Exploring Possibilities Together

Use this template collaboratively as a guide to planning, sparking inspiration, and create meaningful play-based learning experiences.

Title, Theme, or Area(s) of Focus

Playing at the Farm

CONNECT

  • What is the connecting piece, the tie, that is bringing you together?
  • What concepts or ideas will bridge the kids from previous learning/experiences to the next set of concepts and ideas?

Previous Discoveries/Connections

Bridging Pieces - Garden to Farm

  • Resurface some wonders/discoveries in the garden
  • Where else do you get food? discussion that leads to how stores, restaurants etc get their supply of food
  • Big Bird at the Farm Video
  • Be sure to collect connections being built and any wonders
  • The Food We Eat Reading A-Z book

Learning Objectives

What are the goals between the classes that need to be worked on?

English Language Arts

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2. - Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.7 - Participate in shared research and writing projects

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.8 - With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

Speaking and Listening

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K. - Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.5 - Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

Next Generation Science Standards

K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Social Studies Standards

SOC.6.1.4.B.5 - Describe how human interaction impacts the environment in New Jersey and the United States.

SOC.6.1.4.B.8 - Compare ways people choose to use and distribute natural resources.

Technology

TECH.8.1.2.A.4 - [Cumulative Progress Indicator] - Demonstrate developmentally appropriate navigation skills in virtual environments

TECH.8.1.2.C - [Strand] - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

TECH.8.1.2.C.CS2 - [Content Statement] - Communicate information and ideas to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

TECH.8.1.2.C.CS3 - [Content Statement] - Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

TECH.8.1.2.C.1 - [Cumulative Progress Indicator] - Engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate learning activities with students in other classes, schools, or countries using various media formats such as online collaborative tools, and social media

ISTE Standards for Students

Global Collaborator - 7b Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

WONDER

  • How will you CREATE wonder?
  • Venturing Through the Farm slides presentation - include pictures and videos of animals from the farm in the spaces they live in
  • After the kids venture through the farm, they can choose an animal to wonder and learn more about. What animal do you want to learn more about? What about that animal do you want to know?
  • How are you going to capture the kids’ wonders?

Options

  • I Wonder Thought Cloud/Mental Image - kids draw a picture of their mental image and write a sentence to support their wonder
  • Kids use Seesaw video tool to tell about the animal they chose and why.  Wonders are shared with families.

PLAY

  • How and where will the experience(s) be facilitated?
  • Kids will take notes/research on their chosen animal
  • Kids will draw their animal using a provided guided drawing video
  • Kids choose one fact to record

DISCOVER

  • How or what tools will you use for documentation and reflection?
  • Playing at the Farm slides presentation - Kids get to be teachers and learners because their animal drawing/video fact are included, AND they get to tune into the animals facts of their peers

Created by: Jessica Twomey and Christine Pinto