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Materials List and Lesson Preparation
Continuing the discussion of colorful leaves and the variety of trees, today's lesson will add squirrels and nuts to the week. Here are a list of the things that you will need in order to present this lesson to its fullest capacity.
- Plush toy squirrel
- Reproducible acorn picture
- Brown construction paper
- Package of sand (can be located in the craft aisle of your local hobby store)
- Poster board
- Die cut leaves
- Die cut acorns
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Circle Time Discussion
- Discuss that nuts come from trees, and they fall from the trees in the autumn. Squirrels gather the fallen nuts and store them for the winter.
- Explain that nuts are the tree's seeds. Sometimes squirrels will bury nuts and forget to eat them. Then those nuts will sprout from the ground and a new tree will grow.
Sing the song (to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine")
- I am a squirrel, a little squirrel.
- I gather nuts when they fall from trees.
- In the winter, you'll never find me
- Cause I'm warm in my home on cold days like these.
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Art Activity - Make an Acorn
- Copy a large reproducible acorn onto brown construction paper.
- Paint the acorn "hat" with liquid glue.
- Cover glue with sand to form a textured acorn top.
- Adhere wiggly eyes to the acorns.
- Hang acorns in the classroom for display.
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Falling Leaves Math Game
- Draw a tree onto poster-board.
- With Velcro or tape, attach removable leaves to the tree.
- Provide dice for the children.
- Call on one child at a time to roll the dice and pick the correct number of leaves off of the tree.
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Collecting Acorns - A Language Skills Activity
- Divide pre-cut acorns into two sets: Write capital letters on the acorns in one set, and lower case letters on the acorns of the second set.
- Keep the capital letter acorns together.
- Put the lower case letters in a pile on the floor.
- Give each child a capital letter acorn. Send one or two children at a time to the pile of acorns on the floor.
- The children should "gather" the lower case letter that matches the capital letter they are holding.
Kindergarten Lesson Plans: Leaves
- Kindergarten Week-Long Unit on Leaves & Trees in the Fall
- Kindergarten Harvest Lesson Plans: Leaves II
- Leaves, Squirrels & Nuts: Day 3 of a Kindergarten Lesson on Autumn
- A Kindergarten Lesson on Hibernation: Part 4 of a Week-Long Autumn Unit
- Day 5 - Nature Walk & Bird Feeder Craft Craft for Kindergarteners