Between being mom, wife, and teacher, I’m finally finding time to write up a post about Little B’s Jack and the Beanstalk unit. She enjoyed this unit a lot more than the Little Red Riding Hood unit. She’s actually still playing with the puppets every day. 🙂 You can download the free black and white version of the puppets and my retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk at Currclick here. This unit has went really well with our other spring activities. We’ve been starting seedlings and watching them grow, we made a mini terrarium, we sprouted beans (magic?), and we’ve been watching roots grow in a see through root viewing planter. Pretty cool! So, some highlights of our Jack and the Beanstalk unit~
Little B’s crafts 🙂
castle in the sky
goose that lays golden eggs
Addition with magic beans! Yum!
You can use addition mats with any type of counter, discs, bears, jelly beans, etc. Little B is only four so I used this as an introduction to the concept of addition. I put the number card in the first box and she counted out magic beans. Then I put the number card into the second box and she counted out the magic beans. I told her we were going to add them together. I showed her how to count the beans in the first box, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, then count the beans in the second box without stopping, 6, 7, 8, so 5 beans and 3 more beans makes 8 beans in all. The first time I scooted all eight jelly beans over by the answer card box and she found the number eight card. An older child could use a dry erase marker to write the answers if the mat is laminated. Once the child understands how to use the concept of addition and how to use the mat, it can be fun to practice addition with the mat and counters rolling a 6 sided die twice for the numbers to add. A ten sided die can be used for more challenging addition. Click on the pic below to download an addition mat and number cards.
Build a Castle file folder game ~ Little B had fun matching shapes with the four castle cards, and even more fun making her own castles.
Sorting -een and -ean Words
See, Trace, and Build Worksheets, one for -een words and one for -ean words ~ Little B just turned four so we just use these for word building right now.
Measuring Beanstalks file folder game ~ there are 6 beanstalks to measure. Older kids can measure to the nearest 1/2″ and write answers on a recording sheet, but for Little B I just showed her how to use the ruler and we measured by inches together.
And we played Old Giant (played like Old Maid)