A CROSS-CURRICULAR PROJECT: AUTUMNThis project will address the autumn from a point of view "experiential", in which the child is an active participant of the same, creating chances and living activities for the autumn: experiencing, creating and manipulating
CONTEXTA PRESCHOOL CLASSKRTEK/MOLE IS THE “TRAVEL BUDDY”SQUIRREL, MOUSE, HEDGEHOG AND RABBIT ARE KRTECK’S FRIENDS
TIMEOctober & NovemberKey dates:Halloween: 31st October“Magosta”: 9th November (in Spain)Day “with less cars”: 30 noviembre (walking around the neighbourhood with a podometre: sum up the metres we all walk)
OBJECTIVES: Sing various songs related to autumn Learn and recite poems. Feel the rhythm and rhyme to enjoy poetry Understand the meaning of the vocabulary of the poem and the subject in general Understand the meaning of some words contained in the poem and related to the autumn, well enough to play and follow instructions Expand vocabulary referring to autumn. Follow simple instructions. Express likes and dislikes Understand changes in Nature Collect things related to the forest to tell the class about them Be able to express likes and dislikes
OBJECTIVES Recognize climate changes differentiating between overcast days, sunny, hot or mild. Describe, using images, the climatic autumn landscape. Know the proper clothing for this season. Recognize typical autumn fruits and their characteristics. Select and classify the different fruits making groups. Differentiate sounds, silence and noise produced by objects or natural phenomena (leaves, wind, rain, nuts ...) Experiment with different techniques to produce works of art. Know and identify fall colors: yellow, brown and orange. Experiment with colors by mixing
CONTENTS Identification of environmental characteristics. Recognition and differentiation of autumn fruits. Vocabulary of rainwear. Understanding of changes in Nature Description of climate and landscape in autumn. Identification and recognition of images, drawings and photographs. Identification of autumn colors: yellow, brown and orange. Experimentation with the autumn colors. Development of a mural of autumn. Using different materials in artistic productions. Sound sources: recognition of noise and environmental sounds. The Magosta. Autumn riddles.
POEM: SQUIRREL (You can choose any poemin mother tongue related to AUTUMN)CONTENTS:TASK: TEACHING A POEMVocabulary & grammar: words related to the forest in autumn: tree, ground, feather, nutshell, squirrel, tail Actions: I like ....-ing Prepositions: up, down, round, out The weatherRhyme: identify it in a poemRhythm: follow it
Pre-teaching activitiesWarm-up (CIRCLE TIME): checking previous knowledge about the topic (using mother tongue) while sharing some nutsIntroducing vocabulary: Flash cards interactive whiteboard gamePresenting the book in which the poem is written: what can you see, guess what is this book about, can you tell a colour that appears on the cover…
ACTIVITIES Recognition of natural phenomena: during the assembly we talk about the weather (cold, rain, wind ...) and the clothes we need in each case. We take dry leaves falling from trees and observe their colours, shapes and textures. We play with autumn leaves, we tread on them to see how they sound, what happens, how they fly ...
ACTIVITIES Make a mural with different art techniques: paint with wax sheets, autumn colours, and glue them together on a big paper. Chop in black cardboard trees, fruits and autumn leaves and paste it on the wall. Make an autumn mobile using branches, leaves and autumn fruits to decorate the classroom. We see the fruits of autumn, we compare, we taste them. We sort autumn fruits to do different classifications. We learn Autumn poems and songs. We make an ornament for the head to wear the day of Magosta. Celebrate “La Magosta" with the whole school, eat chestnuts, sang songs and danced (Spain)
Follow-up activities Go on a walk to the forest to collect fruits, leaves, pebbles... Make an “autumn box” and tell about it: touch something in the box and guess what it is without seeing. Art and craft work: give the squirrel a nice furry-curly tail and draw its footprints around the tree with finger paint (have the photocopies ready beforehand) Build a walnut shell boat Make a musical instrument to play when singing the song (the day before the children should be asked to bring plastic bottle caps to class) Make a poster using autumn fruits and leaves
Cooking a recipe: a chocolate and nuts “black pudding” or “salami”INGREDIENTS: biscuits, butter or margarine, cocoa powder, nuts, raisins, sugar (optional),foil to wrap the “salami”PROCEDURE:•Grind the biscuits to powder (put them in a plastic bag and let the children reduce them tocrumbs)•Melt the butter or margarine and add to the biscuits crumbs•Add the cocoa powder and the nuts (in small bits), the raisins and some sugar (if necessary).•Put the mixture in foil, wrap it formimg fat “sausages”•Keep the “salamis” in the fridge•Take them out, cut in slices and•Enjoy!
Tasting autumn fruitsBring to class typical autumn fruits: apples, oranges, chestnuts, walnuts, pumpking…Cut, squeeze, crack, grind…: see how everything changesTaste the fruits and clasify: sweet/acid…Cut apples into shapes to stamp on a piece of paper (a traffic light or traffic signs would be a great subject)
Rain, rain, go away…Whatever the weather, come out and play! Road safety Show Krtek an outdoor game Picking leaves, fruits and nuts Making cider / juice Roasting chestnuts Planting bulbs for the spring
Tell us about autumn where you liveWhich months are autumn where you live?Do you like the autumn?Whats the weather like in autumn?What can you collect in the countryside at autumn time where you live?What do you like doing in autumn?Next time you are in the countryside why not collect some of the things you find on the ground in a special autumn box? Then tell us all about your autumn box collection.
ASSESSMENTParticipationCollaborationVocabulary: animals and fruits in the forest in autumn (I CAN NAME… I CAN RECOGNIZE)Oral interaction: I LIKE --------INGArt workTPRSelf-assessmentClass evaluation
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA•Children are able to•Recognize autumn typical fruits and their characteristics•Recognize climate changes.•Difference between a cloudy day, sunny, warm or temperate.•Know the proper clothing for this season.•Expand its vocabulary referring to autumn.•Sing different songs themselves fall.•Describe, using images, the climatic and autumn landscape.•Correctly classify the various fruits of autumn.•Difference sounds, silence and noise produced by objects or naturalphenomena (leaves, wind, rain, nuts ...)•Meet and identifies fall colors: yellow, brown and orange.•Correctly use different art techniques.•Enjoy the mix of colors.
ResourcesStory: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/story/pencil/so und.shtmlBook: “Jabberwocky and other poems”Toy squirrel, feathers, nuts, nutshells...Paper and cardboard, crayons, glue, finger paintPhotocopies: a squirrel’s body –without tail- on a treeIWB
Teaching the poem (example)Show a poster of a tree and the toy squirrelRead it and mime actions and wordsAsk the children in mother tongue about the content of the poemAsk the children to imitate your gesturesIn turns the children take the squirrel up and down the tree while you are reading the poem
Sing the poem to the tune of “Twinkle, twinkle little star” (karaoke version)Ask them to repeat verse by verse, then stanza by stanzaTPR: Ask the children to sing along and do the actions
GIVE THE SQUIRREL A FURRY TAILCollect feathers and leaves in the garden/forest/park and stick them on the tail
INTERESTING LINKSMusic: Twinkle, twinkle, little star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZCSQbGeTo8Game: BC games for ELT: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/fun- with-english/nut-huntStory: The Gruffalo: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=XzMa_dJGpJ4&feature=relatedNutcrackers: http://nutstocrack.blogspot.comLa Ardilla Cotilla http://ardillacotilla.blogspot.com