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Ladies could you help me build a curriculum? At least one month then I can use it as a model, I am so lost!

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2009 at 10:34 PM
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We are currently on letter "B" and what I want in my curriculum is to cover all the areas science, social studies, alphabet, math, activities, etc. in a manner that it won't overwhelm my daughter. This is where I need help, because I always try and end up very disorganized.

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happy1mom
by Helping Hands on Jun. 9, 2009 at 11:07 PM

EasyFunSchool  has a ton of ideas for the letter "b"

I can barely keep up with plannning a week at a time - sorry, can't help you with a whole month.

shinyhappymom
by Welcome Squad on Jun. 9, 2009 at 11:16 PM

You might want to take a trip to your local book store and see if you can find a guide to help you focus.  It can be overwhelming, but at this stage you really don't have to go overboard.  There are so many daily activities that are learning moments.  Make a meal with foods that start with B.  Fingerpaint and make a B.  Go on a scavenger hunt for the letter B at the grocery store and keep a tally of how many Bs you find. 

Don't stress!  It'll get easier.  You many not want to think as big as a month; that can get overwhelming.  Good luck and remember that kids are always learning!

mommy2xp
by Helping Hands on Jun. 10, 2009 at 9:32 AM

science-  animal that begins with b  http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/manimalposter2.html

social studies-  you could do a country or something in the community such as the bank, that woud also include money which would be math as well

alphabet-  b coloring pages.  the sound it makes, learning ot write it or recognize it, color a b and hang it on the wall ask several times a day what it is and what sound, at first you may just point and say b says buh.  then the next time ask what it is.   

activities- make b food. read b books,  scavenger hunt for  b things (box, book etc) 

math- color blue

theres so much you could do   i hope that kinda gives you an idea have you looked at letteroftheweek.com?  i would spend at least a week on this, depending on what age and how fast he/she learns it.   

niecee1136
by on Jun. 10, 2009 at 9:53 AM
lynnsl
by Welcome Squad on Jun. 10, 2009 at 9:59 AM

 Take the idea of the B for bear activities.

Here is an idea that you can develop.
 
Weighty Bears
Review the concepts of heavy and light by having one child at a time hold a different teddy bear in each hand. Which bear feels heavier? Which feels lighter? Provide a balance scale to compare the weights of different bears.
Here is a science idea that you can develop Mapping skills: Make cut-outs of the various species of bears, i.e. Brown Bear, American Black Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, Malayan Sun Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear Spectacled Bear, etc. and have the student place them on the map in the animals natural habitat.
 
Here are sme neat ART ideas for plans
BEAR ARTS and CRAFTS
  • Make a Bear Cave Diorama --Use a small cardboard box or a styrofoam meat tray as a base. The cave can be made by stapling or gluing a brown crumpled paper bag in place. You could also make a paper mache form and paint it brown,. Children can add bits of pine needles, twigs, moss, dirt, straw and rocks. A tiny scrap of furry cloth or small felt bear tucked in the cave to represent the bear is the final touch.
  • Make paper plate bears - attach a small plate (head) to a large plate (body). Children cut out of construction paper ears, arms and legs and glue on. They then use sponges to sponge brown paint all over. A face can be painted or drawn on.
  • Have the children make bear paw prints with finger paints.
  • ยท Panda bears. Use an outline of a bear and glue on black and white pieces of tissue paper. Let children cut or tear the paper into small pieces, before gluing.

 

Here are some math activities surrounding bears. Just develop a quick plan.

