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Pond Life Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

Make like a frog and leap into this Pond Life – Science, Math and Literacy pack! It contains 10 worksheets, an 8 page Life Cycle of a Frog mini book, and 4 learning center activities that strengthen the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number quantity
– Number recognition
– Number formation
– Number order
– Set recognition
– Addition
– More/Less concept
– Patterning
– Shape recognition
– Shape formation
– Upper and lowercase letter recognition
– Beginning sound recognition
– ABC order
– Letter formation
– Visual discrimination
– Association
– Story sequencing
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Knowledge of the life cycle of a frog is also gained.

LIFE CYCLE OF A FROG MINI BOOK (B&W 8 PAGES)

Pond Life Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

After learning about the life cycle of a frog, children will cut out the pages of their books and put them in numerical order, placing the cover on top. Teachers/adults should staple the pages together. Students can then cut, sort, and glue the life cycle stage pictures onto the appropriate numbers. Color and enjoy!

JUMBO LIFE CYCLE OF A FROG SEQUENCING CARDS/STICKS (COLOR 6/B&W 6)

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Prompt children to place the cards in order according to stage. These cards are also a great way way to teach ordinal concepts (first, second, third, etc.) Tip: To make this activity extra fun for little hands, just glue the cards onto jumbo craft sticks and place in your science center.

NUMBER QUANTITY WITH FLIES (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide students with small, plastic insects (mini flies can be purchased on Amazon). Learners will place a numbered group of insects on its corresponding frog. Encourage younger children to use one-to-one correspondence while counting. Older children can use this activity to practice set recognition.

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

FROGS ‘N FLIES SPIN & ADD GAME (COLOR/B&W)

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

Print this activity out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Cut out the spinner card and attach a paperclip spinner with a round head fastener (brad). Cut out the frog and fly number cards. Provide each child with a game sheet and a stack of number cards (either frog or fly). Students will be adding numbers 1-5, so the stack should include 2 sets of 1-5 and then 6,7,8, 9 & 10, equaling 14 cards. Learners will compose a number sentence by spinning the spinner. The matching number card of the 1st spin, will be placed on the 1st gray space on the 1st line. The matching number card of the 2nd spin will be placed on the 2nd gray space on the same line. Children will add the 2 numbers together, placing the total number card on the last spot to solve the problem.

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

Below, students will replicate the equation using a small manipulative (build sets to match the numbers). Alternatively, the number sentence can be copied/written with a dry erase marker if laminated or placed in a sheet protector.

FROGGY ALPHABET MATCH-UP (COLOR 26/B&W 126)

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

Print these out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Cut out the frogs and lily pads, and prompt young learners to match the upper and lowercase letters.

WORKSHEETS (B&W 10)

Pond Life - Science, Math, and Literacy Activities

With these 10 worksheets students will sort tadpoles, pattern and trace the names of pond items, and so much more!

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There’s No Place Like Space! Art Activity

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

“I’m the Cat in the Hat, and we’re off to have fun. We’ll visit the planets, the stars, and the sun!” These are the captivating first words of the book There’s No Place Like Space!. Written by Tish Rabe and beautifully illustrated by Aristides Ruiz, this wonderful book takes children on an exciting ride through the solar system, and teaches important basic concepts about space.

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

After being introduced to this book, preschoolers will enjoy making their own “planets”. Have students place cut up or torn pieces of bleeding tissue paper onto white construction paper circles. Instruct them to wet the tissue with a water filled spray bottle (supervision is important here). Once the tissue is sufficiently wet, gently remove and allow the “planets” to dry.

This activity encourages creative expression. The children love to choose their colors, and always get excited when they see the beautiful and varied works of art they have created. In addition, using a spray bottle improves fine motor skills and helps to build strength in small hands and fingers. Finally, cutting skills can be practiced, by encouraging the children (who wish to do so) to cut out their own circles.

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

Note: This revised edition of the book includes a glossary of space terms and excludes mention of Pluto, which is no longer considered a planet.

MATERIALS USED:

– White construction paper
Bleeding tissue paper in a variety of colors
– Spray bottles filled with water
Our free circle template



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Outer Space Collaborative Collage

outer space collaborative collage

Once or twice a year I like to have my students work together to create a class collage to display in the classroom. The children really enjoy expressing themselves. Rarely do I have anyone turn down the chance to participate.

This outer space collaboration turned out to be a creative and fun experience for everyone. I provided a large, curved piece of Styrofoam that had been spray painted black and quickly sprinkled with a dusting of glitter. I also provided a tray full of sparkly decorative items. I found glitter foam at Walmart that made perfect stars and moons. Plain foil stars also work well. My students were drawn to the various materials, and loved choosing which ones they wanted to use.

outer space collaborative collage

This collage turned out to be 3D, but you can use poster board or cardboard and a variety of collage materials of your choice. Some may choose all the materials you provide, while others will use very few.

outer space collaborative collage

This open-ended activity provides the children with an opportunity to use their imaginations, express their creativity, and practice decision making. Additionally, when working collaboratively to create a piece of art, the children develop social skills and learn to work interactively.

MATERIALS USED:

– A large piece of Styrofoam or other material
– Spray paint
– Glitter
– Glue
– Pom poms (glitter and regular)
Sequins
Sparkly fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners)
– Moon and star stickers
Acrylic jewels
Our star template



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