Wednesday: Sunshine

Nov 9, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Rudy put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed the sign language words.  We all counted to 20 using the 100’s chart in English and Spanish.  They have difficulty counting after 10. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about the rain.  They told me what they know about the Sun/Sunshine.  The sun is made of burning gas.  It is very warm and helps plants grow. But it can also be very dangerous. We need to protect our skin from too many sun rays.  Fun Facts:  The Sun is one out of billions of stars. The Sun is the closest star to Earth.  The sun rotates once every 27 days.  The sun is now a middle-age star, meaning it is at about the middle of its life.  The sun formed over four and a half billion years ago.  You may think the sun will die soon, but it will keep shining for at least another five billion years.  The sun is 109 times wider than Earth, and is 333,000 times heavier.  The moon does not give off light of its own.  It is the Sun that gives light to the moon.  The Moon reflects the Sun’s light.  A star is the only body in space that emits its own light; everything else reflects light from the closest star.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Which season has the most sunshine where you live?  I laid the matching cards face down.  We each took turns two cards over to see if they matched.  They had to tell the season in each picture when they turned them over.  We then looked at the matching pictures to see what was different. 

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What is a ray of sun? Explained that rays are a little bit of the sun that reaches all the way to us.  Although we can see sun rays, sometimes we can see the reflection of light.  (It looks like lines coming through the clouds.)

Listening:   Discussed:  What do you think makes the weather change?  We looked at the storytelling pieces and discussed each. I passed one out to each child and as I read the story and came across that object they brought the correct picture up and laid them in order.  We discussed the story after we read.  Questions:  What did the squirrels see on the other side of the hill? (tornado/funnel cloud)  What did the tornado pick up first? (cat) Last? (rat).  What happened after the tornado was gone?  ( The cat was wearing the hat and being chased by the rat with a bat.)

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2:  Discover Cutting Project-  They cut out the sunglasses and rays for the sun and glued them on. Center 3:  Weather Watch- They painted each weather picture and then cut them out.  They glued the correct weather picture to the correct weather section on the weather chart.

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