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Thursday: Jurassic Plants

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Jurassic Plants

Calendar: Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Keira helped us with calendar today.  She put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern, weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We put the day of the week weather stick in the cup from lessons yesterday. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what the children learned about the Jurassic Climate.  Discussed: What plants they think were in the Jurassic period.  What do plants need to grow.  Fun facts:  Ferns and gingkoes were the dominant plants of the early Jurassic.  Cone-bearing plants such as conifers were wide spread by the end of the Jurassic period. 

Science: Discussed: Do you think dinosaurs would have liked beans if they had grown during dinosaur days? The children predicted what they thought would happen to a bean that we put on a peat pellet and add water to it. Each child got to pick a bean and put it on their peat pellet and water it.  We will watch it throughout the weeks to see what happens to them.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What plants do you see around the room? The children traced their foot on a green piece of paper.  They then hung the leafs up to make a tree.  We learned the word for leaf in Spanish  “hoja”.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: Would you rather be a carnivore or an herbivore? Set out the eggs from the Counting Set. Invited children to explore how they can balance, roll, stack and slide.  We had a graph that the children got to place a link on the space above the picture that they would rather do.  Each child answered the following questions and added the links to the graph.  We then discussed the graph on which columns were more or less. Questions:  Would you rather see a volcano erupt or see a dinosaur?  Would you rather ride a pterodactyl or a stegosaurus? Would you rather climb a tree or a volcano? Would you rather eat a fish or a fern? Would you rather be a stegosaurus or a pterodactyl?  Would you rather pet a fish or pet a dinosaur?

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What is your favorite food? What shape is it? Cut out variety of shapes and spread them on the floor along with items of various shapes. Invited children to explore the items and cutouts. Do they try to match shapes with real items? How else do they sort or arrange the items?  We discussed the number 15.  The children learned how to make the number and we looked at their My Little Journals. 

Show and Tell:  Everyone was asked to bring in a leaf with different colors. They came up one at a time and discussed what a leaf is called in Spanish.  They then told us how many leaves they brought and what colors they were.  We counted the different colors they used.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- Community Helper Toys Center 2- My Little Journal- The children went to the page with the number 15.  They practiced writing the number. They then traced three of their fingers on the page.  They drew 3 leaves on each finger.  They then counted the leaves to see if it was 15. Center 3- Leaf Art- The children will trace their feet and cut them out. We will hang them on the wall to make a tree with leaves.   

Wednesday: Jurassic Climate

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Jurassic Climate

Calendar: Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Harper put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish, sign language, numbers and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what the kids learned about Volcanoes.  Discussed:  What type of weather do you think a dinosaur prefers?  We discussed what Jurassic Climate meant.  Fun facts:  The region experienced a desert climate during the early Jurassic.  The climate then became moister and milder later in the period.  Europe was covered with shallow seas throughout the Jurassic.

Social Studies: Discussed: How is the land on Earth like a puzzle? Set out a big bowl of water and a few floating toys. Invited children to play with the toys and then watch them move around in the water.  We laid out 7 towels and explained that before Jurassic times, the Earth only had one continent, Pangea.  Earthquakes and volcanoes separated the landmass and now the continents slowly move around in the water.  Explained that this is how the dinosaurs were separated.  I had the children come up one by one and work together to put the towels together to make one big continent like it was.

Science: Discussed: What do you think a dinosaur would do if it were raining? Snowing? Hot and sunny? We had labels of the different weather taped on the 5 cups.  The children told me the weather today and we put that day stick in the correct cup.  We will do this daily for 7 days and then discuss which weather happened the most.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Why do you think the dinosaurs disappeared? Explained that it got so hot during the Jurassic times that much of the food dried up. Some of the dinosaurs disappeared because they had no food. We had word puzzles that the children had to use the letter: L, E or V to fill in the blank on the word to make a word.  Example:  p_n, l_g, th_, _ _ t, _ eg.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How do you think a dinosaur protected its eggs? Set out the cards and search through them to identify which photos have tails. Explained that some dinosaurs had flexible tails they could whip at enemies to protect themselves  or their babies.  We turned all the cards face down and explained that the dinosaurs are trying to find their eggs before the volcano erupts. The children took turns turning over 2 cards to try to find the matching uppercase and lowercase letter. If he/she draws a volcano card they set it on the envelope.  The second volcano card drawn means the game is over.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- Dancing Center 2- Protect the Egg Pocket Game- The children will get their own game pieces to cut apart and make that we played today.  

