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Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 16, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Brogan is the calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on 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:  The children told me who they thought Martin Luther King was.  Grady knew who he was but the other children were not sure. The children told me what they thought Peace means?  Peace means that there is no fighting.

Emergent Reading:  Read, “A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by David A. Adler.  As I read, I explained what was going on in detail to the children.  This book discussed the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he wanted others to do.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How is the color of your skin different from someone else you know?  We compared our skin color with everyone in the daycare.  The children noticed how everyone’s skin was a different color.  I put a dab of white, pink and brown paint on a tray.  I then painted each color on a piece of paper and we discussed the different colors.  I added white to brown and we discussed how that changed to a different color from brown.  We did the same with white and pink,  pink and brown, and mixed the three colors also to see the change. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  Why do you think people march?  Two  reasons people march are to show celebration (like a parade) or to show unity (like in the army).  Some people march together to show unity for something they believe in, such as peace.  We had footprints.  We counted all the footprints.  I then made a path of them in the room.  The children lined up and followed the path while marching.

Health and Safety: Discussed:  What is one way you can share with others?  Discussed how we have to wash our hands and wash the fruit before we cut and add it to the bowl.  We used different fresh fruits and I cut them and put them into a bowl.  We mixed it up to make a nice fruit salad that we could share.  We sat and ate our fruit salad together.

Visual Art:  Discussed: How could you help spread peace?  We discussed the peace shaker they will be making in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Variety of Toys  Center 2:  Peace Shaker-  They will make a piece sign with tape on the paper plate.  They will then paint the paper plate.  They will tear off the tape and notice the peace sign.   Center 3:  They will mix paint to make the color of their skin the best they can.  They will then use that paint to draw a picture of their face. 

Friday: Pterodactyl

Jan 13, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Ella the Birthday Girl 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 words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me what they know about Pterodactyls.  Pterodactyl is the group of flying dinosaurs.  Fun Facts-  The name Pterodactyl means “Winged Lizard”.  It is a flying reptile.  They lived 145 million years ago.  Their wingspan can be up to 40 feet.  We used the tape measure to see how long 40 feet is.  Pterodactyls have keen eyesight and claws (talons) for their weapons.  Pterodactyls ate fish, insects, and small animals like lizards.  They hunted near rivers and lakes and lived in Germany, France, England, Tanzania and Africa.  There were lots of different types of pterodactyls, living in lots of parts of the world.  Some were small like a crow, some were as big as hang gliders!  The fossil of a baby pterodactyl was found that was only one inch long, but it could already fly. 

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  When might a flying dinosaur walk instead of fly? The children showed me how long of a step they could take one at a time.  We measured how long their step was and wrote it on the Watch Me Move Shape.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  Where do you think Australia is on the map?  We looked at the World Map and the Globe to find Australia.  We discussed how the pterodactyl lived there.  We looked at the flag and taped it to the globe.  Discussed how the world’s oldest flower was found in a fossil near Melbourne, Australia.  It is called the Koonwarra plant.  Australia is the home to many wild animals that can only be found there.  These include, but are not limited to the kangaroo, the koala, the emu and the kookaburra.

Logic:Discussed:  How is a pterodactyl different from a dinosaur.  We looked at the three dinosaurs and I placed them picture side up on the floor.  I read clues and invited one child up to turn over the dinosaurs that did not fit the clue. 

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  Where do you think a pterodactyl might have hidden its eggs?   We looked at a picture of an egg and discussed how to spell it.  We discussed the letter it starts with. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Puzzles and Kinect blocks.

Thursday: Mussaurus

Jan 12, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me what they know about the mussaurus.  They haven’t really heard of this type of dinosaur.  Mussaurus was a very small dinosaur; even its name means “mouse lizard”.  Fun facts:  The Mussaurus was a small, early, plant-eating dinosaur.  No adult Mussaurus fossils have been unearthed.  Only large-eyed hatchling (baby) Mussaurus have been found.  Fossilized eggs have also been found; they are only about 1 inch long.   The Mussaurus are 9-16 inches long.  The entire young dinosaur could fit in a person’s hand.  This prosauropod dinosaur was perhaps up to 10 feet long as an adult, weighing roughly 260 pounds.  It had a long neck, long tail,  a small head with long snout, and large, five-fingered hands with a large thumb claw.  Its back legs were larger than its front legs.  Mussaurus lived about 215 million years ago.

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  What do you think the mussaurus home looked like?  We discussed how to build a nest and hide the eggs in the nest.  We used toys in the room to hide an egg.

Numbers:  Discussed:  What do you think a mussaurus ate?  Scientists believe the mussaurus was an herbivore.  This means it only ate plants.  We looked at the Counting Card: 10.  The children counted to 10 in English and Spanish.  We also counted the 10 oval shapes. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  If you had a pet dinosaur where would you keep it?  We looked at the dinosaur they would be creating in afternoon centers.

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  How far do you think a mussaurus could leap?  Because it was a small and light, scientists believe the mussaurus could leap and jump much like a mouse does.  Larger dinosaurs were too heavy to leap.  We looked at their Journals and found the purple page.  We discussed what they would be doing in afternoon centers.  They will be using their fingers to dip in purple paint and make it jump, leap and dance on the page.

