Wednesday: Jurassic Climate

Jan 26, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Finn 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 footprints.  Discussed:  What kind of weather do you think dinosaurs liked? Some fossils give us clues that the weather during dinosaur times was very hot and dry.  Fun Facts:  The Jurassic Period spanned a total time period of around 65 million years and started around 205 million years ago right up to about 135 million years ago.  All the water gave the previously hot and dry climate a humid and drippy subtropical feel.  Dry deserts slowly took on a greener hue.  Palm tree-like cycads were abundant, as were conifers such as araucaria and pines.

Shapes:  Discussed:  What do footprints tell us about dinosaurs?  Paleontologists use footprints to learn how many feet dinosaurs walked on or if they had claws or hooves.  We discussed “using our heads” to put a puzzle together.  We discussed the pieces of the puzzle and why we wouldn’t put certain pieces together.  The children then worked together to come up and put the puzzle together and made sure to “think about it” before they guessed on where the piece belonged.

Emergent Writing:  Reviewed how to write the number 10.  They got confused and told me to write it with a zero then a one (01).

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What does it mean to be dry?  Dry is the opposite of wet.  We discussed the word family “et”.  I wrote it on the wipe off board and discussed the sound of each letter and what it said.  I then wrote the letter “w” before “et” and the children sounded it out.  We used the word “wet” in a sentence.  I erased the “w” and then added a “p” and the children sounded out the new word “pet”.  We used it in a sentence.  We continued this process with all the consonants and made real and fake words using the word family “et”. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think happens when colors mix together?  We demonstrated with red and blue paint what happens to them when we mix the two colors. 

Music:   Discussed:  How do you think the dry climate helped make fossils? Reminded children that fossils are made when liquid like lava, amber or mud dries out and preserves something in it.  The dry weather may have helped keep the parts that turned into fossils well preserved.  We read the track 7 “Fossil Story” lyrics.  Placed an item that we pretended was a fossil in middle of floor.  We made up a story about the fossil: Where did it come from? How did it get on floor?   The children then circled around the item as we listened and sang the song. 

Tumble Bus Day:  See the form of activities by the front door.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People free play  Center 2: We used red paint to start painting our picture and then we used green and painted over the red to see what would happen to our picture. 

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