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Friday: Lion Cub

Apr 29, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory put the number on the calendar.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about skunks.  Today the children told us what they know about Lions.  Fun Facts for baby lions:  There are one to six cubs per litter.  Lion cubs are born blind and helpless.  They weigh approximately 2 to 4 pounds.  They have yellow-red fur with light spots that will fade as they grow.  For the first few weeks of their life, the lion cubs remain in seclusion away from the rest of the pride, with only their mothers tending to them.  Discussed:  What happens when a baby grows up? Many baby animals leave the nest and become adults within a year or two. People take much longer to “grow up”. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  How can you tell when an animal grows up?  When a male lion grows up, he gains a mane (lots of dark fur around the head).  The children spread their fingers around their head like a mane and pretended to move like an adult lion.  We made a lion snack!  The children each received a round cracker and shredded cheese.  They made a mane with the shredded cheese around the cracker.  They then added raisins for the eyes and mouth.  They used spray cheese to make the whiskers. 

Learning Approach: Discussed:  Can you show me how you think a lion hunts and catches food?  Lions often wait for an animal they are hunting to come by, then they pounce and run fast to catch them.  They looked at the little Learning Cards and discussed each in detail.  They set the cards on the floor and came up and took a Brain Block from the bag and rolled it on the floor.  They picked the Little Learning Card that was similar to the block.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What is a group of lions called?  A group of lions is called a pride.  Pride is also what it means when you are happy about something that you did.  Explained that part of growing up means that you take on responsibilities–things that you should do to help others.  They brainstormed ways to help their communities.  They discussed when they show pride!!   

Emergent Reading: Discussed:  What kinds of things do  you do  when you were a baby that you don’t do now? (Drink from a bottle, use a pacifier or diaper, carry a blanket).  The children brainstormed how to decorate the front cover of our baby animal class book.  Each child took a page and drew a picture so something they did when they were a baby and something they do now.  Miss Corrie wrote what they told her to write about their pictures.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring an item from when they were babies. Each child came to the front of the room and told us about their items.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Little Learning Cards and Outside Play

Thursday: Baby Skunk Kit

Apr 29, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned yesterday about Sea Turtles.  The children told me what they know about a baby skunk.  Fun Facts:  Baby skunks are born completely toothless and blind.  The eyes of the baby skunk do not open until the skunk is a few weeks old.  The baby skunks are also unable to use their defensive spray when they are first born. The baby skunks will usually stay with their mother until they are about a year old and are old enough to mate themselves. Discussed:  What are some of the things a baby needs to learn to stay safe?  Many animals, like the skunk, have special features to help them survive.  They did a poem with Miss Corrie.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What are some of the things your doctor does to help keep you healthy?  Explained that vets and doctors give vaccinations (shots) in syringes to help keep pets and babies healthy.  We looked at a syringe and the children practiced saying the name “syringe”.  Discussed how many shots are given with this.  We then used the syringe to measure seveal children’s arms and legs and compared how long they are.  We then used the syringe to fill two different sizes of cups up with water.  They counted how many times it took to fill the syringe before the cups were full.  We then used the syringe to squirt each other with water.

Health and Safety: Discussed:  What kinds of things remind you of the skunk? The children had a hard time understanding this question.  I then had each child come up one at a time and I made stripes in a cup while they watched, with Chocolate syrup!  This reminded them of a skunks stripes.  I then added milk and the kids took their cup to their seat and mixed up their chocolate milk and drank it up.

Visual Art:  Discussed: What does a skunk do to protect itself?  Many animals have special ways to protect themselves from danger. A skunk sprays a foul odor at any threats.  We looked at the art projects that they will be making this afternoon for centers.  I picked a child to be an animal and hide and then the other child held the skunk project.  The child with the skunk went walking by the hidden child “animal”.  That child would jump out and scare the skunk and the skunk would turn around and spray the animal.  We did this until all the children had a chance to act it out. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  How would you recognize a skunk?  Explained that a skunk is commonly known for its white stripe on the black tail.  We put black strips of paper inside the octagon shape that was taped on the floor.  Several strips had white chalk stripes on them when they were turned over.  The children each took turns putting their heads in the hole “octagon” and pulling out a strip of black paper.  They would check the other side to see if it had a white chalk mark on it!  If it did then they got sprayed by a skunk and if they didn’t they were safe. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Car Track and Village Center 2:  Horse Head Craft- Each child unbraided the rope to make a mane  and they glued it onto the horse head pattern.  They then put it on a popsicle stick.      Center3:  Baby Skunk-  They each added stripes on the pattern of the skunk with white chalk.  They then put the tail on the skunk body with a brass fastener.   

