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Students go for a buggy ride. Each of them have a chance to be a rider and a horse. They need to tell their "horse" when to begin pulling by saying "giddy-up." students work together and use appropriate social skills
Students plant a classroom vegetable garden. They explain the process of photosynthesis, use appropriate measurements for length and width and develop better communication skills.
Students identify their own and others' feelings and emotions. They participate in a class discussion about feelings, develop a list of emotions, create a class collage, and role-play a "Feelings Dance."
Team sports are quite social; they involve following rules, playing cooperatively, communication, taking turns, and interpersonal relations. Introduce your special education class to the all-American sport of baseball. They learn about the game, practice content-specific vocabulary, watch a cartoon about baseball, discuss social skills, and if time permits, play the game. 
Students practice their listening skills as well as their gross motor skills. In this movement lesson, students follow their instructor's directions that require them to practice their balance with beanbags.
A brief overview of a new class that can be beneficial for young learners.
Young scholars study classic paintings by masters like Monet. In this art history lesson, students listen to the story Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert and sing flower songs with the rest of their class. Young scholars examine the painting The Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet and simulate jumping across the lily pads.
Students explore the concept of cause and effect as it relates to economics through the story "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie."  Students discuss simple cause and effect relationships and make predictions according to the story. They play a memory chain game and are introduced to the concepts of good and services.
Students accomplish a task as a group in the game Four Corners. Using various motor activities, they move the ball from the center of the room to a cone in one of four corners of the room. They select a way to get the ball to the cone that involves the cooperation of everyone, without using the same movement twice.
Students explore concepts with water by visiting water exploration stations. In this water exploration instructional activity, students examine water evaporation, explore items that sink or float, and participate in water exploration activities. They paint with water to experience evaporation, have sponge races, experiment with funnels and droppers, and determine which items sink or float.
Students enjoy rhyming and storytelling with stations centered around the story The Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens.  In this rhyming lesson, students listen to, read, and sing songs with rhyming words.  Students rotate through centers that review the letter K, the number 3, triangles, and the color orange. 
Students explore nature by participating in an outdoor field trip. In this class camping lesson, students read several books about the outdoors including Dora's Camping Trip. Students participate in outdoor activities including singing songs, creating necklaces and cooking hot dogs.
Students engage in various activities centered around the concept of a picnic. In this picnic lesson, students read books, sing songs, and try foods that would be found on a picnic. Students also practice the letter P, the number 10, square shapes, and the color red during picnic centers.
Students explore prehistoric times by participating in visual art activities. In this dinosaur lesson, students read the book How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and identify the era of dinosaur life on Earth. Students paint a dinosaur image in class and create a paper model of one with arts and craft materials.
Students are participate in several activity centers in order to better understand what a zoo is. In this zoo themed lesson, students discuss things found in a zoo and rotate through different centers with zoo themes.   Centers focus on the letter z, the number 6, rectangles and the color yellow. 
Students listen to the book Harold's Circus and participate in activities related to the Circus.  For this circus lesson, students identify circus animals while eating animal crackers. Students practice balancing, and color pictures of circus animals and add glitter.  Students bring circus into the curriculum areas through fingerplays, phonics and counting games related to the circus.
Students discover the wonders of the ocean. For this ocean lesson, students rotate through ocean centers where they read, sing, play, and make crafts.  Students practice the letter O, the number 8, the color blue, and the star shape while in the centers.
Students discover what outer space is and the things one may find in it. In this outer space lesson, students read books, sing songs, and make crafts while rotating through outer space centers. Students practice using the letter S, the number 8, the star shape, and the color white.
Young scholars discover the meaning of Memorial Day. In this Memorial Day lesson, students listen to a book entitled You're a Grand Old Flag and discuss the meaning of Memorial Day. Young scholars also rotate through centers in which they read, sing songs, and make crafts dealing with Memorial Day.
Students explore physical science by reading children's books in class. In this bubbles lesson, students utilize soap and water solution to create large bubbles in their class. Students read the books Bubbles, Bubbles and Bubble Trouble while discussing "B" words.

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