Tuesday: Volcano

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Volcano

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Harper put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She told us our numbers in English and Spanish. Harper helped us read our sight words, days of the week, months of the year and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about dinosaur feet.  Discussed:  What do you think is inside a volcano?  What do you know about volcanoes?  Fun facts:  Volcanoes are openings in the Earth’s surface.  When they are active they can let ash, gas and hot magma escape in sometimes violent and spectacular eruptions.  Volcanoes are usually located where tectonic plates meet.  Hot liquid rock under the Earth’s surface is known as magma, it is called lava after it comes out of a volcano.  The biggest known volcano in our solar system is actually on Mars.  One of Jupiter’s moons is covered in volcanoes.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What sounds do you think a volcano would make?  We looked at the letter Vv and discussed the sound it makes and words that begin with that letter.  The children then practiced writing the Capital and lowercase V on the wipe-off board.

Science: Discussed:  What do you know that has bubbles?  We did an experiment and the children had to predict what they thought might happen.  We first added oil to water and they discovered that they don’t mix together.  We added drops of food coloring and watched the water turn blue and the oil separate out.  We then added an antacid to watch the water bubble but the oil sat still.  We also added vinegar and baking soda to watch the bottle Erupt like a Volcano and it went around the oil.

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think dinosaurs played where they lived?  We looked at the Dinosaur Diorama that the children will be making in afternoon centers.

Creative Development: Discussed: Why do you think volcanoes are dangerous?  Hot liquid rock under the Earth’s surface, known as magma, is called lava after it comes out of a volcano.  We looked at the World Map and found Australia. Explained that there are many volcanoes on this island.  We then put the country flag near Australia.  

Show and Tell: The children all brought in an item that begins with the letter V.  They came up one at  a time to show their items and discuss.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Lacing Cards and Builder block links   Center 2- My Little Journal-The children went to the V page and practiced writing the capital and lowercase letter.  They then drew a giant V on the page and turned it into an erupting volcano.  Center 3- Dinosaur Diorama-  The children used the supplies to make their own erupting Volcano Diorama. 

Monday: Feet

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Feet

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Harper is the new calendar person for this week. She found the numbers for the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed the numbers, Sight words, Spanish and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about dinosaur bodies.  Discussed:  How many toes do you think dinosaurs had?  Fun facts: Most meat eaters walked on two feet.  This made them faster and left their hands free to grab their prey.  Most plant eaters walked on four feet to better carry their heavy bodies.  Some plant eaters could balance on two feet for a short time.  There are many different kinds of dinosaurs, with different numbers of fingers.  A few, such as Mononykus, have only one clawed finger.  Most tyrannosaurids, had two fingers on each hand.  Other theropods had three or four clawed fingers.  the Iguanodon was the very few dinosaurs that had five fingers.  Dinosaurs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so different species have a different amount of fingers.

Creative Development:  Discussed: What could you do if you had really big feet?  Set out adult-sized shoes and invited children to explore walking around in them.  We looked at the Dino Feet they will make in afternoon centers.

Creative Development: Discussed: What instruments do you think would be hard for a t-rex to play? A pterodactyl? Turned on any song on the Dinosaur Dig CD and invited children to pretend to be a dinosaur musician.   We read the Little Theatre Script and acted it out.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How big do you think a dinosaur’s foot could be? Set out paper and invited children to experiment with stepping on them and sliding around the room.  Explained that depending on the type, a dinosaur could have anywhere from 1-5 toes on each foot. 

