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Tuesday: Falling Leaves

Nov 30, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told us what makes the leaves fall from the trees. Explained that leaves fall from trees when some trees get ready to sleep for the winter.  Fun Facts:  Leaves are the powerhouse of plants.  In most plants, leaves are the major site of food production for the plant.  The production of red pigments indicate that the leaves still have food trapped inside; brown pigments are produced by the waste material left in leaves.  During the summer, leaves make more glucose than the plant needs for energy and growth.  The excess is turned into starch and stored until needed. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What colors do you see on trees in the fall? Explained that when the seasons change some leaves change colors before they fall off for the winter.  We looked at the Tree that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What can you do with the leaves that fall from the trees?  We spread leaves around the floor and the children worked together to pick the leaves up and put them in a basket. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  How many leaves do you think it would take to be as tall as you?  Each child came up to the front of the room one at a time and we measured them with leaves to see how many leaves tall they were. 

Physical Science:   Discussed:  Which color would you like to be if you were a leaf?  Discussed what they will be doing with a coffee filter in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Large Cardboard Building Blocks Free Play Center 2: TreeTop Art-  They children laced the trunk of the tree with yarn.  They then painted the treetop green to make it look like a summer tree.  They folded it down and then added fall colors of tissue paper to make it have a fall treetop.  Center 3:  Moving Colors-  They folded a coffee filter and dipped it into watered down paint and when they unfolded it they noticed the cool design.

Monday: Daylight

Nov 28, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen is the new calendar and weather girl for this week.  Gretchen put all the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Hibernation and Migration.  The children told me what they know about daylight and how the seasons affect it.  Explained that summer brings longer daylight hours due to how close that part of the Earth is to the sun.  Fun Facts:  Daytime is the period of time each day when daylight occurs.  Day-lighting is lighting an indoor space with openings such as windows and skylights that allow daylight into the building. 

Health and Safety:Discussed:  What is your favorite food for dinner?  Explained that in the summer many people eat dinner while the sun is still out, but in the winter the sun is usually gone before dinner.  We worked together to discuss what type of vegetables we could put into soup.  We made a beef stew together.  We added potatoes, carrots, celery, corn, peas, beef and onion soup seasoning.  We had to put it in the crock-pot and  let it cook all day before it would be ready to eat.  We will try it tomorrow when it is ready.

Learning Approach:  Discussed:  What is your favorite thing to do in the day? Is there something you like to do in the dark night?  We had the Brain Box that each child got to come up and roll one at a time.  They did the directions on the side that landed up.  We discussed how we can do these activities at day or night.  Brain box directions:  Growl like a bear that just woke up; Twirl around 5 times; Make a rectangle with a partner;  Stomp your feet 6 times; Jump to something yellow in the room; Fly to something orange in the room.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What happens to the light when it is getting late in the day?  Explained that as the night begins to come into sight it gets darker.  We looked at the lightest and darkest scene and discussed.  The children helped me put the 4 scenes in order from lightest to darkest.

Learning Approach:   Discussed:  Why do we need light?  Explained that the daylight makes it easier for us to see and gives us some warmth from the sun.  We reviewed all the little learning cards and discussed each:  6, Rectangle, Tt, Yellow, Orange, Ww, Uu, 5.  We then turned the lights out and I had one child come up at a time.  I told them to find a certain card with the Flashlight!  They had fun with this.

Crazy Hair Day: The children were to come to school with Crazy Hair.  We counted how many children had crazy hair and how many did not. We compared and discussed more and less.  We looked at the different cool Crazy Hair styles and discussed. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Little Learning Cards-  The children will color and cut them out. Center 2: Lacing Cards and Library books

Wednesday: Hibernation & Migration

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Thomas was not here to do the calendar so we did it together.  We added the number to the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what the children learned about a Blizzard.  The children told me what they know about hibernation.  They got it confused with nocturnal animals.  How long do you think animals that hibernate sleep in the winter?  Explained that hibernation is when an animal goes into a deep sleep-like state for the winter to survive the cold.  Fun Facts:  Hibernation is a way of adapting to short food supplies in winter.  Hibernating bears curl up to conserve heat, may change positions in the den, and might temporarily leave the den during the hibernation months.  Bears enter their dens during October/November and stay for five to six months.  After they have buried all of their food and when winter comes and goes, the squirrel will wake up out of hibernation and go look for the food they buried!