BEAR MATH:

  • Use bear counters to do your adding and subtracting.
  • Have the kids bring in or gather up their teddy bears. (This could be quite a lot if your house is like mine!) Have them sort the bears according to size, hair color, etc.
  • Let them weigh and measure their bears. See who has the largest, smallest, heaviest, tallest.
  • Teach brown, black, white colors to younger children.
  • Cut bear shapes out of construction paper. Write a number on one set and dots on the other set. Have children match the numbers with the correct amount. You could also make bear shaped flash cards for any facts you are studying. 
  • Use Goldilocks and the Three Bears to teach small, medium and large. Have these sizes of bowls and other things. Let them put them in order or match them.
lynnsl
by Welcome Squad on Jun. 10, 2009 at 10:02 AM

More Ideas for B is for Bear

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LAGoldilocks5WsH13.htm

 

http://www.localschooldirectory.com/lesson-plans/id/441

 

Here is an idea for Music/ Movement
 
Bear Band - Make a colored bear necklace (construction paper cut using an Ellison machine works well) for each child.  Give all of the students wearing the same color of bear necklace the same musical instrument to play (bells, tambourines, moraccas, etc.).  When students hear their color named in the chant below, they march and play their instruments to make a 'Bear Band'!

(Color) bears,  (color) bears, play a tune.
Now go march around the room!

(Color) bears,  (color) bears, now slow down.
Take a seat without a frown!
 
 
Here is a neat idea to develop.

Music/Movement:

  1. Play color games!
    1. Who Do You Dare, Mr. Bear? - Choose one child to be Mr. Bear and to stand in the middle of the room, holding a basket.  Give all of the other students a colored bear necklace (construction paper cut using an Ellison machine works well) and have them stand in a long row opposite Mr. Bear.  Students say the following in order to play...

      Mr. Bear:  Knock! Knock!
      Students:  Who do you dare, Mr. Bear?
      Mr. Bear:  Bears!
      Students:  Which color?
      Mr. Bear:  (names a color)

      Bears who are wearing the color of necklace named by Mr. Bear try to run across to the other side without being tagged by Mr. Bear. If they are tagged, they must give their color to Mr. Bear. Do this one or two more times and then have students count how many color bears Mr. Bear collected.  Redistribute the bear tags and choose a new Mr. Bear to begin another game.
       (This is a variation of the 'Tricky Fox' game described in Building Better Language Skills by Rita Jamieson, Creative Teaching Press, 2001)

 

lynnsl
by Welcome Squad on Jun. 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM

 More B for bear Activities

How Many Bears? book: Print the book below for each student and have them glue the appropriate number and color of Ellison cut-out mini bears on each page.  If you'd prefer, you can have them draw and color their own bears using circles.  We try to do a page a day and we read the text in the book up to the page that we're working on for the day.  We're going to decorate the cover using the left over bears.

How Many Bears? book

 

 
 
 
**This could be under L.A. under compare /contrast
 
Here is a neat lesson plan that compares Teddy Bears vs. Real Bears. This has all of your components.
 
 
 
 
Subject: L.A
 
Age Group: 3rd
 
Title: Bear Facts
 
Objectives:
  • To identify and compare bears
  • To interpret information on bears
  • To compare and contrast bears, what they eat, where they live, sizes, etc.

Materials:  Worksheet; Facts About Bears

                 True/False Worksheet

Bear Facts

 Bears are large animals with thick, strong legs. Bears have big heads, little eyes and small round ears. All bears are covered with heavy fur.

 "Bears can see and hear like us. Bears have a very good sense of smell. Bears can stand on their hind legs to smell and see better. Bears are smart and curious animals.

There are 8 different kinds of bears - brown bears, American black bears, polar bears, giant panda bears, Asiatic black bears, sloth bears, spectacled bears and sun bears. Brown bears are also called grizzly bears. Bears live in all parts of the world, except Africa, Australia and Antarctica.

Most bears eat nuts, fruit, berries, plants, insects, honey, fish and other animals. Polar bears eat seals which they catch out on the ice in the Arctic Ocean. Giant panda bears eat the leaves of the bamboo plant. Bears must get big to get ready for winter. To eat as much as a big bear, we would have to eat 50 hamburgers and 12 large orders of french fried potatoes each day for many weeks.

