Talk Together: Structures to Build

  • clipboard
  • digital camera or drawing paper and crayons
  • paper
  • pen
  • structures

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.
English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.5 Create representations of experiences or stories (e.g., drawings, constructions with blocks or other materials, clay models) and explain them to others.

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Language Development/Expressive Language Uses language to express ideas and needs.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2 Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.

Talk Together: Structures to Build

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ELA Focus Skills: Listening and Speaking, Vocabulary

Take children outside for a short walk to choose a structure they would like to build later in the day. Have children choose a house, building, or other structure that they would like to build. You may wish to have children choose one structure that they all can build, or have each child choose his or her own structure to build. Take digital photographs of the structures children choose. If you do not have a camera, you can have children draw the structure themselves using the paper and crayons. Ask children to think about the materials they might use to build the structure. Talk with children about their ideas.

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