Thematic Unit: My Body/ 5 Senses
Finger paint – flower
Since we're learning about our body, I wanted the children to learn that they can create art with not only paintbrushes, but with their fingers as well. So I cut out 3 circles and asked the kids to finger paint the flower petals. Then they could add anything they wanted to their flowers, and we had some really neat ideas for their work.
Noodle X-ray/ Q-tip X-ray
In our 5 Senses theme, we learned about illnesses and injuries. I thought it would be fun to teach kids about broken bones and X-rays, so I made a photocopy of my arm and hand and asked one class to glue on the noodles for the bones and the other class used Q-tips and Popsicle sticks. The X-rays looked pretty cool!
We learned about how to take care of our teeth in our Body theme and one lesson I taught in class was the importance of cleaning and brushing your teeth. I found pictures of teeth and put one happy tooth on one piece of paper and a sad one on the other piece of paper. Then asked the kids to use puffy paint (white glue and shaving cream) to paint them. Next, I asked the kids to color some of the food that might be bad for our teeth, such as candy, chocolate....etc. Then they glued the pictures on the sad tooth. On the contrary, they glued the healthy food on the happy tooth!
Funny Glasses/ mouth
This was just a fun idea I found to get the kids interested in learning about the parts of the face we learned in the theme. I found some pictures of funny eyes and glued them on a pair of paper glasses and also found some funny mouths for the kids to choose. At the end of the lesson, each one of them came up to the front of the class to show their work! Very cute!
After learning about the parts of the face, it was time for the children to play some games to help them remember the names and the parts and where they belong on your face. So I cut out different face parts and blindfolded the kids and asked them to place them correctly on the face that I drew on the whiteboard! :) It was a fun game for the class!
This was a craft they could take home and play with and review the words we taught in class. After teaching the face parts on the first day, I found the pictures of funny face parts and asked the kids to choose and make their own balloon monsters! We saw some funny looking monsters!
In our 5 senses theme, we learned how to describe different types of texture and one of the word is “slime”. It was a bit difficult to explain to the kids how it feels like, so we made some slime to play in class. We mixed white glue, dish soap and food coloring, it was messy but the class enjoyed the messy play. :)
In the 5 Senses unit, we explored different tastes and I wanted the kids to understand which part of their tongue is in charge of which taste, so we made a big tongue map for them to remember. We cut out pictures of food that tasted, bitter, sour, salty and sweet and asked the children to glue them on according to our map!
After introducing the words sweet, sour, salty and bitter. It was time for the children to experiment what these words mean. I bought some chips, candy, dark chocolate and marinated plum for the kids to try. Kids love tasting different types of food!
What's inside the balloon?
In this lesson, we learned about different textures, such as rough, bumpy, soft... etc. So I hid different things inside balloon and passed them around and I asked the children to guess what they think is inside the balloon. Great guessing game!