Tuesday: Snow & Lightning/Thunder

Nov 15, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.  He added all the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me what they know about snow.  Explained that snow is made from water that gathers in clouds then freezes as it begins to fall to the ground.  Fun Facts:  Snow is basically tiny ice crystals.  Each snowflake has six sides.  A fifteen inch snowflake was recorded in 1887.  We looked at the measuring tape to find 15 inches.  Some people have made houses out of snow called igloos.  Every year an average of 105 snowstorms occur in the continental united states.  The children told me what they know about Thunder and Lightning.  Explained that lightning is caused when pieces of ice bump into each other and build up static electricity.  Fun Facts:  Lightning kills and injures more people each year than hurricanes or tornadoes; between 75 to 100 people.  Lightning is a bright flash of electricity produced by a thunderstorm.  Have you ever rubbed your feet across carpet and then touched a metal door handle?  If so, then you know that you can get shocked!  Lightning works in the same way.  When a lightning bolt travels from the cloud to the ground it actually opens up a little hole in the air, called a channel.  Once the light is gone the air collapses back in and creates a sound wave that we hear as thunder.  The reason we see lightning before we hear thunder is because light travels faster than sound. 

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  How would you want to play in the snow?  Explained that it does not snow everywhere.  It does snow a lot in Sweden.  We found Sweden on the World map.  I also pointed to where we lived.  I had each child come up one at a time and draw a line from where we live to Sweden with their fingers. We then hung up the Sweden flag.  Did you know that the world’s largest ice hotel is located in Sweden?  I had each child feel the ice in the bowl.  I then showed them how we could build a house with the ice cubes.  I then showed them how to “chisel” the ice by using a nail and hammer.  We discussed Ice Sculptures.  Did you know that ice fishing is one of the most popular past times in Sweden?  We used the golf club as our fishing pole and it had Velcro on the end of it.  We had paper fish with Velcro in a trash can.  The children took turns coming up to go ice fishing in the hole. 

Logic:  Discussed:  What do you think could keep you warm when it is snowing?  We had three picture cards a boot, a mitten, and a fireplace.  I laid them on the floor face up.  I had one child at a time come up and I read them a clue.  They turned the pictures that do not fit the clues face down.  Clues were:  I help you keep warm, I’m hot, I belong on your feet, you can wear me, you can wear me on your hand, etc.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Why does snow melt?  We had a white baby blanket that we pretended was snow over the garden.  The children told me what they thought could be under the snow in the garden.  We looked  at the hands-on Uu and discussed the sounds.  We looked at a picture of an umbrella and hung that up on the board.  The children came up one at a time to dig under the snow and find the Uu.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What do you think you could do to keep your toes warm?  Each child sat on the floor and put their legs out in front of them.  The children stretched toward their toes to cover them.  We took turns counting how many times each child could stretch and touch their toes without bending their knees.  I wrote how many times they could do it on the person pattern. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think makes a sound of thunder? Explained that the sound of thunder is made when the lightning heats up air and makes the air get big (expand) really fast.  We looked at the Thunder shakers they will be making in afternoon centers.

Speaking:  Discussed:  When have you felt scared?  How were you brave when you were scared?  Explained that some people get scared during storms due to the loud thunder and the bright lightning.  We learned the sign for Scared-Hold open hands out from body, palms facing in.  Sharply bring them in front of chest, still open with one above the other.  We sang a song and used the sign for Scared in the song.  The children took turns showing me the sign for Scared.

Visual Art:    Discussed:What do you think people and animals should do in a storm?  Explained that when there is a storm people and animals need shelter to stay safe and dry.  We looked at the yellow bird.  Show and Tell-  Each child brought in a yellow item from home.  They stood up in front one at a time and discussed what they brought.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you think you can tell when there is a storm coming?  Explained that changes in the weather, or a darkening sky, can often tell us when a storm is coming.  We looked at story sequence card.  The children told me about each card and then we discussed what order they would go in.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Blocks   Center 2: Thunder Shaker- They will be painting a toilet paper tube that they put beans inside.  They will then tape a yellow pipe cleaner to the bottom like a lightning bolt.

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