Thursday: Neck and Back

Jan 19, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Brogan added the number to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.  We also reviewed our Sight words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Dinosaur heads.  Today the children told me which Dinosaur head or neck they liked the best and why.  We discussed the differences in necks and backs of the dinosaurs on the Storytelling Poster.  Fun Facts:  The diplodocus’ neck and tail consisted of almost 100 vertebrae.  The Barosaurus dinosaur’s long neck was built  to live in the high air.  There is a theory that it had 8 hearts: Two in the chest and three pairs in the neck, which all worked together.  This was to make sure that the blood got all the way up to the brain of the dinosaur through the long neck.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  How do you think scientists can see the details of dinosaurs (especially heads and body parts) from long ago? Some of the fossils and items found in the dirt formed an impression (copy) of the parts and this preserved (saved) them.  We used some fake leaves and a feather to make an impression on paper.  I showed them how to rub the crayon on the paper to make the print come through and discussed how we could study the details of the print.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think it means when someone says, “Use your head.”  Explained that this means to “think about” something. I described situations where I could use that expression.  I then showed the children each piece of the puzzle.  We discussed how to think about what was on the piece in order to find what piece to connect it to.  We did silly things like put the dinosaur tail on the sun to show them how they do not fit.  They came up one at a time to help put a piece of the puzzle together and used their heads to think about it. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  Why do you think a brontosaurus has a long neck?  Scientists believe the brontosaurus’s neck was long so he could easily reach the leaves on the tops of the trees. What animals do you know with long necks today?  We did some addition and subtraction by using our Pocket counter.  They had to use the leaves to help them add or subtract. 

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What do you think is the same or different about dinosaur’s backs? We looked at our Journals and found the B page.  We discussed how to form the capital and lowercase B.  Each child practiced writing the capital and lowercase Bb on the wipe off board. 

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What do you have to stretch to reach? They looked at the letter Flowers and discussed the letter: Bb.  They discussed words that start with B and found more words in the dictionary. 

Show and Tell:  All the children brought in an item that starts with the letter B.  They each came up one at a time and discussed their item and why they brought it.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How do dinosaur backs look similar? Different?  Invited one child to look at the Storytelling Poster and describe the back of one dinosaur.  They then found the matching card that they thought matched the dinosaur.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Large Cardboard Blocks Center 2: My Little Journal-  They will practice writing the capital and lowercase B.  They will then place a hands-on letter B under the page and make a rubbing.  Center 3:  Dinosaur Puzzle-  They will each get to cut out their puzzle pieces and work on putting it together.

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