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Monday: Observatory

Apr 30, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Rudy is the new calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He found the numbers for the weekend and put them on the calendar.  He found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  He reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what they learned Friday about Rocket Ships.  The children told me everything they know about an Observatory.  They didn’t know what it was so we discussed first.  An observatory is a place with very powerful telescopes to see outer space.  Fun Facts:  Observatories are special places where astronomers study space and give the best view of the night sky, most are built on mountain tops far from city lights.  One of the largest observatory complexes is in the crater of the Hawaiian Volcano, Mauna Kea.  In most observatories, telescopes are housed in a dome-roofed building which turns around so they can keep aiming at the same stars while the Earth rotates.  

Emergent Writing: Discussed:  Which planet would you like to see through a telescope?  We reviewed all the names of the planets and all the facts that we learned from this month.  Each child took a page from the class book and drew a picture of one of the planets or things we learned about this month.  They then told me what they learned about that planet or thing, and I wrote that down for them.  Please read their class book by the front door.  

Learning Approach: Experiment:  Stood by the gate and held up a small object from far away.  I then brought the small object back to the lesson area and showed them  it close.   They were then able to recognize what it was and see details on the object that they couldn’t see from far away.  Discussed how a telescope would help with this.  We reviewed all our Little Learning Cards from the month.  

Numbers:  Discussed:  What might change over time in the night sky?  Some stars burn out.  We looked at the different pieces of paper that had stars drawn on them.   There was a different number of stars on each paper any where from 1 to 10. We counted the stars on the paper and then clapped that many times.  We did this for each piece of paper.

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  What do you wish there was more of in the sky? We looked at our Little Journal’s and discussed how they will match up the capital letter with the lowercase letter.

Thomas’ Birthday:  Thomas sat on my lap and we read all his Birthday cards that his friends made for him.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play  Center 2:  Little Learning cards- Color and cut them out.  Center 3: My Little Journal-  They will match the capital letter with the lowercase letter by drawing a line to them.  

Friday: Rocket Ship

Apr 30, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Max 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:  We reviewed what we learned about space food.  The children told me all that they know about a Rocket Ship.  Fun Facts:  Rockets fly in the air, but not like airplanes or helicopters.  They are much faster and more powerful.  They can fly straight up with such force that they pass through the atmosphere into outer space.  Hundreds of years ago, rockets were invented in China.  The first rockets were shaped like arrows and they were not very powerful.  The power of early rockets came from gunpowder.  The shape of rockets has changed.  They are now wider for their length and they have big fins on the bottom.  The fins help the rocket stay on course.  Rockets are also much more powerful than they were in the past.  

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Who might you meet in space?  Do you think aliens are real or pretend? Why? Discussed how we are alike and different than our neighbors.  Explained that  neighbors can live across the street, across the ocean, or across space.  

Patterns:  Discussed:  How do rocket ships look?  Most rockets are pointed at the top so that the air passes over and makes them go faster.  They often have “wings” like airplanes to help give them lift and direction, and come in pieces that fall off (fuel cells) when they have been used up.  We looked at the Measure Me Rocket Ship.  The children found items in the room that were bigger, smaller or the same size as the Rocket Ship.  We measured all the items and discussed longer, shorter or the same size.

Visual Art:   Discussed:  What designs would you put on a rocket ship?  When a country sends a rocket ship into space they put their country’s name on the flag on the ship.  We looked at the paper rockets that they made in afternoon centers and we hung up on the ceiling.  

Listening:    Discussed:  If you could fly in a rocket ship, where would you go and what would you do?  We re-read “Star Seeker” and discussed the activities that the kids were doing in space.  

Show and Tell:    The kids came up one at a time to show the Rocket Ship that they brought to school.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play 

Thursday: Space Food

Apr 26, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Max discussed the pattern and put the number on the calendar.  He found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  Max reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Gravity.  The children told me everything they know about Space Food.  Astronauts must eat in space just like on Earth.  They take special food into space.  Fun Facts:  NASA nutritionists make sure astronauts have plenty of healthy, appetizing food while they’re in flight.  Salt and pepper are available but ONLY in LIQUID form.  This is because astronauts can’t sprinkle salt and pepper on their food in space.  The salt and pepper would simply float away.  There is a danger they could clog air vents, contaminate equipment or get stuck in an astronaut’s eyes, mouth or nose.  

