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Tuesday: Jungle Food

May 29, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She had to put a lot of numbers on the calendar from the holiday.  She discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Mallory reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about the jungle weather. The children told me what they know about Jungle Food.  People in the jungle live off the land.  This means they eat the fruit and vegetables that are grown in the jungle;  and they hunt and fish for meat.  Fun Facts:  Manioc is one of the main crops.  They use the tuberous roots of the manioc plant to make flour for bread.  They have to be careful to squeeze all the poison out of it first! It can kill them if they don’t.  Some people even put the poison on the end of their spears to use when they go hunting!  They use a kind of stove we’ve probably never seen, except maybe when camping.  Sometimes they use two sticks, in the shape of a “Y”, with another stick placed between the opening of the Y.  They will build a fire underneath and place a stick through the meat to hold it up.  

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What kind of vegetables would you grow in a garden? We discussed all the veggies we will be growing in our garden!!  We will be planting our Garden this week!!  We discussed if any of the veggies we are growing could be grown in a rainforest.  

Learning Approach:  Discussed:  What kind of food do you think you could catch in the jungle?  Some people in the jungle use nets or spears to catch fish.  Traps are built and used to catch some small animals, too.  Each child came up one at a time and rolled the Brain Box.  They performed the activity that it said to do.  Brain box:  Make an Octagon out of something in the room, jump up 20 times, pretend to be a snake slithering through the jungle, clap your hands 19 times, hop to something green in the room, fly to something blue in the room.

Patterns:   Discussed:  What is your favorite food grown on trees?  Did you know that some beans and pods grow on trees, too?  Coffee and chocolate are both from trees.  We looked at the fruit trees and discussed what grew on each one.  We had a banana tree, cacao tree, papaya tree, coconut tree and pineapple bush.  We put the trees in order from tallest to shortest.  The children then told me how else they could put them in order.

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  Does your favorite food grow in a rainforest jungle?  We  looked at the post card that the children will be making in afternoon centers.  They will make a tree with paint.  They will then write to a family member about the rainforest.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play/ Legos  Center 2:  Jungle Postcard-  The children will use their fingers to make a print for the leaves of the tree.  They will then paint the trunk and fruit on the tree.  They can add a river with fish if they desire.  They will then tell Miss Kayla what to write about the jungle.

Friday: Jungle Weather

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Jungle Music.  Today the children told me what they know about Jungle Weather.  Tropical jungle weather is hot and rainy all year long.  Fun Facts:  The Amazon gets between 70-100 inches of rain yearly.  By comparison, Los Angeles receives about 7 inches per year. It has cool mornings to warm mid-day then sultry afternoon, often marked by dramatic thunderstorms.  The Amazon lies approximately on the equator so the weather does not change much throughout the year.  

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  How does the weather help plants grow in the rainforest? Plants need good soil, sun and rain to grow.  Because it is hot and wet all year long, plants grow all year long.  We went for a walk in the front yard and each child picked a piece of grass or weed.   We brought them back inside.  We compared the different blades of the plants.  The children discussed if it was the longest, shortest, widest, thinnest, greenest, or brownest.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How often do you think it rains in the rainforest?  In most rainforests, it rains every day!  We learned how to play Tic-Tac-Toe.  The children picked a partner and one of them chose the suns and the other chose the raindrops.  I then helped them take turns and figure out how to block their partner and win the game.  They had a lot of fun.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Where in the world, your city, your room is it hot?  Not hot?  We learned how to spell the word “hot”.  We took the H off and discussed the word family “ot”.  The children then told me letters they wanted to add to the “ot” to make new words.  They read each new words.  

Emergent Writing:    Discussed:  Is 20 a lot or a little?  What if you had 20 pancakes for breakfast or 20 pairs of socks on today?  Is that a lot?  I drew 20 pancakes on the wipe-off board and they said that was way too many.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play

Thursday: Jungle Music

May 24, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Leafcutter Ants.  Today the children told me what they know about Jungle Music.  Discussed how we can use our body to make music or move to the music.  Jungle music has a lot of drum and bass.  We listened to all kinds of different jungle music and danced to the beat.  We also listened to animal sounds in the jungle.  

