Thursday: Jurassic Plants

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about the Jurassic Climate.  Discussed:  What types of plants do you think grew during Jurassic Days?  Fun Facts:  Horsetails were an important source of nutrition for plant-eating dinosaurs.  These primitive vascular plants were fast-growing and resilient.  This meant that a hungry dinosaur could eat the plant without killing it, since the plant would regrow from the rhizome (underground stem).  Williamsonia was a plant with a long, thin, woody stem and simple leaves.  There is a cone-bearing branch from the Norfolk Island Pine found between Australia and New Zealand.  Petrified ovulate cone of Araucaria mirabilis from Argentina.  This is extinct now and was similar to our pine cones. 

Learning Approach: Discussed:  What are different parts of a plant?  Scientists have found roots in some dinosaur skeletons. This means that different dinosaurs may have eaten different parts of plants.  Each child took turns rolling the Brain Box and did what it told them to do.  Example,  Flap your wings 10 times, stomp your feet 9 times, tiptoe to something purple, dance to something green, make an oval with your foot, and roar like dinosaur.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What kind of plants do you eat?  Vegetables are a type of plant that many of us eat on a daily basis.   We will make some Plant Soup today.  Discussed what I needed to do before I touched food, wash my hands.  I then showed the children a Leek.  We discussed that it is a plant and I cut it into pieces and we sauteed it in butter.  I then opened up two cans of cream of potato soup, a can of cream of celery and a can of cream of chicken.  The children came up two at a time to smell the soups and compare the way they looked.  We added the soups to a pot and then added the sauteed Leek.  We cooked it for 30 minutes or more.  The children tried the Plant soup during lunch.

Learning Approach:  Discussed:  How do you think dinosaurs fed their babies? Scientists believe that, like other animals, dinosaurs gathered food for the babies and brought it back to the nest.  We looked at each one of our Little Learning Cards and discussed each in a detail. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  How do you think dinosaurs chose which leaves to eat?  How do you decide your favorite food?  We looked at the leaves with different shades of green.  I asked the children which leaf was the lightest color.  They did not understand this concept.  I had to show them and really explain in different ways to get them to understand light and dark colors. Once they understood the concept, I had a child come and pick the lightest color green leaf.  We then picked the next to the lightest green leaf.  We put the leaves in order from light to dark.  We then continued this by putting the leaves in order from darkest to lightest.

Show and Tell:   The children were to each bring in a toy dinosaur.  Each child came up one at a time and told us what type of dinosaur they brought and why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Car Track and Village  free play  Center 2: Dino Land-  The children colored the background paper and volcano paper.  We then cut and taped them together to make the scene.  They added tissue paper to the volcano.  They were then given a small toy dinosaur to play in their new dinosaur land.  Center 3:  Little Learning Cards-  They were to color and cut out their new cards.

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