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Friday: Fish

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told what they know about fish today.  Fun Facts:  Some fish live for a few weeks and some can live over 50 years.  Fish can be found in almost every type of underwater habitat.  There are over 25,000 different types, or species,  of  fish  in the world.  A fish is a vertebrate, an animal with backbone, which has adapted to life in the water.  Discussed:  What do you think you might find swimming in the pond?

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Have you ever gone fishing? What did you catch?  The children looked at each Phonic Tag and said what the objects were.  We put the tags in a box and mixed them up.  The children came up one at a time and pretended to go fishing with their arms and “catch” a tag in the bucket.  They had to tell what they caught and tell us what letter that item starts with. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  How much water do you think a fish needs to live?  Did you know that some fish only grow as large as their environment allows.  The same fish would grow larger if it lived in a larger pond or lake.  All fish need enough water to cover them and give them room to move.  We had different sizes of bowls that we put the same amount of water in.  We filled a measuring cup with water and dumped it in each bowl.  We placed a sponge “fish” in each bowl and saw how the water levels differ in each bowl.  The children discussed why the same amount of water is in each bowl, but it looks like less in the bigger bowl.  We then counted how many measuring cups it takes to make the water level the same in each bowl.  Discussed which bowl took the most water?

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What color fish would you want to be?  Fish can be found in many colors, but most also have silvery looking scales that seem to shine in the light.  Miss Corrie placed a blue blanket on the floor and pretended it was a pond.   Each child had a fish with their name on it that we placed in the pond.  We counted all the fish in the pond.  We did the transition rhyme and used a child’s name and invited that child to come up and catch his fish with his name on it.  Each child had a turn to catch their fish in the pond.   

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What tools, other than a fishing pole, do you think people use to catch fish?  Did you kn0ow that some fish are caught using nets?  We had a plastic bin filled with water.  We added items that would float to the water.  Each child got to come up one at a time and use the fish net to try to catch the items floating in the water. 

Show and Tell:  The children each brought in a toy fish or book with a fish in it.  They each came up one at a time and discussed their fish item.   They told us why they brought it, what color it was, what shape and size it was, etc…

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:Lego’s

Thursday: Duck

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ava 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 about Leeches.  The children told what they know about ducks.  Discussed:  What kinds of birds do you think you might find near a pond?  Ducks can be found all over the world, except in Antarctica where it is too cold.  They did a a rhyme, “Five little ducks went out to play, Over the hills and far away,  Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack.” Four Little Ducks come waddling back….” 

Emergent Wrting:  Discussed:  What would you do if you were a mama duck and your baby was waddling off?  We looked at their Journals and counted the ducks. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What would you do if you found a baby duck with no mommy?  Miss Kelly shared the story behind the Ugly Duckling (goslings and ducklings look very similar when young).  The children sat in a circle.  Explained that the person chosen to touch the heads is the adult duck and he is “inspecting” the ducklings.  Each time he/she touches a head of someone in the circle he/she says, “duck” if he thinks it is a duckling and “goose” when he decides a gosling is hiding with the ducklings.  The duck chases the goose around the circle and takes the spot.  They played this until everyone had a chance to pretend to be the gosling.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What do you think ducks might eat? Did you know that ducks eat small fish, insects or animals, but mostly ducks enjoy aquatic plants and grass, such as lily pads?  We laid the ducks on he floor and counted how many ducks we had.  We put the lily pad on the floor and invited one child at a time to come up and find the certain size of duck.  Example,  Marissa can you find the smallest duck and place it on the lily pad?  Is the duck bigger or smaller than the lily pad?  We continued this to give all the children a chance and all the ducks were compared to the lily pad.  The children also arranged the dogs from smallest to largest or largest to smallest. 

Emergent Reader: Discussed:  What animals do you think scared the turtles back into the water in the storybook?  They reread the story “Turtle Splash!” and the children were to quack once for each turtle on the page.  When we read the page with the ducks, the children flapped as they listened to that page.  After reading the story, they reviewed the animals on each page and counted them.  We compared the number of other animals to the number of turtles on each page.  Discussed if there was more or less turtles than other animals.

