Draw and Write Together: My Favorite Dinner

  • marker
  • paper
  • dinner
  • fruit
  • plant
  • vegetable

MA Standards:

Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: My Favorite Dinner

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STEM Key Concepts: Many foods that animals, including humans, eat come from plants; We eat certain leaves, roots, fruits, and seeds; Fruits have seeds; A seed holds what a plant needs to make more of itself; People and other animals interact with their environment through their senses

ELA Focus Skills: Concepts of Print (Print Carries Meaning), Listening and Speaking, Vocabulary

Tell children about your favorite food. Describe how it looks, tastes, and smells (its aroma).

On a large piece of chart paper, write “Our Favorite Dinner Foods.” Read the words aloud as you write, pointing out the spaces between words. Then ask, What is your favorite food to have for dinner? Have children draw a picture of their favorite dinner food on the chart paper. Then have them write or dictate a full sentence on the chart. If the food they like is a plant food, help elicit from them a sentence about the food. For example,

Priscilla: I like applesauce. Apples are a fruit.

Enrique: I like spinach pie. Spinach is a vegetable.

Social Emotional Tip:  Having children express their preferences develops and builds their ability to recognize and express their own thoughts, ideas, and opinions.

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