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Growing in Pre K

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Sock puppet that is a caterpillar and can be turned inside out to reveal a butterfly.

Fingerplay:

The fuzzy caterpillar wiggled up a tree

Spun his coccoon and then he went to sleep

While he was sleeping

He dreamed that he could fly

And when he woke up

He was a butterfy

Now I could never do that

Even if I tried

'Cause only God in Heaven

Can make a butterfly 

Spring

I used this rabbit shaped egg tray from the Easter section at Walmart as a place for the students to put the upper and lower case eggs once they found the matches.

Here is a paper version at Kidzone.com:

http://www.kizclub.com/activities/eggmatch.pdf

I printed it on different colors of cardstock and laminated them before cutting out the eggs.

Books:

Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Waiting for Wings by Lois Elhert

Little Cloud by Eric Carle

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

The kids loved watching bean seeds sprout. We put five beans in a ziploc bag with a folded wet paper towel. The bags were taped to our classroom window (with names written in permanent marker).


Of course we also read "Jack and the Beanstalk."    

The kids can make their flowers "grow" as the straw stem can go up and down through a hole in the paper.

Directions for marble painting and coffee filter bees can be found at Kelly's Kindergarten.

This adorable Life Cycle of a Butterly came from Mailbox Magazine.


Lakeshore offers a Butterfly Life Cycle Free Printable:

http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/free_resources/teachers_corner/lesson_plans/butterflyLifeCycle.jsp

These sunflowers were in a Mailbox book on Learning Centers

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