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Gustafson Mathematics Lesson Plan Teacher: Emma Gustafson Grade Level- Prek- 3 Five Little Ducks Song Objectives-

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The students will learn how or review how to count in a fun and musically stimulating way. The students will also work on their fine motor skills while learning hand motions. Children will learn an important topic of counting in an unconventional way using music Motivation The motivation of this lesson is to spark an interest in learning about numbers and counting in a fun meaningful way. The animal theme should motivate the students to be involved in learning. Materials Posters with five, four, three, two and one ducks on the poster Piano or CD player (optional) Sheet music for each student

Procedure 1. Tell children that they will be reviewing counting by learning a new song, with motions, called Five Little Ducks. 2. First teach the lyrics of the song to the students: Five little ducks went out one day Over the hills and far away Mama duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," but only four little ducks came waddling back... Four little ducks went out one day Over the hills and far away Mama duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," but only three little ducks came waddling back... Three little ducks went out one day Over the hills and far away Mama duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," but only two little ducks came waddling back... Two little ducks went out one day

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Over the hills and far away Mama duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," but only one little duck came waddling back... One little duck went out one day Over the hills and far away Mama duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," but no little ducks came waddling back.. 3. Teach the motions to the students Five little ducks went out one day Hold up your five fingers Over the hills and far away Make a wave motion and hold your hand up to head as if saluting Mama duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," Bring two hands together in a vertical clap but only four little ducks came waddling back... Hold up four fingers, and put your hands to at your side and waddle Adaption for special needs For Ashlyn (hearing impaired): The teacher should provide Ashlyn to listen to the song on an Ipod or portable compact disc player so she can hear the song more clearly. Ipods or portable compact disc player should be offered to every student to not single any one student out. The hand motions that are provided for the song are a good use for hearing impaired because using signs and motions is a productive way to communicate efficiently. For Jackson (Motor skills problems): This activity the song and hand motions are a good activity for a child with lack of motor skills. However, if the student is unable to hold up the fingers for the counting aspect they can be given popsicle sticks to hold up represent the number of ducks in the song. This would be an easy object to distribute to the entire class. Resources Provide students with a book on ducks Books on counting Eric Carls Ten Little Rubber Ducks Counting puzzles

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This is a great activity for students to learn about a very interesting group of animals birds! Some students may not be aware that ducks are classified as a bird.

Variations/ Other possibilities If the children are particularly interested in a certain animal at that time the lyrics of the song can change to correspond to an animal of the students choice. For older students or classes that are more advanced the song can start from a higher number that the children need to count backwards from.

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Language Arts Lesson Plan- Art Teacher: Emma Gustafson Grade Level- Prek- 3 Objectives- Children will learn about the animal group- fish. Students will experiment with different objects that are found in nature to make something new and creative. As the students are learning about sea life they will use their creativity skills to decorate their shell. The students will also learn how to be creative in a confined space like the shell that is being used in this project. Motivation The motivation is to get children interested in learning about sea life and the creatures that live in water. Not every child is fortunate enough to be able to go to a beach or see one of the major oceans so this project is important to broaden the students horizons and motivate them to become interested in learning about something new. This will also help develop their literacy skills my relating what they read to what they are creating. Materials Open shells for each student (can be muscles or just shells found on beach) Non-toxic permanent markers Glitter, sequence, beads (decorations for students to use) Glue (non-toxic)

Procedure 1. First discuss the group of animals that are classified as fish with the children. It is good to introduce the different characteristics that classify an animal as a fish - gills, breath underwater etc. The teacher should also discuss the environment that fish live in. 2. Next, show the children pictures of fish and underwater environments in which they live in. 3. Introduce and discuss what kind of things that can be found underwater and on the beach like shells! 4. Then read the book Rainbow fish to the students.

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5. Pass out the shells and materials that the children will need to make their shells unique. 6. Demonstrate and show the children how they can color and decorate their shell to look like a fish or an underwater animal of their own. Adaption for special needs: For Ashlyn (hearing impaired): For this activity it is important that Ashlyn is able to learn about the sea animals and the sea environment as well as hear the directions for the craft. To help Ashlyn the teacher should teach the lesson on fish by using large pictures of fish, the sea, beaches etc with captions. Also the students should be broken up into small groups so the teacher can come close to the students and explain the activity - that way Ashlyn is able to hear and understand what is happening. The teacher will visit each small group of children so that group does not feel singled out. For Jackson (fine motor skills problems): For this activity holding a pen might be hard for Jacksons fine motor skills. To help aid this issue the teacher should provide markers with special grips for any student to use that will help Jackson grip his marker. If drawing in the small confined space is too difficult larger shells can also be distributed. Resources Notes and reflections This is a good lesson for the end of the year when the weather is getting warm and it is almost time for summer. The lesson will get children to go out said and play at the beach or play in the water like fish. This would also be a good lesson plan if the class was just getting a pet fish in the classroom. Variations/ Other possibilities This lesson could also be changed into having the children create a sea life scene inside of their shell. The fine details of an entire environment may be too complicated for younger children and better suited for older grades. Another variation is that the children could take a trip to the aquarium to see fish in real life. Or an aquarium could be brought into class. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes

