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#1010. "V" Letter Ideas

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Apr 20 13:26:11 PDT 1999 by Early Childhood Mailring ().
Concepts Taught: "V" letter activities

V letter activities

Here are directions for a volcano you just make in the sandbox:
What you need:
vinegar sand shovels
baking soda small dixie cups
red food color spoons

Divide the children into groups of 2 or 3 depending on the class size. In
the sandbox, each group shovels sand into a large pile. When the children's
mound reaches desired height, they place a dixie cup on the top and carefully
press it into the mound until the dixie cup is even with the top rim of their
volcano. Each group is given their supplies. The children put approximately
2 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 0r 4 drops of food coloring into the cup
on top of the volcano. They are then ready to add the vinegar to their
volcano. The children get so excited when the chemical reaction of the
vinegar and baking soda makes their volcano 'erupt'! It's easy and FUN! I
think I got this idea @ the Calif. Kinder conference. :-) Jenni/k/Ca

Letter V

We also made a class book from photographs I had taken as the children made
and "erupted" volcanoes from clay. I scanned the pictures, brought them to
school and asked the children to help me write the words. This was a great
project, as the children were asked to sequence our steps and to use precise
vocabulary. This book by far is one of my childrens' favorites!

Amy
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V: VORTEX
SHOW:
We will put water in our sink to form a vortex with a few children at a
time.
Let the water run out of the sink. Ask, "What does the water do as it runs
out?"
IDEAS:
As water goes down the drain, it spins around to form what is called a
vortex.
A similar vortex in a large body of water is called a whirlpool. In air, a
vortex may result in a whirlwind, a hurricane, or a tornado.

Sandy
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we end our week with a vegetable tasting party...anything i can find in the
store that can be eaten raw. i usually precut most at home, but leave some
in original state so kiddos can see and identify. seeds may be saved for
planting.

tables are usually set with nice cloth (old top sheet!) and vegetables
'presented' on a large, lucite tray. creamy italian and thousand island
dressing provided as 'dip.'

if you're lucky, you'll be able to find a 'broccaflower' which is a cross
between broccoli and cauliflower.

bon appetit!
janet/spedK/nj
holland@edmail.com
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I am about
to do the letter "V" and thought that making a volcano would be fun.
but.... can't find info. I know you use baking soda and vinegar. but
don't know how much. want to try to do it with old play dough any
suggestions so I don't make too big a mess. Thanks for everything ..
Judy pk >>
Hi!! Use anything at all/old playdoh is fine. Mold it into your volcano
shape. (with a hole on top) Put it all on acafeteria tray as there will be
amess/. First pour the baking soda in (say 2 tbsp. app?) and then pour in
app. 4 tbsp. white vinegar (colored with food color for a noce effect) The
key is not to have such a deep volcano that the foam will not 'rise up' to
erupt over. Bring a whole box of B. soda nd a bottle of w. vinegar/they will
want to see this several times anyway. Have fun!Laurie
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Here are directions for a volcano you just make in the sandbox:
What you need:
vinegar sand shovels
baking soda small dixie cups
red food color spoons

Divide the children into groups of 2 or 3 depending on the class size. In
the sandbox, each group shovels sand into a large pile. When the children's
mound reaches desired height, they place a dixie cup on the top and carefully
press it into the mound until the dixie cup is even with the top rim of their
volcano. Each group is given their supplies. The children put approximately
2 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 0r 4 drops of food coloring into the cup
on top of the volcano. They are then ready to add the vinegar to their
volcano. The children get so excited when the chemical reaction of the
vinegar and baking soda makes their volcano 'erupt'! It's easy and FUN! I
think I got this idea @ the Calif. Kinder conference. :-) Jenni/k/Ca
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Activity V
Make a vase with violets. You will need crayons or markers and two sheets of
construction paper. One sheet will need to be violet and the second, a
background color like blue, brown, or white. Cut the violet paper in half.
Use one half to make the vase. Fold the half of violet paper in half and cut
a shape out around the fold line. When you open the shape you will have a
symmetric vase. Glue the vase on the bottom half of your background sheet.
Use the other half of the violet construction paper to make the violets. Cut
out circular shapes. The shapes don't have to be perfect or the same size.
Then on the top half of your background sheet, glue four or five circles in
a group. Try to get the circles to overlap. The circles make your petals and
several together form your flowers (violets). Use crayons to make stems and
leaves as desired.

