- 8" circles cut out of white construction paper
- markers, glue, crayons
- 9" x 12" light blue construction paper for the book pages
- shape recognition
- math vocabulary
- creative thinking
Gather children together in a big circle. Begin by asking if they know the name of the shape they are making together. Can anyone name something else that is round? Make a list of children’s ideas and keep it up for several days. Invite children to add new ideas to the list as they think of them.
Hold up one of the 8" circles and inform children that they are going to make a circle book to put in the class library. On each page, write the sentence, “A round circle reminds me of a ______________.” Invite each child to make a page for the book by completing the sentence with something the class brainstormed or a new idea.
Invite children to decorate the circles and glue them onto a page of the book. Any details can be added once the circles are glued into the book.
After everyone is done with their work, bind the book together and come up with a title.
Read the book together, and put it in the class library for further reading.
Remember: Children at this stage continue to have limited phonemic skills—and use initial consonants to represent whole words as well as irregular spacing between words. Be sure to appreciate and acknowledge all attempts at writing. It’s better to ask children what they wrote and observe and appreciate the development in their skills than to correct their spelling.
Send home a note explaining that you have been learning about shapes and how they make up different objects. Ask parents to help their children find as many items as they can that are shaped like a circle. Suggest parents invite their children to draw a quick sketch of the object and help them to label it. Invite children to bring their work to class so they can compare their lists with the others in class. How many classmates found similar objects in their homes?
Curriculum Connection: Math
Invite everyone to sit in a circle and give each child four blocks. Ask them to arrange the blocks in as many different ways as possible. Encourage children to talk about the ways they built their structures and share their ideas. After a few minutes of exploring and arranging, invite children to leave a structure up. Invite everyone to walk around the structures and observe the many different building possibilities using the same number of blocks.
Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back
by Joseph Bruchac
(Penguin Young Readers, 1997; $6.99)
Wheels on the Bus
by Jim Becker
(Scholastic, 1996; $5.95)
The Wing on a Flea
by Ed Emberly
(Little, Brown, 2001; $15.99)