Thursday: Hurricane

Nov 17, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Samuel put the number on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our Sign language words and Spanish words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Tornadoes.  The children then tried to tell me what they know about Hurricanes.  The children did not know anything about Hurricanes.  Explained that a hurricane is a big wind that forms over the ocean and gathers thunderstorms.  It brings lots of rain and very strong winds.  Fun Facts:  A hurricane is a huge storm!  It can be up to 600 miles across and have strong winds spiraling inward and upward at speeds of 75 to 200 mph.    Each hurricane usually lasts for over a week, moving 10-20 miles per hour over the open ocean.  Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters.  Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an “eye”.  The center of the storm or “eye” is the calmest part. It only has light winds and fair weather. When they come into land, the heavy rain, strong winds and large waves can damage buildings, trees and cars.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think happens to the middle of the storm as the hurricane twirls faster?  Explained that the fast motion of the storm causes a blank spot called the “eye”  of the storm.  The eye is the calmest part of the storm.  I put a ball inside a bucket and invited the children to come watch the ball as I whirled it around the bucket.  They noticed that it stayed on the sides of the bucket and out of the middle to create the eye.  I then put paint on the ball and a piece of paper in the bucket and whirled it around again.  They noticed that the ball painted the edges of the paper but did not paint the middle of the paper.  They will try this in afternoon centers.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think happens after a hurricane hits a town?  Explained that similar to tornadoes, when a hurricane comes to a town it can knock down buildings, destroy things and hurt people.  The town comes together to make a plan for rebuilding.  I told the children to pretend that a Hurricane came through our daycare and took all the toys off the shelf.  They had to tell me how we could fix this problem.  The children worked together to put some of the toys back where they belong.

Numbers:  Discussed:  How much water do you think it takes to fill a rain cloud?  Explained that some clouds let out a constant mist and some gather rain for a long time before letting the rain go.  Each cloud can bring a different amount of rain.  I gave two children a strip of rain drops.  They each counted how many rain drops they had.  I placed those numbers on the wipe off board.  I then discussed how we add the rain drops together to get the total number.  We worked on adding numbers together by making X’s and counting our X’s to figure out the total number.  We then discussed subtraction and took away raindrops to get what that problem equaled. 

Emergent Reading: Discussed:  Why do you think hurricanes form over tropical water?  Explained that heat makes water evaporate faster and that causes the warm water and air to collide faster, and build-up more quickly. Explained that a tropical place is somewhere that is hot all year round.  Tropical waters are often where hurricanes begin to take shape as tropical storms.  We looked at the Letter Flowers-Tt.  Discussed the letter and sound and how Tropical starts with T.  I then handed out the flowers and the children pretended to float in the ocean and then the wind picked up and they became a hurricane and started spinning and knocking down all the toys.  We discussed items that start with T. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that started with the letter “T”.  They came up one at a time to show us their object and discuss it.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play/Wooden Car track set Center 2: Whirling Picture-  They will dip a ball into paint and whirl it around in the bucket on their paper.  Center 3:  Pocket Counters: Cloud-  The children have to cut out the small cloud, numbers and rain drops.  They form a pocket by stapling the small cloud to the big cloud and then put their pieces in. 

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