Shapes:  Discussed:  What animal sounds can you make?  All the children made different animal sounds.  I then picked several children to come up and pick a puzzle piece and work together to fit the pieces together.  We discussed the picture that the puzzle made. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How can you make the sound of falling rain?  We discussed how they will make rainsticks in afternoon centers.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What noises, other than animal noises have you heard outside?  The jungle has a lot of tall weeds and vegetation all around.  When an animal moves through the jungle even if it is quiet, you can hear the rustling of the plants and trees. Explained that a jaguar moves slowly when it’s looking for prey.  I crawled slowly and so quietly when I jumped on my prey!  I played the Jaguar song on our monthly CD.  The children crawled around acting out the song!!!

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What can you use in nature that can sound like an instrument?  I had a large bin filled with water and showed the children how to make noise by splashing, slapping and swirling the water.  I got all wet!  We took it outside and each child got to make music with the water!  We were all wet after everyone had a turn.  They had a blast making music with the water.  Water clapping is a common form of music for many people who live in the jungle.  They stand in the water and cup their hands in different ways to make a variety of noises.

Emergent Writing:  Each child worked on writing the number 20 on the wipe off board.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Rainsticks:  The children took a tube and painted it to decorate it.  They then added rice to the tube.  They got to run around and shake their rainsticks.  Center 3: My Little Journal-  The children will practice writing the number 20.  They will then make 20 drips of paint on their journal page pretending it is raining.  Center 4: Jungle Tic-Tac-Toe boards-  They will cut the pieces out so that it is ready to play tomorrow in lessons.

Wednesday: Leafcutter Ant

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Iguanas.  The children told me everything they know about Leafcutter Ants.  The Leafcutter ant is the name of an ant that cuts leaves. They live in the Amazon Jungle.   Fun Facts:  Leaf cutter ants could be the smallest recyclers on the planet.  These little ants serve an extremely useful purpose in the rainforest.  Leaf cutter ants cut small holes into the leaves of vascular plants.  The ants then pick up these giant pieces of leaf and carry them down into their dens.  Leaf cutter ants are actually a good source of protein for humans, and they are eaten in parts of Mexico.  It is also claimed that the Indians used the jaws of a leaf-cutter as stitches to hold together the edges of a wound.  A Leaf Cutter Colony can strip the tallest of trees in a single day.  Equivalent consumption of a full grown cow in the same time!

Logic:  Discussed:  What part of your body do you use to find your way?  Leafcutter ants smell to find their way.  They leave a scent path from their nest to the place they find food.  We then played a board game.  They rolled the dice and moved their animal that many spaces.  They followed the directions on the board if they landed on a spot like that.  

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How many people are in your family?  A family of ants is called a colony.  Some Leafcutter Ant colonies in the jungle have as many as 8-10 million ants.  Looked at the picture they will be making in afternoon centers.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What type of work do you do with your family? Each year in Brazil, there is a large celebration known as The Carnival.  Many people work together, like ants, to make it an exciting event. We looked at the World Map and found Brazil.  Explained that each ant in a colony has a job to do to make everything work.  We discussed the jobs that people in Brazil would have to do to prepare for The Carnival.  

Logic:    Discussed:  What job would you like to have when you grow up? Ants work but do not choose their job.  When they are born they either become a builder, farmer, hunter or soldier.  We had 4 Charting Choice Cards.  I read the question on the card and each child came up one at a time to place an ant on the choice they wanted to answer the question.  We then discussed more and less and which choice was chosen to win.  We did this with each card and each card had two choices.  Charting Choice Card 1:  Would you rather work like an “ANT” or “SLOTH”? Charting Choice Card 2:  Would you rather swim with a “PINK DOLPHIN” or fly with a “BUTTERFLY”?  Charting Choice Card 3:  Would you rather ride on a “JAGUAR” or a “MONKEY”? Charting Choice Card 4:  Would you rather follow a “SNAKE” or a “TOUCAN”?

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Art-  The children will tear pieces of green paper to make a picture on the paper.  They can turn those pieces of paper into a person or whatever they would like to do with their families.  They will then tell Miss Felicia how many family members they have and write that on the paper. They will also write what they like to do as a family.

