Monday, March 14, 2016

Dragon Small World Play

When I was at Michael's a few weeks ago (I spend way too much time and money there), I found this really fun Safari Ltd dragon. I needed an excuse to buy it, so I decided that for our Fairy Tales unit, we needed a medieval play tray!


What I Used:

  • Safari Ltd Dragon, Trees Toob & Days of Old Toob 
  • Gold (vase filler)
  • Navy Beans
  • A Few Large Rocks

The kids really enjoyed talking about who all the different people were, and who would be the dragon's "friends" and "enemies." Right away they started making plans together for stealing the dragon's gold and where they would hide it! Higher-level thinking! The boys especially loved this center.

After a few days, I added some blocks that I thought they'd use to build a castle. Instead they built a wall all the way across the table!

Lots of learning about symmetry & balance!

In all small world play, we're covering these Common Core Standards:

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.

With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

     -Especially CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.5.C
      Identify real-life connections between words and their use 

Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.

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