Lesson Plans for Pre-K and K
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.
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 …
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Triangles are everywhere! You’ll find them in classrooms, playgrounds, houses, and in our cities. Begin studying a triangle with hands-on activities to help children understand this unique shape. 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 …
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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.
Celebrate the spirit of America with red, white and blue projects. Invite your young patriotic students to make crafts that can be used during any of America’s celebrations, such as Flag Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Whether you are celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day or just the four seasons, trees can be the center of attention for a theme unit. Trees play a vital role on this earth, as they all serve an important purpose. Here are three fun crafts about trees for your class to make.
As the spring and summer months come knocking at your classroom door, get buzzing with some fun bee crafts. Discuss prior knowledge on bees and add in a few new stories to stimulate interest in these insects before beginning extension activities.
Easter is a wonderful holiday to celebrate spring. Symbols of this occasion help young children show their creative side. Bunnies, chicks and eggs always make Easter a fun and memorable time for your students. Here are three crafts that will engage your little learners in some holiday fun.
Backwards Day is a fun and unique theme to be celebrated in the classroom. You can use any day of the year to engage in these activities. Some teachers choose National Backwards Day, a non-traditional holiday on January 31, and others choose April 15, because of Leonardo de Vinci (see below).
Invite your young lads and lassies to make entertaining crafts for St. Patrick’s Day. The March 17 holiday is full of magical symbols that engage your students in fun projects that use developmental and learning skills. Here are three ideas to get your group started.
Learning big words that identify shapes can be exciting for young students. It seems grown up to them! But it’s important that they learn the attributes of a rectangle, square, circle or a triangle. This lesson will allow students to practice verbalizing the characteristics of each shape.
There is no better way to learn about action words than to be active. Young students can throw their whole bodies into this lesson!
Pass the long days of winter with penguin fun in the classroom. These adorable flightless birds can be the theme of a variety of curriculum activities that can entertain young children as they learn. Everyone loves penguins!
When Valentine’s Day rolls around, kids like to have fun crafts and gifts that are suitably cute for everyone on the list. How about a practical way to woo or wow? Think homemade gifts from the heart! Don’t forget some engaging activities to make the day special.
Young children love words. Understanding antonyms and synonyms help students to express themselves more clearly in spoken and written words.