Step Up Lesson Plan

Weekly Lesson Plan: Step Up December Week 1: “Holidays Around the World”

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  CircleCalendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “My First Kwanzaa Book”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Lil Rabbit’s Kwanzaa”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “K is for Kwanzaa”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “The sound of Kwanzaa”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Kwanzaa Kids”
Creative ArtsDot Paint Kwanzaa KinaraCreate Kwanzaa QuiltPopsicle stick Kwanzaa CandlesKwanzaa Hand WreathCreate a Kufi Hat
  PM Group ActivityHand Print Kwanzaa KinaraKwanzaa Color Friendship ChainPasta Kwanzaa NecklaceHappy Kwanzaa Holiday CardFree art with Red, Green and Black paint
  Whole LanguageWhat is Kwanzaa?How do we celebrate Kwanzaa?How many candles are used in a Kinara?What colors did we use to decorate for Kwanzaa?Candle in Spanish: Vela
  Social StudiesWhat are our Holiday Traditions?Do our friends celebrate Kwanzaa?-Cooking: Kwanzaa cornKids Music! How many candles have we lighted?Yoga Class!
  Science/SensoryExploring with snow!Can we mix Red, Green and Black paint?Shaving Cream play!Are the candles hot or cold?Uncover Kwanzaa symbols in sand table
  Dramatic PlayPretending to cook for our friendsPretending to light our own KinaraFree Play: Dress upCooking for a Kwanzaa festival!Reading Kwanzaa books to our friends
  Math/ManipulativeCandle  CountingMatching colored candlesSorting big and small candlesSorting bows of various colorsHow many Red, Black and Green objects can we find?
  BlocksWrapping BoxesBuilding with Red Green and Black blocksBuilding different shapes out of blocksBuilding a Kinara with blocksStaking Blocks and knocking them down
Music/MovementSing “Twinkle, Twinkle Kwanzaa Lights”Sing “Oh, Happy Kwanzaa”Play: Pass the CandleSing “Seven Little Candles”Dance Party!
  Outdoor LearningWalk to find signs of KwanzaaNeighborhood walkHoliday chalk picturesSigns of the holidays around HobokenTreasure Hunt for Kwanzaa Items

Weekly Lesson Plan: Step Up December Week 2: “Holidays Around the World: Hanukkah”

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
  CircleCalendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Hanukah”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Hoppy Hanukkah”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Hanukah”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Hoppy Hanukkah”
Creative Arts Decorating a Dreidel with tissue paperDot paint Star of DavidCreating a paper plate MenorahPopsicle Stick Paint CandlesFree art with Blue and White paint
  PM Group ActivityHandprint MenorahFinger painting Hanukkah symbolsGlitter Creation DreidelsFinger Paint DreidelsElbow Pasta Menorah
  Whole LanguageWhat is Hanukkah?How do we celebrate Hanukkah?How many candles are used in a Menorah?What colors did we use to decorate for Hanukkah?Star in Spanish: Estrella
  Social StudiesWhat are our Holiday Traditions?Do our friends celebrate Hanukkah?-Cooking: Chocolate Banana Dreidels!Kids Music! How many candles have we lighted?Yoga Class!
  Science/SensoryIs it bright or light when we light candles?How many sides does a dreidel have?How many sides does the Star of David have?Are the candles hot or cold?Uncover Hanukkah symbols in sand table
  Dramatic PlayPretending to cook latkesPretending to light our own menorahActing as: Dreidels and spinning aroundCooking for a Hanukkah festival!Reading Hanukkah books to our freinds
  Math/ManipulativeCandle  CountingMatching colored starsSorting big and small dreidelsWhich latke is bigger?How many stars can we find?
  BlocksBuilding a Menorah with blocksBuilding a kitchen to make latkesBuilding with BoxesStaking Blocks and knocking them downBuilding different shapes out of blocks
  Music/MovementSing “I have a Little Dreidel”Sing “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel ”Sing “Eight Little Candles”Sing “Twinkle Hanukkah Lights”Spin around like a dreidel!
  Outdoor LearningWalk to find signs of HanukkahNeighborhood walkStar chalk picturesSigns of the holidays around HobokenTreasure Hunt for Hanukkah Items