Closing Time:  Discussed how many children are in each of their families.  The children discussed how their family stays together when they go for walks or to other places.  The children told what they learned today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children will draw a path from the mother duck to the pond.  They will need to avoid the snake and the alligator. 

Wednesday: Leech

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Ava 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 about crawfish.  Today the children told what they know about Leeches.  Discussed:  What do you like to suck on?  Lollipops, Popsicles, thumb?  Leeches live near ponds and suck to eat.  Leeches are from the worm family, but live in or near water sources. Today we will learn more about leeches. Fun Facts:  The largest leech ever found measured 18 inches.  The leech has 32 brains–31 more than humans.  Not all leeches are bloodsuckers. Many are predators which eat earthworms.  Leeches were first discovered in India. 

Social Skills:   The children looked at the animals on the Discover Games Sheet and named each one.   Asked them which of these animals they would least like to see on a trip to the pond.  We then put the cards face down on the floor and mixed them up.  One child at a time came up and flipped the cards over one at a time until they turned over the alligator.  They then had to count how many cards were turned over before the alligator came out. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think happens when a leech eats?  Did you know that when a leech attaches to its host it stays until it can’t eat anymore. Then it swells up and falls off.  The children laid on the floor and pretended to be a leech.  They pretended to blow up and get bigger as they pretended to eat.  When they feel “full,”  they pretend to fall down to the ground.  We did a science experiment with a balloon.  In a plastic pop bottle we had vinegar and water mixture.  The children predicted what they thought would happen to the balloon when the baking soda falls into the vinegar in the bottom of the bottle. The balloon was filled with baking soda.  We attached the open end of the balloon over the neck of the bottle without letting the baking soda fall in.  Miss Kelly then picked up the balloon so the baking soda fell into the bottle as she held the balloon around the bottle.  They discussed what happened to the balloon and what happened to the mixture.  The vinegar mixes with the baking soda to create a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas.  This gas is what blows up the balloon.  The kids loved this experiment.  You can do it with your child at home.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Where do you think leeches like to attach?  Did you know that only about 10% of leeches actually have the ability to bite and attach to a living creature?  (Most leeches hook onto decomposing bodies or open wounds to feed.)  We placed one of each matching card on the floor face up.  The children hid their eyes and Miss Kelly hid a leech “black strip of paper” under one of the cards.  The children took turns choosing an item they believed the leech may be hiding under.  We played this several times.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What kinds of things do you think you might see at a pond that have the “-og” sound?  The children looked at the picture of a frog and discussed the sounds it made “fr” and “og”.  Discussed if we changed the front two letters that it makes a new word.  We wrote “og” on the wipe off board and added different letters to the beginning to make new words.  The children read each new word.  The children also had to remember how to spell “frog”.  The children helped fill in letters in the blanks to make the short poem complete.  Poem: “There once was a ___og,  On a ___og, In the ___og, Until it saw the ___og And now it’s gone.”  They could use silly nonsense words also. 

Closing Time:  Each child told what they learned today.

Tumble Bus Day

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play.   Center 2: Fish Book-  The children decorated the fish pattern. They then created their own fish book and put it on the fish pattern. 

Tuesday: Crawfish

May 24, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ava 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 snails. The children told what they know about crawfish.  Discussed:  What shelled animal at the pond has two large pincers in the front?  Explained that crawfish are found in freshwater such as ponds and have two large pincers to help keep them safe.  They look very similar to lobsters.  Fun Facts:  Crawfish can be kept alive out of water for several days under proper conditions.  Their gills are internal, allowing them to survive in dry conditions for varying amounts of time.  There are more than 500 hundred species of crawfish.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think a crawfish catches its food?  The crawfish uses its claws to catch small fish and tadpoles to eat.  Miss Kelly laid the diamond foam shapes on a blanket that represents the pond.  The children had to use their thumb and pointer finger like “pincers” and try to pick up the diamond shapes.