Wednesday: Baby Sea Turtles

Apr 27, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   Mallory put the number on the calendar.  She found the day of the week in Spanish and then discussed the weather. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about foals and lambs.  Today the children told me what they know about sea turtles.  We will be discussing baby sea turtles.  Fun Facts:  A female will deposit the eggs of 150-200 baby sea turtles.  Baby sea turtles often feed on zooplankton and nekton before they before they begin to feed on sea grass.  They are on their own as soon as they hatch.  When the baby sea turtles hatch, the baby sea turtles tear out of their shells with their snout and then instinct will lead the baby sea turtles towards the sea.  A lot of the baby sea turtles don’t make it to sea because they are eaten by predators.  Discussed:  What is one thing that might be hard for a baby?  Did you know that although it seems like it would be hard to find their way back home, many animals-like the sea turtle-use instinct to make it back home.


Emergent Writing:   We looked at their My Little Journals and discussed how they would follow the path to the sea and not run into the crab.  We had masking tape paths on the floor and the kids got to follow the paths to see where they would take them. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What might make it hard to find your way home?  Explained that some animals are born with disabilities, just like people, and might benefit from another’s help.  I made an obstacle course with the slide, hula hoops and a balance beam.  The children were then each blind folded and asked to go through the obstacle course.  They needed help by us to get through it because they couldn’t see.  I took some of them through it once and then they tried it by themselves the second time.  Discussed how we learn where things are and that is what an animal would have to do if it had a disability and was blind.  They really liked doing this activity.

Patterns:  Discussed:  When a baby isn’t born at home, how do you think it finds its way home?  (instinct)  I laid a blue towel and a brown towel on the floor. I put the 5turtles of different sizes on the brown towel.  The brown towel was the sand and the blue towel was the sea.  I had the children sitting the nicest come up and find a certain size of turtle and get it to crawl its way to the “sea”. They then put the turtles in order from smallest to largest.

Emergent Reading:Discussed:  How do the turtles move to get from the beach to the sea?  Sea turtles crawl to the water where they begin to swim.  We looked at our sight words on the wipe off board again: run, jump, what.  The children ran in place after they read the word “run”.  They jumped in place when they read the word “jump”.  When they read the word “what” they did whatever they wanted to do for an action.  I then put the three words in a basket across the room.  Each child took turns going to the basket and pulling out a word and read the word.  They did that action all the way back to their seats if they got run or jump.  If they got the word “what” they did whatever they wanted all the way to their seats. 

Tumble Bus Day

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Legos and waffle blocks Center 2:  My Little Journal-  They had the sea turtle find his way through the path to get to the sea and not run into the crab.  Center 3: The children are making a lion out of a circle of their hand prints.  They are using brown and yellow paint to make the hand prints. 

Tuesday: Lambs & Foals

Apr 26, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory is the new calendar girl this week.  She added all the numbers to the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:We will be discussing lambs and foals today.  The children told me what they know about each.  Fun Facts:  A mother’s milk is the only nourishment a lamb needs for the first several weeks.  Lambs are most often born as twins.  They weigh around 9 pounds when they are born.  Lambs can walk minutes after  birth so they can eat and follow the flock.  Foal Fun Facts:  Boy foals are called colts, while girl foals are called fillies.  When a horse is born, it’s legs are almost their full adult length!  Most foals are born at night under cover of darkness and away from prying eyes and possible danger.  A newborn foal can stand up within an hour of being born and can keep up with the rest of the herd within 24 hours! When first born, foals cannot eat grass because their legs are too long to reach it! Discussed:  What is one way a baby animal can be fed?  Did you know that although many baby animals drink milk from their mommy, some babies, like a lamb, could also drink milk from a bottle or syringe?  Discussed:  What kind of things do you think a baby needs to learn to do?  Many animals are not born walking yet. This is something they learn to do.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Do you think a baby remembers things that have happened to him?  It is hard for us to recall actual memories, but we do retain skills we learned as a child.  The memories of when we were babies come from stories that people share with us.  Looked at a picture that they will be drawing in afternoon centers.

