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Tuesday: Sun

Mar 7, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Sun

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Keira put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She read almost all the Sight words on her own, reviewed our numbers, Spanish and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about stars.  Discussed:  What do you know about the Sun.  The Sun is a star found at the center of the solar system. It makes up around 99.86% of the Solar Systems mass. The Sun’s diameter is about 110 times wider than the Earth’s. The Sun’s core is around 13600000 degrees Celsius. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: Do you think the Sun moves? Why or why not? Invited children to explore spinning balls slowly then quickly on the floor. Explained that the Sun actually rotates around the axis much like the Earth, but it takes the Sun 25 days to make one complete rotation.  We used a ball to represent the Sun and held the Globe to  have the “sun”  rotate around it.  Discussed how if it is day light here then across the world it will be night time.  We looked at the Capital and lowercase letter Ss and discussed. We looked in the dictionary and discussed how many S words there are and the children told us all the S words they know.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What color is the Sun? Set out crayons and invited the children to choose the ones they think are the colors of the Sun. The colors of the Sun depend on how hot it is. Cooler areas appear orange and are called sunspots. The Sun can also appear pink or red. We practiced writing the Capital and Lowercase Ss on the wipe-off board and the children will also practice writing the letters in their Journals in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is smaller than you? What is bigger than you? Invited each child to find an object and bring it back to the circle. Explained that the sun is a medium-sized star and is yellow. There are many stars bigger than the Sun and many that are smaller.  We grouped the objects together according to their size in small, medium and large piles.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  What could be dangerous about the Sun? Invited children to pass around a warm washcloth and explore how it feels on their skin. Explained that the Sun warms Earth, but its rays can be harmful and damaging to our skin. Sunscreen protects us.  We turned out the lights and shut the blinds. I had a flashlight and had the children run away from the light.  If the light caught them they had to sit down and put on sunscreen.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  My Little Journal-They turned to the Ss page and  practiced writing the capital and lower case S.  They then drew a big Sun on their page and wrote the word “Sun.”   They colored it red, orange or pink to show how hot the areas were.    Center 2- My Little Journal-They went to the front cover of the Journal and wrote his/her name and drew a picture of themselves  going to outer space.    

Monday: Stars

Mar 7, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Stars

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. We said goodbye to February and Hello to March.  Keira is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish. She reviewed our Spanish, Sign Language, Sight words and numbers.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what they learned in February.  We then went through this Month’s Lessons and discussed the new things we will be learning.  Discussed:  What do you know about stars?  A star is a massive, bright, sphere of very hot gas called plasma. It is held together by its own gravity. The nearest star to the Earth is the Sun. There are approximately 200-400 billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. Each galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars. There is estimated to be over 100 billion galaxies in the universe. 

Creative Development:  Discussed: What do you think makes the stars twinkle? Invited children to explore the room for lights and things that sparkle or twinkle. Explained that stars shine a constant light. The movement of dust and rocks in the atmosphere makes stars look like they twinkle.  We looked at the Stars craft that they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you see when you look at the night sky? Invited children to draw pictures that represent what they see in the night sky.  We looked at the Theme poster and discussed everything that we saw.

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do you think stars can change? Explained that after a star is around for a long time it explodes. This is called a supernova. Invited children to explore different speeds for opening and closing their hands. Imagine a closed fist is a star and an open hand is a supernova.  I had a child come up and pick a name tag.  They showed it to the children and if the child knew his/her name they exploded like a supernova.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What colors do you think stars can be? Explained that stars can be red, yellow, or blue. The red ones, or “red giants” which are the largest and the blue ones are the smallest called “blue dwarfs.” Yellow stars are medium-sized. Invited children to explore the room and point at red, yellow, and blue items. The kids all went and picked an item in the room big or small and brought back to lesson area.  I took 3 items of different sizes and the children had to tell me which one represented the Red Giant, Blue Dwarf or yellow star.  We did this with all the items.

Show and Tell: Each child brought in a star shaped item.  They came up one at a time to show their items and discuss the shape.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Each child was given a name tag and practiced writing  their names.  Center 2- Dancing Stars- the children used glue and glitter to put the first letter of their name on a star pattern. They then glued it to a jumbo craft stick and danced around with it.