Boat Book

  • crayons
  • markers
  • paper
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • float
  • sink

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: Experiments with writing tools and materials.
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.

Boat Book

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Skill Focus: Concepts of Print (Print Conveys Meaning), Writing, Vocabulary

Tell children they are going to draw and write about something that surprised them as they were exploring floating and sinking. Ask questions to help them recall the explorations, for example,

  • What did you observe that surprised you while you were exploring floating and sinking?
  • Did something float that you predicted would sink?
  • Did something sink that you predicted would float?

Have children draw a picture to record their observation. Then help them record a caption. Have them dictate or write to complete the sentence:

I was surprised when <the sponge sank.>

You may want to assemble the recordings into a group book or on a bulletin board titled, “Our Float and Sink Surprises.”

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