Picnic-Integrated Unit for
by Janice Edwards
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Picnic-Integrated Unit for
The Best Picnic Ever by Clare Jarret
Monster Math Picnic by
100 Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
Song, Fingerplay, Once I Saw An Ant Hill
Oh, The Ants Are Busy!
Ants at the Picnic by Michael Dahl
Vocabulary known about
picnics-write on chart
paper, Present pictures
of picnic foods
and clap the
syllables, Journal what the ants
are doing in the ant farm
Packing for a Picnic by Mary
We're Going on a Picnic by
The Most Perfect Spot by
The Teddy Bears' Picnic by
Use play money to pretend buying
items for the picnic. The store is
set up in Dramatic Play!
Go on a picnic in
the classroom and
eat sandwiches for
snack, Take photos of class picnic, Take photos of family picnic, Use pictures for Newsletter
and Classroom Photo Album
choice of song and
Discuss family experiences
of going on a picnic
Set up an ant farm.
Use magnifying glasses to
observe the ants and tunnels
Find a place outside where ants congregate. Place 3
different foods on the ground and mark that spot with
chalk. An hour later, go outside and see if ants ate the
food and if they moved it.
Use scale to weigh small, medium, and
large watermelons. Predict the outcome of
how much the watermelon will weigh.
Plant watermelon seeds.
Use clear packing tape to attach pictures
of picnic items to balance beam and use at
entry into classroom.
Play Duck Duck Goose except replace
the word Goose for a picnic item
Create an obstacle course. Tape picture
of picnic item to each section of the
obstacle course. For example: Go under
the table (watermelon), etc. Include over,
around, through, up, etc.
Make an indoor hop scoth using pictures
of picnic items-children have to jump and
Child places objects on the correct tray for sink and
float-use picnic items such as grapes, corn on the cob,
paper cup, plastic fork, napkin; make prediction before
item is tried
Make a graph with 4 pictures of picnic food.
Children place thier picture under the food they
like best. Discuss the columns-which has
"more" children, "less" children, or the "same."
Copy, extend, and create patterns using either small
pictures of picnic food such as watermelon, hamburgers,
corn on the cob, etc. or I have small manipulatives in my
classroom-grapes, apples, oranges, Include prices on food in dramatic play so
children see written number and identify
numbers 1-10 by pointing or verbally
naming, Put picnic items in picnic basket. Take
turns counting the number of items using
Decorate lunch sack for
our classroom picnic
Make invitations for family picnic using a
variety of materials-colored pencils,
paper, markers, glue, stickers or other
materials of child's choice, Children assemble their own sandwich for
classroom picnic. Include variety of items for
them to choose from to make their sandwich
Paint 3 sections of egg carton black and
turn into ant; use wiggle eyes, pipe
cleaners or other materials of child's choice
Use playdough, plastic knives, dowel
rods for rolling pins to pretend making
food for the picnic, Use celery, cream
cheese, and raisins to
make ants on a log for
Assemble children. Use computer for
writing details of the family picnic. Let
Give each child a copy of the details of
the picnic to glue to their family's
Set up a small store so that children can pretend to
buy items for a picnic, role play the upcoming family
picnic, role play classroom picnic, role play picnic with
friends, etc. Include a variety of play foods or empty
food boxes, shopping bags, play grocery carts, picnic
basket, small blanket, prices on food, play money,
cash register, pad with paper and pencil, phones,
purses, coinpurses, wallets, and invitations so they
can role play the family picnic.
Multiple Methods and
Demonstrations of Learning
Send home a newsletter telling about
activities at school and announce the
Plan a family picnic.
Use parent volunteers
to help coordinate!