Dramatic Play: Discussed:  What kind of music do you think a crawfish could make?  They read the Little Theater story, “Claude the Crawfish”.  They acted out the story while it was read.  Asked questions to check for comprehension after reading.

Shapes: Discussed:  What parts of a crawfish do you think you could make with the diamond foam shapes?  The children looked at the Shape Design Mat and discussed.  Each child came up one at a time adding the correct color and size of the diamond foam shape to the Mat.  They did this until all the diamond shaped objects were matched with a foam shape.

Social Skills:   Discussed:  If you went to a pond, what would you look for first?  The children helped Miss Kelly draw a pond on the wipe off board and discussed what to put in it.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that is a Diamond Shape.  They came up one at a time to discuss their item.  They told us why they picked that item, how many sides it has, what color it was and more.

Closing Time:  Each child told something that they learned today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Crawfish Headband-They will use paint on their fingers to make spots on the crawfish body.  Miss Felicia will help them put the pieces of their crawfish together.  Center 3:  Pond Pictures-  The children will paint a pond picture using watercolors and then glue the frame around their pictures.

Monday: Snails

May 23, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ava is the calendar and weather girl for this week.  She added the numbers to the calendars, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about Mayflies.  The children told Miss Kelly what they know about Snails. Discussed:  What kinds of creatures do you know that live in a shell?  A snail has a shell and lives at ponds. Other shelled creatures include the turtle and crawfish.  Fun Facts:  Snails are one of the earliest known types of animals in the world.  There is evidence that they evolved more than 600 million years ago.  As a snail moves it leaves behind a trail of slime.  You will find that snails are the most active at night.

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What moves fast?  What moves slowly? A snail is one of the slowest moving creatures.  The children were asked to move their hands slowly. They then picked another body part to move slowly. The children then used yarn to lace around the snail slowly.  Each child came up one at a time and practiced lacing the yarn through the holes on the snail pattern. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you think a snail moves without legs?  Did you know that the bottom of a snail’s body is like one big muscle and the snail secretes some mucus so it can more easily glide along the ground?  The children looked at the folder game and followed it around with their finger.  They did not have time to play the game.

Global Citizenship: Discussed:  If you were a snail, what color would your shell be?  Just as many countries use flags with a variety of colors, snail shells also come in many colors.  They looked at Colombia’s flag and discussed the three colors.  Explained that in Colombia there is a popular kid’s song that says, “Yellow is our gold, blue is our vast seas and red is the blood that gave us freedom.”  The children thought about colors and what they thought they might represent.  Fun Facts:  Did you know that 95% of the world’s emerald’s come from Colombia?  Colombia has more than 15 major volcanoes.  Over 12% of the world’s coffee beans come from Columbia.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  Is it safe to explore a pond on your own?  Explained that it is never safe to go somewhere on your own, especially swimming or in the woods.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in a shell or a picture of a shell.  They each come up one at a time to show their shells.  They discussed why they liked that shell and how it could be used.

Closing Time:  Each child told what they learned today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:    Flag Color Sheet-  Each child will make their own flag.  The child will put their favorite color on the top of the flag and then they will think of two more colors to add to the bottom strips of the flag. 

Daily Lessons This Week

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

Due to the nice weather this week, Miss Kim has been working in the garden and has not had time to update the daily lessons.  The children have been doing their daily lessons with Miss Kelly!  Miss Kim has taught Miss Kelly how to do the lessons correctly.  The children spent Tuesday in the garden planting all the summer veggies.  They loved that day!  I am sorry for this inconvenience.  If you are wondering what they learned for the day please see Miss Kim!

