Grasshopper Lesson Plan – Week of 10/2/17

Teachers: Aimee Hoffman & Ruth Macchia                                          
Theme: Trains!

Date Meeting Time Project Literacy Math/Science
Weekly Concepts
(MA Guidelines)

Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group (taking turns in talking; listening to peers; waiting until someone is finished; asking questions and waiting for an answer; gaining the floor in appropriate ways). 

Participate in simple sequences of
movements and dance to various kinds
of music.

Engage in activities that build understanding of words for location and
direction (i.e. talk about and dramatize ways they travel from one place to another- as in our train pretend play).

Observe and discuss the various kinds
of work people do outside and inside
their homes (we will discuss the various jobs people do on trains).

Use eye-hand coordination, visual
perception and tracking, and visual
motor skills in play activities (use trains on tracks).


Listen to a wide variety of age appropriate literature read aloud.

Engage actively in read-aloud activities
by asking questions, offering
ideas, predicting or retelling important parts of a story or informational book.

Spiritual:  God created everything that we see!

Connect many kinds/quantities of
concrete objects and actions
to numbers (i.e. the train number line that we’ll be making together).

Listen to and say the names of numbers
in meaningful contexts (such as counting the number of people who need seats on our train).

Use nonstandard units to measure
length, weight, and amount of content
in familiar objects.



-She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain (with various vehicle names inserted)
-Get on Board (spiritual)
-I’ve Been Working on the Railroad


Construct a dramatic play train. Use chairs & other props to make it feel authentic.  Make train tickets, take turns being conductors and using hole punchers on tickets.

Book: Dinosaur Train by John Steven

Bible Story:  “The Beginning” in The Beginners Bible, page 7

Count how many passengers fit in our train.  Do we have enough places for everyone?


Monday’s Songs

This week during free play: Continue to work on our on our dramatic play train!

Take a “field trip” on a train together!  What type of train will we see?

Book:   I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturges

Bible Story:  “The Beginning” in The Beginners Bible, page 7

What types of trains are there?  List them and count how many we come up with.  (Subway, steam, etc.)


Monday’s Songs


Make & decorate individual train cakes… assemble on our own train track!

Book:  All Aboard!  A True Train Story  by Susan Kuklin

Bible Story:  “The Beginning” in The Beginners Bible

What are the various parts of a train?  (Caboose, Hopper Car, Engine Car, etc.)


Monday’s Songs


Work together to create a giant train track in the Bike Room.

Book: Tracks by David Galef

Bible Story:  Pastor Josh will read our Bible Story to us today.

How long is our train track?  Come up with non standard ways to measure it!



Monday’s Songs


Work in teams to make a train number line.

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

Bible Story: Read the creation story in The Storybook Bible

How many train cars should we make?  What shall we put in the cars to represent each number?