Preschool StudentsAccess teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in preschool. These pre-K lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these preschool lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

Pre-K Lesson Plans by Subject


Administration

Parent Communication is Core


Getting Started

Get Ready, Get Set, PLAN!
A Core Knowledge Preschool … We’re Building Bridges to Future Success
Message Time
Sequencing the Daily Calendar


Language and Literacy

I. Oral Language

Dinosaurs and George Washington: The Concepts of “Old” and “New”
Exploring Feeling with Eric Carle
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
Message Time
Having Beary Much Fun With Core Knowledge

II. Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs

Caps for Sale
Farm Frolics
Laura Smolkin’s “A Rhyme a Week”
Laura Smolkin’s “Alphabet Books”

III. Storybook Reading and Storytelling

Dinosaurs and George Washington: The Concepts of “Old” and “New”
Working Hard with the Little Red Hen
Caps for Sale
Exploring Feeling with Eric Carle
Farm Frolics
WE Have a Dream! — Inspirational Americans for Preschoolers
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
It’s Learning Time
It’s About the Author
The Care & Feeding of a Gingerbread Man
Having Beary Much Fun With Core Knowledge
Open Your Eyes Wide Shut
The Three Little Pigs … for a month? You Bet!
Reading with Swimmy: Teaching Core Knowledge Goals Through Literature
Big Brown Books, Baby Bag Books and Beyond
Laura Smolkin’s “Alphabet Books”

IV. Emerging Literacy Skills in Reading and Writing

Let’s Write
Farm Frolics
Message Time
It’s About the Author
What’s Cooking in Core Knowledge Preschool
Make the ABCs More Than Just a Song! Make Them the Focus of Some Really Fun Games
The Care & Feeding of a Gingerbread Man
Having Beary Much Fun With Core Knowledge
Open Your Eyes Wide Shut
Big Brown Books, Baby Bag Books and Beyond
Laura Smolkin’s “A Rhyme a Week”
Laura Smolkin’s “Alphabet Books”


Orientation in Time and Space

Precursors to History and Geography

Dinosaurs and George Washington: The Concepts of “Old” and “New”
Once Upon a Time: A Unit Comparing the Present to the Past
Understanding and Using the Language for Orientation of Space
A Child’s Eye View: My Community
Over, Under, All Around Spatial Words Can Be Found
Sequencing the Daily Calendar
WE Have a Dream! — Inspirational Americans for Preschoolers
Town Mouse, Country Mouse


Visual Arts

Math and Mattise – Using the Preschool Art Sequence to Teach Math
Who Is Picasso? Creating Masterpieces in a Core Preschool Program
More on “Who is Picasso?”
Preschool Art Activities Using the Sequence
Exploring Feeling with Eric Carle
Farm Frolics


Music

Movement Education
Enter the World of Music
Romp! Stomp! and Bach!..Exploring Creative Music and Movement
Farm Frolics


Mathematical Reasoning

I. Patterns and Classification

See, Touch, and Taste Math
Math and Much, Much More
1+1=Fun!
Developing Number Sense in the Preschool Classroom
Math and Mattise – Using the Preschool Art Sequence to Teach Math
Mathematical Reasoning and Number Sense for Preschool Children
Zip to Zowie
Farm Frolics

II. Geometry and Measurement

Math and Much, Much More
1+1=Fun!
Developing Number Sense in the Preschool Classroom
Zip to Zowie
Farm Frolics
What’s Cooking in Core Knowledge Preschool

III. Numbers and Number Sense

See, Touch, and Taste Math
Math and Much, Much More
1+1=Fun!
Developing Number Sense in the Preschool Classroom
Mathematical Reasoning and Number Sense for Preschool Children
Farm Frolics

IV. Computation

See, Touch, and Taste Math
1+1=Fun!
Developing Number Sense in the Preschool Classroom

V. Money

1+1=Fun!


Scientific Reasoning

Investigation and Observation

The Need for Seeds: How Plants Grow & Feed the World
How Plants Grow
Birds of a Feather
Let’s Visit a Pond
At Last! Science Made Simple
Turn On the “LIGHT” in Preschool
Air

Understanding the Living World

On Safari: A Hunting We Will Go
Oceans and Islands
Let’s Visit a Pond
Every-Body is Special
Sense-Ability
Making the Senses Make Sense; Activities to Help Children Explore the Five Senses
Oceans
Farm Frolics
At Last! Science Made Simple

Understanding the Physical World

Turn On the “LIGHT” in Preschool
It’s About the Author
At Last! Science Made Simple


Autonomy, Social Skills, and Work Habits

Magnificent Me
Creating Positive Family/School Connections
My Family and Me — Making Connections
Peace Place
Caps for Sale
Exploring Feeling with Eric Carle
What’s Cooking in Core Knowledge Preschool
Having Beary Much Fun With Core Knowledge


Movement and Coordination

Movement Education
Enter the World of Music
Romp! Stomp! and Bach!..Exploring Creative Music and Movement
Having Beary Much Fun With Core Knowledge