Logic:  Discussed:  What games would you want to play in space? I passed out Lotto playing cards to the children and we sat in a circle. The calling cards were face down in the middle.  Each child took turns drawing one face card.  They looked at the picture and if it didn’t match their playing card then they passed it to the child that did have the matching picture.  We continued until all the Lotto playing cards were full.  

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What would happen to a bowl of soup in space?  Astronauts can eat the same food we eat, but in a different way.  Most food is stored dry and then they add water.  It is served in tubes, or special packages that keep the contents inside until they suck it out, so it doesn’t float in the ship.  I had several different packages of space food that we got to try.  We had an ice cream sandwich, mint chocolate chip ice cream, strawberries, peaches, and fruit and nut mix.  The children thought all the space food was yummy.  You can find Space Food at Fry’s Electronics if you want to try it with your children.

Learning Approach:  Discussed:  How do you think astronauts learn to prepare and eat the food, brush teeth without water, drink and do everyday things?  Astronauts are trained to learn to do things in a different way, because they have the same needs. Astronauts have to study and practice to make sure they know what they are doing.   Each child came up one at a time and rolled the brain box and did the activity that it landed on.  They had to try to roll the box without using their hands.   Brain Box Activities:  Make a star with your finger, spin your hands 18 times, pretend to land on the moon, jump 17 times, find something yellow in the room, and fly to something black in the room

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What do you like to do while you eat?  Many people like to watch out a window or talk to others as they eat.  What do you think you would see out of a window if you were in a rocket ship. Discussed how to write a letter to someone while you are on a trip and things we can talk about.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2:  Post Card-  Each child will draw a picture of something they would like to see if they traveled to outer space.  They then had the teacher help them write a letter to a family member.

Wednesday: Gravity

Apr 25, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   Max put the number on the calendar and discussed the pattern.  He told us the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Max then reviewed all our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned yesterday about Astronauts.  Today the children told me everything they know about Gravity.  Discussed what would happen if we drop a ball?  We dropped an object and discussed what happened to it.  I then had Ben stand on a chair and when he jumped off we discussed what happened to him.  Discussed how gravity pulls you down to the ground.  Fun Facts:  Gravity can cause health problems such as bone loss, muscle atrophy, and fluid shifts.  If you were to go to another planet you wouldn’t weight the same as you do on Earth due to the change in gravity.  Gravity also guides the growth of plants and other vegetation.  

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think falling objects have to do with gravity?  When something falls to the ground it is because gravity is pulling it there.  It is thought that a falling apple was the inspiration for Isaac Newton to begin to explore gravity and its effects. We took two items and dropped them at the same time, before we dropped them we discussed which one we thought would hit the ground first.  

Show and Tell:  I had two children at a time come up and get the objects that they brought for show and tell.  They were to bring a heavy or light object.  The children guessed which object they thought would hit the ground first.  The 2 children dropped their objects at the same time and we discussed what happened.  We did this for all the show and tell items that the children brought in.  The items were different sizes and different weights.  We noticed that the lighter objects would hit the ground last.  

Shapes:  Discussed:  What do you think it would feel like to walk on the sun?  Gravity from the sun keeps the planets moving in orbit.  We had a dice with pictures of the sun, earth and mo0n.  Each child came up one at a time and rolled the dice.  They then had to pretend to walk like they are on that object (normal for Earth, bouncy for moon, and quickly for hot).

Emergent Reading:    Do you think you can jump higher on Earth or on the moon?  You can jump higher on the moon.  We looked at the word family “ump” and discussed each letter and sound.  I then added the “j” in front of “ump” and we read the word “jump”.  I took the “j” off and put “b” and we read, “bump”.  I did this for each letter of the alphabet and we read all the new words.  I even added blends like “sl”, “tr”, “cl”.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2: Discover Games Project:  They will color the sun, Earth and moon.  They will then make the pattern into their Dice to use at home.   Center 3:  Rocket Ship Flyer- The children will decorate the rocket ship pieces by using stickers and markers.  We will then use string to attach the pieces together.  They will cut the crepe paper to make the flames of the rocket.  We will hang these in the room.

