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Thursday: Mussaurus

Jan 15, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Mussaurus

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, days of the week, months of the year, Spanish and Sign Language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned yesterday about the Triceratops.  Discussed:  Why was it good to be a small dinosaur? The children told me what they know about a Mussaurus.  The mussaurus was a herbivore that lived in Argentina during the Triassic period. Mussaurus is known only from fossilized eggs and infant skeletons. Infant skeletons are about 8-15 inches long but adults are believed to have grown to about 10 feet. The name Mussaurus mean “mouse lizard.” The adult weighed around 150 pounds.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you think it would feel like to hatch from an egg?  We looked at the calendar and discussed the pattern on the calendar. They  have a hard time with this ABCD pattern on the calendar.  We then used the Pattern Guide and cards to work on making patterns.  We continued the pattern on the card the children came up and helped continue it by adding pictures.  We then changed the pattern to make a new one.  The children then acted out the pattern with their bodies and we repeated the actions. They had fun with this.  Egg-crouch in a ball.  Baby-crawl.  Adult dinosaur-Roar and grow big. Fossil-Children freeze in a pose.

Physical Development: Discussed: What animals do you know that can leap and jump?  Explained that the mussaurus was one of the smallest dinosaurs and could run fast and leap. I placed one pillow on the floor and had one child come up to jump over it.  I then added another pillow and they jumped over that one as well.  I added a 3rd and they tried to jump over the 3 pillows stacked.  We stacked pillows until they couldn’t jump over them because they were too tall.  Each child had a turn to jump pillows.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What do you think helped keep the tiny mussaurus eggs safe? We looked at the Music Mussaurus Egg Shaker they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Language and Literacy: What words do you know that rhyme with “egg?” Set out photos for children to explore. Do they discover rhyming pictures on their own or do you have to prompt them?  We rhymed with egg/leg, dog/log, tree/bee.  We had to discuss rhyming and look at words on the wipe-0ff board to see the same ending sound that rhymes.  They had difficulty with this concept.   Show and Tell-  The children brought in pictures of rhyming words.  We had them come up one at a time to discuss the rhyming pictures.  We also saw if their picture rhymed with someone else’s picture and discussed why or why not.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Books and Little People  Center 2- Mussaurus Music -The children will decorate paper plates like a mussaurus egg.  They will then add beans and staple the plates together.  They can dance around with their Mussaurus Egg Shakers. Center 3-  My Little Journal- The children will go to the Oval page.  They will use paint to make 5 oval prints with their fingers. They will then draw a large oval around their prints to be the nest for the eggs.  

Wednesday: Triceratops

Jan 14, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Triceratops

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 Stegosaurus.  Discussed:  What animals do you know that have horns? Triceratops is Greek for ” three-horned face,” but this dinosaur had only two real horns; the third, which is much shorter on its snout was actually made from soft proteins. A triceratops has an enormous skull, with its backward pointing Frill, which could attain a length of over seven feet. 65 million years ago the triceratops was one of the last dinosaurs standing. Triceratops bones sell for a lot of money. In 2008 Triceratops Cliff sold for $1 million dollars.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Invited children to explore with the blocks. We counted out 20 blocks.  I then had the children come up and put them into groups of 3.  Each child got a turn to pick out 3 blocks and line them up in groups of 3.  We counted the groups that we got and discussed the blocks that were left.  We discussed what we needed to do to these blocks if we wanted another group of 3 or to get rid of them.  

Language and Literacy:Discussed: How do you think the triceratops used its horns? Some scientist believed the triceratops used its three horns for defense. Others believe evidence shows that the horns were used to attract mates, much like reindeer antlers. We reviewed our letter L.  The children told me the sounds and words that we could make with the letter.  We reviewed how to write the letter.  We then took the Hands-on Letter L or l and used it as a Triceratops horn to knock things down.  We built a tower with blocks and each child got to knock it down by putting the L on their heads and knocking it down.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What colors do you think dinosaurs were? We had dinosaur cards that we placed face down on the floor.  We had a spinner that on one side was colors and the other side was dinosaurs.  The children sat in a circle and would take turns spinning the spinner on the color side.  They told the color that it landed on and turned over a card and if it was the matching color they kept it, if not then they turned it over and the next person had a turn.  We played this with the color side and then we flipped the spinner over and played it to find the matching dinosaur.  We cheered everyone on as they got cards or didn’t get cards.  We counted how many cards each child got and discussed more and less.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What would you do if you had horns on your face? Encouraged the children to look through the eye holes of the triceratops head and search for something purple.  We looked at the triceratops masks they will be making in afternoon centers.