Wednesday: Tadpole

May 4, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. William put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Reviewed what they learned yesterday about snakes.  The children discussed what they know about Tadpoles.  Discussed:  What do you think baby frogs look like?  Explained that a baby frog is called a tadpole. Today we will learn about the life of a tadpole.  Fun Facts:  After hatching from the egg, the tadpole, sometimes is called a polliwog.  A tadpole feeds on algae and other vegetation.  It eats its tail.  Some tadpoles actually shrink into becoming smaller frogs.  Tadpoles can live out of water as long as they remain moist. We looked at pictures of tadpoles.

Numbers:  Discussed: Where do you think a tadpole lives?  Tadpoles live in fresh water such as ponds and lakes.  They do not like salty ocean water. They looked at the Hands-on number 9 and discussed it.  They counted to 9 in English and Spanish.  They found 9 fingers on their hands.  They counted the diamonds on the Counting Card.  They practiced writing the number 9 on the wipe off board.

Social Skills: Discussed:  What kind of stories do you like to hear?  They looked at the Little Helper Chart together and talked about all the ways to be helpful at home or in school.  The child sitting the best was able to  be the “Story Chooser”.  They came up and pickedone of the stories that they wanted Miss Kelly to read to the class: “Carry Me!” or “About Birds”.  The children sat close together like tadpoles while she read the story.   They discussed the book after reading and answered some questions. 

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  How do the number 9 and a tadpole look similar? They looked at the Daily Topic Poster to compare the tadpole with the number 9.  They then looked at their Journals and discussed how they would be making 9 green 9’s to represent tadpoles in afternoon centers.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  How do you think a tadpole survives in the water to grow into a frog?  Did you know that tadpoles stay in groups and hide under rocks or plants to try to keep fish and other predators from eating them?  They looked at the Hands-On letter F  and discussed it.  They learned that this letter is a quiet sound and the air comes out and cools their bottom lip when they make the sound.  They discussed words that begin with the letter Ff.  They even looked in the dictionary to find more words that start with F. 

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in 9 items and 1 started with the letter “F”.  Each child came up to the front of the room, one at a time, and counted all 9 of their items.  They then found the items that started with the letter “F”.  We discussed if the children had the correct number and an item with that letter.  We helped them correct if needed. 

Tumble Bus Day: Tumble Bus Broke Down today!!!  They will be coming on Friday to make up the session from today.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Variety of toys  Center 2:   My Little Journals-  The children will go to the page with the number 9.  They will draw nine green 9s on the paper to represent tadpoles.  They will then use a blue crayon to draw pond water around the tadpoles and decorate as desired.  Center 3:  Frog Puppet- They will paint the brown paper bags green and once they are dry finish the projects.

Tuesday: Snakes

May 3, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. We added the number to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about turtles.  Today the children told me what they know about snakes.  Fun Facts:  Snakes belong to the animal group called reptiles.  This group also includes crocodiles, lizards and turtles.  There are more than 2.700 species of snakes in the world.  They live almost everywhere, in deserts, forests, oceans, streams, and lakes.  Snakes also live  on the ground, in trees and in the water.  Snakes bodies are covered with plates or scales.  They eat insects, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, other reptiles, birds (including eggs) and mammals.  Discussed:  How do you feel about snakes?  Did you know that many snakes like to live around water sources?  We looked at pictures of snakes.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Do  you think a turtle could catch you?  Some turtles can out run humans.  I read a rhyme “There Was a Little Turtle”.  The children swayed to the beat.  I then read it really fast and slow.  The children moved to the beat.  The children told me which way was easiest to follow.  I then held the foam diamond shapes up and each child had to clap with their hands flat and get the pieces.  I then had them just grab the pieces.  They told me which way was easier for them. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  What kinds of things do you think a snake eats?  A snake will eat just about anything that will fit in its mouth.  The snake’s jaws aren’t hinged and they open wide to allow the snake to swallow whole things!  I laid a picture of a snake, a frog and a turtle on the floor.  We laid all the foam diamonds down and those were insects, plants or animals to feed the frog, turtle and snake.  Each child had to come up one at a time and use the tweezers to pick up a foam diamond and feed it to the animal of their choice.  They told us which animal they were feeding and what they were feeding it. It was very hard for some of them to pick up the diamonds with the tweezers.  After each child fed the animals we counted how many each got to eat. Discussed who was fed more and less. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  How do you think a snake moves?  Even though the snake doesn’t have legs it can move very quickly. Snakes use their long bodies and muscles to make waves on the ground and push off to move along.  Each child found a spot on the floor where they could practice moving like a snake.  They had to do this without using thier arms and legs.  We had 4 magnifying glasses that I picked 4 children sitting quietly to come up and do what they said too.  Magnifying Glasses:  Duckling– Look and Find a duckling on the Theme Poster.  Count the baby ducklings. Can you waddle like a duck?  Snake– Look and find a snake on the Theme Poster.  Can you stick your tongue out like the snake?  Try to slither on the ground without using your arms and legs.  Turtle- Look and find the turtle.  What color is on the turtle’s back?  What other animals are in the water?  Frog-Look and find a frog.  How high can you hop?  What other animals do you see that might eat bugs?

