Monday: Bllizzard

Nov 21, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   Thomas is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned on Friday’s lesson about Hail.  None of the children remembered what Hail was.  The children told me what they know about a Blizzard.  Explained that a blizzard is snow that falls so heavy it fills the sky and ground. It is hard to see anything but snow in a blizzard.  Fun Facts:  A blizzard is a long-lasting snowstorm with very strong winds and intense snowfall.  You need three things to have a blizzard; cold air at the surface, lots of moisture, and lift.  Warm air must rise over cold air.  Blizzards can strand cars on highways for hours or even days.  When you are traveling during the winter months, be sure to have an emergency car kit in the vehicle with you.  Snowfall of 40 to 50 inches was recorded over New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut and 50 foot drifts.  We looked at a tape measuring to see how deep that was.

Logic:  Discussed:  What do you like to do outside?  What about when it rains?  When it is sunny?   We looked at the poster and the children and the children had to tell me which was their favorite weather.  They came up and placed a smiley face sticker on their favorite weather column: sunny “hot”, rainy, or Snow.  We then compared the columns with each other.  Discussed more and less.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How can you tell how hot or cold it is outside? Explained that a thermometer is an instrument used to tell you the temperature outside.  We looked at playing cards and discussed the people on the cards and how they were dressed. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think you would like to do in the snow?  Explained that during a blizzard it isn’t safe to be outside because of the amount of snow and the danger of losing your way in the snow.  After the blizzard there is a lot of snow to play in.  We looked at a white piece of paper that Miss Felicia drew on in White crayon. They couldn’t see her drawing.  We pretended that was a blizzard and then I painted over it with watercolor paint.  They noticed the drawing starting to appear.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What do you think it would be like if it was light even in the night?  Explained that in Sweden there is a day each year where the sun never sets.  On the 23rd of June each year people celebrate the Midnight Sun in Sweden. On this longest day of the year the sun never sets in many parts of Sweden.  We found Sweden on our World Map.

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in an item that they could use in a Blizzard.  They came up one at a time and discussed their item.   They told how they could use that item in a blizzard.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Variety of Toys  Center 2:  White as Snow Picture-  They children will draw a picture on white paper with a white crayon.  They will then paint over it with watercolor to watch their drawing appear.  Center 3:  The children will make yellow painted hand-prints on paper to make a sun. 

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