Weekly Lesson Plan: Step Up December Week 3: “Holidays Around the World: Christmas”

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
  CircleCalendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “The Christmas Angel”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Max’s Christmas”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “The Littlest Christmas Star”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “The Little Tree”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Creative ArtsPainting a Classroom Christmas TreeDecorating StockingsSanta Paper PlatesCreating our own Wrapping PaperDot Paint Presents
  PM Group ActivityDecorate ornaments with Tissue paper and GlitterHandprint SantaChristmas tree popsicle sticksHandprint Christmas TreeRudolph Art
  Whole LanguageWhat is Christmas?How do we celebrate Christmas?What colors did we use to decorate for Christmas?Star in Spanish: EstrellaWhat shapes do we see on the Christmas tree?
  Social StudiesWhat are our Holiday Traditions?Do our friends celebrate Christmas?Cooking Activity: Pita Holiday Trees!Kids Music! What is our favorite Holiday color?Yoga Class!
  Science/SensoryExploring with snow!Can we mix Red and Green paint?Shaving Cream Candy CaneAre the candles hot or cold?Uncover Christmas symbols in sand table
  Dramatic PlayPretending to be SantaPretending to fly like reindeerPretending to wrap gifts Cooking for a Christmas festival!Reading Christmas books to our friends
  Math/ManipulativeSorting light and heavy presentsOrdering Christmas Trees by sizeSorting bows of various colorsWhich tree is bigger?How many stars can we find?
  BlocksWrapping BoxesBuilding with Red and Green blocksBuilding different shapes out of blocksStaking Blocks and knocking them downBuilding different shapes out of blocks
  Music/MovementPlay: Crawling between Holiday ShapesSing “Santa is Coming to Town ”Sing “All I Want for Christmas is my two front teeth”Sing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”Sing “I Wanna a Hippopotamus for Christmas”
 Outdoor LearningWalk to find Red and Green ItemsNeighborhood walkSigns of the holidays around HobokenTree chalk picturesTreasure Hunt for Christmas  Items

Weekly Lesson Plan: Step Up December Week 4: “Welcome to the New Year”

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
  CircleCalendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Happy New Year”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “New Year is here”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “Happy New Year Kai-Lan”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “My first Chinese New Year”Calendar, weather, sign language, colors/shapes, name recognition Read “The Night Before New Years”
Creative ArtsHandprint Happy New YearCreating ConfettiCoffee Filter Fire WorksDecorating New Year HatsDecorating 2023
  PM Group ActivityDecorate StarsPaper Plate New Year ClockNew Year CollageCreating noise makersDecorating 2023 Class Ball Drop
  Whole LanguageWhat Year are we in?New Year  in Spanish: Ano NuevoWhat colors did we use to decorate for New Year?What is New Year?How do we celebrate New Year?
  Social StudiesWho Can do a New Year countdown?What is our favorite New Year color?Do our friends celebrate New Year?Musik Class!Yoga Class! -Cooking activity- Apple Juice Toast
  Science/SensoryExplore with bubblesSmelling scented pineconesShaving Cream Play!How are the sounds of bells different?Feeling different textured scarves
  Dramatic PlayActing As: New Year BallPretending to go sledding  Pretending read bedtime stories to puppetsPretending to drop as the New Year BallHaving a New Year Party!
  Math/ManipulativeCounting Numbers on the clockCounting noise makersSorting bows of various colorsOrdering bells by sizeNew Year Count Down!
  BlocksBuilding our New Year ClockStaking Blocks and knocking them downBuilding different shapes out of blocksBuilding different shapes out of blocksWho can build the tallest tower?
  Music/MovementNew Year paradeDance Party!Sing “New Year’s Day has Come!Dancing, Jumping and Stomping with bellsNew Year Freeze Dance
 Outdoor LearningLooking for snowTreasure Hunt for New Year  ItemsSigns of the New Year around HobokenWalk to find the number 2023Neighborhood walk