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  How are your feet similar to dinosaur feet? How are they different? Created dinosaur feet cutouts with various numbers of toes. Explained that dinosaurs had different amounts of toes, depending on the type. Some only had 2 or 3.  Invited children to take off shoes and socks and compare their feet to one another’s. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-   Bowling Pins and Waffle Blocks  Center 2- Each child was given a pair of dinosaur feet and they decorated it however they desired.  

Friday: Body

Jan 23, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Body

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Stephenye put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our sight words, Spanish, Sign language and numbers.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned yesterday about the dinosaur tail.  Discussed:  What do you think was on the inside of a dinosaur’s body?  Discussed why bones are important to a dinosaur. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How do you think dinosaur bones feel? Dumped the noodles in one big bowl and invited the children to explore them. What do you notice children doing with the different types of noodles? Looked at the Dino Skeletons that they made in afternoon centers.

 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you think different dinosaurs moved? Hold up a dinosaur picture card and invite children to imagine and act out how that dinosaur could have moved. The children pretended to be a baby dinosaur and move through the room. They pretended to be a child dinosaur and run through the room with lots of energy.  They then moved like a adult dinosaur nice and big.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Why do you think paleontologists had to be gentle with the bones that they found? Set out a baking pan and filled it with sand. We hid the puzzle pieces in the sand. The children came up one at a time to uncover a piece with a paint brush to pretend they are paleontologists.  They then worked together to put the puzzle together.  We discussed the picture.

Social Studies: Discussed: What instrument would you like to play and why? Set out the Story Sequence Wands and the Storybook and invited children to compare the pictures in them.  We read the story and discussed while we read.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Variety of toys 

Thursday: Tail

Jan 22, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Tail

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about dinosaur heads.  Discussed:  How do you think a dinosaur used its tail? Fun facts:  Some dinosaurs’ tails were over 45 feet long. Most dinosaurs had long tails that helped them to keep their balance when running.  Ankylosaurus was well protected from predators, and could defend itself with its club-like tail.  A dinosaurs tail is used to balance its body.  The tail weighs down the back of the dinosaur so its head doesn’t go crashing into the ground.  The tail also allows the dinosaur to move fast.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What sound do you hear at the end of stegosaurus?  Brontosaurus?  Tyrannosaurus rex?  We looked at a book and found more words and the children told me the ending sounds in all the different words we discussed.  We then read, “Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp!”  Discussed the fun story while we read.

Physical Development: Discussed: What would you look like if you had a tail?  We looked at the drawing they will make in afternoon centers putting a tail on themselves.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Where would you want to have a tail on your body?  I gave each child a ribbon that they placed wherever they wanted a tail.  They ran around the room.  Some of them decided having a tail on their eye or their foot was too hard to see or walk.  

Physical Development: Discussed: How did a tail help a dinosaur balance?  Many dinosaurs would need to stand on their 2 hind legs to reach tall plants or trees.  They used their tail as a support.  The children practiced walking on four feet, two feet and one foot.  We discussed which was easiest and hardest.  I then had them use a Yardstick to see if they could balance on one foot holding the yardstick in front of them.  They said it was hard. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Community Helpers  Center 2- Self-portrait-  The children drew a picture of themselves and then put a frame around they picture.  They used paper to add a tail to their bodies and see how silly it looked.   Center 3-  Dino Skeleton-The children used noodles to make a dinosaur skeleton.    

Wednesday: Head

Jan 22, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Head

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what the children learned about eggs.  Discussed:  What do you see on a Dinosaur’s head?  We looked at the oval shape and had a large oval taped on the floor.  Fun facts:  The skull of a Triceratops alone could grow over 7 feet in length.  T-Rex’s head was about 5 feet long.  Its skull had holes in it which made it lighter and easier to carry around.  The  Triceratops dinosaur is one of the most famous dinosaurs. It is widely known for its large head with three horns.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How is your head similar to and different from a dinosaur head? Set out mirrors and the dinosaur cards and invited them to explore their heads and the dinosaur heads. What do they notice? We played a game.   A child came up one at a time to roll the Dice cube and name the dinosaur that they landed on.  They then took a red chip and placed it on the matching Dinosaur Column.  After each child had a turn to roll and place the red chip on the correct column, we looked at dinosaur graph and discussed more and less.