Tuesday: Astronaut

Apr 25, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Max 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:  We reviewed what we learned about the Milky Way. Today the children told me everything they know about Astronauts.  An Astronaut is a person that is trained to travel in space.  Fun Facts:  Astronauts are people who serve on spacecraft and fly into outer space.  In Russia and the former Soviet Union, they are also known as cosmonauts.  As of 2010, 505 people worldwide have gone into space.  The pilot or commander of the space shuttle are required to fly 1,000 hours as a jet pilot before they can be selected as an astronaut, and a person has to be at least 58 inches tall to be selected for a space mission. However, astronauts can grow taller while in space, approximately up to two inches if they are there for a month.  This is due to the spine stretching due to lack of gravity.  In space, it is not possible to breathe normal air found on Earth, so an astronaut’s spacesuit is outfitted with oxygen so they can breathe when working outside of the spacecraft.  There is no wind or rain in space so an astronaut’s footprints on the Moon will remain for at least a million years.  Astronauts can go to the bathroom while wearing their spacesuits outside of the spacecraft.  He or she will wear a maximum absorbency garment (MAG).

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Why do you think an astronaut wears a helmet?  The helmet helps hold air that the astronaut can breathe inside of his suit.  An astronaut needs to keep his helmet on whenever he is not in the spaceship.  We looked at the astronaut puppet that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Shapes:   Discussed:  How do you think the astronauts sleep in space? The beds in a spaceship are attached to a wall and the astronaut has to be buckled into the bed.  They are buckled so they don’t float around and bump into things.  We looked at the puzzle pieces and discussed how we needed to work together to put it together.  One child at a time came up and helped put the puzzle together.  We then discussed the picture on the puzzle. 

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  Do you think astronauts need exercise in space?  Astronauts exercise at least once a day to try and stay healthy. When they are in space their heart gets smaller and they can be up to two inches taller due to the lack of gravity. I had each child lay on their stomachs and stretch their arms out in front and point toes behind and slightly off the ground.  They then had to rock back and forth on their stomachs.  They did this and found out that it made them tired and was an exercise.  

Emergent Reading:     Discussed:  What do you think it would be like to walk on the moon?  Neil Armstrong (an astronaut from the US) became the first person to walk on the moon.  Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (a cosmonaut from Russia) was the first woman in space. We looked at their My Little Journal at the page with 18.  Discussed how to write the number 18.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the number 18.  We then counted to 18 in Spanish and English. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2: My Little Journal-  They will practice writing the number 18.  They will then make one large 1 and one large 8 on the paper and turn the 1 into a rocket and the 8 will be turned into an astronaut.  They will add 18 fingerprints on the page. Center 3:  Astronaut Puppet-  They will punch the pieces out and color them. The children will take the head pattern and glue it onto the top of the paper bag and glue the body part onto the side of the bag.  They will then use a star sponge to make prints on the bag.  

Monday: Milky Way

Apr 23, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Max is the new calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He discussed the weather, found the numbers for the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He discussed the pattern on the calendar.  Max reviewed all the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what they learned about Friday with Miss Corrie.  They learned about Pluto on Friday.  Pluto was once considered a planet, but in 1996 sceintists determined that Pluto was too small to be classified as a planet.  It was then classified as a “dwarf planet.”  Today the children tried to tell me everything they know about the Milky Way but the children didn’t know what that was.  The Milky Way is the name for the galaxy (a collection of stars) in which our Solar System is located.  Fun Facts:  We live in one of the arms of a large spiral galaxy called the Milky Way.  The Sun and its planets (including Earth) live in this quiet part of the galaxy, about half way out from the center.  The Milky Way is shaped like a huge whirlpool that rotates once every 200 million years.  It is made up of at least 100 billion starts, as well as dust and gas.  

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What do you think is part of the Milky Way?  The Milky Way is made up of more than a hundred billion stars and includes the planets and sun.  Earth is a very small part of the Milky Way.  We looked at the World Map and found where we live.  We then recalled where Russia is on the map.  Explained that many people live all over the Earth.  Explained that we share our planet with many people, but we also share our moon, stars, planets and all that we can see. Discussed:  Did you know that the first dog in space, Laika, was from Russia?  Did you know Russia is well known for world famous ballet dancers?  Ben demonstrated how to be a ballet dancer.  

