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Monday: Snowflake

Dec 2, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Snowflake

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin is the  new calendar boy for this week.   He found the day of the week in Spanish, put the number on the calendar, and discussed the weather.  He helped us review our Sight words, Spanish words and Sign language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  Snowflakes. Talked about how snowflakes are formed.  The children told us where they could find a snowflake.  Fun facts:  Snow forms when water vapor in the atmosphere freezes into ice crystals.  Snowflakes form in a variety of different shapes.  Heavy snowfalls are often called “snowstorms”.  Skis, sleds and snowmobiles are useful transport options through snow.  Snow can lower visibility, making driving conditions dangerous.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What makes you special and different from others? Explained that all snowflakes have six sides but their design is always different. I held up their name tag and if it was their name they had to stand up and move around the room like a snowflake.  Once all the kids were floating around the room as they saw their name tags. We then shouted out “Freeze” and held up one name tag for the kids to identify.  That child that was named was to freeze in a snowflake pose. We continued this until each child recognized their name and posed in a snowflake pose.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What are safe ways to play with a snowball? What are unsafe ways? Invite children to explore crumpling paper into wads ( snowballs) then tossing and catching them. Role-play safe and unsafe snowball games. Leave the snowballs on the floor all around the room. The children drew a number card and discussed that number they then tried to toss that many snowballs into the box.

Creative Development:  Discussed: How do you think a snowflake is made? Set out circle cutouts and invite children to explore arranging them on the floor in various designs. Do they over lap the circles, create intentional designs, or randomly place them? 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  Why does or doesn’t it snow where you live? Invite children to tear up toilet paper and explore tossing the pieces and watching them fall to the ground. Pretend they are snowflakes.  We looked at the Theme poster and discussed the picture.  We had 4 Looking Glasses and picked one child at a time to come up and find that picture and follow the directions on the Look and Find Glass.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Little People  Center 2-  The children cut slits in the cardboard circle and wrapped yarn through the slits and around the circle to make a snowflake. They used the snowflake they made as a stamp and dip it in paint and press the stamp on paper to create snowflakes. They then added glitter to their snowflakes.