Mother bears can have 1, 2 or 3 cubs. Cubs are about the size of a small squirrel or chipmunk when born. They grow quickly by feeding on their mother's milk. They start to eat other foods after a few months. The cubs stay with their mother for a few years. The mother bear teaches them how to find food and how to stay safe.

Many bears live where the winter is very cold. In these places, bears will find or make a den. They will enter the den when it gets too cold and stay there until spring. This deep sleep is called "hibernation". Bears will not eat or drink during this time. Cubs are born while the mother bear is hibernating. "

Procedure:

1. The students will list everything that they already know about bears.

2. Pair up with another student and compare their list. They can share ideas and write more facts that they discover from each other's list.

3. Have the students to get into small groups and do the same as #2.

4. Each child will receive a worksheet that will list facts about bears, in which some of the facts may be false.

5. By each fact, the student will answer True/False.

 

True or False

1. Bears have big eyes and large round eyes.___

2. Bears are covered with heavy fur.______

3. Bears do not have a good sense of smell.____

4. Bears can stand on their hind legs._____

5. There are 2 different kinds of bears.____

6. Brown bears are also called grizzly bears.___

7. Bears live in Africa.____

8. Bears live in the United States.___

9. Polar Bears eat seals.___

10. Mother bears can have 6 cubs.___ 

 

Evaluation: The students have already self-corrected their sheets.

 

Extension: The students will create a Fact Book About Bears using the fact sheet.

 

Subject: Literacy/Movement
 
Age Group: 2nd
 
Title: Bear Poems
 
Objectives: The students will read with fluency bear poems. The students will create motion/movement to accompany the poems.
 
Materials: Bear Poems

The Polar Bear

The polar bear by being white
gives up his camouflage at night,
And, yet without a thought or care,
he wanders here, meanders there,
and gaily treads the ice floes
completely unconcerned with foes.
For after dark nobody dares
to set out after polar bears.

Jack Prelutsky


Polar Bear

(to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean")

The polar bear lives in Alaska,
He never gets cold in a storm,
He swims in cold icy water,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.


The Black Bear

In the summer, fall, and spring
the black bear sports and has his fling,
but winter sends him straight indoors and there he
snores... and snores... and snores.


Grizzly Bear

If you ever, ever, ever
meet a grizzly bear,
You must never, never, never
ask him where
He is going,
Or what he is doing;
For if you ever, ever dare
To stop a grizzly bear,
You will never
Meet another grizzly bear.

Mary Austin


Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear,
Where have you been?
Over the mountains -
Such things I've seen!

Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear,
What have you done?
Eaten blueberries
Made ripe by the sun.

Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear,
What have you found?
Ice-cold spring water
Deep from the ground.

Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear,
What do you dream?
Sweet tasting salmon
Swimming upstream.

Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear,
Where do you creep?
Into my dark cave
Alone, let me sleep!


Five Little Bears

One little bear
Wondering what to do
Along came another
Then there were two!

Two little bears
Climbing up a tree
Along came another
Then there were three!

Three little bears
Ate an apple core
Along came another
Then there were four!

Four little honey bears
Found honey in a hive
Along came another
Then there were five!


Five Little Bears

Five little bears
Heard a loud roar
One ran away
Then there were four!

Four little bears
Climbing up a tree
One slid down
Then there were three!

Three little bears
Deciding what to do
One fell asleep
Then there were two!

Two little bears
Having lots of fun
One went home
Then there was one!

One little bear
Feeling all alone
Ran to his mother
Then there were none!


Bear

(can be sun to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Big bear, big bear,
Hunting near the trees.
Feasting on the honeycomb
Made by busy bees.
(bzzz, bzzz, bzzz)
Big bear, big bear,
Wading in the lake.
Fish is your favourite dish:
Which one will you take?
(swish, swish, swish)
Big bear, big bear,
Resting in your den.
Sleeping through the winter
Before you're out again.
(zzz, zzz, zzz)


The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see.

