Thursday: Submarine

Oct 27, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about fishing boats yesterday.  Today the children told me what they know about Submarines. Discussed: Submarines are boats that go completely underwater.  Fun Facts:  In their history, submarines were called many names such as ‘eel boats’, ‘plunging boats’, ‘devil divers’ and ‘pig boats’.  A submarine is a ship, but it has been called a boat.  Nuclear Submarines are faster submerged than surfaced and can operate for over 10 years on one fueling.  Submarines in today’s U.S. Navy are nearly two football fields long and weigh 18,750 tons. That’s as heavy as 12,000 cars!

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you do when you see a mess? Do you help clean up, even when you didn’t make the mess?  How can the ocean get messy?  We discussed how to help clean up the daycare toys instead of us continually getting after them to clean up and how many dollars they could get.  I threw trash “paper” all over the room!  The children told me what they would have to do and where to put it.  They then each ran around the room picking up the trash and placing it in the trashcan.  Discussed them having a community clean-up day with their parents.

Patterns:  Discussed:  How do you think you could measure how deep the ocean is?  Shared that some boats use things like echolocation (a machine sends out a signal and listens for how long it takes to come back).  I then called out a sound and invited the children to echo me back and they could wait longer if they wanted to be deeper in the ocean.  We looked at a ruler and looked at the numbers and counted.    I poured some water into different containers and the children estimated how deep it was in inches.  We then used the ruler to find out the exact depth.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  How do you think a submarine dives under water?  Submarines make itself heavier by taking on water, and exchanging the water for air to get lighter again.  I showed them a bottle and asked them if it would float or sink.  I then placed it in a big bucket of water and we saw that it would float.  I then filled the bottle full of water and the children told me what they thought it would do.  It sank!  I then filled it half full and we discussed!  Show and Tell:  The children were to bring items that sunk or floated.  Each child came up and told me what they thought their item would do in the water and we then watched that item in the water. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think you can see out of a submarine?  Submarines have windows on the side to see what  is in the ocean.  To see what is above the ocean, a submarine uses a periscope.  We looked at the Submarine art that they will be doing in aftern0on centers. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Random Toys  Center 2: Submarine Art-  They will punch out the periscopes and add to the slits on the submarine.  They will then draw pictures of people or ocean creatures in the windows of the submarine.  Center 3:  Postcard- The children drew a picture of their favorite sea creature, ocean vehicle or other ocean memory on the postcard.  They then shared what they learned.

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