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
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.
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
This story is about _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
A Museum is a place where you go to see _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
A Museum is a place where _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
At a Museum you might see _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
From this story I learned that whales