Feelings and “G”

So this year we are in a new preschool group. It’s nice because it is all boys – and boys tend to be more active than girls. With this group we are more academically focused than the last group. It’s my turn to teach, and I have the topic of “feelings” and the letter”g” for Tuesday’s lesson.

I started where I always start – I Googled “preschool lesson plans feelings.” No reason to reinvent the wheel, and a lot of times there are great ideas out there that I can incorporate into my own lesson.

I found this great site – http://www.toolsforeducators.com/feelings.php – that let me create worksheets based on feelings. I made a worksheet where they match faces to the words, one where I picked 5 words (happy, sad, sleepy, mad, dizzy) that they get to trace and print, and a picture dictionary they get to make. This site – http://downloads.cas.psu.edu/4H/Feelings.pdf – had a great full lesson plan to follow and I took some of their ideas too.

So here’s my  lesson plan:

1. Circle time: We do the traditional songs/weather and things we do.

2. The feeling-faces game: I made cards with the following feelings on them – sad, happy, crying, upset, tired, sleepy, dizzy, hot, cold, thirsty, hungry, silly. I’ll lay them out and have the kids flip one over and everyone can make a face/action that goes with the word. We will do this until they get tired of making faces.

3. Feelings worksheet: We will do the feelings worksheets I have printed out.

4. Music: Here’s our music time list – “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “I’m So Glad When Daddy Comes Home,” “5 Little Monkeys,” “Hokey Pokey,” “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes.” Notice that they are all active songs. I even have little shakers that they get to use to pick how fast we sing the songs.

5. “G” worksheets: Did I mention I love Starfall (www.starfall.com)? I printed off their “G” worksheets and some writing paper with the letter G on it and we will do that.

6. Beginning Scrabble – I made a set of index cards with the following letters on them (B, H, 2 E’s, 3 O’s, D, S, N). I’ll call out a word and they get to use their cards to spell it. The words are: be, he, do, so, and no. They are 5 short and easy sight words from the Kindergarten list.

7. My feelings today: I took a paper plate and wrote, “Today I feel…” on the outside. They are going to color the plate with their face and how they feel today.

Hopefully that gets me through the 2 hours. If not, I’ll have to figure out something more. But 7 activities will generally take 2 hours (about 15 minutes each with 15 minutes for leeway). If it runs short we will find things that make us happy, play “Red Light Green Light,” and then, if it is sunny, tag is always a favorite.

There’s the lesson!

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