Tuesday: Starfish

Oct 18, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Brogan put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Reviewed the days of the week and months of the year.

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Plankton & Jellyfish.  Today the children told what they know about Starfish.  Did you know that a starfish isn’t really a fish?  It is actually an echinoderm (pronounce eek-ene-derm), which is an animal with no backbone.  They took turns feeling each others backbone.  Fun Facts:  Starfish cannot swim, and they do not use gills to breathe.  There are over 2,000 species of starfish.  Starfish are found in the deep blue sea of the ocean and shallow water as well.  Most starfish have a spiky shell which offers them protection.  While the five-armed varieties of sea star are the most well known, not all sea stars have 5 arms.  Some have many more.  Take the sun star for instance, which has up to 40 arms.  Amazingly, sea stars can regenerate lost arms.  Discussed:  How do you think the ocean got so salty?

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  What do you think would happen to a starfish if it were on land instead of in the water?  Most sea animals cannot live outside of the water.  Water moves through the starfish (to deliver nutrients to the body.  We followed the directions on the Science Kids Tag to set up a water cycle experiment.  We placed a rock in the small container and placed that container into a larger container.  We poured water into the larger container without getting water in the small container.  We covered them with plastic wrap and then placed a second rock on top of the plastic wrap.  We placed the bowls into the window seal to observe the water cycle over the next several days.

Shapes:  Discussed:  Which animals do you think are dangerous to the starfish? Starfish predators include larger starfish, big fish with sharp teeth and even a shark.  The starfish’s  pokey and hard skin keeps it safe from many predators. The children told us the pictures they saw on the Discover Games Project Cards.  We then laid them face down.  Each child came up one at a time and turned the cards over naming the pictures.  The child chose one card at a time and if he turned over a shark, the game was over.  Discussed how many cards he/she could turn over before he/she found the shark.

Social Skills:   Discussed:  How do you think a starfish gets away from a predator (another animal trying to eat it)?  If a starfish is in the jaws of another creature it can “drop off” its arm and then grow back a new one.  We had a starfish made with Velcro and showed the children how the arms can come off and go back on.  We picked 5 children to hold each arm of the starfish and move in a circle.  They listened to track 7 “Poor Me”.  When the music stopped the children pulled on the arm.  We discussed if any legs came off, and then replaced the leg and played it again with a new group of children.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Giant Cardboard Blocks  Center 2: Discover Games Project-  They cut their own picture cards apart and could play the game with their parents at home.  They put the pictures face down.  Turn them over until they come to the Shark.  See how many cards they can turn over before they get to the shark.  Center 3: They will be finishing their My Little Journals from yesterday’s centers.

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