Tuesday: Green Iguana

May 22, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   Gretchen put the number on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We  reviewed what we learned about poisonous dart frogs.  The children told me everything they know about green Iguanas.  A green iguana is a large lizard.  It lives in the canopy layer of the rainforest.  The older they get, the higher they live up in the trees.  Fun Facts:  Iguanas are herbivores and hence should be fed with vegetarian diets only. They also draw water out of the food they eat, and can be fed with green beans, melons and strawberries.  No animal protein supplements must be given.  They are social animals and like to nibble and chew on whatever comes there way.  Like all animals, iguanas show signs of aggression during mating season and should be left alone during this time.  Iguanas must be housed in cages which are at least 6 feet high and 12 feet wide and deep and should be kept warm.  Small children should not be allowed near them as iguanas have sharp teeth and claws which they might use for self defense.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think an iguana would do if it was at the lunch table?  Green Iguanas eat plants.  We discussed our food groups that we would eat at lunch and which groups the Iguana would eat.  We then discussed how the Iguana should ask for the food if he wants something off of your plate.  We discussed good table manners. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  A tail is the end of an animal.  What letter is at the end of Iguana?  William was able to tell us what letter was at the end of Iguana.  We looked at the hands-on capital and lowercase “A”.  Discussed the sound it makes. I had the “A” crawl up Will’s leg, past his stomach and all the way to his head.  Explained that because the iguana crawls up trees, it is able to see if danger is approaching.  

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think you would do if you had a very long tail?  An iguana’s tail is at least as long as its body, some even longer.  The iguana’s tail can come off, if he needs to escape, and will grow back again.  We looked at the Iguana Headband they will be making in afternoon centers.

Emergent Reading:    Discussed:  Why do you think an iguana needs to be quick? They run away from predators. I told the children that I was the Jaguar and they are the iguanas.  I told them they better “RUN” because I am going to get them!!!!!  We ran around the room while I chased them and caught everyone!! We sat back down and looked at the Rebus Reader Key Cards and named each object.  I then told the children they would be helping me read the story.  When I got to the picture they had to say the name of that object.  I held up the Key card and they named it to fill in the blank and helped read the story.  We discussed the story after we read.  

Miss Kayla’s Birthday:   The children all brought in homemade cards for Miss Kayla.  She got to sit on Miss Kim’s lap and read all her cards and get hugs from the kids.  We had a Marsh cake for Miss Kayla after lunch!!

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Iguana Headband-  They will decorate their iguana pattern by putting stripes on them to camouflage them. They then take a piece of paper and cut  strips out of the paper to add to the back of the iguana making spikes.  They will wear them around the room.  

Monday: Dart Frog

May 21, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen is the new calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  She found all the numbers from the weekend and put them on the calendar.  Gretchen discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.   She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what they learned about Blue Morpho Butterflies.  The children told me everything they know about frogs. Discussed:  What color would you make a poisonous frog?  Dart frogs are brightly colored, poisonous frogs found in the Amazon jungle.  (They are brightly colored to serve as a warning to other animals.) Fun Facts:  Poison Dart frogs live in the rainforest habitats in Central and South America.  They can be found in trees, as well as under leaves and logs and rocks on the floor of the forest.  Because of their size, 1/2 to 2 inches long, they are hard to see.  Poison frogs warn predators with brilliant colors and patterns.  There are many species of poison frogs that can be found in every color under the sun!  They prey on invertebrates, especially certain ant species, which build up really strong poisons in the frog.  Dart Frogs got their name because hunters would tip their arrows in the frog’s poisons.  Sadly, because people are cutting down rainforests for farming and ranching, Poison Dart Frogs are at risk.  The Blue Poison Dart Frog is the most endangered due to the pet-shop market.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think poison dart frogs move? Dart frogs have sticky pads on the bottom of their feet that let them jump and stick to trees, leaves, vines and more.  We looked at suction cups and stuck them to our hands.  I then showed the children how they would dip them in paint and make sticky frog prints on paper.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How high can you leap?  A frog’s back legs are bigger than his front legs so he can leap very, very high.  We grabbed a partner and played leap frog.  One child got on their knees tucking their heads near their knees while the other child placed hands on their back and leaped over them.  The children did this all through the room.  

Numbers:  Discussed:  What would you eat if you were a frog?  Dart frogs like to eat moving food.  They use their super sticky tongues to catch flies, ants and other bugs found in the jungle.  We took our Pocket counters and fed the frogs the matching number of bugs (9, 10, 19, or 20).  We then used the strips to do some addition and subtraction problems on the wipe off board.  

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  Where do you think a small dart frog would want to live?  Special plants that grow in the jungle, called bromeliads, collect water and make a little pond that the dart frogs live around. We looked at the capital and lowercase “Aa”.  Discussed the sounds the letter makes.  The children told me all the words they could think of that start with the letter “a”.  We then looked in the dictionary for more “a” words.  