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Science Lesson Plan Field Trip Teacher: Emma Gustafson Grade Level- Prek- 3 Objectives- Children will learn about animals out of the classroom in an interactive way. The student will be able to learn about an interesting type of animal- bugs. The children will also experience the science while learning about bugs. Motivation The motivation is to teach children science in a fun and interactive way. The animal theme will keep their attention. Also being able to experience the science hands on will be interesting for the students. Materials Procedure 1. Discuss the topic of bugs to the children and explain to them that the class will be taking a field trip in a few days to a bug exhibit to learn and see bugs in their habitat. 2. In the days leading up to the field trip the class will learn and discuss about bugs to prepare them for the exhibit. The class will also discuss proper behavior while on the field trip. 3. On the day of the trip children will be broken up into groups with a parent or teacher as their leader. In groups the children will go and learn about different bugs at the different exhibits. Permission slips Discussion tools (books, photos etc.) Bus Cage with butterfly environment Cocoon Extra parent aids for trip

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4. The next day in class the teacher will present a cocoon in a cage for the students to see. The teacher will explain to the class that over the next few weeks they will watch the progression of the cocoon that will eventually turn into a butterfly. Adaption for special needs For Ashlyn (hearing impaired): This activity is a good fit for Ashlyn however at the exhibit it would be helpful to give Ashlyn headphones to listen what they are viewing so she can understand better. The headphones should be offered to all the children if he or she prefers to listen to the headphones. For Jackson (Motor skills problems): During the field trip Jackson should not been any additional special adaptations. The teacher or parent aid should be aware and offer assistance to him if there is something in the exhibit that he may need help with. Resources From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligma Information on the fieldtrip Bug books Pictures of bugs Notes and reflections Learning about bugs is an important lesson to teach because some students may not be aware that bugs are a kind of animal. On the field trip it is important that the teachers and aids make sure the children are retaining the important information they need to learn. Variations/ Other possibilities The children could also view the entire zoo if the teacher wishes to broaden the particular lesson. Also, if transportation to the zoo is too difficult or costly the class could bring in a guest speaker that could show the children the different types of bugs.

Emma Gustafson Social Studies Art Project Teacher: Emma Gustafson Grade Level- Prek- 3 Objectives-

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Child will learn about the history and classification of animals. During this activity the children will be able to express what they learned through their creative art skills. Children will also be able to make a creative decoration that demonstrates what he or she has learned. Motivation The children will be motivated to learn about the different animal groups. The children will learn about the different animal environments, fur, colors, eating habits, etc. Materials Hanger with six strings hanging off Paper and model magic Markers Sequence, decorations etc. Glue

Procedure Teach the students about the different animal groups and how the animals are classified into each Pass out the supplies to each student. Intruct the children to decorate the hanger with animal themed pictures, colors etc. whatever they want. Once they are complete with that instruct the children to make six different animals to hang off their hanger it can be one animal from every group or six animals from the same group or just random animals whatever they choose. Help children hang animals off their hanger

Adaption for special needs For Ashlyn (hearing impaired): Ashlyn should be able to do this activity on her own but because there is a lot of instructions to follow the teacher should breaks the

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students into small groups so the teacher can come close to the students and explain the activity - that way Ashlyn is able to hear and understand what is happening. The teacher will visit each small group of children so that group does not feel singled out. The teacher should provide the class with an example of the final product so Ashlyn, and the other students, have a good idea of what they are suppose to make. For Jackson (Motor skills problems): Model magic is a good way for Jackson to exercise his fine motor skills he is able to squeeze and play with the clay. However, if Jackson wishes to use paper and markers to make his animals there should be markers with special grips available to him and the other students. Resources Examples of mobiles Books on animals A classification of animals chart for the students too look at

Notes and reflections This is a good project for students to be hands on and learn about social studies. The teacher should make sure that the hangers that are used are safe without sharp points for the children to hurt themselves with. Variations/ Other possibilities For older students this would be a good way for them to present what he or she has learned about animals and the different classifications. This can be used for book reports and other fun projects.

Emma Gustafson Arts Lesson Plan Theatre Teacher: Emma Gustafson Grade Level- Prek- 3 Objectives-

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Child will learn about different animals though the use of puppets. The students will be expressing themselves through dramatic arts. They will learn what it is like to be an animal by acting out the characteristics of the animal he or she is portraying. Motivation This activity will motivate students become interested in theater and dramatic play. The student will be able to experience learning about animals through becoming an animal themselves. Materials Puppets Costumes Stage area Role cards

Procedure After learning about animals the students will be taught about theater and how to act out a play. Then the teacher will inform the students that they will be able to put on a play of their own (an improvised play that allows them to act like an animal.) The students will be given costumes or puppets - attached are cards that describe what kind of animal it is and the characteristics that the animal portrays. The cards are used for suggestions the importance is that the children are acting out an animal. Adaption for special needs For Ashlyn (hearing impaired): This is a great activity for a hearing impaired student to participate in because there are no set instructions for the dramatic play. The teacher should be aware if Ashlyn does need additional instructions that she may have missed.

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For Jackson (Motor skills problems): For a vast majority of this project Jackson is able to participate fully with out any special adaptations needed. The puppets can be a good opportunity for Jackson to exercise his hand muscles. The teachers should be aware that Jackson may need additional assistance putting on consumes. Resources Animal classification chart Zoo Book Book about plays and theater

Notes and reflections The play can be more formal and rehearsed then parents and caregivers can be invited to come watch the class put on the performance. After the play that the students put on is over the students should have access to the costumes in the dramatic play area as the costumes are a good learning tool. Variations/ Other possibilities This could also be turned into a literacy lesson by having the children spell the name of their animal. If spelling the whole name of the animal is too advanced the students can identify the first letter of their animals name.