Gross Motor Skills Teacher Resources
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Students explore crocodiles. In this animal science lesson, students participate in various activities to explore crocodiles. These activities include reading books such as Where's Your Smile Crocodile?, creating crocodile-themed snacks and constructing crocodile puppets. There are various finger play activities included as well.
Students listen to the story Are You a Grasshopper and participate in a variety of activities that support the grasshopper theme. In this grasshopper lesson, students review the letter "G" as it relates to grasshoppers. Students explore a sensory table with rice that has been tinted green and cut out pieces of green construction paper to fill in the body of a large paper grasshopper that becomes a bulletin board.
Students discuss squirrels and their presence in the world. In this squirrel activity, students read books, sing songs, and make crafts while learning about squirrels and other woodland creatures. Students also practice the letter S, the number 4, the heart shape, and the color red during rotating centers.
Students explore physical health by researching good dental habits. For this tooth care lesson, students identify foods that promote good oral hygiene and discuss ways to improve their brushing habits. Students create paintings of smiling faces on paper and hang them in their classroom.
Students investigate cats and cat care. In this animal science lesson, students read the book Cat, and use cut out shapes to make cat ears. Additionally, students mimic cat behavior by using their bodies. Students also participate in finger play and painting activities that center around cats.
Preschool Lesson Plan: Owls
Students explore birds by singing animal songs in class. In this owl identification lesson, students discuss the different types of owls, their geography and their physical characteristics. Students sing owl songs, complete an owl maze and color owl worksheets with their classmates.
Students explore seashells through various activities. In this oceanology lesson, students demonstrate knowledge of seashells and their properties by creating a dot-to-dot picture, reading books about seashells and creating seashell prints by using paint. There is also a seashell song included with this lesson.
Preschool Lesson Plan: Rainforest
Students explore Earth science by participating in environmental art projects. In this rainforest lesson, students discuss the types of foods created in rainforests and the impact of humans on the sacred areas. Students create monkey paintings and participate in a physical "vine swing" activity.
Students participate in activities related to the color, shape, sound , and number of letters in poinsettia. In this poinsettia instructional activity, students eat red foods, sing a song, and count the letters in poinsettia. Students write the letter P.
Students read The Gingerbread Man and participate in various extension activities. In this language arts activity, students read the text and create gingerbread cookies. Additionally, students use a template for a gingerbread man to create an art piece and simulate the actions of the gingerbread man from the story.
Preschool Lesson: Guinea Pigs
In this Guinea Pig themed instructional activity, students hear the story, Guinea Pigs Add UP! and then engage in several themed learning activities. Each activity fosters skills in letter/number recognition, art, math or writing.
Students examine who Doctors are and what they do. For this doctor lesson, students read books, sing songs, and play games that deal with doctors and nurses. Students also practice the letter D, the number 6, circles, and the color white while rotating through reading and art centers.
Preschool Lesson Plan: Baker
Students explore language arts by participating in a cooking activity with classmates. In this baking lesson, students identify the techniques used to bake bread and participate in a role-playing baking activity using play-dough. Students discuss the letter B and create different "treats" by shaping their play-dough creations.
Students identify the responsibilities of nurses by participating in various activities. In this career education lesson plan, students read the book Nurse Nancy and practice writing the letter "n" for nurse. Additionally, students color in an illustration of the word "nurse" and create a collage of photos of nurses.
Preschool Lesson Plan: Labor Day
Kindergarteners or preschoolers discover the reason we celebrate Labor Day. Youngsters discuss the traditions and community helpers that make Labor Day special, they practice the letter L, the number 6, half-circles, and identifying the color green during Labor Day centers. The lesson even includes ideas for snacks to serve and games to play. Consider holding a Back-to-School/Labor Day picnic!
Students celebrate Earth Day. In this environmental science lesson plan, students are served organic fruits and vegetables and read the story It's Earth Day! Additionally, students construct an earth floor puzzle and participate in several suggested art center activities.
Preschool Lesson Plan: Police
Students explore government roles by reading a law enforcement story. In this police officer lesson, students read the book I'm Going to Be a Police Officer and discuss the importance of having police in our communities. Students create blue colored snacks in honor of the men and women who serve our society.
Change the Beat
Brainstorm the reasons why a healthy heart is important. Using a diagram, label and locate the heart and discuss its function. Practice finding your heartbeat and describe the effects of physical activity on the heart. Also perform an exercise and state the muscles used.
How We Learn About the Brain: Teaching the Infant Brain
Students describe the development of an infant from conception to birth. For this biology lesson, students discover how a child's brain develop. They explain how children acquire motor and cognitive skills.
Gross Motor Development
Fourth graders participate in a game reflecting the solar system, stars, and rockets. They simulate how space invaders move and hit stars and rockets. They discuss how scientists study the stars and planets.