Skip to main content

Literature Based Kindergarten: On the Same Day in March

Primary Literature:

  • On the Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer. This book uses poetic prose and bright illustrations to not only highlight different places around the world, but to also showcase different types of weather. A short author's note in the back of the book explains, in kid friendly terms, the scientific reasons why different parts of the earth could have such drastically different weather on the same day. 

  • Vocabulary words to review
    • stalking - watching intently, following
    • boulevards - a wide street in a city, usually with trees or plants on the side
    • crouched - low to the ground
    • vanish - to disappear from sight
Complementary Literature:
  • At this Very Moment by Jim Arnosky. Rhyming text and vivid paintings invite young readers to imagine what animals around world are doing through-out the day. 
  • A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw Mckinney. This book also has rhyming prose and leads children in a tour of the world. This time they are following a drop of water as the water cycle carries it around the world. My children especially enjoyed searching for the drop on every page. The back of the book also explains, in kid friendly scientific terms, how/why the drop traveled/changed.
March winds and April showers
Bring forth May flowers.

Learning Activities/Games:
  • Counting raindrops - I cut clouds out of paper plates and then drew number & dots on them. The children placed the correct number of jewels/raindrops on each cloud. 


  • Clipping the correct beginning letter for each type of weather. Click here to print your own set of cards. 


  • Weather station, we actually do this every day with our calendar but I thought I'd share it because I think Mr. Printables weather station is one of best free educational printable on the web. It's definitely not as cool, but I made the sky graph...click here to print your own copy.


Art

  • We used a variety of materials to create our own weather map, inspired by the one shown in the back the book. 


Supplies: two paper plates, blue tempera paint, paint brush, green construction paper, 
scissors, glue, stickers, and markers.

Step 1: cover both plates with blue tempera paint.

Step 2: Cut land shapes from green construction paper.

Step 3: Once paint is dry glue paper plates together.

Step 4: Glue green land shapes on to blue paper plates.

Step 4: Use stickers and markers to add weather scenes to your earth.


In addition, to these activities I also pulled out some activities from our weather unit

PS - you can find more educational activities on our homeschooling page.  

Comments

  1. Wow! I love all the things you've put together for this book! I read it years ago and now I have a Kindergartner again! Thank you. We are working on place value also -- the gem activity will be fun.
    ~Lee

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - you make me smile :)

Popular posts from this blog

Paint Chip Word Families

We haven't been doing a ton of school work this summer but we have tried to fit in a little reading practice everyday. We are currently working our way through Bob Books and The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - I  highly recommend both. I saw this idea for paint chip word families on Pinterest several months ago and knew it would be one we'd have to try. I changed it up a little bit so that the the strips pulled through the word family cards.  

My supplies: large white paint chips, various colors of paint chips, sharpie, scissors, and an x-acto knife
 Step 1: Because my colored paint chips were so wide I folded and cut them in half.

Step 2: In the center of the white paint-chip, use the x-acto knife to cut two openings, at the top and bottom of the white square, the width of the color strip. 

Step 3: Use the sharpie to write letters on paint chips (a list of word families can be found here
Step 4: Pull strip through word family card 

 Step 5: Have fun readi…

Preschool Syllabus: Dr. Seuss

Normally I'd do a Dr. Seuss unit in March around his birthday. We had to do one now though because on Saturday Big Buddy and I going on a date to a Dr. Seuss exhibit. The exhibit is only at the museum until January and I'm afraid if we don't go now we might not get the chance.

We are of course reading lots of Dr. Seuss's books. A great advatage to studying Dr. Seuss in November rather than March is that all his books were available at the library. I also found a great children's biography which is perfect for preschoolers.


 We've read it a couple times and Big Buddy loves reciting all the facts he's learned


WRITING CENTER ADDITIONS


LEARNING "TRAYS" -I rotate these, setting out about four a day from which the boy's can choose.





Preschool Syllabus: Farms

We started a new homeschool unit this week: farms. With all our harvest activities it seemed like a natural choice.  This last weekend we attended a neighboring town's scarecrow festival and we plan to go to a pumpkin farm with a barnyard petting zoo in the next couple weeks. We will focus on this unit for the rest of October.


During our rug times the boys and I will be singing a lot of farm related songs (Counting Coconuts has complied a great list) and make our way through the mass of books I checked out from the library.  I won't overwhelm you with a picture of them all but I will recommend a couple. For fiction Click Clack Moo: Cows That Typeby Doreen Cronin and Gossie by Olivier Dunrea.  Both of these books have a nice rhythm, great pictures, and sweet humor. We actually own them and several others by these authors - they are some of the most read books in our collection.  For nonfiction, 21st Century Junior Library, has published several great farm-themed books.

Writing …