song with me. The repetition allows children to learn new words. For an activity we will play Animal Actors. Each child can choose an animal and act like they are on a farm. This activity will enhance the imagination and physical agility as they act like animals. Animal actors help concept development, creative movement, and gross motor skills (Toddler Play Book page 180).
Tuesday’s lesson is on touch for our four year olds. We will read the book “Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb” by Al Perkins (Learn Everyday Book page 109). We will sing the song “The Five Senses Song” ( ). Our class will make Texture Touch Boxes with old tissue boxes and items with different textures like smooth, hard, etc. I will have the children place items of their choice in the boxes and let their classmates describe what they feel inside the boxes ( ). The children will be able to use their problem solving skills by guessing what they think is in the boxes. They will use their listening skills as they describe their items to one another, tactile discrimination, and language development. I can teach children new words to describe their items. We can put gender neutral items in the boxes. The children can shake the boxes to see if their items make noises. We can discuss what other items could be used in the boxes ( ). Our four year olds will learn about the sense of smell on Wednesday. We will read the poem “My Five Senses” to the tune of “The Old Man” ( ). We will listen to the song “Springtime Five Senses ( ). I will read “I hear a Pickle: and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too” by Rachel Isadora .Our group activity is called “It Smells Like…” We will use 35mm film canister with pinholes in the top for each scented item. Use cotton balls with different smells to place in the canister. I will talk to the class about the sense of smell and how our noses help us smell things. I will let the children take turns smelling canisters and talk about what each one smells like. This activity encourages language skills as they describe scented items. Use liquids that pertain to something in different cultures. When the activity is done; show the class how you made the cotton balls smell ( ).
Thursday’s lesson is on the sense of taste. We will learn the poem “Orange” by Natalie ( ). Our class will read the story “Bread and Jam for Frances” by Russell Hoban (ckisloski.com). I will play the song “5 Senses – The Sense of Taste (educationalsongskids.blogspot.com). Our group activity is called Tongue Tasting. I will use lemon wedges, lemonade, candy, chips, unsweet cocoa, pitchers, cups, small paper plates, spoons, and unbreakable hand-held mirrors. I will prepare the food on the plates ahead of time. I will talk to the children about the different types of foods they like and suggest new words to describe their food. I will let the children taste the food one at a time.
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- Olfaction, Eric Carle