Preschool and Kindergarten Reading Lesson Plans on Community Helpers
This theme includes four emergent readers that would be used to teach early reading skills while introducing the different community helpers/workers. The video below demonstrates how two of the emergent readers would be used as a shared reading experience and a follow-up learning game.
Preschool and Kindergarten Reading Video and Literacy Activity
The video below will demonstrate how another reader can be used. It also demonstrates how to play the final consonant literacy game found in this theme unit.
Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Community Helpers That Use Their Hands
Introduce the concept of how some community helpers use their hands by reading the book Hands by Lois Ehlert. This book is ideal for introducing this concept. The interactive reader Using Your Hands offers a great follow-up to reading the book.
Interactive Component - The children must find, cut and paste the tools each helper uses. This is a great activity to use to help improve fine-motor skills.
Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Community Helpers That Use Their Creative Talents
Introduce the concept of how some community helpers use their creative talents. The book Hands: Growing Up to Be An Artist by Lois Ehlert is a perfect book to use to introduce this concept. The reader Being Creative would be used as follow-up shared reading experience.
Interactive Component - The children must find, cut and paste the correct community helper on the blank page.
Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Community Helpers That Enjoy Helping Others
Introduce the concept of how some people enjoy helping others and they become a community helper that makes use of this interest.
The book Jobs People Do by Christopher Maynard is a great book that could be used to introduce many different jobs and the responsibilites of each. The children would enjoy this book because it is written directly to inform them. Even the pictures are with children dressed-up as the different community helpers. The emergent reader Workers Who Help Us would be used as a follow-up.
Interactive Component - requires the children to find, cut and paste the correct vehicle that matches the worker. A great activity for helping improve fine-motor skills.
Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Community Helpers That Enjoy Serving Others
Introduce the concept of how some people enjoy serving others and they become a community helper that makes use of this interest.
Interactive Component - requires the children to find, cut and paste the correct service worker described.
New Matching Pictures or Printed Text
This game is demonstrated on video 1. The children will be matching the cartoon community helpers/workers to the photograph image. A more advanced version, the children will be drawing a word card and matching it to the correct community worker with the same word (a good visual discrimination activity).
Preschool-Kindergarten Game - Identifying Ending Sounds
This game is demonstrated in video 2. The children would be drawing a letter card and determining what ending sound is made and matching it to the correct picture that ends with this sound. There are two game boards available (with and without the words).
Community Helpers Smart Board Video to View on YouTube
The students would identify the community helpers displayed in the picture and move the letter that represents the intial letter sound of the picture displayed. This is a good review of their initial letter sound recognition.
Smart Board Version of Ending Sounds Game
The video demonstrates the Smart Board version of the ending sounds game. The game would be displayed on the Smart Board. The students would move the letter to complete the sounds heard at the end in relation to the picture displayed.
Ending Sounds Smart Board Video to View on YouTube
What Community Helper Lives Here?
Children color or paint the house template provided and cut it out. The roof should be a light color so the printing can be seen. The children complete the sentence "This community worker...." giving a clue as to what community worker is found behind the door. After, the community worker that fits the description would be cut and glued on the house and the doors would be cut and glued.
New Community Helpers and Their Hats
The face would be traced on skin toned paper and then cut. The hat would be colored and cut and added to the face. After, eyes and other features would be added as displayed in the photograph.
New Community Workers Collage
Secure the paper with painter's masking tape (to prevent the paper from curling). Have children sponge-paint the paper with different colors. After, have them select their favorite cartoon characters of community workers that were introduced in the readers, cut and paste them on the paper.
Community Workers Come Alive
The children would select a body template. This would be colored and cut. A head shot would be cropped and added to the template as displayed in the photograph (4X6 photograph).
New Community Workers and Their Vehicles Helping Others
The paper would be secured with painter's masking tape (so it won't curl). Black paint would be washed over the base where the police car and fire truck templates are located (thin paint). After, buildings would be painted and windows added as displayed in the photograph.
New Community Workers Silhouette
Secure the paper with painter's masking tape. Wash the base with black paint where the bus template is found. Have children wash the background with different colors as displayed in the photograph. Cut out the house template and add it to the scene. Trees and windows can be added as displayed in the photograph.
New Community Workers Bus Scene
In this version the bus would be colored yellow using a wax crayon. It would be washed over with thin black paint (the wax crayon will resist the paint). After, the background would be painted blue. The house template would be traced on construction paper, cut and glued to the scene. A sun could be added.
Community Worker's Vehicles
The children would select a vehicle template, color and cut it out. The correct worker would be pasted into the window of the vehicle.
Community Workers Picture Frame
The children color and cut out the picture frame. They can draw or use an existing picture found in the theme unit to glue into the frame. After, they would print the word of the community worker.
Community Workers Hand Frame
The children would trace the hand found in the theme unit. After, they would glue a picture of their choice of a community worker
In the theme unit are rhyming picture cards that they can match.
In the theme unit there are number cards. These can be used for a number of math activities.
a) These can be placed in the correct order.
b) Children can match the same amount of pennies to each card.
c) These can be used for statistics and probability activities. The children place the cards in a bag and choose one. Graph the number chosen (graph in the unit) Place the card back in the bag. See which number card was chosen the most.
Preschool and Kindergarten Money Unit
Since many of the community helpers work with money this would be a good time to introduce this unit. If you have a store or restaurant in the dramatic play center, attach pictures of different coins to the objects purchased. The children must purchase these using the correct coins. The children could also be sorting and counting coins.
Preschool-Kindergarten Math Program
If you are a member, you can follow the Math Focus program that has been specifically developed for meeting the curriculum instead of the above math
In the link below you will find songs related to the theme Community Helpers: