Friday: Raft

Oct 28, 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.  Reviewed our sign language words: touch, shoe, water, eat, banana, apple.

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about submarines.  Every child told me what they know about rafts.  Explained that a raft is a flat boat often made of logs or sticks that are tied together.  Life rafts are used to help people stranded in the middle of the ocean!  Fun Facts:  From prehistoric times to the 19th century rafting was an important means of transportation.  Originally, several logs, bound together by vines, strips of animal skin, and later rope, formed a flat surface upon which goods and people could move across bodies of water.  Large rafts are still used occasionally on the Pacific coast to float lumber along the coastline.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What shapes do you think you might see on the ocean?  Each child took a class book page and had to design a picture from the sea.  They could use scrap paper to rip or tear and turn into things.  They also added sea creatures.  I wrote what they told me that they learned about the ocean this month on their pictures that they drew.  They also told me what they wanted the front cover of the class book to look like and Miss Corrie drew that.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How do you think people might use rafts?  Explained that some of the reasons a raft is used are: to move short distances on the water, to transport objects, or as a life saving device.  I placed our foam mat letters around the room and they will be our rafts.  I played the music and the children had to run around the rafts without touching them.  When the music stopped they had to hurry to a raft so they didn’t sink.   I removed one raft at a time so that one child would not have a raft.  We played this till we got down to one child who was the winner.  We had a tie between Ben and Will because they both reached the last raft at the exact same time.

Emergent Writing: Discussed:  What do you like best about the ocean?  I showed them Miss Corrie’s postcard that she wrote the the children.  We discussed her postcard and why she made it.  They had to draw on their postcard in afternoon centers about what they liked best about the ocean and write a note.

Music:   Discussed:  How do you think a raft can move faster or slower?  Did you know that the currents and wind can affect how quickly a boat moves?  All the children sat in a line facing each other’s back.  They pretended to be a big row boat.  We practiced rowing slow and fast.  I played the Circle Time CD “Row Your Boat”. When I told them the wind started blowing then they had to row really fast.  When the wind stopped blowing they began to row slow.  We sang the song while we rowed our boat.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play or Legos

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