Contributed by Connie Jones Ostrowski from the 2011 Seattle PNMA Sharing Fair.
Curriculum Area: SENSORIAL
Age Group: 3-5
Prerequisites: Rough and Smooth Touch Tablets
Direct Aim: Classification skills, sorting/matching different textures of grains
- "Today I would like to show you some different types of grains. Let's see if we can match them up."
- Take out each container of grain and take a close look and briefly describe the texture, color, and say the name of the grain.
- Show the grain 'wheel' and say, "Now I will find the match."
- Match them, placing the containers of grains to the corresponding spot on the grain wheel.
Variations/Extensions: After doing basic match ups for a week or so, you could add a 'texture art project' using the same grains and with glue on cardboard.
Materials: Use a basket or tray, create a 'grain wheel,' dividing the circle into 10' pie slices and cover with different types of grains. The more varied, the better.
Source of Materials or Supplies: Go to the bulk section of your grocery store (PCC or Whole Foods) to acquire varied grains. This was used for a Food Unit to demonstrate the different kinds of grains used as staple foods around the world.
Ideas for Grains: black quinoa, oats, emmer, buckwheat groats, corn, wild rice, millet, brown rice...and things made from grains (cereal, wheat flour rainbow pasta)