V: Vary your instructions. Speak very quietly or very slowly.
Use adjectives and add numbers (take five very small steps).
(I also do some instructions in sign language since my children
are learning to sign.)

Vegetable Prints
Have the children cut up several different types of vegetables. Use different
colors of paint and have the children dip the vegetables in the paint and
print on the paper.

Valentines
Have the children cut out hearts and decorate with paint, glue, glitter. Hang
from the wall, window or ceiling.

Volleyball
Play a gave of Volleyball by throwing a ball back and forth, trying not to
let it touch the floor.

Mixed Vegetables
Serve a dish of mixed vegetables and dip. The children can try different
vegetables they have maybe never had a chance to taste before.

*For the letter V there is an adorable story called Verdi (spanish for
green). It's about a green tree python. It's by Janell Cannon of Stellalune
fame!

Body v's- Show the kids how they might use their bodies to make a letter v.
Invite them to spread apart their fingers, put their arms together at the
elbows and spread their legs apart.

Vanilla - Sponser a Vote on Vanilla party, Set out bitesized samples of
vanilla wafers, vanilla ice cream, vanilla frosting, vanilla pudding, vanilla
milk shake, and vanilla yogurt. Invite kids to taste each of the treats and
then Vote on their favorite!

Violet Velvet "V" - Use scraps of velvet to glue on the letter v.

"V"- velvet, velcro

For the letter V, you could cut out pictures of vegetables and let the kids

glue them on a large V.

V- give each child a little piece of sticky-back velcro. let them put
this on a piece of tagboard or poster board. do the same to a little
cutout of the letter "V" mounted on board as well. show them how they
Velcro the V! (decorate the boards!)

V- the kids paste the "V" cutout on some pretty paper. if your kids use
scissors, encourage them to cut around the letter, to amke an inverted
triangle- this is the Vase. glue the vase onto pretty paper, and use
either real flowers collected from outdoors or real flowers your local
florist gave you to use. (I promised my florist a finished project to
display, with a hand written thank you note from my kids- they traced
it).

How about glue velvet for v -- there are lots of different types so it could
develop into a tactile experience, too.

velcro--have children try to find places or objects that velcro will stick
to (I think one side is stickier than another so let them try both and make
some conclusions on their own) make a chart...stick and no stick classify
the objects where they belong.

Valentines -- make a card for a valentine--provide lots of collage type
materials and maybe even some heart shaped doillies (sp?) let them deliver it
to someone they love--and let the children deliver them in envelopes. Our
classes always like envelopes!!!! Sing valentine songs.

Here is an idea for the letter V. I read the story Growing Vegetable
Soup to the children. Then we make vegetable soup, and have a vegetable
soup party complete with vegetable hats. Also, we make vegetables out
of tissue paper to decorate the room.

My favorite project that we do every year is for the letter v. Have the
children cut out vases from wallpaper books, or if they are unable to cut
through the paper, use any other kind. Then using the children's thumbs, dip
them in purple paint. By showing them how to manuver their thumbs(they need
to touch) have four thumb prints touch, they become a violet. They can or you
can then take a green thin marker and make the stems.

*Vv
Art Activities
Vegetable Prints
Have the children cut up several different types of vegetables. Use
different colors of paint and have the children dip the vegetables in
the paint and print on the paper.
Valentines
Have the children cut out hearts and decorate with paint, glue,
glitter. Hang from the wall, window or ceiling.
Movement and Games
Volleyball
Play a gave of Volleyball by throwing a ball back and forth, trying
not to let it touch the floor.
Alphabet Appetizer
Mixed Vegetables
Serve a dish of mixed vegetables and dip. The children can try
different vegetables they have maybe never had a chance to taste
before.


