Fun process, beautiful product and lots of language activities.
- Make a self-portrait and write own name using natural materials.
- Discuss if it’s easier to use natural materials to write using upper or lower case letters. Let the children choose what they want to do.
- Name each letter in own or friend’s names.
- Place name cards on the floor and ask one child at a time to read a few or all names.
- Tell the sounds of the letters in the names.
- Identify same sounds in different names.
- Describe a friend and make links between the description and the self-portrait – description can go beyond physical characteristics.
- Hold your self-portrait and tell your friends about yourself – likes, dislikes, favorite things, hobbies, etc.
- Identify similarities and differences between self-portraits.
- Appreciation – Tell friends what you liked about their self-portraits.
Materials – Use natural materials collected during a nature walk, brought from home, or any other material you have at school such as seeds, leaves, bark, twigs, pine cones, shells, pebbles, seeds, etc
Math connection – Sort out materials collected in separate containers. Materials collected might be kept in shelves / centers for further use and exploration if appropriate.
Common Core Connections
RF.K.1 b – Reading: Foundational Skills – Print Concepts – 1.Demonstrates understanding of the organization and basic features of print – b.Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters
- Ask each child to read the names of their friends.
RF.K.1.d – Reading: Foundational Skills – Print Concepts – 1.Demonstrates understanding of the organization and basic features of print – d.Recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet
- Discuss if it’s easier to use natural materials write their names using upper or lower case letters. Let the children choose o r you can choose.
- Ask them to name each letter in their names.
RF.K.3a – Reading: Foundational Skills – Phonics and Word recognition – 3.Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis in decoding words – a.Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant
- Ask children to tell the sounds from letters in their names
- Ask them to identify same sounds in different names
SL.K.4 – Speaking & Listening – Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas – 4.Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional details.
- Ask children to describe a friend and make links between the description and the self-portraits – The description can go beyond physical characteristics.