Tumble Bus Day:  Please see the Activity Form by the Sign in Book to see what activity they did on the bus today.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Wooden Car and Track set  Center 2- Triceratops Mask- The children will make a mask using paper plates. They will cut the plate in half to make the cliff.  They will then use parts of the plate to make 3 horns.  They will paint the plate and glue the parts together.   

Tuesday: Stegosaurus

Jan 13, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Stegosaurus

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 Brontosaurus. Discussed: What body parts helped protect the stegosaurus? A stegosaurus means “plated lizard.” The spikes on its back are actually bony plates that protected it from predators.  A Stegosaurus has a brain the size of a walnut, which is about the size of a dogs brain. The name Stegosaurus means     “roofed lizard.”  Stegosaurus’ spiked tail is called a “thagomizer.” Most stegosaurs hailed from Asia, not North America. Stegosaurus supplemented their diet with rocks. They swallowed small rocks to help mash up the tough vegetable matter in its enormous stomach. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you wear that protects your body? We looked around the room to find all the 5’s in the room.  The children walked around to find them.  They even found a 5 on Julian’s shirt. We then counted how many 5’s we found in the room.  We used the Stegosaurus Math sheet.  The children came up one at a time to pick a number card. The first child placed that many bone plates onto the stegosaurus back.  The next child came up and picked a number to add to the stegosaurus back and we discussed the addition problem and what it equaled by counting how many “plates” were now on it’s back.  We also did subtraction problems and took away “plates” from it’s back.  Each child had a turn to add or subtract “plates” on the stegosaurus back.   Show and Tell: Each child explained if their item was hard or soft and what their item is. We also discussed the item and if we turned it into something that could protect us.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Which dinosaurs can you name? Invited children to explore the Storytelling Pieces and try to recall the dinosaurs from the Storybook. 

Social Studies:  Discussed: How was a stegosaurus like a brontosaurus? How was it different? Set out mirrors and invited the children to explore their features. What do they notice that is similar to others around them ( all have eyes, nose, hands) and what is different ( eye color, nose shape, hairs texture)?We looked at the Dinosaur cards and discussed each dinosaur fact and how it was the same or different.

Physical Development: Discussed: What other animals have a hard outer covering? We had small paper plates that the children tried to toss into a bin.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Little People   Center 2- Make and Play Math-The children will have their own number cards, stegosaurus and spikes “plates” for them to use at home to practice their math skills.   Center 3-  I Can Read Book- The children will help read the story and then find the sight words to circle or underline: go, away, big.  

Monday: Brontosaurus

Jan 12, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Brontosaurus

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  How do you think the brontosaurus used its long neck? A brontosaurus is another name for the Apatosaurus. Paleontologists used to think they were two different dinosaurs, but later discovered they were the same. Fun facts:  Apatosaurus lived in the Jurassic Period, around 150 million years ago.  It is one of the largest animals to have ever walked on Earth, averaging around 75 feet in length and weighed over 23 metric tons. It only takes around 10 years for the Brontosaurus  to reach its full size.  They have long whip-like tails that counter balanced their long necks.  Brontosaurus eat plants called Herbivores. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What do you think a brontosaurus liked to eat? We looked at Brontosaurus Puppet that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Science:  Discussed: Where does the food that you eat grow? Invited children to freely dance to music. Pause the music and observe how the children freeze their bodies until the music starts again.

Language and Literacy:Discussed: What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word “leaf?” What other words begin with this same sound? Looked at the Hands-on Letter Ll.  Discussed the sound it makes and all the words that begin with the letter L.  Learned how to write the capital and lowercase Ll.  We practiced writing it on the wipe off board and in the Journal.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What food is hard to reach in your house? Invited children to stand next to the wall and jump as high as they can. We put a piece of masking tape with their name on it to show how high they jumped.  Marissa and Grady were having a Jumping war.  What is the highest spot each child can touch?   We then had leaves on the wall that had numbers 1-15 on them.  Each child tried jumping as high as they could to touch one of the leaves.  They had to say the number on the leaf in English and Spanish.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring in an item that begins with the letter L.  They came up one at a time showing their L item and discussing why they brought it.  The older kids brought their lungs, liver and legs and were very creative with it.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Legos  Center 2-  Children turned to the L page in their My Little Journals. They practiced tracing the letter Ll. They then wrote the letter Ll on their own.  They drew a tree on the page and added L items from a magazine to glue on as leaves for the Brontosaurus to eat.  Center 3-  Brontosaurus Puppet-The children decorated their brontosaurus pattern and glued it onto a Popsicle stick.  They then added leaves to another Popsicle stick that the Brontosaurus could eat from.  