And what do you think he saw?
And what do you think he saw?

The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see.


Going on a Bear Hunt

(children repeat each line after adult)

Going on a bear hunt.
I'm not afraid.
Got my gun.
Coming to a river.
Everybody swim.
Going on a bear hunt.
I'm not afraid.
Got my gun.
Coming to a tree.
Everyone climb the tree.
Is there a bear over there?
No!
Is there a bear over there?
No!
Climb down the tree.
Going on a bear hunt.
I'm not afraid.
Got my gun.

Coming to a clearing.
Walking across the clearing.
Going on a bear hunt.
I'm not afraid.
Got my gun.
Coming to a cave.
Is there a bear in the cave?
YES !

(perform following verses quickly)

Running through the clearing,
Climbing up the tree,
Climbing down the tree,
Swimming through the river,
Run home and lock the door.

(perform following verses slowly)

Went on a bear hunt.
Had my gun.
I wasn't afraid.


We're Going on a Bear Hunt

(children repeat each line after adult)

We're going on a bear hunt,
We're gonna catch a big one,
What a beautiful day,
We're not scared.
Oh ,oh!
Grass,
Long, wavy, grass.
We can't go over it,
We can't go under it,
We've gotta go throught it!
Swishy swashy, swishy swashy.

We're going on a bear hunt,
We're gonna catch a big one,
What a beautiful day,
We're not scared.
Oh ,oh!
Mud,
Thick, oozy mud.
We can't go over it,
We can't go under it,
We've gotta go throught it!
Squelch squelch, squelch squelch

We're going on a bear hunt,
We're gonna catch a big one,
What a beautiful day,
We're not scared.
Oh ,oh!
A river,
A deep, cold river.
We can't go over it,
We can't go under it,
We've gotta go throught it!
Splish splosh, splish splosh.

We're going on a bear hunt,
We're gonna catch a big one,
What a beautiful day,
We're not scared.
Oh ,oh!
A forest,
A big, dark forest.
We can't go over it,
We can't go under it,
We've gotta go throught it!
Stmble trip, stumble trip.

We're going on a bear hunt,
We're gonna catch a big one,
What a beautiful day,
We're not scared.
Oh ,oh!
A cave,
A scary, dark cave.
We can't go over it,
We can't go under it,
We've gotta go throught it!
Tiptoe, tiptoe.

(say the following verse all together and quickly)
OH NO IT'S A BEAR!!!
Quick!
Through the cave, tiptoe, tiptoe,
Through the forest, stumble trip, stumble trip,
Through the river, splish splosh, splish spolosh,
Through the mud, squelch squelch, squelch squelch,
Through the grass, swishy swashy, swishy swashy.
Run to the house, run up the stairs,
Oh oh forgot to shut the door!
Run back downstairs, shut the door,
Run back up, to the bedroom,
Jump into bed, pull up the covers,
WE ARE NEVER GOING ON A BEAR HUNT AGAIN!!


Little Bear

(to the tune of frere jacques)

Are you sleepy, Are you sleepy
Little bear, little bear?
Wintertime is coming,
Wintertime is coming,
Very soon, very soon.

Find a cave, Find a cave,
Little bear, little bear
Wintertime is here,
Wintertime is here,
Go to sleep, go to sleep.

Are you sleepy, Are you sleepy
Little bear, little bear?
You will wake in springtime
In the warm, warm springtime
Little bear, little bear

Time to wake up, Time to wake up
Little bear, little bear
Springtime is here, springtime is here
Wake up now, wake up now!


Big paws,
Big black nose,
Stubby tail,
And growl he goes.

What is he?
Well, who knows?
He sleeps all winter
When it snows.

 

Procedure:  The students will pair up to create a team.

                   The teacher will assign each group with 

                   a bear poem.

                   The team will rehearsh the poem and be

                   able to read it with fluency. 

                   The students will create movement

                   to accompany the poem that was assigned

                    to them.

