This week, we learned what a "community helper" was. We identified various occupations, their job experiences, and uniform through read alouds, like Sesame's Street's "People in Your Neighborhood" and Richard Scarry's "What Do You Want To Be?", as well as videos and/or songs. We also participated in many hands-on activities that helped us understand various community helpers' roles.
We were dentists! We took turns rolling the die to see how many teeth we should add each roll. We then, counted how many teeth we had all together (total) for each roll. We also took turns rolling the die to see how many teeth we should pull out. As we worked on each activity, we worked on one-to-one correspondence.
We were mail carriers! We took turns identifying and matching the correct letter(s) to their envelope(s) before mailing.
We were bakers! We took turns practicing our motor skills as we flipped the cookies and identified/matched color words.
We were construction workers! We took turns building and re-building various houses as we developed our spatial awareness and reasoning skills.
After all our hard work, we shared what we'd like to be when we grow up! First, we used our understanding of shapes as we drew our pictures. We added detail to our community helper by thinking about the tools and/or materials the job uses. Next, we finished the sentence "When I grow up, I want to be..." We used the letters we knew, and some understanding of letter-sound relationships to finish our sentence. Finally, we went back and added color to our picture.
We combined our understanding of transportation and community helpers, as we matched the appropriate type of transportation to the correct occupation at the smart board.