Friday: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Jan 12, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Carter put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He then helped us read our sight words and read our numbers 1-20 in English and Spanish.   We also reviewed our Sight words and Spanish words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about bones.  Discussed:  What do you know about a tyrannosaurus rex? Taped a large oval on the floor and invited children to sit on it. How is this shape different from our regular Circle Time shapes?  Discussed fun facts about a T-Rex.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How many teeth do you think a tyrannosaurus rex had? Invited children to look in a mirror and try to count their teeth. We hid the triangle cut-outs and the children had to go find them.  They then placed the triangles around the oval shape to make it look like dinosaur teeth.  They counted how many teeth were in the dinosaurs mouth. 

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: Which dinosaur do you think is the biggest? Invited the  children to line up by height and figure out who is the tallest. We then used the Folder game to play.  The children rolled the die to see what number it landed on and how many times they move their game piece.  They had to follow the directions on the place they landed.

Creative Development: Discussed: Why might you be afraid of a tyrannosaurus rex? Invited children to draw scary faces on paper then shared them with the group. Do they notice any similarities among the photos?  They will make a Dino Headband in afternoon centers.

Physical Development: Discussed: Would you rather only eat meat or only vegetables? Why?  Explained that some dinosaurs were “herbivores” (plant eaters) and others were “carnivores”(meat eaters). I then read facts off the back of a dinosaur card and the children had to tell if it was a herbivore or a carnivore. Dinosaur cards:  Mussaurus- Eats plants, lives in South America and only baby fossils found which have been 9-16 inches long.  They predict the adult to be 10 feet long.  Tyrannosaurs Rex-eats meat, lives in the USA & Canada and is up to 40 feet long and 20 feet tall.  Pterodactyl- eats fish and insects (carnivore), lives in North America, Europe, Africa & Australia.  The wingspan has been found to be up to 35 feet long.  Triceratops- eats bushes and plants near the ground (herbivore), lives in North America and can be up to 30 feet long and 10 feet tall. Stegosaurus-eats plants near the ground (herbivore), can be up to 30 feet long and 9 feet tall and lives in the USA, Africa, China, Mongolia & Europe.  Brontosaurus- eats tree leaves and ferns (herbivore), lives in North America (near water and swampy areas) and can grow up to 90 feet long and 15 feet tall.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Wooden Blocks  Center 3-  Dino Headband-They will create their dinosaur headband and fit it to their heads.  

Thursday: Bones

Jan 12, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Bones

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Carter put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He then helped us read our sight words and read our numbers 1-20 in English and Spanish.   We also reviewed our Sight words and Spanish words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about Fossils.  Discussed:  How many bones do you think a dinosaur had? The Tyrannosaurus Rex had about the same amount of bones as a human- 200. Other dinosaurs, such as the stegosaurus, had anywhere from 450-750 bones!   We looked at the pattern on the calendar and discussed.  We then created a movement for each day of pattern (clap, roll, stomp right, stomp left) we repeated the movement.  We also looked at fun facts for Bones.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How do you think a dinosaur skeleton looks different from a human skeleton? Set out blocks and work together to create a dinosaur skeleton. Listen as children describe where various body parts are located.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What words begin with the same sound as “bone?” We set out a basket of objects and the children  explored them and discussed what each is called. I asked one child to choose an object from the  basket.  They then discussed what word begins with the same sound.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What different ways do you think dinosaurs could move? We looked at the Story Book, “Jurassic Jam”.  Discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, title page, author, illustrator.  We then read the story and discussed while we read.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How is finding a buried bone like a puzzle piece? Encouraged children to mold and shape the play dough as desired. What kind of shapes can they make? How can they make it flat?  We used the Shape Design Mat to recreate the patterns into the flat play dough.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Lacing Toys  Center 2- Big Dino Bone Art- The children worked on cutting out their bones.  They then made a dinosaur bone picture.  Center 3-  My Little Journal-The children learned how to make the number 5.  They then drew a large sideways V on the page.  They filled it in with teeth to make it a dinosaur mouth and colored 5 teeth.

Wednesday: Fossils

Jan 10, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Fossils

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Carter put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. We reviewed our Spanish, Sign Language and numbers 1-20. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about Excavation.  Discussed:  What pictures have you seen that are from a long time ago? A fossil is an image pressed into a rock of something that existed long ago.  Discussed fun facts about fossils.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Invited children to explore the twigs and branches and work together to build a nest. Discussed the number 5.  We looked at the number 5 and learned how to write it.  We counted to 5 in Spanish and English.   Invited children to roll a die and put that amount of eggs into the nest. Discussed if the number of eggs in the nest is more or less than 5.  

