Activity Plan 5-6: Look to the Skies!
This activity encourages children to look up, as well as down and all around
By Risa Young and Robin Smith
- Grades: PreK–K
About this book
Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Lexile Measure: 680L
Guided Reading Level: N
Age: Age 7, Age 5
Genre: General Nonfiction
Subject: Water Cycle, Weather
About this book
Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1
Lexile Measure: 180L
Guided Reading Level: E
Age: Age 6, Age 7, Age 5
Genre: General Fiction
Subject: Cleverness, Codes, Messages, Signs, Creativity and Imagination, Shapes and Sizes
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Science
9”x12” white construction paper
12”x17” blue construction paper
markers and pencils
In Advance: Share books about clouds. Hang posters of cloud formations in your science center. Have a daily discussion about the clouds that are visible from the window. Give simple explanations about clouds: “A cloud is made of tiny drops of ice or water floating in the air.”
Read It Looked Like Spilt Milk to the class during group time. Explain to the children that they will have the opportunity to create a class book by making their own torn-paper clouds.
Give each child a piece of white construction paper. Have them tear free-form shapes; suggest that pieces be torn as large as possible. Have them examine the shapes by turning them all around. Ask the children to describe what they look like (creatures, animals, buildings, rocket ships, etc.)
After they have had time to explore and play with the torn shapes, give the children the blue paper. Invite them to glue their cloud shapes onto the paper. Ask them to write, “It Looks Like…” beneath the shape, and then their answer on the back of the page. Collect all the pages and assemble them into a book.
Share the book as a group. Each child can read their page and let the class make guesses as to what they think it looks like.
Remember: Children of this age vary in their abilities to use descriptive language. Also, you may want to model how to use the glue sticks, and remind children to put the glue on the torn pieces of paper, rather than on the blue-sky piece. Also, some children may be shy about reading in front of the group. Ask if they would like a friend to help them when it is their turn. The youngest children may need you to write for them. Read back their words, pointing to each word, and then have the child read it back, also pointing as they go.
Cloud Compositions Invite parents to talk with their children about what they see when they look up into the sky. Suggest they go on a cloud-watching adventure. Parents can lie down with their children and gaze up at the clouds in the sky, imagining that they are creatures, animals, buildings, or trees. Ask them to tell stories to each other about the shapes as they pass through the sky.
Curriculum Connection: Vocabulary
Springtime Detectives Take children on a spring walk, with an emphasis on using their senses. Observe and talk about all the changes that are taking place now that the weather is warming up. Encourage children to look and listen carefully. They will be spring detectives, out to discover all the new changes happening in their world! When back at the school, have each child choose one of the senses that he used. Give each one a turn to record on audiotape what they saw and felt. Leave the tapes in the listening center for children to enjoy.