Thursday: Snowflakes

Dec 1, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen was not here today to do the calendar.  We did the calendar together.  We had to take down November’s calendar and say goodbye to that month.  We put up December’s calendar and added the number to the calendar.  We discussed how to spell December and counted all the “e’s” in December.  We found the month and the day of the week in Spanish. 

Songs:  Starting to sing our Christmas songs for our Christmas Concert

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed:  What do you know about a snowflake? Explained that a snowflake is formed when one piece of dirt is carried by wind up into the moist, but very cold, clouds and ice crystals form and freeze on it.  Fun Facts:  Every snowflake has its own unique shape and is different than all other snowflakes.  All snowflakes have six sides.  Snowflakes aren’t always white.  Years ago, when coal was used in factories and homes, snow was often gray.  Why?  Because the coal dust entered the air and was absorbed by the clouds. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  What do you think you would like about being in a snowy place?  Explained that many people enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter activities throughout the cold months.  They tossed a snowball around the room (crumpled piece of paper).  They looked at the new Theme poster and discussed.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Why do you think a snowflake needs to stay cold?  Discussed what happens when ice gets warm. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think makes you special?  Explained that each snowflake is unique (special) and no two are the same, just like people.  I showed the name tags and if the child recognized their name they came up and got their name tags and said their full names.  Several children have difficulty recognizing their full names.

Visual Art:   Discussed:  What kind of birds do you think might live in the snow?  Explained some birds stay in the snowy weather all the time, even though others migrate to warmer weather (to find more food). Some examples are the snowy owl, albatross, puffins and snow geese.  The children found white objects in the room and looked at the white bird.

Show and Tell: The children wore white today!  We compared how many children had white on and how many did not and discussed more and less. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Random Toys to play with  Center 2: Name Tags- They each practiced writing their names.  Center 3: They will take an ice cube that has food coloring in it and rub it around a snowflake to make designs on the snowflake.

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