Visual Art:   Discussed:  How do you think a bear might prepare for hibernation?  Explained that a bear gathers items from nature to make a den for sleeping through the winter.  We looked at the bears that they made in afternoon centers yesterday. 

Gross Motor:    Discussed:  What do you do when you wake up in the morning?  They sat on the floor with their legs extended straight.  I had them reach to their toes and rest their heads on their knees.  We pretended to be sleeping bears.  We then woke up and stretched after the long winter.

Shapes:  Discussed:  Where do you think you would go if you wanted to sleep for a long time? We had to work together to put a puzzle together.  After the puzzle was together, the children discussed the picture.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What animal would you like to be in the winter?  We looked at pictures of several different animals.  I used one color of the foam shapes to make them a bed or home to hibernate in.  I picked several children to come up and make homes or beds for the animals using one color of the foam shapes.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  What is Migration?  The children did not know what this was.  When you see birds flying in the sky, where do you think they are going?  Explained that migration is when birds (or other animals) leave the cold weather and travel to a place where it is warmer.  Fun Facts:  Birds migrate in search of food.  Food is abundant in warm, sunny places and nearly absent in dark, snowy locations.  Migration is the movement of an animal from one region, or habitat, to another.  Animals migrate in order to breed, grow, find food or avoid cold weather. 

Life Science:  Discussed:  Where would you fly if you were a bird?  The children flew around the room this way and that way. 

Shapes:  Discussed: How long do you think it would take a bird to fly south?  Explained that the time it takes birds to reach their destinations can vary from days to a month, depending on how far they fly.  Each child took Die and labels.  They started near the cold label  and then roll the die and count the bird feet on the top.  They moved that amount of spaces toward hot weather.  The game is over when each bird reaches the hot weather.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What are some sounds of spring?  Winter?  Explained that in some places when birds are heard singing, we know springtime is soon.  We looked at the “ing” card and discussed the letters and sound those letters make together.  We then put a “W” in front of “ing” and the children read the word.  We changed the “w” to an “s” and they read that word.  We continued changing the beginning sound to make new words. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What other living creatures migrate?  Explained that some butterflies migrate, too.  We looked at pictures of butterflies and discussed their wings and how each one looked the same. They are going to paint one side of a piece of paper and then fold it and press it down to make the exact print on the other side, in afternoon centers.

Tumble Bus Day:  See form at the front door. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2: Wing Art- The children will paint wings on half of a piece of paper.  They will then fold the paper and lightly press and when they open it back up they will see the same pattern on the other side.

Monday: Bllizzard

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   Thomas is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned on Friday’s lesson about Hail.  None of the children remembered what Hail was.  The children told me what they know about a Blizzard.  Explained that a blizzard is snow that falls so heavy it fills the sky and ground. It is hard to see anything but snow in a blizzard.  Fun Facts:  A blizzard is a long-lasting snowstorm with very strong winds and intense snowfall.  You need three things to have a blizzard; cold air at the surface, lots of moisture, and lift.  Warm air must rise over cold air.  Blizzards can strand cars on highways for hours or even days.  When you are traveling during the winter months, be sure to have an emergency car kit in the vehicle with you.  Snowfall of 40 to 50 inches was recorded over New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut and 50 foot drifts.  We looked at a tape measuring to see how deep that was.

