Monday: Tail

Jan 23, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Finn is the calendar and weather boy for this week. We found the day of the week in Spanish, added the numbers to the calendar and discussed the weather.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about Wings on Friday.  Discussed:  Would you prefer a long tail or a short tail if you were a dinosaur?  Why?  Fun Facts:  A Euoplocephalus dinosaur has a huge club-like tail.  The tail is long and ends in a bony club.  Most dinosaur tails counterbalanced a long neck or a large, heavy head.  Until a few years ago, people thought that dinosaurs dragged their tails  and they didn’t serve a purpose.  They ignored the fact that the large mass at the front of the dinosaur’s body (neck and head) had to be counterbalanced or else the animal would tip over!   Sauropods may have used their massive tails as a whip to lash at their attackers.  Some dinosaurs needed to run speedily and to be able to turn quickly, either to catch prey or avoid predators.  In order to turn quickly while running, the tail’s movement can shift the runner’s direction, allowing swift turns.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What makes you want to dance and move?  We looked at the World Map and Max found Australia for us.  He remembered from when we discussed it before.  I explained that January in Australia is summertime and many Australians attend a celebration around the country called, “Big Day Out”.  Discussed how they are celebrating right now in the summer and what animals we can find in Australia.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think a tail print might look like?  We discussed how to make a tail print with a feather and our fingers. 

Show and Tell:   Each child brought an item that has a tail.  They all came up one at a time and discussed their item.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Waffle Blocks and Bowling Pins.  Center 2: Dragging Tails Art-  The children will use a plastic dinosaur tail or a feather to make a print on their paper.  They will then draw a picture of a dinosaur with their tail print.

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