When it comes to teaching Pre-K students about the letter “U”, you may want to consider talking about unicorns. In my opinion, they provide an excellent opportunity to incorporate mythology, folklore and other elements into a lesson plan. With that said, here are several options to consider:
Geography and History
I would suggest opening up the lesson plan by talking about when and where people first started talking about unicorns. One way to do that is to show the children pictures of unicorns that appeared in early literature and artwork. The Wild Facts website has an age appropriate illustration of a unicorn and a young woman that you could use as a visual aid. You could also talk about Pegasus and compare stories of it to that of unicorns.
Music, Acting and Poetry
Next, you may want to introduce the children to the song “The Unicorn.” You can find the lyrics posted on the Kids Song website. You could let them create unicorn costumes to use while acting out the song. In my opinion, the best way to create a unicorn costume is to make tails by tying clumps of colorful yarn together. You can make the creatures’ horns by gluing craft cones to blank headbands. Just be sure to let the kids cover the craft cones with glitter first. That way, they get to participate in the costume making process too. Of course you could purchase readymade tails and horns through retailers like Gimm Cat instead. After the children finish dancing around, challenge them to come up with their own unicorn song or an acrostic poem.
Science and Math
Later on, start a discussion about unusual animals that are extinct or were discovered over the years. You may also want to talk about animal hoaxes and legends like the Fiji Mermaid, the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot and the Jersey Devil. Then let the children draw pictures of their own unusual animals. When they are finished, have them show the pictures to the class. You could also have them explain what the creatures are and why they gave them certain characteristics (i.e. flippers to swim).
Continue by letting the children play the “Enchanted Unicorn Game” posted on the Education website. You can turn it into a counting game by giving the children a set of dice and homemade place markers. You could make the place markers by attaching unicorn stickers to cardstock. Once you have the game area set up, just have the kids roll the dice and move their place markers around the unicorn game board accordingly. You could also have them complete one of the unicorn counting mazes available through the Print Activities website.
Lastly, I’d suggest letting the children practice writing the word “unicorn” as well as the letter “W.” The Education and First School WS websites have unicorn themed handwriting sheets and posters that you may find helpful for such activities. Other worksheet titles to look for on the Education website are “Long and Short Vowel Sounds: U”, “Letter Maze: U”, “U Maze”, “U is For..” and the “Unicorn Myth Coloring Page.”
Source: Personal Experience
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