Logic:  Discussed:  What do you like to do outside?  What about when it rains?  When it is sunny?   We looked at the poster and the children and the children had to tell me which was their favorite weather.  They came up and placed a smiley face sticker on their favorite weather column: sunny “hot”, rainy, or Snow.  We then compared the columns with each other.  Discussed more and less.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How can you tell how hot or cold it is outside? Explained that a thermometer is an instrument used to tell you the temperature outside.  We looked at playing cards and discussed the people on the cards and how they were dressed. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think you would like to do in the snow?  Explained that during a blizzard it isn’t safe to be outside because of the amount of snow and the danger of losing your way in the snow.  After the blizzard there is a lot of snow to play in.  We looked at a white piece of paper that Miss Felicia drew on in White crayon. They couldn’t see her drawing.  We pretended that was a blizzard and then I painted over it with watercolor paint.  They noticed the drawing starting to appear.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What do you think it would be like if it was light even in the night?  Explained that in Sweden there is a day each year where the sun never sets.  On the 23rd of June each year people celebrate the Midnight Sun in Sweden. On this longest day of the year the sun never sets in many parts of Sweden.  We found Sweden on our World Map.

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in an item that they could use in a Blizzard.  They came up one at a time and discussed their item.   They told how they could use that item in a blizzard.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Variety of Toys  Center 2:  White as Snow Picture-  They children will draw a picture on white paper with a white crayon.  They will then paint over it with watercolor to watch their drawing appear.  Center 3:  The children will make yellow painted hand-prints on paper to make a sun. 

Thursday: Hurricane

Nov 17, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Samuel put the number on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our Sign language words and Spanish words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Tornadoes.  The children then tried to tell me what they know about Hurricanes.  The children did not know anything about Hurricanes.  Explained that a hurricane is a big wind that forms over the ocean and gathers thunderstorms.  It brings lots of rain and very strong winds.  Fun Facts:  A hurricane is a huge storm!  It can be up to 600 miles across and have strong winds spiraling inward and upward at speeds of 75 to 200 mph.    Each hurricane usually lasts for over a week, moving 10-20 miles per hour over the open ocean.  Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters.  Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an “eye”.  The center of the storm or “eye” is the calmest part. It only has light winds and fair weather. When they come into land, the heavy rain, strong winds and large waves can damage buildings, trees and cars.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think happens to the middle of the storm as the hurricane twirls faster?  Explained that the fast motion of the storm causes a blank spot called the “eye”  of the storm.  The eye is the calmest part of the storm.  I put a ball inside a bucket and invited the children to come watch the ball as I whirled it around the bucket.  They noticed that it stayed on the sides of the bucket and out of the middle to create the eye.  I then put paint on the ball and a piece of paper in the bucket and whirled it around again.  They noticed that the ball painted the edges of the paper but did not paint the middle of the paper.  They will try this in afternoon centers.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think happens after a hurricane hits a town?  Explained that similar to tornadoes, when a hurricane comes to a town it can knock down buildings, destroy things and hurt people.  The town comes together to make a plan for rebuilding.  I told the children to pretend that a Hurricane came through our daycare and took all the toys off the shelf.  They had to tell me how we could fix this problem.  The children worked together to put some of the toys back where they belong.

Numbers:  Discussed:  How much water do you think it takes to fill a rain cloud?  Explained that some clouds let out a constant mist and some gather rain for a long time before letting the rain go.  Each cloud can bring a different amount of rain.  I gave two children a strip of rain drops.  They each counted how many rain drops they had.  I placed those numbers on the wipe off board.  I then discussed how we add the rain drops together to get the total number.  We worked on adding numbers together by making X’s and counting our X’s to figure out the total number.  We then discussed subtraction and took away raindrops to get what that problem equaled. 

Emergent Reading: Discussed:  Why do you think hurricanes form over tropical water?  Explained that heat makes water evaporate faster and that causes the warm water and air to collide faster, and build-up more quickly. Explained that a tropical place is somewhere that is hot all year round.  Tropical waters are often where hurricanes begin to take shape as tropical storms.  We looked at the Letter Flowers-Tt.  Discussed the letter and sound and how Tropical starts with T.  I then handed out the flowers and the children pretended to float in the ocean and then the wind picked up and they became a hurricane and started spinning and knocking down all the toys.  We discussed items that start with T. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that started with the letter “T”.  They came up one at a time to show us their object and discuss it.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play/Wooden Car track set Center 2: Whirling Picture-  They will dip a ball into paint and whirl it around in the bucket on their paper.  Center 3:  Pocket Counters: Cloud-  The children have to cut out the small cloud, numbers and rain drops.  They form a pocket by stapling the small cloud to the big cloud and then put their pieces in. 