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Is there milk in the Milky Way?  When you look at the Milky Way from Earth it seems to form a whitish-milky circle in the sky.  It is not real milk.  We looked at the Milky Way design that they will make with white paint in afternoon centers.

Logic:  Discussed:  If you traveled in space, what souvenir would you want to bring home?  We looked at the Charting Choices Poster and named each item on it.  There was a  star, moon rock and alien.  They got to come up one at a time and place a white dot sticker in the column that they wanted to bring home with them as a souvenir: star, moon rock or alien.  We discussed more and less. 

Speaking:    Discussed:  What would you want to ride through the Milky Way?  We all played the Folder game.  Each child picked a different color of marker and got to spin the spinner. They had to move their colored marker to that shape on the path from Earth to the Moon.  We played until each child got to reach the moon. 

Numbers and Sight Words:  We reviewed all our sight words.  We then looked at the number line chart and counted to 50.  We then counted to 20 in Spanish.  We discussed the pattern of numbers that we saw on the chart.  We learned how to count by 5’s and 10’s.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2:  Milky Way Design-  The children will use white paint to make a design on the dark paper.  They will then glue the picture frame onto the paper.  

Thursday: Venus

Apr 19, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Mars.  Today the children told me everything they know about Venus.  Venus is a rock planet. It is the second planet from the sun.  Fun Facts:  The atmosphere of Venus is made up mainly of carbon dioxide.  Its size is slightly smaller than Earth.  It also features gravity similar to that of Earth.  Venus is surrounded by clouds consisting of mercury, ferric chloride hydrocarbons and sulfuric acid.  These clouds create the most corrosive acid rain found anywhere in our solar system.  The clouds are so thick that little light even reaches the surface. The light that does reach the surface is converted to heat and can not escape the atmosphere making Venus the hottest planet at around 500 Degrees Celsius. The surface of Venus is often described as a “stormy desert” full of many craters and very active volcanoes.  Venus features no liquid water.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Do you have a sister?  Venus is Earth’s sister.  It is about the same size, thickness and chemistry as Earth.  But Venus is too hot for life.  One big difference is that Venus has NO water.  I picked two children that were sitting nicely to come up and demonstrate how we are going to make Venus’ Twin Art in afternoon centers.  Each child picked a color of paint to put on the paper plate they then pressed their plates together so the colors would blend.  

Numbers:  Discussed:  What do you think you could see from Venus?  Venus is closer to the sun than us.  From the surface of Venus, Earth would look like a star.  We looked at the pocket counter.  I showed the children the 2 strips of numbers and we discussed how to tape them together to make the numbers go in order.  We then looked at the strip of stars, strip of moons, strip of planets and discussed how we could use the number line to count them for us by lining them up with the numbers starting at number one.  We counted each strip to make sure the number line was correct.  We then did addition problems by lining up two strips of objects down the number line to see what they added too.  We did this with each strip of objects.  

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Why do you think Venus is so hot?  Venus is closer to the sun and has very thick clouds that keep the heat inside the planet.  We sat in a circle and put the Storyboard with the planets all in order on the floor.  We picked up Venus and had to pass it around, while the music played, very fast since it is hot.  When the music stopped the person holding Venus had to hurry and put it back in its place in line with the other planets where it belongs.  We continued this several times because we were having so much fun and wanted to give everyone a chance to place Venus where it goes in line in the Solar system.

Emergent Reading:     Discussed:  What do you think is found on Venus?  Nothing can live or grow on Venus.  It is too hot.  We discussed the word “nothing” and what letter it starts with.  We looked at the Letter Flowers and discussed how to make the /N/ sound in detail.  We discussed that you have to put your tongue, behind your teeth on the roof of your mouth to make the sound.   We then said the sound and plugged our nose and noticed that we couldn’t continue making the sound.  The reason is that this sound is made through your “Nose”.  We call this sound a Nose Sound.  It is the Middle Nose Sound. The children told me words that begin with the letter N.  We also looked in the dictionary to find more N words.  

