Find hundreds of free lesson plans for fun, hands-on, creative learning in your pre-kindergarten or kindergarten classroom. Experienced teachers and education professionals share their favorite ways to teach their young students new concepts, including circle time and group activities, craft projects, seasonal and thematic units, and more. Most lesson plans come with step-by-step instructions on how to pull together the materials and present the activities to students in a way that is sure to engage their young minds as they discover and explore new topics and subjects. You are sure to find some fun and unique ideas for teaching socialization, vocabulary, reading, writing, early math, science and much, much more. And, many of the activities may also indicate that they work equally well for first or second grade, depending on the unit you are studying and the pace of your class. Have a question? Post it in the comments section, and start a conversation with other elementary education teachers who regularly visit Bright Hub Education.
Appreciate literature in your classroom. It is one of the best ways to motivate your students to take an interest in written as well as a spoken language. Why not integrate learning across the curriculum with good books? Don’t fall short on ideas for the upcoming school year. Turn to your children’s literature library and engage in hands-on learning with books. Read stories on these topics and then follow through with fun and informative activities.
Technically speaking, a circle is a closed plane curve of which all points (edges) are at an equal distance from the center. Talk about circles and curves in class and then use these shape activities for preschoolers as learning tools. Using Movement to Learn About Circles Little learners will have fun using large motor activities to explore circles. In an open area, ask the kids to stand an arm’s length from each other.
What is a Triangle? Display a large triangle in the classroom. It could be cardboard or three pencils forming a pyramid. Show the children that this shape has three straight sides and three corners. In math, we call these corners angles. Now present a large square paper to your students. Ask them how they can construct a triangle from this shape. Demonstrate by folding the square paper in half diagonally and cutting on the fold to make two triangles.
October is Apple Month and time to celebrate a child’s most popular fruit. Bite into any of these hand-picked apple theme classroom ideas to stimulate interest for your little learners.
Put your hands together to celebrate the hand – these incredible machines that enable us to do a multitude of things. Teachers can use these activities across the curriculum to educate young children about this useful body part.
Learn all about squares with fun and games as you celebrate this traditional shape.
Celebrate the spirit of America and honor the “stars and stripes.” Make it a red, white, and blue day as you pay tribute to our country with simple patriotic crafts. Here are a few ideas that can be used to celebrate Flag Day (June), Independence Day (July), and patriotism in general.
It’s the merry month of May and full of marvelous activities to celebrate. Here are a few activities to get your students into the spring spirit and introduce them to a few events that take place this month.
Has spring fever attacked your classroom? Are the kids getting restless as the end of school is near? Why not use a baseball theme to challenge your students to read – a wonderful way to wind up the year!
When crafting with STEAM, students use recycled and simple materials to solve a problem and proceed in open-ended exploration. The STEAM approach allows for a variety of answers and conclusions – they are not always successful, but the process is important to understanding.