Shapes:  Discussed: How could you keep baby animals safe on a farm?  Farmers build fences (usually called pens) to keep babies in and other animals out.  We looked at the brown and green octagon foam shapes.  The children told me the shape and color.  I had three children that were sitting the best and quietest come up and take an animal.  They had to build a fence around the animal with the foam shapes.    We then discussed animals that could be found in a pen and animals that we could find kept outside of a pen.

Chit Chat:  Who do you think feeds a baby lamb if the mother is not there?  Many farmers feed lambs and calves with bottles.  This way they can control what and how much a baby animal eats. 

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  What do you think you ate/drank as a baby?  I read the script: Hungry Lambs.  The children acted it out while I read. 

Chit Chat:  How long do you think it takes for a baby horse (foal) to learn to walk/run?  Foals can begin to walk from 45 minutes to 2 hours after they are born. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What determines the winner of a race?  Explained that some races (such as horse races) are determined by who reaches the finish line first.  We made a ramp using a shelf board and raising it at one end with blocks.  We looked at two rolling items and predicted the one they thought would reach the finish line first.  We did this with several different items and predicted each time which one they thought would win.  We also changed our ramps slope and saw if there was a change on the objects.  Objects were ball, car, tomato (food toy), pen, glue stick, etc… 

Patterns: Discussed:  How do you think a baby learns to move?  Some babies are born able to move like adults, but some learn by watching others.  We used the matching cards and each child took one of the pairs.  I had them stand up and move like the animal on their card and try to see if they could find the person with the matching card because of the way they were moving.   They had a very difficult time finding their matching movements.

Emergent Reading: Discussed:  What animals might move quickly?  Which animals move slowly?  We looked at the Word Family Cards and I had them repeat the sound each card makes.  We discussed the word family in the word “chick”.  I wrote “ick” on the board and the children told me what letters to add to the front of the word to make new words.  They read all the new words that we made.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Lacing shapes and Library books  Center 2:  The children will draw a picture of themselves as a baby.  They will then tell us about something that they know about when they were babies to write on their picture. Center 3:  Lamb Headband- the children will make a face on the lamb head pattern.  They will then decorate it as desired and fit it to their heads to wear around the room.

Thursday: Bunny

Apr 21, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Averee put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about baby birds.  Today the children told me what they know about bunnies.  Fun Facts:  Baby bunnies are called “kits”.  Typically 5 to 8 kits per litter.  They are born hairless with eyes and ears closed.  They will open them in 6 to 10 days.  Kits eat solid food around 3 weeks.  They are weaned between 6 and 7 weeks.  They drink their mommies milk and weigh about 1 pound when they are born. We looked at pictures and acted out a rhyme.  Discussed:  Why do you think baby bunnies, which are called kits, stay close to their mom?  Some animals cannot defend themselves well, like a bunny, so they need to stay near the adults.

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What would you do with a pet bunny?  Explained that bunnies are very soft and many people love to pet them to feel their soft fur.  I had three kids go find something soft in the room.  They let everyone feel each item and the children decided which one was the softest.  I then had the children help me add fur to the lacing bunny card.  They each came up one at a time and helped thread the string on the bunny lacing card. 

Social Skills: Discussed:  Who do you stay near when you want to feel safe?  Explained that many animals (just like people like to be around a parent to feel safe.  We placed the game pieces face side down.  The children looked at the folder game board and discussed the animals on the board.  I had the children come up one at a time and draw a game piece. They told me the animal or letter on the card and then matched it with it’s mommy on the folder game board.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  Is it okay to touch any baby animals?  Explained that although many baby animals are cute, it can be dangerous to touch many of them.  If you do not know the animal and/or it is not a pet, you should never touch or go near the animal.  We looked at each of the animal cards and named the animal.   The children then decided together which would be safe to touch, if you ask the owner, and which would not be safe to touch.  We had the children stand against the wall and Miss Corrie stood 10 feet away.  She pulled one animal out of the basket and showed it to the kids.   If it is not okay to approach, the children had to stay.  If the animal can be pet, the children took one step towards Miss Corrie.  We played this until all the kids reached Miss Corrie. 

Global Citizenship: Discussed: What types of plants or animals live in your neighborhood?  Explained that Canada’s flag has a maple leaf on it.  Many maple trees can be found all over Canada.  We found Canada on the World Map and one child got to tape the flagto that country.  Fun Facts:  Did you know that each winter in Quebec, Canada they build a hotel made from ice?  The Hotel de Glace is created  every year using over 400 tons of ice and 12,000 tons of snow.  Did you know that the only desert in Canada is only 15 miles long but contains over 100 rare plants and over 300 rare animals?  Did you know that the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian side of Niagara Falls) is 167 feet high and over 2600 feet wide

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Variety of toys  Center 2: The children picked a nature item from outside.  They will make their own flag and glue the item onto their flag like Canada has the maple tree leaf.