Show and Tell:   Each child came up one at a time to show the “N” item that they brought in.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2:  Venus’ Twin Art-  The children will find a partner and each one pick a different color of paint.  We will squirt the paint on their paper plate.  They will bring their two plates together and press to watch the  colors join.  Center 3:  Pocket Counter-  Each child got to cut out their own number line, moon strip, star strip, planet strip and numbers to do the math we did above during lessons.

Wednesday: Mars

Apr 18, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Mercury.  Today the children told me everything they know about Mars.  Mars is a rock planet.  It is the fourth planet from the sun.  Fun Facts: Mars is nicknamed the red planet because it is covered with rust-like dust.  Even the atmosphere is a pinkish red, colored by tiny particles of dust thrown up from the surface. Mars experiences violent dust storms which continually change its surface. Mars has many massive volcanoes and is home to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system.  Mars has a very thin atmosphere made mostly of carbon dioxide.  It is not thick enough to trap the sun’s heat like Venus, so the planet is very cold. Mars has many channels, plains and canyons on the surface which could have been caused by water erosion in the past.  Mars has very weak gravity which cannot hold onto the atmosphere well.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What spins like the planets?  How can you pick up a spinning ball?  I placed a bouncy ball on the chair and put the jar over it.  I then moved the jar to spin the ball and once the ball was lifted up spinning around the sides I picked it up and continued to spin it then slowed down and watched the ball fall out.  We discussed why this happened.  

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What would you think if you looked in the sky and saw two moons?  Mars has two moons.  Their names are Deimos and Phobos.  We looked at the Discover Cutting sheet they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  What else do you see when you look at the night sky? Mars is one of the planets that can be seen in the night sky without a telescope.  It looks like a star that doesn’t twinkle.  Looked at the Storyboard and put our sun and planets all in order.  The children did very well putting the planets in order. 

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What do you think you can see on the surface of Mars with a telescope?  Mars has land like Earth, but much more extreme.  The mountains and canyons are up to three times higher and deeper than the ones on Earth.    I invited a couple of children at a time to feel the sand and rocks in the bucket. We discussed what we felt and how it was like Mars. I took some of the sand and added red paint to it and we turned it red like Mar’s sand.  We built some mountains and valleys with the sand.

Tumble Bus Day:   See Form by the front door for the activities that they did today.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2:  Discover Cutting Project-  The children will cut out Mars and glue it to the black paper.  They will then paint it red.  The children will then cut out the two moons and add them to the black paper around Mars.  Center 3: Continued working on the Solar System book.

Tuesday: Mercury

Apr 17, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Finn put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He helped us review all our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Saturn.  Today the children told me all that they know about Mercury.  Mercury is a rock planet.  Fun facts:  The surface of Mercury is very similar to our moon.  It has a very barren, rocky surface covered with many craters.  Being so close to the Sun, the daytime temperature on Mercury is scorching- reaching over 400 degrees Celsius.  At night however, without an atmosphere to hold the heat in, the temperatures plummet, dropping to -180 degrees Celsius.  Mercury has very low surface gravity.  It has no atmosphere which means there is no wind or weather to speak of.  There is also no water on the surface of Mercury, it is possible however that there could be water underneath the surface.  Likewise, there is no air on the surface but it could be trapped underneath.  

Speaking:  Discussed:  What might happen if Earth was closer to the sun?  Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, but it is too hot for anything living to survive.  Explained that we get just the right amount of sun where our planet is located to keep us warm and give us light.  We learned a new Sign Language word: Sun.  How to do the sign for “sun”:  Close fingers and thumb above right shoulder, make a circle near head.  Open fingers and thumb towards face, like sunlight.  We practice this sign a lot as the children got very confused on where to put their hand and how to open the hand towards the face.   We then sang a song and used the sign for “sun” each time we came to that word in the song.  

Visual Art:  Discussed: What do you think Mercury looks like?  Mercury’s surface is rocky and wrinkly with many craters.  The gas of the sun makes solar winds that blow on the crusty surface of Mercury.   We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers. Discussed how to press the bubble wrap in the paint to make the craters or bumpy rocks on the plate.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think the temperature is at night on Mercury? Since Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, it seems like it would still be hot at night, but it isn’t.  Extreme temperatures on Mercury range from 875 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime to -300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Discussed what color they think of when they think of night: BLACK.  Explained that Mercury is very dark at night because it has NO moon to reflect the sun’s light.  We pretended one wall in the room was “night” very cold and the chair was “day” very hot.  I showed the children the black bird which represents the Night wall.  I had 2 children at a time come stand in the middle.  They ran to the Night wall if I held up the black bird and then when I put the black bird down they ran to the day chair.  We did this until each child had a turn.

