We will introduce a unit about Community Helpers, and we will focus on Firefighters as we meet our new letter ‘f’ and Friendly Frog.
I will display large poster cut outs of many of the helpers, and they will assist in identifying them and take turns telling the class what they do at their jobs. Today we will focus on the firefighters and how they help in our community. We will read “A Day with Firefighters” and “Firefighters A to Z”.
We are planning a trip to the Somers Point fire house in November. This is the earliest that we could schedule since the firefighter that we contact to make the arrangements is on vacation for a few weeks this month. We hope to be able to arrange the details and inform you within the next two weeks since this is a ‘walking trip’ and we will need at least one parent, grandparent or adult family member to walk with each child. We will keep you updated!
Art: Cut the shapes to make a Fire Truck.
Language activity page: Review letter ‘e’; find all the E’s on the Elephant’s path and color them.
Play a Helpers game: Place all the poster cut outs of the Community Helpers on the floor. Then have the pictures of their supplies/equipment set out. They will take turns to choose a Helper and find the picture of the equipment that they use on their job.
We will review letter “F’ and the Firefighters and other Community Helpers. We will focus on Police Officers and how they keep our community safe. We will read “A Day with Police Officers”, then discuss what the officers in the story did on their day on the job. We will talk about safety and how a police officer can help if a child ever gets lost when shopping or out with a parent or other adult. We will also discuss how officers have to direct traffic at times. The children will lead the discussion and any child who has a parent that is a police officer can contribute and tell us what their mom or dad does on the job.
Art: make a police officer hat.
Sponge paint with green and blue on a pre-cut ‘fish’.
We will review ‘F’ and recall what firefighters do to keep our community safe. I will show a poster of firefighters at work and we will read it, then I will ask them if anyone would like to be a firefighter when they are grown up. We will continue with a lesson about ‘fire safety’ using pictures and items of things that children should never touch or play with. In a bag, I will have a candle, matches, a hair curling iron, pictures of a stove, microwave, heater, clothes iron, a grill and fire. They will take turns removing a picture or an item, then identify it and tell why they should never touch it. Some of the pictures will be placed face down on a game board. They will name one of the pictures they wish to find, and try to guess where it is located on the board, then turn it over to see if they are correct. They will continue to take turns until all pictures are identified. We will play in small groups and they will play again so each child can have two turns.
Art: make a Firefighter paper bag puppet.
Play a Community Helper card matching board game. Discuss each helper as the children take turns choosing a card. Match to their equipment or supplies.
The first story in our Language Arts program, “Happily Ever After” will be introduced. This is the classic tale, “Little Red Riding Hood”. I will introduce the ‘big book’ and we will build vocabulary with discussion of words they will hear about in the story. We will observe and discuss the front cover of the book which shows Little Red Riding Hood waving to her mother. In addition, they will be asked to locate the pictures in the book and listen to the story on a CD. After, they will participate in a discussion relating to the new words introduced and the characters and the sequence of events.
Art: make a Black Cat.
Social Studies/Language activity page: Color the firefighter according to the color code.
Today they will play the “red dot game”, one of the introductory games for our Language Arts story, “Little Red Riding Hood”. Children will take turns running to a small table, pick up a paper with a red dot on it, then crawl ‘under’ the table. They will then STOP turn toward their friends, and say “RED DOT”. They then go back to the end of the line. At this time, the next child, will take their turn. This will be played in small groups and they will play until each child has a turn. This game teaches the concept of ‘under’, a gross motor skill is incorporated, and they will begin to learn about drawing lines ‘under’ objects.
Language activity: Cut out their individual story booklets “Little Red Riding Hood”.
Activity page: Find and color the fish with the letters “F, f”
Art: Cut out and make a Witch.
Books we will read:
My “F” Sound Box Fire Safety in Action I am Fire I Want to be a Police Officer Community Helpers: Police Officers From Tadpole to Frog Frog Counts to Ten What is a Fish? Baby Foxes Fox Makes Friends The Fox and the Falling Leaves.