Show and Tell: Each child was to bring 10 items.  Each child came up one at a time to count out their 10 items. If they brought too many or too few then we discussed what we needed to do to fix it. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: They took a large paper plate and small paper plate and stapled them together.  They then colored them and added paper dinosaur parts and wiggly eyes.  They created their dinosaur.  Center 2: My Little Journal-  They used purple paint and went to the purple page.  They dipped their finger in purple paint and made their finger jump, leap and dance on the paper.  Center 3:  Wooden Car track and village free play.

Wednesday: Triceratops

Jan 11, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ella put the number on 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 a Triceratops.  A triceratops was a dinosaur with three horns on its head.  Fun Facts:  The name means “Three-horned face”.  The Triceratops is a plant eater, ceratopsian (horned-face dinosaur).  They can be 7 feet tall at the hips and 30 feet long.  We used the measuring tape to see how tall and long this was.  One triceratops skull that was discovered weighed more than 3.3 tons and that was just the Skull!!!  On some adults, the “eye horns” of the triceratops grew to be more than 3 feet long. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What is the difference between you and a dinosaur?  We learned 3 new sight words.  Each child had to read the sight words and make a sentence with each one.  Sight words:  you, are, and. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you think the triceratops used its horns for? Some scientists believe that the triceratops might have used its horn similar to the way a rhinoceros does.  The large animal charges trees to knock down food or fruit and will charge when it is scared.  We looked at the letter “Ee” and discussed the sound it makes in words.  We discussed words that begin with E. The children also came up and found the letter E on the Alphabet strip. 

Show and Tell:  The children each came up one at a time to show the item that they brought.  They were to bring an item that started with the letter E. 

Social Skills:  We discussed the word “forgiving or forgiveness”.  The children told me ways they could forgive someone.

Tumble Bus Day: See form at front door for their daily activity.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Blocks Free Play  Center 2: I can Read Book-  They children will go through and find their sight words by circling or underlining them: are, you, and.  They can also color the pictures.  Center 3: Watch Me Move Shape- The children will decorate the shape to look like themselves.  We will then measure how long they can step in Friday’s lessons. 

Tuesday: Stegosaurus

Jan 11, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me what they know about the Stegosaurus?  The stegosaurus was a dinosaur with bony plates on its back and spikes on its tail.  Fun Facts:  They are also called the “Roofed Lizard”.  They lived around 154 to 144 million years ago.  They are up to 30 feet long.  We used a measuring tape to see how long that is.  They have a strong tail with two pair of pointed spikes.  Stegosaurus didn’t have the biggest brain (about 1 inch long) but it did have some mighty spikes on its tail.  Stegosaurs’ bony plates along its back may have helped keep its temperature right.  The plates may have had blood vessels which could absorb heat from the sun.  Stegosaurus had no teeth in the front, just a beak.  On the sides of his jaws, he had tiny “cheek” teeth, very weak. 

Physical Science:Discussed:  What do you think might happen to gummies and bread if there is pressure on them overnight?  I showed them the three pieces of bread and the gummy bears and we discussed how they look now.  I then put two pieces of bread together and laid 5 gummy bears on the two pieces and put another piece of bread on top of the gummy bears to make a sandwich.  We then wrapped them with paper towel and set two heavy books on top of them overnight to see what would happen.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you think might happen if a dinosaur went near a volcano?  We then played a matching game with the dinosaur cards.  If the child turned over the Volcano then their turn was over.  We played till we found all the matches.

Listening:  Discussed:  What would be something silly to see outside your window?  We looked at the various illustrations on the cards for the story.  The children had to pick a card with an A or B on it and then tell me the picture on the card and place that word in our Story. This made the story very silly. 

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  How do you think the stegosaurus got its name?  Stegosaurus means “plated (stego-) lizard (-saurus).”  When paleontologists studied the bones and other remnants left behind, they found many bony plates (around 17) on this dinosaur’s back.  We looked at the Dinosaur Discover Cutting Project that they will do in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Discover Cutting Project:  The children had to cut out triangles to glue on the stegosaurus’ back.  They then colored him.

Monday: Brontosaurus

Jan 11, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ella is the new calendar and weather girl.  She added the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me what they know about Brontosaurus.  The brontosaurus is actually another name for the Apatosaurus.  Paleontologists used to think they were two different long-necked dinosaurs, but later discovered they were the same.  Fun Facts:  Apatosaurus lived in the Jurassic Period, around 150 million years ago.  According to studies, it took an Apatosaurus only around 10 years to reach its full size.  Apatosaurus had long whip-like tails that counter balanced their long necks.  Apatosaurus was a plant eating (herbivore) dinosaur.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you like best about the brontosaurus?  The children went on a brontosaurus hunt by hunting for the cut-outs around the room.  They will make a brontosaurus headband in afternoon centers.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How do our body parts compare to the brontosaurus? 

Shapes:  Discussed:  How long do you think the brontosaurus was?  Scientists have found brontosauruses as long as 100 feet long.  We looked at the oval sorting shapes and discussed.  We then used the Shape Design Mat and made different shapes or patterns.

Speaking:Discussed:  How do you think a dinosaur (or other animal) kept its eggs safe?  We looked at the 4 photo tags and discussed each.   We learned the Spanish word for each picture and practiced them.  Each child then told me the Spanish words for each after we practiced.  If they were able to say them without help they got extra dollars for lessons.  Dinosaur- “Dinosaurio” (Dee-no-sau-ree-yo);  Volcano- “Volcan” (Vol-cahn);   Rock- “Roca” (Ro-cah);  Egg- “Huevo” (Oo-ay-vo)

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Dino Headband-  They children added faces to the dinosaur pattern and colored them.  They then used strips of paper to make the headband.

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