Posted: February 27th, 2023



Age: I choose 24-36

In this assignment, you are asked to plan for children 6 weeks up to 36 months! Think about  how you might create goals, set up your environment and integrate different areas of development and big ideas in a developmentally appropriate way. Pay careful attention to the videos for the age groups shown in Module 1 and the 

NYS Early Learning Guidelines
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Early Learning Outcomes Framework
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 also in this module. 

This Infant/Toddler assignment consists of three parts:

1.  Weekly planning sheet: Use one of the templates provided dependent on the age group. If you choose children 12-24 mos. or 24-36 mos. you should fill the appropriate template out once and for the 6 weeks to 12 months fill it out 3 times for 3 hypothetical children as this is an individual weekly plan. 

2. A strategies sheet for creating effect partnerships with parents and culturally responsive learning goals (use template in Assessment section)

3. Letter to parents sharing information about the week (Same template as #2)

Example you will see in the second attachment!

Weekly Planning Sheet

Week of

Ocean Life


Skills/Concepts to emphasize:
Get familier with a large variety of ocean dwelling animals.

Changes to the Environment

Dramatic Play

I will provide the following materials: beach bags that are packed with towels, sunglasses, visors, pails, shovels, empty suntan lotion containers, plastic snack food, and swimmies.


The center will include materials such as: color pencils, paper, markers, paints, water based paints, crayons, fish coloring books, and pictures of different fishes on the wall.


The center will include materials such as: testing tubes, eye droppers, magnetic wands, goggles, magnifying glasses, color paddles, and a science lab kit.


The center will include materials such as: balance scale, pattern blocks, ocean animals counters, mathlink cubes, measuring tape, math pictures books and shape puzzles.


The center will include materials such as: unit blocks, soft blocks, cardboard blocks, books about building, constraction and transportation, and ocean animals figures.

Table Toys

The center will include materials such as: dolls, vehicles, lego, magna-tiles, magnatab, and puzzles.


The center will include a variety of books about the ocean and its animals with various animations.

Health/ Nutrition

The center will include illustrations of the sea animal we are exploring. Each week we will explore the life span and parts of the ocean animal and display the pictures. This includes their habitat.


The center will include materials such as plastic measuring spoons, cups, water pitchers and several plastic mixing bowls, wooden and plastic mixing spoons, cookie cutter, assorted food playset such as; fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, pizza, milk, juice and other bottles and containers, cutting boards, towels and sponges.


The center will include materials such as: echo microphone, musical egg shakers, rainstick, jingle bell bracelets, hand bells, xylophone, castanets, wireless bluetooth speakers.


The center will include materials such as: rhythm wrist robbons, rhythm sticks, bean bags, parachute, movement scarves.


The center will include materials such as: measuring cups, plastic bottles, shovels, spoons, rakes, ladles, funnels, sand wheels, and sifters to use with dry sand.
Shovels, spoons, scoops, and molds to use with wet sand.
Seashells and plastic fishes will be added to sand table.






Parent Involvement

Group Time

(Stories, Songs, Games)

Children will be given an ”ocean jar” where they can find different ocean items inside. While sitting in a circle, they will pass each other the jar and we will identify the names of all items.

Playing a game “What Doesn’t Belong”. Children will be given 4 pictures of ocean items and one unrelated (such as a car). Teachers asks which does not belong. Prepare multiple pictures so that the game can continue. Singing a song “Fish in the Sea” with children and show hands what each fish is doing. Read Aloud book “Over in the Ocean: In A Coral Reef” By: Marianne Berkes. The class will singing a song “Animals in the Ocean” while dancing and pretending they are the sea animal they are singing about. Parents will be asked to participate in read aloud time and read any book or tell a story that related to “ocean life” theme.



Children will be presented a game “Magnetic fish”. They will have a yarn with the little magnetic on one side and ruller on the top. On a table will be scattered different sea animals such as shark, octopus, whale, crab, fish, seahorse, starfish, lobster, dolphin and jellyfish. To each cartoon will be attached a paper clip. Each child will go fishing and will have to name the catched animal.

Children will paint the waves using their fingers and then glue on fish stickers. Each child will present their finished piece to the classmates in a whole group. Children will be given a large variety of shells to sort them by color, size, and texture. Children will build their own Rocky Shore by using the playdough, different size of stones, and smalls toys of sea animals. Children will play in “sensory bin”. The tub with the lightly blue water and many ocean items inside will be placed in a safe place, a child will need to name the item that he/she discovered.

Special Outdoor Activities

Movement activity: Children will stand in a circle holding hands. I will model a sea animal and we will move like them. For example, let’s move like a fish, now lets move like an octopus. We will use our arms and legs to pretend to move around the ocean (playground).

Have one (or several) children be a shark. The rest of the children will be fishes who should try to cross the ocean (set a space on the ground) and not get catched by the shark. If caught by shark, child will joint a shark group. Play until everyone is sharks. Let’s take a walk around the neighborhood. The children will be paired in groups of 4. One group will be called blue fishes, another will be orange fishes, and the blue fishes. Children can have a choice to wear a color shirt or make a wrist band out of yarn. Children will learn that we are all unique. Children will create ocean scenes on the ground using sidewalk chalk. Trip to the aquarium. Children will be able to explore sea animals through various exhibits. We can also have a virtual trip to the aquarium.


What Teachers Can Do

Have labels with the illustration and name of the sea animal. Model how to identify. Hold sea animals in my hand and ask the child to identify. Repeat after me and say the sea animal name.

Model how to paint a fish by using white paper and various paints to create the image.
Point to words of the song and sing along together, clap and engage the group.
Model how to sort shells through visual supports of various shells, sizes and texture. Use KWL chart to record. Model a rocky shore by using visual supports and a video animations. The video will show steps on how to model a rock using play dough.
The teacher will walk around and provide individual support.
Whole group, discuss what the ocean animals we explored and break into groups, draw about an ocean animal you learned about. Model an example using visuals. Model what materials can be used.


Assessment will be presented in a playful way through games and activities. Many activities are encouraging children to name the ocean animals, it will show the teacher if the child is comprehending. Children will learn to identify various ocean animals from a choice of 3 or 4 and some from a choice of 2. Visual learners will identify through pictures, kinesthetic learners will identify ocean animals by creating their own painting or modeling out of clay. Auditory learners will listen to the music and read aloud to identify sea animals using words and pictures. The KWL chart will be used to record what students know about sea animals, what they want to know and what they learned. The whole group discussion will give students the opportunity to share their knowledge about sea animals. Small group activities will give students the opportunity to learn about ocean animals through art, math, science and dramatic play.

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