Wednesday: Bird Chick

Apr 20, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Averee added the number to the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  She also reviewed her words and colors in Spanish and Sign Langauge. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:   Reviewed what the y learned about Baby Elephants.  Today we will be discussing bird chicks and the children told me something they know about baby birds.  Fun Facts:  The adult bird feeds its babies whole insects or worms that it finds fairly close to its nest.  Baby chicks hatch out of eggs.  They learn to fly when they are between 5 to 7 weeks old. We acted out a rhyme.  Discussed:  What do you do if you see something dangerous?  Many animals make special calls to let the others know there is danger.

Chit Chat: Discussed:  How do you think a bird would say, “I’m happy,” or “I’m scared”?  Explained that many birds give out a different call for different reasons, and a baby can usually tell when an adult warns of danger by its call.  The children looked at the craft they will be making this afternoon. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  Do you know what it means to use your manners?  Explained that manners are polite or nice ways of doing certain things.  Discussed what kind of things we do or don’t do at the table.  The children each got a napkin and pretended to be eating.  We then used the napkin to wipe our chins because we got food all over it.  The children also discussed other ways to use their manners and share the napkins.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What is one way to tell where birds are located?  Explained that sometimes you can see bird tracks on the ground.  We discussed how to write the capital and lowercase Yy.  Each child came up and practiced writing the capital and lowercase Y on the wipe off board.

Logic:  Discussed:  How can an adult bird keep the baby safe before it hatches from its egg?  Explained that many birds hide the eggs in a nest, crevice, tall grass, rocks, or other places to keep them safe.  We looked at a chart that said, “Where Would You Hide Your Egg?  It had three columns for them to choose a place they wanted to hide their egg:  basket, nest or grass.  Eah child came up one at a time and took an egg sticker to place in the colomn of where they wanted to hide their egg.  We counted how many eggs were in each column and compared the columns: more and less. 

Tumble Bus Day

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:    Center 2:   My Little Journal:  Each child turned to the Y page and practiced making the capital and lowercase Y.  The childrne then made y’s at the top of the page to make bird tracks and drew a bird at the end of their tracks.  Center 3:  Baby Bird Craft- The children will take a coffee filter and fold it in half. They will then dip it into watered down paint and watch the colors spread.  They will then ad a face to the bird pattern and tape on the wings.  They will take pipe cleaners and bend them into feet and then staple them onto their body. 

Tuesday: Baby Elephants

Apr 19, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  1 Comment

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Averee is the calendar and weather girl this week.  She put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and said the colors and words in Spanish and Sign Language!

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:   Reviewed what they learned about Fawns (baby deer).  Today we will be learning about baby elephants.  The children told me what they know about elephants.  Fun Facts:  Baby elephants weigh around 200 pounds at birth. The female gives birth to one elephant every four years.  The baby elephant is covered with black fur.  The mother feeds him with milk until he is at the age of two.  The entire herd travels with the speed of the young elephants.  Discussed:  Do you feel safer when you are all alone or together with your friends and family?  Many animals stay in a group to help keep their babies safe.  Each group has a name such as herds or flock.  Did a rhyme with the children and acted it out. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  What kinds of things does a herd need to survive?  Explained that often herds will move to find more water and food so there is enough for everyone.  We discussed items that we need to survive and then items that we “want” but don’t need.  I showed the children pictures of items and they had to tell me if it was a “want” or a “need” item.  We discussed what we use money for and how it can buy things we “need”.  Also discussed how some don’t have the money to buy things they “need”. 

Social Skills: Discussed:  What food would you share if you lived in a herd?  I had two kids come up at a time and take an elephant.  I had one child draw a number and count out that many peanuts to feed the other child’s elephant.  Each child had a turn drawing a number and feeding the other child’s elephant.

Book Worm:Discussed:  Why do animals stay with their herd?  Explained that when many animals live together, they keep each other safe, share food and help take care of the babies.  We looked at the hands-on letter Y.  We discussed the letter and sounds that it can make: /yu/, /ie/, /ee/, and /i/.  I wrote several words on the board with the letter y in them.  We discussed where the “y” was and what sound it made in that word.  Discussed how to form the capital and lowercase “Yy”.  Show and Tell:  Each child came up one at a time and told us about the items that they brought.  The items were to start with the letter “Y”.  They did very good with this!