Show and Tell:     Each child was to wear Black today.  I had each child stand up and show me all the black they were wearing.  We then compared how many people had black on to those children that had no black on.  Discussed more and less.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How many moons do you think Mercury has? Mercury has no moons.  It is one of only two planets with no moons (Venus is the other).  The children told me how many moons that Earth has (1).  I showed the children the Story Sequence Card and we discussed what was happening in each picture.  The children then had to put the 3 pictures in order.  Some of the children had difficulty with this.  


Afternoon Centers:
  Center 1:  Outside play  Center 2:  Mercury art-  the children will have two plates stapled together with beans in the middle and a craft stick to hold onto.  They will dip their bubble wrap in blue paint for the cold and make prints on the one paper plate to represent craters.  They will then dip another bubble wrap in red paint for hot and make prints on the other paper plate.    They can then show Hot and Cold by turning their plates.  Center 3:  Blank Book-  the children will start this activity today.  They will make a book about Our Solar System.  They will add a planet on a page and tell a Fact about that planet.  

Monday: Saturn

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Finn is the new calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  He helped us review our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Neptune on Friday.  The children told me everything they know about Saturn.  Saturn is a gas planet with very large rings. It is the sixth planet from the sun.  Fun Facts:  Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system and is another gas giant.  Saturn has a small rocky core covered with liquid gas.  It is surrounded by a system of rings that stretch out into space for thousands of kilometers.  The rings are made up of millions of ice crystals, some as big as houses and others as small as specks of dust.  Saturn is very light as it is made up of more hydrogen than helium so it is less dense.  If we could fit Saturn into a bathtub it would float.  Like Jupiter, Saturn has many moons surrounding it.  Saturn is not a peaceful planet.  Storm winds race around the atmosphere.  Saturn has a very strong magnetic field which traps energy particles resulting in high levels of radiation.  

Logic:  Discussed:  How are Saturn’s rings different than other planets with rings?  Saturn has very large rings.  There are several hundred thin rings that make it look like one very wide ring around this planet.  We looked at the picture Clue Cards and the children named each item: “moon, star, Saturn.”  I then read one clue and invited a child to decide which item matches.  If one doesn’t match, then they turned the card face down.  We continued this by reading One clue to a child and that child finding the matching picture or pictures.  Clue 1:  I am found in Space.  Clue 2: I am a ball of gas.  Clue 3:  I have rings.  Clue 4: There are billions and billions of these in outer space.  

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What shape do you think Saturn is?  Most planets are round, but Saturn is another planet that spins so fast that the middle is flat.   I had the children one at a time Twirl.  We discussed if they wanted to spin fast, slow or count how many times they twirled around.  I then wrote down what they wanted on their Watch Me Move shapes.  They got very dizzy.  

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  Why would you want to be an astronaut?  Cosmonaut is another name for an astronaut.  Russia and the United States have had more astronauts (cosmonauts) than any other country.  We looked at the Russian flag.  We found Russia on the World Map and placed the flag on it.  Discussed:  Each April 12 Cosmonauts’ Day is celebrated in Russia to commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space to make one complete orbit around the earth.  

Emergent Reading:    Discussed:  How long do you think it would take you to explore many moons?  Saturn has 62 moons.  It would take a very long time to explore all of its moons.  We discussed the letter “R”. We discussed the sound that it makes.  I spread a yellow sheet on the floor in a circle to represent Saturn.  I then cut out 11 moons and placed them around Saturn. We discussed how Saturn really has 62 moons but that would be a lot of cutting for Miss Kim.   I had one child at a time come up and take the Rocket and stand in the middle of Saturn.  They then got to pretend to blast off in their Rocket and fly to one of the moons of Saturn to explore.  We did this until each child had a turn.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Watch Me Move Shape-  The children will decorate their pattern to look like themselves.  

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