Acorn Theme Activity 1: Preparation and Introduction Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
This is the introduction for a set of learning activities to present various concepts for an acorn or nut theme for the autumn season, a trees theme.
Preparation and introduction:
- Print and assemble one acorn craft in activity 3 ahead of time to use as a puppet for the introduction and presentation of the theme. Print the necessary craft templates and gather the materials for the children.
- Prepare a display with the alphabet and acorn or oak theme in activity 2.
- Educators: Plan for a classroom bulletin board idea that incorporates the acorn craft titled: Great oaks from little acorns grow in Ms. (Teacher's name) class.
- Have a sampling of different edible nuts: acorns, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, and a nutcracker. The nuts can be tasted and used as counting manipulatives with the number worksheets in activity number 6. Important: consider food allergies. Use nuts only with children over 3 years of age to avoid shocking hazard.
Introduction and presentation:
Below is a suggestion for a presentation. Adapt and revise
the content for your children. Use the craft and attach to a
craft stick or to an old sock with a piece of Velcro to use as a puppet. The
acorn puppet can help "present" some of the information and
interact with the children.
Here is additional information and images about the acorn and oak tree at Wikipedia.org.
We are going to have fun with a special nut, the acorn!
Here is Acorn (show the acorn craft puppet) "Hello! I am Acorn, a nut, and also the fruit and seed of the oak tree. When the acorn is planted in the soil it grows into an oak tree. An oak tree is a big, beautiful and strong tree. Have you seen an oak tree?
In the autumn, the leaves of some oaks "turn colors" and fall to the ground (point to the oak leaf on the craft). When the leaves fall it means the tree is getting ready for winter, and in spring it grows back new green leaves and more acorns.
We can eat certain types of nuts, and they are nutritious. Other types of nuts are walnuts, chestnuts and almonds. Later we will see and taste some of these nuts. Many animals eat acorns to grow strong too! What animals do you think eat acorns? Squirrels, hogs, grouse, wild turkey, woodpeckers and deer.
Preparation and introduction for the Acorn Theme
Language> Proverbs > Great oaks from little acorns grow
and bulletin board idea
Craft > Printable Acorn or Nut
Alphabet > Letter A is for Acorn
Science and Social Studies > Plants, Trees, Nutrition
Numbers > Counting Autumn Acorns