By the time I went to my kindergarten class for practicum, my teacher informed me that they had already finished Social Studies for the year. She did give me a list of subjects that they would be covering for the weeks I was there. She was just beginning to talk about mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. I was a little concerned about trying to fit a unit in on one of these subjects. I decided to go with reptiles. I observed her class and noticed that on Tuesdays and Thursdays she had three centers set up. I decided to keep her format.
I wrote the unit for 7 lessons total, one initiation, 5 lessons, and one culminating. Two days during the unit I did centers. This is one of the days.
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CENTER 1: REPTILE MAPS
The children will be given a map of Utah and small pictures of reptiles. They can color the map and the pictures if they want. They will then place the pictures on the map where they belong. The map from the day before will still be displayed as a helper to the students.
CENTER 2: CREATE YOUR OWN REPTILE
Based on what we have learned about the characteristics of reptiles, the children will be given materials to create their own reptile. They need to know that most reptiles are hatched from eggs, are cold blooded, and have scaly skin. They also need to show in their reptile some of these characteristics.
CENTER 3: JOURNALING
Each child will bring out his or her journals and write in it what they have learned about reptiles and draw a picture of their favorite reptiles. Each child already has his or her own journal and is already familiar with how to use it.
ALTERNATE CENTER: FILMSTRIP
Watch Gila Monsters Meet You At the Airport
Reading Rainbow (1998). Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport. GPN/WNED-TV.
Social Studies Unit