Show and Tell:    Each child brought an item that begins with the letter “a”.   They came up one at a time and told us about their item and why they brought that item.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play/Big Cardboard Blocks Center 2:  Sticky Frog Art-  The children will use the suction cups to dip into paint and make sticky frog prints on the paper.  Center 3:  Pocket Counters-  The children will cut all their strips of bugs, frogs, and numbers out.  

Friday: Blue Morpho Butterfly

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about the snake.  Today the children told everything they know about a butterfly.  Discussed the color they thought a Blue Morpho Butterfly is.  The Blue Morpho butterfly is big and blue!  It lives in the canopy layer of the rainforest.  Fun Facts:  The Blue Morpho butterfly can also be considered to be one of the biggest butterflies seen, their wingspan measures 5-8 inches in width.  They are extremely beautiful to look at.   The brilliant blue wings are not really brightly colored for the female.  Females have a dull blue with brown edges for their wings. They also have white spots in the blue area.  At birth, the caterpillars are reddish brown in color.  They also have green colored patches on the back area.  The undersides of the wings of the Blue Morpho have a dull brown shade.  This brown color is dotted with many eye spots.  An adult lives towards the ground area. These butterflies are therefore seen living in shrubs.  Experts say the Blue Morpho Butterfly is almost an endangered species. This is only because of the loss of their natural habitat due to deforestation and other human activities that cause harm to their lives.

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  What kinds of groups are you a part of?  Many animals like to live in groups.  A group of butterflies is called a flutter.  We looked at all the story telling pieces and discussed each animal.  We acted out what sound the animal makes and how the animal moves.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  Do you think it is faster to fly in a straight path or a zig-zag path?   We made a straight path with masking tape about 6 feet long.  We then made a zig-zag path starting and stopping in the same area as the straight line. Each child walked the zig-zag path and counted how many steps it took.  They then walked the straight line path and counted how many steps it took.   The children figured out which path took more steps, and would take longer.  Discussed why the zig-zag path took longer.  

Visual Art:    Discussed:  What does your coat or shirt look like on the inside? Is it similar or different from the outside?  The Blue Morpho Butterfly’s wings are brown with black edges on the top and brown with eye spots underneath.  The eyes scare predators away. We looked at the Blue Morpho butterfly that they made in afternoon centers.  We looked at the difference in the top color and bottom colors and watched them fly.

Social Skills:   Discussed:  From where do you think the butterfly comes?  We discussed the life cycle of a butterfly:  egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly.  We then read the Very Hungry Caterpillar and again discussed the stages of that butterfly.  They then made a butterfly out of paint.  They used the sides of their hands in a fist to make the wings. Used their finger to make white dots and to make the body of the butterfly.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play

Thursday: Snake

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Monkeys.  Today the children told everything they know about snakes.   Mallory showed us how a snake moves.  Fun Facts:  Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters).  Snakes don’t have eyelids. Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole.  They have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head! Snakes are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.  They have internal ears but not external ones.  There are around 3000 different species of snake.  They have a unique anatomy which allows them to swallow and digest large prey.  They are covered in scales with smooth and dry skin.  

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think a snake’s skin feels like?  A snake is a reptile. His skin is smooth, slippery and scaly.  It can stretch when a snake swallows food.   We looked at the snake art project for this afternoon’s centers.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  How do you think animals stay strong?  What do you do to stay strong? Animals in the jungle, such as the snake, must keep moving.  The more you move your body, the stronger the muscles become.  We laid the animal cards face down on the floor.  I called one child at a time to come pick a card.  They told me the animal and then were to move around the room like that animal.  

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think a snake eats? Snakes eat other live animals.  Some snakes curl around their prey while they sleep and squeeze them and others move quickly and swallow the prey whole.  We looked at the blue bird and discussed the color.  Each child found something blue in the room.  

Speaking:   Discussed:  How do you think a snake can move? Snakes use their muscles and skin to move.  They climb trees and vines, and will even leap from one tree branch to another and appear to be flying.  We learned the sign for “play”.  We then practiced the sign and sang a song using the sign for the word “play”.  Sign language word “Play”:  Close hand with thumb and pinky out and then wiggle out and in.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Snake Art- they took the snake pieces and decorated them with cellophane.  They then put each piece together with a brass fastener.  They added eyes and played with their slithery snake. 

