Monday: Plankton & Jellyfish

Oct 17, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Brogan is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.  He added the numbers to the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Sign language words.

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Today the children told me what they know about Jellyfish and Plankton.  There are more plankton in the ocean than anything else.  Plankton are any drifting creatures in the sea, including jellyfish.  They are the smallest part of the food chain.  Fun Facts:  Plankton are tiny floating organisms (living things) that are found in both the sea and ponds and lakes.  Plankton is a general term that includes every marine organism too small and week to swim for itself, Plankton is the basic food for all large ocean animals. Jellyfish have tiny stinging cells in their tentacles to stun or paralyze their prey before they eat them.  Jellyfish stings can be painful to humans and sometimes very dangerous.  But Jellyfish don’t purposely attack humans.  They dine on fish, shrimp, crabs, tiny plants, and will even eat other species of jellyfish.

Visual Art:   Discussed: How do you think a jellyfish moves?  Jellyfish float along the ocean current. Some types of jellyfish can use “jet propulsion” (they use their tentacles in one big motion to make themselves shoot through the water).  We looked at the jellyfish craft that they will be making this afternoon.

Speaking:  Discussed:  What is your favorite food to eat?  Did you know that many sea animals eat plankton?  There are more plankton in the sea than any other creature, perhaps because they are so small.  We learned the Sign for “eat”:  Place thumb and fingers together, as if holding a cracker.  Tap your fingers to lips twice.    We sang a song and the children used the sign for “eat” when we sang that word.  We replaced the food with the foods the children wanted.  Song was sang to the tune of “London Bridge”:  “I am hungry, let’s go eat Let’s go eat, let’s go eat.  I am hungry, let’s go eat A potato. “

Speaking:  Discussed:  What do you like to eat?  Explained that every living thing must eat to stay alive.  A food chain shows that typically large animals eat small animals, which eat even smaller animals or plants.  We looked at the 3 story sequence cards and discussed each picture.  The children then had to decide what order the pictures went in.  They had a difficult time figuring out what the first picture was.  Pictures: A turtle is swimming and sees a jellyfish; Turtle eats the jellyfish;  and Shark eats the turtle. 

Visual Art: Discussed:  What color do you think plankton might be?  Plankton can be all different colors.  Jellyfish are white, blue, pink, yellow, green, purple, red, orange and striped.  The bright colors tell enemies they are dangerous.  We looked at the purple color bird and discussed the color.  I then had small strips of purple paper that we pretended were Plankton.  The children closed their eyes while I hid the pieces of paper around the room.  The children then pretended to swim through the room finding the plankton to eat and put it on the purple bird.

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in an item that is purple.  They came up one at a time and explained their item and why they brought it. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Jellyfish Art-  They will color a paper plate and then fold it in half and add beans to the middle.  They will then staple it shut and tape ribbon to the bottom of it like tentacles. Center 3:  My Little Journal-  They will go to the purple page.  They will color the bird purple.  They will then tear a piece of purple paper to make it a Plankton.  They will draw a picture to show what the plankton is eating. 

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