The letter f stands for fun! After a group brainstorming session, write, discuss and draw words that begin with the letter f. Here are some that will fulfill this letter of the week lesson, along with ideas for each:
1. Friend- Discuss what a friend does, and does not do with your class.
2. Face- Have the children draw a picture, or portrait of their face.
3. Frog- Have a frog as a pet in your classroom. If possible have the students observe him transition from a tadpole to a frog.
4. Fish- A classroom fish tank is another great pet. A fishful craft is also fun!
5. Fig- This tasty fruit is yummy fresh and dried. Compare and contrast a dried fig and a dried raisin, and explain what the fruits are when they are fresh and not dried.
6. Fire- Discuss fire safety with your preschoolers. Sesame Street offers an awesome and free curriculum for the preschool crowd on fire safety. Order the free kit, which consists of a cd, coloring books and more- www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/teachers/sesame.shtm.
7. Ferret- Arrange a field trip to see these furry and clever creatures up close. Field Trip Factory (www.fieldtripfactory.com) offers free field trips for preschool groups to visit a local Petco and learn about the animals. You can specifically request a lesson on ferrets. Don't forget about fish while you are there, too! See if a student or preschool playgroup pal has a ferret as a pet they would like to bring in to share.
8. Foot- Discuss the importance of the foot, and have students trace their feet and measure the size of their foot as well. Books like The Foot Book by
Dr. Seuss is a tried and true classic. There is also a "Wacky Opposites" Foot Book now too! Teach your preschoolers all about feet with the book My Feet (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Aliki.
9. Fur- Animals and their fur is fascinating to children and adults alike. Field trips to a pet store, farm, animal shelter or even a pet sharing time is fun. Read about animals and their different fur with books like: Four Fur Feet by Margaret Wise Brown, Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann (two F words in one!), Do Frogs Have Fur?: A Book About Animal Coats and Coverings (Animals All Around) by Michael Dahl (another two words that start with F!) and Ben: The Very Best Furry Friend - A children's book about a therapy dog and the friends he makes at the library and nursing home- by Holly Raus.
10. Fly- Flies are notorious for pestering us, but they have a purpose. Teach your preschoolers all about the fly and read a few fun fly stories. A few good ones include Hi! Fly Guy (Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book) by Tedd Arnold, Old Black Fly (An Owlet Book) by Jim Aylesworth, and Diary of a Fly by
Here are the fabulous resources listed above, to help you teach about the fantastic letter "F"!