*Volcano: A classic activity that teaches kids what happens inside the most
dramatic places on Earth! What causes a volcano to erupt? Try this activity
to find out.

You will Need
dirt
red food coloring
water tablespoon
vinegar
cookie sheet
baking soda
large (2-liter) plastic soft-drink bottle

What to do
1. Put the soft-drink bottle in the center of the cookie sheet
2. With moist dirt, form a "volcano" around the bottle. Don't let dirt get
inside the bottle.
3. Pour two heaping tablespoons of baking soda into the bottle.
4. In the measuring cup, mix a few drops of food coloring with a cup of
vinegar, Pour the vinegar into the bottle
5. Stand back and watch 'er blow!

why does it Happen?

Red foam should come out of the top of the "volcano". The vinegar and baking
soda mix and make carbon dioxide. The pressure from the carbon dioxide that
builds up makes the foam come out of the bottle.

How is it like a real Volcano?

In a real volcano, the pressure comes from heat. Thick, melted rock called
magma builds up under a volcano. The magma traps hot gases from deep inside
the Earth. The pressure of the hot gases builds up until it pushes the magma
out of the volcano.

Vegetable prints

Graphing--What's your favorite vegetable?

Vegetable painting

Veggie People

Take good sized potatoes (one for each child), put them in the oven so they
just get soft enough for the children to poke toothpicks in. Then have all
sorts of vegetables cut up and out for the children to use. They can take
the vegies and use toothpicks to make the potatoes into people, animals, or
whatever. When I did this I didn't soften the potatoes and it was too
difficult for the children to get the toothpicks into the potato. For vegies
I used things like green and black olives, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots,
cucumer, etc. They turned out SO cute.

Kim ;D
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Letter V

I read Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.
_have each child bring a vegetable to school
_ Sort vegetables in a variety of ways
_ paint with the vegetables
_Use vegetable seed packets to sort vegetable
Vegetables that grow inder the ground
Vegetables that grow on top of the ground

Wash and prepare vegetables for snack (with dip)

Vine - grow a seet potato vine


Barb/OH
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I haven't done it yet but I am making a volcano. Also I have a large
"V" and we will fill it with vegetable stickers, velcro, velvet, and
valentines. I saved some valentine heart candy and we will put that on
plus they can eat some for snack. Judy pk
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V activities
Vegetable Prints - Have the children cut up a variety of vegetables to use
for printing. Provide different colors of paint for different vegetables.
Use potatoes, cabbage, onions, green peppers, celery, carrots, and zucchini

Whose Voice? - Have the children sit in a circle. Choose one child to be
blindfolded and another to say something about a V word, such as vine,
violet, or vampire. The blindfolded child must guess who is talking.

Volleyball - Divide the children into two teams, and ask them to spread out
on each side of a low net or a row of chairs. have them throw the ball back
and forth trying not to let it touch the floor. If you want to make it
competitive, you could use tally marks to keep score for the teams on a
chalkboard or chart.

Vans - Ask the child to pretend to be vans in the play area. Have them make
the sound of V as they drive around. When you call "Red Light!" the vans
must stop. Have the children listen carefully as you tell them to drive,
stop, back up, go sideways, drive slowly, drive fast, drive in pairs, go
around corners, go up hills, and come down hills.
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*smell vinegar
*count out __ # of leaves to make a vine on green yarn
*make vests from brown grocery bags. Add pictures of things that begin with
/v/ and/or sponge paint Vs onto the vests
*play Letter Detective
*make Vs from playdough
*have students draw a vine with ___ # of leaves
*cut pictures from magazines to make a Vegetable poster

Cindy/SPED K-2
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