This was my second STEM week this semester. I wanted to focus on the body as well as being glad that you’re you. So, I introduced the theme, and we sang “If You Want to Hear a Story.”
Then, I recited the “Who I Want to Be” poem from Timeless Teacher Stuff.
Has a name.
Some are different,
Some the same
Some are short.
Some are long.
All are right.
None are wrong.
My name is _______.
It’s special to me.
It’s exactly who
I want to be!”
Since it was along the same lines as the first poem and got the kids involved with some actions, I then recited “In My Mirror” from Preschool Pioneer.
In my mirror, I can see
Two little eyes that look at me.
Two little ears, one little nose,
Ten little fingers, ten little toes.
One little mouth I open wide.
Two little rows of teeth inside.
A tongue that pops both in and out,
Lots of joints that bend about.
When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
A beautiful person looking back at me!”
Then, we read our first book: I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
This is a cute little book about liking yourself no matter how you look or how your appearance might change, that it doesn’t change what’s inside of you. The kids liked it because it was silly with purple polka-dotted lips, crazy hair, pig snouts, and all sorts of other things that happen the little girl, but the adults liked it because of the message.
Then, we sang “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”
After that, we did the “Dance Your Fingers Up” fingerplay from KCLS.
“Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side, dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed.”
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
This is a cute rhyming book, but you might want to cut it down like I did for my story times.
Then, we had to stand up and sing “Shake Your Sillies Out.”
We sang “Special Me” from Preschool Education as we settled back down.
(To the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”)
“Special, special, special me
How I wonder what I’ll be.
In this big world I can be
Anything I want to be.
Special, special, special me
How I wonder what I’ll be.”
Parts by Tedd Arnold
This is a very cute book, if you’re not familiar with it. It’s quite popular, but none of my kids had read it before. It works well with the STEM activities because you can read it once for the silliness in the story, then you can go through again and explain the science behind each thing that happens (i.e. what earwax is, why our skin flakes off, why our teeth fall out, etc.)
Then, we did the Me and My Body flannel that I made. The idea was originally from a site with a bunch of STEM ideas–the ALSC Blog.
First, we did the regular body flannel and used flannel flashcards to learn about the parts of the body (i.e. hair, eyes, nose, etc.). Then, we did the bones on the black flannel body and discussed what bones are and why we have them. Finally, we did the organs flannel and discussed briefly what each organ does.
My walk-in kids got to do body stations for some of the organs we’d just learned about then. I have a stomach station (like ALSC recommends) with reinforced Ziploc bags to mush food in to demonstrate digestion. Then, we had paper bags to inflate to demonstrate the respiratory system. We also had paper towel tubes so they could listen to each others’ hearts for the circulatory system.
Then, we sang “Skidamarink” and our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and that was the end.
We didn’t do a craft this week because our body stations took up all our time.