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How do adult elephants keep the baby elephants in the herd?  Explained that often elephants will hold onto each other trunk-to-tail to stay together.  I demonstrated how we could do this with our arms.  I then played the songs from the “Baby Animals”  CD while the kids all got in a line and acted like elephants attached to each.  They had so much fun running through the room attached in a line.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos  Center 2:  The children will practice their cutting skills by cutting apart the needs and wants cards along with the money.   

Wednesday: Manatee Calf

Apr 13, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Today we discussed  the manatee calf.  Discussed:  How do you think a manatee or sea otter carries its baby?  Baby sea animals can sometimes be seen floating on the chest of a parent swimming on its back.  Fun Facts:  A manatee gives birth to one pup.  The pup stays with it’s mother for two years. When the youngsters are born they are brown.  Baby manatees turn gray in a month.  The babies are usually sixty pounds at birth.  When they are full grown they are thirteen feet long, and get up to 3,500 pounds. 

Chit Chat:  Discussed:  What other animal does a manatee look like?  Manatee are big and grey like a whale.  They are most closely related to elephants. We looked at our Manatee Art projects that we will do in afternoon centers. 

Book Worm:  Discussed:  What do you think a baby manatee eats?  Did you know that a baby manatee first drinks its mother’s milk (manatees are mammals)  and then will eat a variety of sea plants?  Manatees are herbivores. That means they eat only plants.  Grady wanted to read the Rebus Reader “Silly Millie Manatee”.  He read the book to the class!  We discussed the animals in the book and they answered questions to see if they were listening.  Questions:  What did the manatee eat?  What things did the manatee like to do?  Does the manatee swim fast or slow?

Patterns:  Discussed:  What kind of things do you think might be dangerous for a manatee? Explained that just as their paretns protect them (keep them out of the road, away from hot things, etc.) a manatee needs to learn about dangers, too!  The children looked at the pattern on the calendar. They clapped, slapped and then stompped, stompped out the pattern.  They then looked at the Pattern Strip  and disccussed the pattern they saw! They used the Pattern cards to c0ntinue the pattern on.  They then created their own patterns with the pattern card. 

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  What would happen if we didn’t help take care of the homes (habitats) of animals?  Explained that animals cannot survive without a home.  We need to help protect the habitats of animals.  Explained that when we know where an animal lives (its habitat) we can make rules to protect the animals.  One of the ways we try to help protect manatees is by making “no wake zones”.  We put water in a tub and made a sponge the manatee.  We then added a boat to the water and moved it around. The children noticed the waves that the boat made.  Discussed that these waves are called a wake.  We then moved the boat slowly and it only made ripples.  This means that a boat is going slow enough to steer around a manatee if they see one.

Tumble Bus Day

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play!   Center 2:  Baby Manatee Puppet-  The children wrinkle the paper bag and then flatten it out again to make the wrinkly skin of a manatee.  The children will tear strips of green paper to resemble sea grass.  They will use the strips to paint the bag with paint.  Once the paint is dry they will finish this project by adding the body parts to the bag. 

Tuesday: Joey (baby Kangaroo)

Apr 12, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   Marissa added the number to the calendar

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Asked:  Does anyone know what a “Joey” is?  The children have never heard this term before so we discussed how it is a baby kangaroo.  Discussed:  How do you think a kangaroo carries its baby? Kangaroos have a pouch on their bellies.  They carry their baby joey inside the pouch until it can live on its own.  Fun Facts:  Newborn kangaroos weigh just a gram or two.  They are the size of a bean.  Kangaroos usually have just one joey at a time.  Joeys drink their mothers milk.  The joey remains in the pouch for nine months.  They are born naked.  We looked at pictures of “joeys”.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What would you put in a pouch?  Animals who have pouches only use them to carry babies.  We looked at the hands-on letter “Gg”.  Discussed the sound and letter.  They told me words that begin with the letter “G” and we then found more words in the dictionary.  Discussed if the word “kangaroo” had a G in it and then everyone hopped like a kangaroo. 

Chit Chat:  Discussed:  How do you think a baby needs to be handled?  The kids weren’t sure what the word  “handled” meant so we had to discuss that.  Explained that gentle is a term used to describe a nice, soft touch.  Baby animals (and all babies) need gentle touches to show affection and care.

