Suggested pre-visit activities Activity #1 Literacy: Reading Selections



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Suggested pre-visit activities

Activity #1 Literacy: Reading Selections:
Read a story about going to a museum and another about whales—

Fancy Nancy At the Museum, O’Connor

The Snail & the Whale, Donaldson & Sheffler
From the stories, identify and review vocabulary that will assist students in understanding what they will find in a museum, why we have museums---stories, storytelling, history, then and now, big and little
Activities:


  • Preschool - Ask them to draw a picture that shows what they think they will see at a Whaling Museum.




  • Kindergarten - Draw a picture of what they will see and ask them to tell you some words that they remembered from the story and write them down if they cannot.



  • Grade 1 – Draw a picture and write a short sentence about what is in the picture

NOTE: For this project, newsprint—half blank and half with ruled lines works best. Copies are attached for your convenience.

Activity #2 Learning to Make Observations

To assist children with learning to make observations, you can take them on a journey according to what your environment has available—go for a walk in the neighborhood, explore your own play space, set up your own classroom with different; unexpected items and see what children notice.


Activities

  • Preschool – Plan to conduct circle time and ask the children to talk about what they observed—what was new, old; what was different; what did they like best; what shapes did they see; what colors; etc After circle time ask them to draw a picture of what they saw.





  • Kindergarten - Ask students create a journal entry about what they observed---draw pictures and have them tell the story of their pictures. Use half blank/half lined paper and provide one or two prompts to get them thinking, such as— I saw ___________ when we were looking around the neighborhood, playground, classroom.




  • Grade 1 - Ask students to write a journal with pictures and sentences describing what they saw. More mature students will be able to record more than one event or observation.


NOTE: For Kindergarten and Grade 1 sample worksheets are attached.

Fancy Nancy at the Museum

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This story is about _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
A Museum is a place where you go to see _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Kindergarten

The Snail and the Whale

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This story is about

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The snail and the whale were friends because

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Kindergarten

Fancy Nancy at the Museum

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A Museum is a place where _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
At a Museum you might see _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Kindergarten

The Snail and the Whale

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This story is about

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


From this story I learned that whales
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Kindergarten




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