 Language and Literacy: Discussed: How big do you think a dinosaur’s head was? The biggest dinosaur head ever found was 8 feet long! We taped an oval 8 feet long on the floor and invited the children to experiment with how many of them could fit inside of it. Looked at the postcard they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Physical Development: Discussed: What would you eat if you were an herbivore? Invited children to explore the ingredients and taste a little bit of each (pretzel rod, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cream cheese)  Which ingredients would an herbivore dinosaur eat?  We made a Tree to eat with the ingredients.   We took a pretzel rod and broke in half then put cream cheese on it to stick the halves together.  We then stuck a piece of broccoli and tomato to the broccoli.  The kids loved their tree.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What helps you see? Set out magnifying glasses and binoculars and invited the children to use them to explore looking at books or items around the room. Explained that some dinosaurs had eyes on the sides of their heads and it was believed that they could see things behind them.

 Tumble Bus Day:   Please see the form by the front door but do NOT take the form as Mr. Mik picks it up next week when he leaves the next activity sheet.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- Coloring and Books Center 2- Each child was given a post card. They dipped their hands in paint and made a handprint on the postcard. They then turned their handprint into a dinosaur. Center 3-  The children turned to the purple page in their my little journals. They cut out purple items from magazines and glued them to the page and circled the items a dinosaur would eat. 

Tuesday: Egg

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Egg

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Stephenye found the number to put on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She then reviewed all our Sight words, Spanish, Sign Language and numbers.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Martin Luther King, Jr.  Discussed:  How big do you think a dinosaur egg could be?  Can you make the shape with your hands or arms?  Dinosaur eggs could be up to 18 inches long.  Fun facts:  As far as we can tell, mother dinosaurs laid anywhere from a handful (three to five) to a whole clutch (15 to 20) eggs at a single sitting.  Most of the dozen or so eggs laid by a female Apatosaurus would be immediately devoured by predators, and of the remainder, most newborn hatchlings would be gobbled up as soon as they left the egg. The biggest dinosaur eggs scientists know of  are the eggs of the segnosaurus, which were about 19 inches long. The smallest dinosaur eggs ever found measured about 0.7 inches (smaller than the diameter of a penny).

Science:  Discussed:  What kind of dinosaur would you like to see? Looked at the Oval Cutout that they will be doing in afternoon centers.  

Creative Development: Discussed: Who do you think would want to eat baby dinosaurs? Explained that predators like larger dinosaurs would sometimes wait for eggs to hatch so they could eat the babies. The babies would have to run away as soon as they broke through the shells.  I picked one  child to be the T-rex and the other children crouched down to be an egg.  When I said “Go” they had to hatch and run to hide before the T-rex ate them.  We did this until each child had a turn to be T-rex.  We then would count how many babies would survive by hiding and how many the T-rex got to eat.  

Science: Discussed: How long do you think it took dinosaur eggs to hatch?  We had tiny dinosaurs hidden in a mixture of baking soda, water and food coloring.  The children got to feel the egg and discuss what it felt like.  They then took different items and worked on breaking the eggs and finding the dinosaur. We sprayed one egg with Vinegar and watched the egg fizz and disappear.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How do the words “egg” and “elephant” sound the same? We looked at the capital and lowercase Ee.  Discussed the sounds the letter makes and words that begin with the letter e.  We learned how to write the letter and practiced writing it on the Wipe-off board.  

Show and Tell: The children brought in items that begin with the letter “E”.  They came up one at a time to show their item and discuss why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Legos  Center 2-My Little JournalThey all turned to the letter E page in their my little journals. They practiced writing the letter Ee.  They used a paper towel tub to make oval prints on the page like an egg.  They wrote the letter E inside the oval.  Center 3-   Each child was given a piece of paper shaped like an egg. They then created their own dinosaur. They gave it a name and told a little bit about their dinosaur. 