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think a pond changes when the seasons change?  Many of the pond animals, including snakes, hibernate when winter comes.  This means they sleep through the cold winter.   We looked at the four season pictures for afternoon centers.  We discussed how to color by number.  They also discussed the pictures of each season.

Closing Time:  Each child told me something they learned today

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2: Discovery Colors Activity Sheet-  They will use certain colors of crayons to color by number.  Center 3:  If time they will start to paint a paper bag that they will make into a frog.

Monday: Turtle

May 2, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Will is the calendar and weather boy this week.  He found the numbers for the calendar.  He told us the weather and changed the weather chart.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Reviewed what they learned about lions.  Today the children told me what they know about pond Turtles.  This month’s theme is about ponds.  Discussed:  What do you know about ponds?  This month we will explore insects, animals and plants that live near a pond.   Fun Facts:  The first known turtles existed 200 million years ago.  Turtles are cold-blooded.  All turtles lay their eggs on land.  Some land turtles can out run a human.  They may feed on plants and insects.  We looked at pictures of turtles.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think it would be like to have a shell on your back?  Turtles are born with a shell.  It grows as they grow!    We had 3 different sizes of bowls and 3 different sizes of toy items that would fit under the bowls.  I had a child come up and find the small toy item and put it under the small bowl.  I then had another child find the medium item and put it under the medium bowl and another child get the large item and put it under the large bowl.  We mixed the bowls up and I had a child put them in largest to smallest order.  We then discussed what items were under each bowl and why it was so easy for them to figure that out.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How do you think a turtle eats?  Did you know that turtles don’t have teeth?  Some turtles snap their mouths and grab their food.  Others stretch out their necks and swallow food whole, while others crush food with their strong jaws.  We used our thumb and finger to move up and down like a snapping turtle.  I held up each child’s name tag and if it was their name then they came up to get it.  If it was not their name then they sat quietly.  We had to go through some of the names twice for those children that did not recognize their name. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think a turtle eats?  Did you know that a turtle eats many different kinds of things including plants, bugs, fish, spiders and small creatures that land nearby? We looked at the Shape Surprise Box and each child took a guess on what object they thought was inside the box.  We then looked at the shape and it was a purple diamond.  Discussed the shape in detail.  They even told me how to draw a diamond on the wipe off board.  Show and Tell:  Each child stood up one at a time and showed the purple that they wore today on their clothing.  We then counted how many children wore purple and how many did not and compared.   

Speaking:  Discussed: What other living things do you think you will find in a pond?  We looked at the new Theme Poster for the month.  I had a child come up and find a certain pond animal or bug.  They counted how many they saw and then did that action back to their seats. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Large Cardboard Blocks  Center 2:   Name Tags-Each child will practice writing their names.   Center 3:  Turtle Pull Toy-  They will glue the bowl onto the turtle pattern.  They will then take tissue paper pieces and glue them onto the bowl “shell”.