Tuesday: Falling Leaves

Nov 30, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told us what makes the leaves fall from the trees. Explained that leaves fall from trees when some trees get ready to sleep for the winter.  Fun Facts:  Leaves are the powerhouse of plants.  In most plants, leaves are the major site of food production for the plant.  The production of red pigments indicate that the leaves still have food trapped inside; brown pigments are produced by the waste material left in leaves.  During the summer, leaves make more glucose than the plant needs for energy and growth.  The excess is turned into starch and stored until needed. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What colors do you see on trees in the fall? Explained that when the seasons change some leaves change colors before they fall off for the winter.  We looked at the Tree that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What can you do with the leaves that fall from the trees?  We spread leaves around the floor and the children worked together to pick the leaves up and put them in a basket. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  How many leaves do you think it would take to be as tall as you?  Each child came up to the front of the room one at a time and we measured them with leaves to see how many leaves tall they were. 

Physical Science:   Discussed:  Which color would you like to be if you were a leaf?  Discussed what they will be doing with a coffee filter in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Large Cardboard Building Blocks Free Play Center 2: TreeTop Art-  They children laced the trunk of the tree with yarn.  They then painted the treetop green to make it look like a summer tree.  They folded it down and then added fall colors of tissue paper to make it have a fall treetop.  Center 3:  Moving Colors-  They folded a coffee filter and dipped it into watered down paint and when they unfolded it they noticed the cool design.

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