Wednesday: Tornado

Nov 16, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Samuel told us the weather, put the number on the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Thunder/Lightning and Snow.  The children told me what they know about Tornadoes.   Explained that a tornado results when the wind twirls round and round inside of a cloud and sometimes the cloud drops an arm (funnel).  The funnel sometimes touches the ground.  Fun Facts:  A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.  The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of up to 300 mph.  They can destroy large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards.  They can also drive straw into trees.  In an average year, 1000 tornadoes are reported nationwide.

Listening:  Discussed:  If a tornado touches the ground, what do you think it could pick up?  We read the Participation story again.  I had the pictures on the ground by the story board.  I picked children to come up and place the pictures as we read about them on the storyboard to act the story out. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think will happen when water circles back into itself like wind sometimes does?  We had a bottle filled half full with water and and a little sand.  I twirled the bottle to watch the Tornado in the water.  The children discussed what was happening. 

Logic:  Discussed:  What do you think happens when a tornado touches the ground where buildings and houses are?  Explained that sometimes tornadoes destroy buildings and houses when they touch the ground.  The community has to work together to rebuild.  People are safe when they are in the basement or next to a solid wall.  Stay away from windows!  Each child got to build their own house/building out of the wooden blocks.  I then had them stand up and twirl like a tornado and knock the house down. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think a tornado sounds like?  Explained that many people have described a tornado sound to be like a big freight train.  I showed the children the craft they will be doing in afternoon center.  I put a glob of black paint on paper and used a Q-tip to swirl it around and make a tornado.

Picture Day:   Miss Corrie took everyone’s pictures throughout the morning.  The whole studio was set up in my room. She had lights and umbrellas and even back drops!  She is an amazing photographer.

Tumble Bus Day:  Please see what they did today on the bus, by looking at the activity sheet by the sign in and out book.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos  Center 2: Whirling Swirling Picture-  The children will take a Q-tip and swirl the paint around on their paper to make a tornado.  They will then add sand for debris.  

Tuesday: Snow & Lightning/Thunder

Nov 15, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.  He added all the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me what they know about snow.  Explained that snow is made from water that gathers in clouds then freezes as it begins to fall to the ground.  Fun Facts:  Snow is basically tiny ice crystals.  Each snowflake has six sides.  A fifteen inch snowflake was recorded in 1887.  We looked at the measuring tape to find 15 inches.  Some people have made houses out of snow called igloos.  Every year an average of 105 snowstorms occur in the continental united states.  The children told me what they know about Thunder and Lightning.  Explained that lightning is caused when pieces of ice bump into each other and build up static electricity.  Fun Facts:  Lightning kills and injures more people each year than hurricanes or tornadoes; between 75 to 100 people.  Lightning is a bright flash of electricity produced by a thunderstorm.  Have you ever rubbed your feet across carpet and then touched a metal door handle?  If so, then you know that you can get shocked!  Lightning works in the same way.  When a lightning bolt travels from the cloud to the ground it actually opens up a little hole in the air, called a channel.  Once the light is gone the air collapses back in and creates a sound wave that we hear as thunder.  The reason we see lightning before we hear thunder is because light travels faster than sound. 

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  How would you want to play in the snow?  Explained that it does not snow everywhere.  It does snow a lot in Sweden.  We found Sweden on the World map.  I also pointed to where we lived.  I had each child come up one at a time and draw a line from where we live to Sweden with their fingers. We then hung up the Sweden flag.  Did you know that the world’s largest ice hotel is located in Sweden?  I had each child feel the ice in the bowl.  I then showed them how we could build a house with the ice cubes.  I then showed them how to “chisel” the ice by using a nail and hammer.  We discussed Ice Sculptures.  Did you know that ice fishing is one of the most popular past times in Sweden?  We used the golf club as our fishing pole and it had Velcro on the end of it.  We had paper fish with Velcro in a trash can.  The children took turns coming up to go ice fishing in the hole. 