Wednesday: Monkey Chatter

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Parrots.  The children then told me everything they know about Monkeys.  Discussed what sounds a monkey makes.  There are many types of monkeys in the jungle.  Most monkeys make a noise that sounds like vowels and is called chatter.   Sometimes monkeys make screaming noises, too.  Fun Facts:  There are currently 264 known monkey species.  Apes are not monkeys.  Some monkeys live on the ground, while others live in trees.  Different monkey species eat a variety of foods, such as fruit, insects, flowers, leaves and reptiles.  Most monkeys have tails. Groups of monkeys are known as a ‘tribe’, ‘troop’ or ‘mission’.  

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What does a monkey eat? Monkeys love fruit. They climb trees to get to the fruit in the canopy layer of the jungle. They also eat seeds, insects and small animals.  We reviewed the Letter G.  Discussed how the monkey’s eat Grapes and they start with the letter G. 

Logic:  Discussed:  We looked at the picture clue cards and discussed information about each animal.  I placed the cards on the floor and asked a child to come up and answer the clue by turning the animals face down that did not answer that clue.  Animals were: pink dolphin, monkey and jaguar.  Clues:  I live in the jungle, I can be seen in a tree, I like to eat fruit, I live in a cave or crevice, I can swim, and I live in the Canopy layer.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  Where are jungles (tropical rainforests)?  Jungles can be found on every continent except Antarctica.  The biggest one can be found on the continent of South America. We found the orange continent on the map.  We discussed how this was South America and in South America is a country called Brazil.  We looked at the flag of Brazil and discussed that much of the rainforest is located in Brazil.  

Gross Motor:    Discussed:  How would you protect yourself if you were a monkey?  Monkeys swing and climb quickly to get away from predators (other animals that might eat them for lunch).  If they are near their home, they try to throw things at them to keep them away.  Miss Felicia decorated a box to look like a jaguar for us.  I placed it on the floor and made tape lines 2, 5, 10, 15, and 20 feet away from the box.  I had one child at a time start on the 2 foot line and see how many times they could toss the ball into the jaguar box.  I then had them move to the 5 foot line to toss the ball into the box or at least try to hit the box.  They continued to move back on each line to try to hit the box or make it in the box.  I then wrote what they wanted me to write about what they were able to do on their Watch Me Move shape.  

Tumble Bus Day:    See the form by the sign-in book to see what activities they did today.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  They decorated the Watch Me Move shapes.  Center 3: Butterfly Wings-  The children colored one side of the butterfly blue with black edges.  They then folded it in half and painted the one half brown with spots of white and black.  They closed the shape to make the same pattern on both sides then let the wings stay open to dry.  

Tuesday: Parrot Squawk

May 15, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about a Sloth.  Today the children told me everything they know about a Parrot.  Discussed what noise a parrot makes.  A parrot squawks.  Fun Facts:  There are around 372 different parrot species.  Most parrots live in tropical areas.  Parrots have curved bills (beaks), strong legs and clawed feet.  Parrots are often brightly colored. Parrots are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species.  Some species are known for imitating human voices. Most parrot species rely on seeds as food.  Others may eat fruit, nectar, flowers or small insects.  Parrots such as the budgerigar (budgie) and cockatiel are popular as pets.  Some parrot species can live for over 80 years.  There are 21 different species of cockatoo.  Cockatoos usually have black, grey or white plumage (feathers). 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What are your favorite colors?  What colors are on a parrot?  We looked at the Parrot craft they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Numbers:  Discussed:  What do you think happens if the number of something keeps going down?  We looked at the hands- on number 20.  I had the children tell me how to make a 20 with the numbers zero and two.  We counted the 20 octagons.  Explained that Macaws are disappearing from the rainforest.  They are endangered.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you think parrots learn to fly? Just like babies learn how to walk, baby birds learn how to fly by trying.  We looked at the three story sequence cards and discussed what was happening in each picture.  I had the children then put the pictures in order of how they were happening.  

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  How can a parrot hold something without hands? Parrots use their hooked beaks to crack, toss and hold food.  They use their feet to grip the branches, grasp food or bring food to their mouth.  We looked at the hands-on letter G.  We discussed the letter and sound.  We reviewed words that begin with that letter.  I then had each child pretend to be a parrot and Squawk Out a word that begins with G.  

Show and Tell:   Each child brought in 20 items.  They came up one at a time and counted out their items and showed everyone what they brought.  We helped them fix their bags if they brought less or more than 20.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Parrot Art- Each child took a feather and dipped it into paint to make prints on the body and wing of the parrot.  They painted the beak of the parrot.  They added the head to the body and put on festoon.  They then put the feet on the body.  

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