Thursday: Taste (Tongue)

Sep 16, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  Reviewed color “pink”, shape “circle”, letters A & P, and sign language words “touch”.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.

Songs:  Sang the morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Touch (Skin/Fingers).   Today we are learning about Taste (Tongue).  The children told Miss Mikie what they know about their tongues.  Discussed:  What amazing things can you do with your tongue?  Explained that our tongue is the only part of our body that can taste things.  Fun Facts:  Our tongues have four basic types of taste buds:  bitter, sour salty, and sweet.  Most insects use their mouths to taste flavors just as we do.  But some insects can use other parts of their bodies to taste with, too!  For example, a butterfly tastes food with its mouth and its feet.  Ants can taste food with their mouths and with their antennae. People can only taste food and liquids with the taste buds in their mouths. But we sense flavors by using our sense of smell, too!  We also have a few taste buds on the lips (especially salt-sensitive ones), the inside of the cheeks, the underside of the tongue, the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat.

Gross Motor: Discussed:  Why do we chew food?  Explained that our teeth help us chew food into smaller pieces so that we don’t choke and it is easier to digest. The children practiced opening and closing their mouths to pretend to chew food.  They then put their arms on top of each other and open-close them as though chomping like an alligator. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you think could be in the garden that begins with the letter A?  We discussed the sounds A makes.  They looked at a picture of an apple and told what it was.  They were encouraged to emphasize the /a/ sound.  Discussed what they might do if they found an apple in the garden?  Pretended to take a bite of an apple, described the taste and then passed to the next child.  They taped the apple on the garden display. 

Logic:  Discussed: How do you think using your senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste) can help you solve a puzzle?  Explained that when we use our senses we are gathering information that our brain will keep (that’s how we learn) and use for many reasons, including solving puzzles. Showed children the picture cards and explained that your friend called and asked you to get a gift for his mom.  (He didn’t say what it was, he only left four clues.)  Placed the 4 clue cards on the floor, clue-side down.  Picked a child to come up and hand me one clue card.  We read the clue and discussed which picture we think fits the clue card. We read all 4 clues until we found the correct picture to fit all the clues.  (I taste sweet. I am food. I grow on trees. I am a fruit) (Answer: apple). 

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  Where do you live?  Where is England?  We looked at the World Map to find these places.  They taped the England flag to that country.  They discussed facts about England.  Facts:  The world’s first zoo was opened in London in 1829.  The Windsor Castle is the largest royal home in the world and it is in England.

Afternoon Centers:
Center 1: Outside Play.  Center 2: Finished lacing the shoes that they painted yesterday.  

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