English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.
Head Start Outcomes:
Approaches to Learning/Persistence and Attentiveness: Maintains interest in a project or activity until completed.
Approaches to Learning/Persistence and Attentiveness: Resists distractions, maintains attention, and continues the task at hand through frustration or challenges.
PreK Learning Guidelines:
English Language Arts/Language 4: Engage in play experiences that involve naming and sorting common words into various classifications using general and specific language.
Play Together: “Quack’s Apples” #1 (PEEP game)
STEM Key Concepts: Understand that a ramp, or inclined plane, is a surface with one end higher than the other; Recognize that an object placed on an inclined plane will roll, slide, or stay put
ELA Focus Skills: Active Viewing, Fine Motor Skills, Follow Directions
Join small groups of children at the Technology Center to guide them in playing the interactive game PEEP and the Big Wide World “Quack’s Apples.”
Have children take turns helping Quack roll apples down the hill and into the pond.
- Demonstrate for children that they can click on the sticks to slant them downward or upward.
- Then help them understand that when they click on the apple, they can make it move.
- Have children notice how the apple rolls differently on a stick that is slanted downward than on a stick that is slanted upward or a stick that is straight.
Demonstrate one game for children. Intentionally make an error so children discover that a player has many chances to get it right.
- Players are encouraged to keep trying until they get the apple in the pond.
- Allow pairs or small groups to play. Give help as needed or pair a young child with an older child who can help.
Adaptation: Very young children may not be able to do the game alone, so play with them one-on-one.
English Language Learners: If children have difficulty playing because they are not grasping the concepts, place a small cardboard ramp by the computer and demonstrate the motions of “up,” “down,” and the meaning of the “slanted.”