Spring Math and Literacy Unit
Sensory Play: Use the snail cards or number cards in a pot of dirt, have the children find the words, brush them off and then record them on paper. Allow them to have small plastic shovels, gardening gloves and a small empty watering can for pretend play.
Silk Flower Colors and Counting: Have some silk flowers on a table, all different colors, have the children match the flowers to the color word card. Have them draw the flower in the correct color crayon and then write the color next to it. Large construction paper works well for this center. Then have them count the number of petals on the flower and write the number next to the word. You could also count and pattern with these flowers using your dirt to stand them up.
Write the room Colors: Place the color word cards around the room; give each child a blank piece of paper on a clip board and a small pail with markers. Have the children go around the room and use the markers to write the correct color word.
Simple Addition: Create a spring scene on the board with construction paper grass or grass border. Print off several of the blank pieces from this unit of use other spring items you may have. Cut out a plus sign and an equal sign big enough for the board lesson. Demonstrate basic addition using the pieces you printed off. Assess by having the students complete the simple addition worksheet in this packet.
Skip Counting and What comes in the middle: Use your number cards to teach skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s. Place the numbers on the board in order with every other one missing, have the students tell you what number is missing. Assess by having the children complete the missing number worksheet in this packet.
Exploration Learning: Go outside and collect things that are common to spring, give each child a bag to collect in. When you return to the classroom have the students go through their bag and name what they collected. Glue each item separately onto construction paper and either write what it is for the children or have them write what they found. Then give them a blank sheet of white construction paper and have them draw the environment they observed outside. Have them dictate sentences to you and write them on the paper with the date.
Seed Discovery: Purchase different packages of seeds from the home/garden store. Compare and contrast the seeds on a Venn Diagram. Give each child a piece of construction paper pre-labeled with the seeds names. Have them glue the correct seed above the name. You could also do some categorizing if you were to buy some vegetable/ fruit/ flower seeds and sort by type. Plant a few and discuss the growing cycle of plants.