind.
A few years ago, when I was teaching pre-k, a really fabulous teacher retold the story of Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle. It was awesome! She dressed like the bear in the story and had props for each season, including berries, a fish, and some honey. I think it really helped the children to understand that seasons are different from weather. I've noticed that my kindergarten students now struggle with that concept. The more natural things I bring into my lessons, the better my students understand that seasons are specific times during the year and weather is what happens during each season.
I brought these Barbies in to concretely show my kiddos what people might wear during each season:
|Barbie dolls for all four seasons|
The great thing about this is when I held up the first Barbie, the kids were really motivated and eager to tell me everything about the season. They also explained to me why you wear boots and a long coat during the winter season. To be honest with you all, I sort of borrowed these Barbies from my daughter. Ok, she's 23 now, so I don't think she'll miss them. :)
Another really great center activity that I found is from Lakeshore:
|Seasons game from Lakeshore|
When I was searching for season graphic organizers with pictures on TPT, I didn't find much. So I decided to make my own Season and Weather Unit this year. I recently bought a really sweet clip art package and it makes it very fun to make colorful graphic organizers, guided reading books, and writing prompts. So, if you need some kid-friendly resources please check out this product!
I would love to hear what season or weather activities you're doing. I can't wait to hear from you!