Logic:  Discussed:  What do you think could keep you warm when it is snowing?  We had three picture cards a boot, a mitten, and a fireplace.  I laid them on the floor face up.  I had one child at a time come up and I read them a clue.  They turned the pictures that do not fit the clues face down.  Clues were:  I help you keep warm, I’m hot, I belong on your feet, you can wear me, you can wear me on your hand, etc.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Why does snow melt?  We had a white baby blanket that we pretended was snow over the garden.  The children told me what they thought could be under the snow in the garden.  We looked  at the hands-on Uu and discussed the sounds.  We looked at a picture of an umbrella and hung that up on the board.  The children came up one at a time to dig under the snow and find the Uu.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What do you think you could do to keep your toes warm?  Each child sat on the floor and put their legs out in front of them.  The children stretched toward their toes to cover them.  We took turns counting how many times each child could stretch and touch their toes without bending their knees.  I wrote how many times they could do it on the person pattern. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think makes a sound of thunder? Explained that the sound of thunder is made when the lightning heats up air and makes the air get big (expand) really fast.  We looked at the Thunder shakers they will be making in afternoon centers.

Speaking:  Discussed:  When have you felt scared?  How were you brave when you were scared?  Explained that some people get scared during storms due to the loud thunder and the bright lightning.  We learned the sign for Scared-Hold open hands out from body, palms facing in.  Sharply bring them in front of chest, still open with one above the other.  We sang a song and used the sign for Scared in the song.  The children took turns showing me the sign for Scared.

Visual Art:    Discussed:What do you think people and animals should do in a storm?  Explained that when there is a storm people and animals need shelter to stay safe and dry.  We looked at the yellow bird.  Show and Tell-  Each child brought in a yellow item from home.  They stood up in front one at a time and discussed what they brought.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you think you can tell when there is a storm coming?  Explained that changes in the weather, or a darkening sky, can often tell us when a storm is coming.  We looked at story sequence card.  The children told me about each card and then we discussed what order they would go in.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Blocks   Center 2: Thunder Shaker- They will be painting a toilet paper tube that they put beans inside.  They will then tape a yellow pipe cleaner to the bottom like a lightning bolt.

Friday: Cloud

Nov 11, 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.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about wind.  The children told me something that they know about clouds.  Discussed that clouds are sometimes found on the ground, too.  It is called fog.  Fun Facts:  Clouds are made up of many millions of minuscule water droplets which are formed when moist warm air rises up into the sky and is then cooled down.  It takes somewhere between a few minutes and 1 hour for a cloud to be created.  If the cloud is very cold it means that it is made up of ice crystals.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do the clouds tell us about the weather?  Explained that the direction and speed of a moving cloud tells us about the wind.  The shape of a cloud can also tell us if rain is nearby.  We looked at the weather boards that they made in afternoon centers and made the weather match the outside weather.

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  What shapes have you seen in the clouds?  We went outside and looked at the clouds.  The children told me what shapes or objects they could see the clouds making.  We then went inside and each took a plate of cool whip.  The children used their fingers to make different shapes in the cool whip “cloud”.  We then ate our cloud.

Numbers:  Discussed:  What do you think it would feel like if you could walk on a cloud?   We looked at the hands on number 6.  We counted to 6 in Spanish and English.  I then had 6 clouds with the numbers 1-6 written on them.  I had each child come up and put them in order from 1-6.  We then counted out 6 foam shapes and added them to the 6 Counting Card.  We also practiced writing the number 6 one at a time on the wipe off board.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you think the letter U looks like?  We looked at the hands-on letter U and discussed how to make it and that it reminds us of a smiley face.   I showed the children how to make the letter U on the wipe off board.  Each child came up one at a time and practiced making the capital and lowercase letter Uu.  We looked at our Journals and discussed how to make a sad face and smiley face with a U mouth. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in 6 items and two birthday cards; one for Miss Kim and one for Maggie.  The children came up one at a time to count out the 6 items that they brought.  Maggie sat on Miss Kim’s lap and we read our birthday cards together.  They were so sweet, Thank you!