                    The students will perform in front of

                    their peers.

 

Evaluation: Each  student will be given yes/no signs. When each team is done, the students will hold up a sign to tell how they evaluated the team. They will hold up the sign "Yes" if the team did a good job. They will hold up th esign "No" if the team did a poor job.

Extension:

      Invite other grade levels into the classroom and perform for them.

 

lynnsl
by Welcome Squad on Jun. 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM

 More B for Bear

Subject: Music & Movement

 

Age:  Kg.

 

Title: Bears are Sleeping

 

Objectives: The students will chant a choral reading of the song, Bears are Sleeping, which includes movement/ action.

 

Materials:  Video camera, tape recorder, and song; Bears are Sleeping

 

Procedure:

1. Teach the students the song, Bears are Sleeping.

2. Ask the students to suggest a motion movement to accompany the song.

3. Record the children while they are singing the song. Play it back so they can practice the movements that they would like to include with the song.

4. Video tape the children singing and performing the song.

 

Evaluation:

Tell the children that they will evaluate how they did after they watch themselves on the video tape.

 

Extensions

Have the students to come up with a list of other animals that you can find similar songs that they can sing about that also show movement for that animal.

 

 

 




 

Bears Are Sleeping
(tune:  Brother John)

Bears are sleeping,
Bears are sleeping,
In their lairs.
In their lairs.
Soon it will be springtime,
Soon it will be spring time,
Wake up, bears!
Wake up, bears!

 

Math
Go to the site below.
Scroll down  and print the Gummy Bear Graph and also the Teddy Bear sorting sheet for evaluation. You will want to staple these two sheets on your plans.
 
 
Title:            Gummy Bear Graphing
Objectives:  The students will graph Gummy Bears by
                    color.
Materials:    A bag of Gummy Bears
                   A Gummy Bear Graph ( attached)
                  Crayons
                  Teddy Bear Sorting Sheet to be used
                  for evaluation.
Procedure: 
1. The students will sort their Gummy Bears by color and color the graph to match the bears in their bags.
2. The students will trade graphs with a friend. Their friend will answer the questions about their graph.
 
Evaluation: Before the students graph their Gummy Bears, they are to record the color of Gummy Bears on a separate sheet of paper (Teddy Bear Sorting Sheet) . When the students are done with their graphing, staple the sheet where they recorded the color of Gummy Bears to their graph sheet. The two sheets should match.
 
Extension:  The students discuss the different kinds of Teddy Bears that they have at home. The teacher will place tally marks on the board next to the color of Teddy Bears that are mentioned. The students will use the tally marks to  graph of the colors of the students' Teddy Bears.
 
 
2ndtimearound
by Cindy on Jun. 16, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Have you tried www.donnayoung.org ?  There is a lot of great info on there, and it's FREE!  She explains how she breaks down each subject, has all kinds of planner forms, etc. 

As for what I have done this year so far..... I took the Scope and Sequence from Home Learning Year By Year and put it in spreadsheet format in Excel.  I then went and made myself a list of ideas for activities/areas to cover.  I numbered each one, then went back to the scope and sequence to see what all areas I could incorporate into each idea. This has helped me somewhat to get a better idea of where I am headed on a lot of things this year.

My son is "in" 4th grade, but he is truly all over the board on so much stuff!  Spelling--he is at 5th grade level, reading--almost 8th grade, math--2nd-4th (some areas still need to be covered in all 3 grades)...science and history--we still have a LOT to cover!  Then, there is Art, Computer, Bible Studies, Music.  Geez!  My head still spins thinking about it all at this point!  LOL

But, to pass on a small piece of advice from a good friend who has been homeschooling since her children were small like mine--If you feel overwhelmed, take time off--have fun with your kids, go on field trips, do whatever comes to your mind to do...then you will be refreshed to start anew!

 

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by on Jun. 18, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Thank you so much ladies!

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