Book Worm: Discussed:  How do you think a kangaroo likes to move?  Kangaroos mostly move by hopping, but if moving slowly they crawl on all four legs and use their tail as a fifth leg to help balance.  I wrote one sight word on the board at a time.  We discussed each letter and sound one at a time and then sounded each word out.  Words:  jump, run, what!  They had to run and jump when we read those words.  We discussed the word “what” and how it doesn’t play fair.  We read their, “I Can Read” book.  The children helped me read the story by reading the sight words.  They also did the actions in the story.

Numbers:  Discussed:  How far do you think a kangaroo can jump?  Did you know that the average jump for a kangaroo is about 8 meters (that is about 25 feet)? We looked at a tape measure and measured out 25 feet. We discussed if we thought we could jump that far in one jump.  We all decided that we couldn’t jump that far.  We even had Grady sh0w us if he could go that far.  We looked at the hands-on numbers 1 and 8.  We discussed each number and counted to them.  I then had the children tell me how to make an 18 with those two numbers.  We counted to 18.  All the children then stood in a line shoulder to shoulder against the easel and desk area.  I had them hop 8 times and stop.  We looked behind us to see where they hopped from and noticed that it wasn’t too far.  We then continued to hop until we reached 18 hops starting at number 8.  The children then looked at where they started and discussed if 8 or 18 hops were farther away.  Which number went further?

Show and Tell:   Each child was to bring in 18 items and one needed to start with the letter “G”.  I had each child come up one at a time and they counted out their items.  We then discussed if they got to the right number and if we needed to add or take away any!  They then found the object that started with a letter “G”

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play!  Center 2: I Can Read book:  They cut out their sight words and then found those sight words in the book and circled them.  Center 3: Animal Vet Bag-  They will punch out the animal vet bag and then use yarn to sew it shut.  They will make the scissors by adding a fastener to the two pieces. 

Monday: Baby Monkey

Apr 11, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Marissa is the calendar and weather girl for this week.  She added the numbers to the calendar.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Reviewed what they learned about Fish with Miss Corrie on Friday.  Today we will be learning about baby monkeys.  The children told me what they know about monkeys.  Fun facts:  They have very pale skin in the areas that have no hair.  Monkeys give birth to 1 or 2 babies at a time.  Spider monkeys weigh 5-7 pounds at birth, which is the weight of a bag of flour.  Black-handed spider monkeys mainly eat ripe fruits, but they also eat leaves, seeds, flowers, nectar, insects, and small bird eggs.  We looked at pictures of baby monkeys.  Discussed:  How do you think a monkey carries its baby? Many monkeys carry babies on their backs and shoulders.  We did a rhyme where Mr. Alligator snatched the monkey swinging from the tree. 

Book Worm: Discussed:  What can you carry on your back?  We looked at the matching cards.  I hung one of the cards in the room in different areas and the other matching card was on the floor face down.  Each child came up and took a card and told me the animal on the card.  They then put it on their backs and crawled to the matching card hanging in the room. 

Chit Chat:  Discussed:  What part of the body makes it easy for monkeys to carry their babies on their backs? Explained that monkeys have long arms that make it easier for the baby to wrap arms around the neck of the parent.  I showed them the craft that they would be making this afternoon.

Listening:  Discussed:  What else do you think a monkey can carry on its back?  We looked at the story book pieces.  I then read the participation story and used the story book pieces to act out the story.  When I was done reading the story, I asked the children questions to see if they comprehended the story.  Questions:  What did the monkey and tortoise find in the river?  Which part of the tree did the monkey take?  Which part did the tortoise take?  How did the animals help each other? ect..

Physical Science:  Discussed:  In what ways does a monkey move similar to and different from you?  Explained that monkey feet are a lot like their hands and they can hold onto objects with their tails as well.  these features help them move and climb from object to object very well.  We created an obstacle course for the children to go through.  They did it one way the first time and then tried to go through it a different way.  They had to climb under a chair covered with a blanket,  hop from hula hoop to hula hoop, walked on a balance beam and slid down the slide. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:Legos!  Center 2: Monkey Puppet:  The children will glue the monkey head to the lunch sack.  They will trace their hands and feet to cut out and use as the monkey’s hands and feet.  They will attach the arms and hands and feet to the bag.  They can fill the bag and carry it on their backs.