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: My Little Journal-  They practiced writing the capital and lowercase Uu.  They then made a happy face and sad face with a “U” mouth.  

Thursday: Wind

Nov 10, 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.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.  We said the days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about the sun.  Today the children told me what they know about Wind.  Discussed:  How does the wind feel?  When does it feel gentle?  When does it feel harsh?  Fun Facts:  A big layer of air called the atmosphere surrounds the Earth.  The air within this layer moves from place to place when it warms up or cools down.  This moving air is known as wind.  Winds move moisture and heat around the world and also produce much of our weather.  The air can move very quickly and become a gale or hurricane, blowing down trees and damaging cars and buildings. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Have you ever had the wind blow anything out of your hand?  We looked at new sight words:  he, in, has.  I wrote each one on the wipe off board and we discussed the letters and the sounds.  Each child practiced reading  each word and using each word in a sentence.  We then looked at their “I Can Read” book.  We read the book together.  Each child came up one at a time and found the sight words in the sentences. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  What have you seen blow in the wind?  We  made a list of items on the wipe off board.  We looked at the Pattern cards.  The pattern was hat, leaf, kite, pinwheel..  The children continued the pattern by adding the correct pattern cards.  This was a hard pattern for some of them. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think it means to be brave?  Explained that brave means that you do something even if you feel scared.  Each child shared a time that they were scared and what they did to feel better.  I gave each child a brave feather.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Have you ever flown a kite?  What happens when the wind is strong?  We looked at the flower tops with the letter “Uu”.  Discussed the sound that U makes.  We then looked in the dictionary to find all the U words.  Show and Tell-Each child brought in an item that started with the letter U.  They came up one at a time to tell me what they brought and why they brought it.   They also got to describe their items.  We had a lot of umbrella’s today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: I can Read Book-  They will go through and underline their sight words.  They will then color their books.

Wednesday: Sunshine

Nov 9, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Rudy put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed the sign language words.  We all counted to 20 using the 100’s chart in English and Spanish.  They have difficulty counting after 10. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about the rain.  They told me what they know about the Sun/Sunshine.  The sun is made of burning gas.  It is very warm and helps plants grow. But it can also be very dangerous. We need to protect our skin from too many sun rays.  Fun Facts:  The Sun is one out of billions of stars. The Sun is the closest star to Earth.  The sun rotates once every 27 days.  The sun is now a middle-age star, meaning it is at about the middle of its life.  The sun formed over four and a half billion years ago.  You may think the sun will die soon, but it will keep shining for at least another five billion years.  The sun is 109 times wider than Earth, and is 333,000 times heavier.  The moon does not give off light of its own.  It is the Sun that gives light to the moon.  The Moon reflects the Sun’s light.  A star is the only body in space that emits its own light; everything else reflects light from the closest star.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Which season has the most sunshine where you live?  I laid the matching cards face down.  We each took turns two cards over to see if they matched.  They had to tell the season in each picture when they turned them over.  We then looked at the matching pictures to see what was different. 

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What is a ray of sun? Explained that rays are a little bit of the sun that reaches all the way to us.  Although we can see sun rays, sometimes we can see the reflection of light.  (It looks like lines coming through the clouds.)

Listening:   Discussed:  What do you think makes the weather change?  We looked at the storytelling pieces and discussed each. I passed one out to each child and as I read the story and came across that object they brought the correct picture up and laid them in order.  We discussed the story after we read.  Questions:  What did the squirrels see on the other side of the hill? (tornado/funnel cloud)  What did the tornado pick up first? (cat) Last? (rat).  What happened after the tornado was gone?  ( The cat was wearing the hat and being chased by the rat with a bat.)

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2:  Discover Cutting Project-  They cut out the sunglasses and rays for the sun and glued them on. Center 3:  Weather Watch- They painted each weather picture and then cut them out.  They glued the correct weather picture to the correct weather section on the weather chart.

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