Monday: Celebrating Peace

Jan 19, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Celebrating Peace

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Stephenye is the new calendar girl for this week but she wasn’t here yet so Grady put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Grady was the teacher and reviewed our numbers, sight words, Spanish and Sign Language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  We read the Story about Martin Luther King, Jr. and discussed while we read. Discussed:  What to do to promote peace (no fighting)?  

Social Studies: Discussed: How do you look like someone else you know and how are you different from that person? We looked through the photos of people. We discussed the differences and similarities in those people.  The children will paint on plates to mix colors and make a different color and then make a face in the paint.  To show the different Hues of us!

Physical Development: Discussed: What different ways can you march? Invited children to march around the room and explore various ways to move their legs, arms, heads and bodies as they march.  I made a path through the room with footprints. I then picked a child to discuss something they wanted and could do a peaceful March to get it.  They wanted Xbox, cheese puffs and a puppy.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: What is your favorite food to share with someone?

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What do you really wish could happen? Invited children to lie on their backs and close their eyes as they think about the things they would like to happen. What do they see in their minds? Could these things really happen?  They will put their dreams on paper in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Little People  Center 2- Children were each given a paper plate and mixed different colors to see what other colors they could make. They then drew a face on their paper plates. Center 3-  The children took a piece of paper and wrote, “I have a Dream” on it they then drew a picture or finished that with words about what they would like to see happen in the world.  

Friday: Pterodactyl

Jan 16, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Pterodactyl

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Cooper put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. We reviewed our numbers, sight words, Spanish and Sign Language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about the Mussaurus.  Discussed:  What animals do you know that fly? The Pterodactyl is perhaps one of the most well known flying dinosaurs. The word Pterodactyl means “Winged Finger.” They roamed the earth about 145 million years ago, during the Jurassic and Cretaceous period. They ate fish, insects, and other small animals such as lizards. They have 90 large cone shaped teeth. They lived mostly in what we now call Germany, France, England Africa and Tanzania. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:Why do you think there are no more dinosaurs on earth? We learned the sight words: go, away, big.  The children practiced reading the words in different order and making sentences with them.   The children read the I Can Read Book together to Miss Kim.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How do you think a pterodactyl caught its food? Invited two children to each grab a handful of rainbow links and guess which one grabbed more. Count to verify estimation. Do children make guesses or automatically count?  We did this with a couple groups of kids.  We then did a math set of story problems that I would read and have a child come up and get the correct amount.  Some of the problems we needed 2 to 5 kids to help us get links and work out the math problem together.  #1-The pterodactyl caught 5 fish.(one child came up and got 5 links)  #2-The pterodactyl caught 5 fish, but then he let 1 go. How many fish does he have now?  (a child took 1 link away from the previous links that the first child got)  #3-The pterodactyl caught and ate 4 fish.  Then, he ate 6 more.  How  many total fish did he eat? (2 children did this problem and added the links together)  #4-The pterodactyl hunted for fish for 5 days.  Each day he caught 3 fish.  How many total fish did he catch?  (We had 5 children be the 5 days and get 3 fish a day. They then had to count all the fish to figure out the number)

Mathematics and Reasoning:  What do you know that has wings but not feathers? Explained that a pterodactyl’s wings did not have feathers. Its wings could reach up to 40 feet wide.  We looked at the number 15 counting card.  Discussed the number and how to make the number.  I picked 3 children to come up and count out 5 links we then added them together to get 15.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How far do you think a pterodactyl could fly? Invited children to explore tossing the paper wads and hitting them to try to keep them in the air.  We counted the paper wads and had 15.  We got the parachute out and all the children stood in a circle holding the parachute.  We put the 15 wads of paper in the middle of parachute the children started moving the parachute up and down to keep the wads from falling off.   They had a hard time keeping the wads on the parachute but they had a lot of fun picking them up and trying again.  We then added balls and blocks to bounce on the parachute.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Large Cardboard Blocks  

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