Browsing articles from "December, 2011"

Tuesday: Igloo

Dec 6, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed:  What do you know about igloos?  Explained that igloos are shelters built out of ice and snow.  Fun Facts:  Igloos, or snow houses, are remarkable structures built by many cultures living in particularly cold and snowy areas.  Igloos were usually temporary winter shelters built by Inuit hunters for their families while on a hunting trip.  Igloos are actually made from a spiral of ice blocks, not rows of ice blocks. 

Numbers:Discussed:   What do you think an igloo is used for?   Explained that although people lived in them previously, now they are primarily used as shelter when hunting or hiking in the extreme cold.  We looked at the counting card and discussed the number 7.  We counted to 7 in English and Spanish. The children stomped their feet 7 times.  We counted the 7 ice blocks on the counting card.  I picked two children to come count out 7 red and 7 white foam shapes and then build a building with each. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think ice blocks can keep you warm?  Explained that the blocks of ice and snow used to build an igloo block the cold winds.  The air inside the igloo warms up with body heat.  Igloos are helpful shelters.  We looked at the afternoon crafts.

Listening:   Discussed:  What kinds of things do you think might be found in the arctic tundra?  We looked at the book “Arctic Tundra”.  I discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, author, illustrator, title page.  We  read and discussed the book in detail.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed: how do you think an igloo helps when someone is hunting? Explained that the igloo keeps people warm, and allows them to see out without being seen.  We looked at the Hands-on Letter Ii and the number 7.  We discussed the two of them and discussed which one is a number and which one is a letter. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in 7 items.  They came up one at a time and counted out their 7 items.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Build an Igloo-  They will cut out squares to glue onto an igloo pattern.  They then can add snowflakes and draw on their igloo.  Center 2:  Bowling Pins and Waffle blocks 

Monday: Icicle

Dec 5, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory is the new calendar and weather girl today.  She put the numbers on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Songs:  Sang our Christmas Concert Songs

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned Friday about Snowmen.  The children told me what they know about icicles.  Explained that an icicle forms when water (or snow) begins to melt, but the temperature of the air is still cold enough that the drops freeze before they hit the ground.  Fun Facts:  Icicles are formed by freezing of water when it drips from a surface.  Russia reported that 6 people have died from icicles falling from buildings. Icicles lengthen as more water drip and freezes, and eventually taper into points.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What do you like to eat that is frozen? We discussed washing hands before we handle food.  I showed them how to make Popsicles out of juice.  We added a frozen strawberry to each container then poured in Juice.  We put them in freezer so they could enjoy a frozen treat later.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What do you think you can do with square ice blocks or bricks?  We looked at the foam sorting shapes.  The children told me how we could sort them by size, color or size and color.  The children worked together sorting the shapes by color and size.  We then used them to build the shapes on the Pattern Mat. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What words can you think of that begin with the /i/ sound? We looked in the dictionary to find more words that begin with “i”.  We looked at the Ii flowers and discussed the sounds “i” makes. 

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What designs do you think dripping icicles make?  Discussed how to make  the capital and lowercase letter Ii.  Each child practiced making the capital and lowercase letter.  I showed them how to dip their finger in water and watercolor paint then let it drip off like an icicle onto their journal page.

Show and Tell:   The children each brought in an item that starts with the Letter “Ii”.  They came up one at a time and discussed their item and why they brought it. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos  Center 2: My Little Journal-  They will practice writing the capital and lowercase I.  They will then dip their finger in water and watercolor paint and let the water drip from their fingers like an icicle onto their journal page.  Center 3:  They will use the Pattern mats to build the patterns with the foam squares. 

Thursday: Snowflakes

Dec 1, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen was not here today to do the calendar.  We did the calendar together.  We had to take down November’s calendar and say goodbye to that month.  We put up December’s calendar and added the number to the calendar.  We discussed how to spell December and counted all the “e’s” in December.  We found the month and the day of the week in Spanish. 

Songs:  Starting to sing our Christmas songs for our Christmas Concert

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed:  What do you know about a snowflake? Explained that a snowflake is formed when one piece of dirt is carried by wind up into the moist, but very cold, clouds and ice crystals form and freeze on it.  Fun Facts:  Every snowflake has its own unique shape and is different than all other snowflakes.  All snowflakes have six sides.  Snowflakes aren’t always white.  Years ago, when coal was used in factories and homes, snow was often gray.  Why?  Because the coal dust entered the air and was absorbed by the clouds. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  What do you think you would like about being in a snowy place?  Explained that many people enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter activities throughout the cold months.  They tossed a snowball around the room (crumpled piece of paper).  They looked at the new Theme poster and discussed.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Why do you think a snowflake needs to stay cold?  Discussed what happens when ice gets warm. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think makes you special?  Explained that each snowflake is unique (special) and no two are the same, just like people.  I showed the name tags and if the child recognized their name they came up and got their name tags and said their full names.  Several children have difficulty recognizing their full names.

Visual Art:   Discussed:  What kind of birds do you think might live in the snow?  Explained some birds stay in the snowy weather all the time, even though others migrate to warmer weather (to find more food). Some examples are the snowy owl, albatross, puffins and snow geese.  The children found white objects in the room and looked at the white bird.

Show and Tell: The children wore white today!  We compared how many children had white on and how many did not and discussed more and less. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Random Toys to play with  Center 2: Name Tags- They each practiced writing their names.  Center 3: They will take an ice cube that has food coloring in it and rub it around a snowflake to make designs on the snowflake.

Wednesday: Meteorologist

Dec 1, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me what a Meteorologist is.  They were not sure what it was.  Explained that a meteorologist is a person who observes, studies, and delivers weather information and its effects on the Earth.  Fun Facts:  Meteorologist is a person with specialized education, using scientific principles to explain, understand, observe or forecast the earth’s atmospheric phenomena and/or how the atmosphere effects the earth and life on the planet.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What is your favorite type of weather?  Why?

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How do you think a meteorologist can help you know what weather is headed your way?  Explained that sometimes meteorologists use a map to follow the path of the moving weather. 

Emergent Writing:  Who would you like to tell about the weather?  We discussed the postcards that they will be writing to a family member to tell them about the weather.

Music:  Discussed:  Why did/do some Native American tribes perform a rain dance?  Explained that both men and women danced a ceremonial rain dance to ask for rain in the summer for their dry crops.  They wore feathers and turquoise to represent wind and rain.  The children danced around pretending to do a rain dance.

Show and Tell: We looked at Averee’s Birthday cards even though she was in school.

Tumble Bus Day:See activity sheet by front door.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden car track and city  Center 2: Postcards-  The children drew a weather picture and then wrote about the weather to a family member.  Center 3: Snowman Art-We made a mixture of 50/50 shaving cream and glue!  They glued the snowballs together to make a snowman.  They then painted their snowman with the shaving cream and glue mixture.  They will add tissue paper to make the eyes, mouth and buttons.