Wednesday: Hibernation & Migration

Nov 23, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Thomas was not here to do the calendar so we did it together.  We added the number to the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what the children learned about a Blizzard.  The children told me what they know about hibernation.  They got it confused with nocturnal animals.  How long do you think animals that hibernate sleep in the winter?  Explained that hibernation is when an animal goes into a deep sleep-like state for the winter to survive the cold.  Fun Facts:  Hibernation is a way of adapting to short food supplies in winter.  Hibernating bears curl up to conserve heat, may change positions in the den, and might temporarily leave the den during the hibernation months.  Bears enter their dens during October/November and stay for five to six months.  After they have buried all of their food and when winter comes and goes, the squirrel will wake up out of hibernation and go look for the food they buried!

Visual Art:   Discussed:  How do you think a bear might prepare for hibernation?  Explained that a bear gathers items from nature to make a den for sleeping through the winter.  We looked at the bears that they made in afternoon centers yesterday. 

Gross Motor:    Discussed:  What do you do when you wake up in the morning?  They sat on the floor with their legs extended straight.  I had them reach to their toes and rest their heads on their knees.  We pretended to be sleeping bears.  We then woke up and stretched after the long winter.

Shapes:  Discussed:  Where do you think you would go if you wanted to sleep for a long time? We had to work together to put a puzzle together.  After the puzzle was together, the children discussed the picture.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What animal would you like to be in the winter?  We looked at pictures of several different animals.  I used one color of the foam shapes to make them a bed or home to hibernate in.  I picked several children to come up and make homes or beds for the animals using one color of the foam shapes.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  What is Migration?  The children did not know what this was.  When you see birds flying in the sky, where do you think they are going?  Explained that migration is when birds (or other animals) leave the cold weather and travel to a place where it is warmer.  Fun Facts:  Birds migrate in search of food.  Food is abundant in warm, sunny places and nearly absent in dark, snowy locations.  Migration is the movement of an animal from one region, or habitat, to another.  Animals migrate in order to breed, grow, find food or avoid cold weather. 

Life Science:  Discussed:  Where would you fly if you were a bird?  The children flew around the room this way and that way. 

Shapes:  Discussed: How long do you think it would take a bird to fly south?  Explained that the time it takes birds to reach their destinations can vary from days to a month, depending on how far they fly.  Each child took Die and labels.  They started near the cold label  and then roll the die and count the bird feet on the top.  They moved that amount of spaces toward hot weather.  The game is over when each bird reaches the hot weather.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What are some sounds of spring?  Winter?  Explained that in some places when birds are heard singing, we know springtime is soon.  We looked at the “ing” card and discussed the letters and sound those letters make together.  We then put a “W” in front of “ing” and the children read the word.  We changed the “w” to an “s” and they read that word.  We continued changing the beginning sound to make new words. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What other living creatures migrate?  Explained that some butterflies migrate, too.  We looked at pictures of butterflies and discussed their wings and how each one looked the same. They are going to paint one side of a piece of paper and then fold it and press it down to make the exact print on the other side, in afternoon centers.

Tumble Bus Day:  See form at the front door. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2: Wing Art- The children will paint wings on half of a piece of paper.  They will then fold the paper and lightly press and when they open it back up they will see the same pattern on the other side.

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