Science: Discussed: How do you think you could make a footprint? Followed the recipe on the Discover Science card. Invited children to take a small piece each and explore how to make it into a flat rock.  The children used this Dough that we made to press objects onto it and make fossils.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  When do you say, ” I’m sorry?” Invited children to stretch, roll, and knead the play dough. What shapes do they create? One child rolled the dough and then another child squished the dough and had to apologize. Explained that forgiveness means that we stop feeling anger toward someone who has hurt us.  The child with the play dough said, “I forgive you”. They  then worked together to make another dough ball.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What would you name a dinosaur if you discovered one? Set out the dinosaur picture cards and invited children to explore and discuss them with one another. We looked at their My Little Journal’s they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Variety of Toys  Center 2-  Children drew a picture of a dinosaur on the cover of their my little journals. They also named their dinosaur and wrote their name on the cover of their my little journal.  

Tuesday: Excavation Site

Jan 6, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Excavation Site

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Carter put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He then helped us read our sight words and read our numbers 1-20 in English and Spanish.   We also reviewed our Sight words and Spanish words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned yesterday.  Discussed:  What might you find underground?  We looked at our shape and discussed the Oval.  We looked through shapes and the children had to find the ovals.  Fun facts:  An excavation site is a place where archaeologists dig up artifacts.  In a sense, excavation is the surgical aspect of archaeology: it is surgery of the buried landscape. Excavation involves the recovery of several types of data from a site, a place where there is evidence for past human activity.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What letters are in your name?  We had the children’s names written on ovals to look like rocks.  They found their name and discussed the letters in their name.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Where do you see ovals in the room?  The children each went and found an oval in the room.  Will hid the rainbow links while we were doing lessons.  The children then went on a hunt to find the 18 oval links hidden in the room.  They brought them all together and discussed the colors and started linking the colors together.  They then put them in order from longest to shortest colors that are linked. 

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How do you think scientists clean the bones they find in the dirt?  We had sand in a tub and I buried skeleton parts and rainbow links in the sand.  The children came up two at a time and used the brushes to find an item in the sand.  We then used the skeleton parts they found to put together and discuss what dinosaur we thought it was.

Science: Discussed: How do you think dirt feels?  We took water that was turned black by food coloring and mixed it with baking soda to make it thick like dirt.  We used the toy dinosaurs to make prints in the “Mud”.  We then added sand to the mixture so that it was even thicker and the dinosaurs could leave better prints.

Show and Tell:  Discussed:  The children brought in an item that was in the shape of an oval.  Each child came up one at a time to show their item and discuss what they brought and why.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Legos  Center 2- Dinosaur Skeleton Sheet- the children cut out the skeleton.  They then glued them onto the paper to form a dinosaur and added sand and other materials to make a collage. 

Monday: Paleontologist

Jan 6, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Paleontologist

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Carter is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  We watched December Fly away and then January flew in.  We discussed the new year.  Carter found all the numbers to add to the calendar.  He then helped us find the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our sight words, numbers, Spanish and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  What is something that lived long ago?  Discussed the new lesson book  and went over the theme for this month.  Fun facts:  Paleontology is the study of history of life.  Paleontologists use fossils to try to figure out three main things about fossils: identity and origin of the fossil, the fossil’s environment, and what the fossil can tell us about the history of the earth.  They study all kinds of fossils, not just dinosaur bones.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: Who named you? Why did they give you that name? We  laid their name tags on the floor face down.  I had the school kids pick a name tag and hold it up for the kids to see.  The children had to sit quiet and come up if it was their name.  If they didn’t know their name we read it for them to come get.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you think paleontologists do with dinosaur bones?  We explored with blocks to build dinosaurs.

Physical Development: Discussed: How are some dinosaurs similar and how are some different?  We looked at the Field Journal and discussed what they would be doing in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How many different dinosaurs do you know?  Can  you name them.  We looked at the Theme poster and the children told me everything they saw.  Picked the 4 children that were sitting the nicest and quietest.  They came up one at a time to pick a Look and Find Glass and follow the direction on it using the Theme Poster.  Look and Find Glass 1:  Look and find your favorite dinosaur.  Look and Find Glass 2:  Look and find a footprint.  Hop on one foot to the poster and back. Look and Find Glass 3:  Look and find the color purple.  Find something in the room that is the same color as the brontosaurus.  Look and Find Glass 4:  Look and find an egg.  What else is shaped like an oval on the poster?

Show and Tell:  The children were to wear purple.  They each stood up to show us their purple.  We discussed more and less by how many had purple on and how many didn’t have purple on.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Wooden Car and Track set.  Center 2- Name tags- The children practiced writing their name on their name tag.   Center 3-  Field Journal- The children practiced saying the name of the dinosaur on each page.  They colored the pages.  On the blank page beside the dinosaur they will write a word or draw a picture of what they think of when they see that particular dinosaur.  

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