Tuesday: Ocean Liner/Shipwreck

Oct 25, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Finn put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our sign language words: touch, eat, water, shoe, apple, banana.

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about scuba divers.  The children told me what they know about ocean liners or shipwrecks.  They were not able to answer this question.  Discussed:  Why do you think some ships sink?  They had difficulty with this question also.  Shipwrecks can be caused by many problems:  rocks, wars, fires, storms, etc.  We looked at pictures of shipwrecks and ocean liners.  Fun Facts:  An ocean liner is a ship designed to transport people from one seaport to another along a regular long distance maritime routes according to a schedule.  Liners may also carry cargo or mail, and may sometimes be used for other purposes.  Ocean liners are usually strongly built with a high free-board to withstand rough seas and adverse conditions encountered in the open ocean, having large capacities for fuel, food and other consumables on long voyages.  Shipwreck is what remains of a ship that has wrecked, either sunk or beached.  One of the most famous modern sea disasters was the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think it might look like on the bottom of the ocean?  Did you know that the ocean floor is different at different depths?  There are some places where the bottom is sandy (near the shore), it is silty (like mud and muck) in the deep and in the deepest parts there are mountains, caves and volcanoes.  We looked at the Discover Senses Project and discussed how they would make it this afternoon.

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  How do you think the captain knows where to go in the middle of the ocean?  Did you know that ship captains used to use the stars to get around?  Now most boats use satellite and GPS systems to follow their path.  I showed them my GPS on my phone.   We had a path made outside in the back yard.  We pretended to be a big ship and held on to each others hips.  We pretended to be an ocean liner navigating through the sea through the rocky path.  At the end they ran into a rock and we sank!! 

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What would you do if you were in a ship that tipped?  I wrote the word family “ip” on the wipe off board and we discussed the sound of each letter.  We then blended the sounds together to say the word.  I showed them how to add different letters to the beginning of “ip” and that the “ip” sound did not change.  Each child practiced reading new words: lip, tip, ship, chip, dip, etc… We had a large box that we turned into a “ship”.  I let the kids take turns pushing each other in the “ship” and making it “tip”.

Patterns:  Discussed:  Why do you think some boats are big and others are small?  The children couldn’t answer this question.  We discussed all the reasons.  Did you know that an ocean liner is a really big ship that was designed to carry many people, cargo and mail long-distances across the oceans?  I had the children look around the room and find the biggest item and then they found the smallest item.  I had a pile of toys and had the children separate them into to piles: big-little. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Discover Senses Project-  The children will cut or tear triangles and add them to their ocean floor.  They will then glue on some black sand.  They can also draw different ocean life in their pictures. 

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