Friday: Volcano

Jan 27, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. We 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.  Gretchen was getting the Spanish words before anyone else could say anything.  Good job Gretchen!!!

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about Jurassic Plants.  Today the children told me what they know about Volcanoes.  A volcano is a mountain that is hollow with a pool of molten rock (lava) inside.  When pressure builds up inside the volcano the lava heats up and flows out of the hole in the top.  Fun Facts:  A volcano is a land-form where molten rock erupts through the surface of the planet.  Magma is liquid rock inside a volcano.  Lava is liquid rock (magma) that flows out of a volcano.  Fresh lava ranges from 1,300 to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and glows red hot to white hot. The Earth’s crust is made up of huge slabs called plates, which fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.  These plates sometimes move which causes the volcanoes. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  what do you think it would be like to live near a volcano?  Volcano eruptions have been known to knock down and burn entire forests, trigger tsunamis, flash floods, earthquakes, mud flows or rock slides. It can be dangerous to live near volcanoes.  We had a toy dinosaur that I hid in the room while they hid their eyes.  I had one child try to find the dinosaur.  I told them “hot” or “cold” depending on how close they were to it, which helped them find the dinosaur.

Patterns:  Discussed:  How do you think a volcano can be helpful? Volcanic rock helped form and preserve many of the fossils that have been studied to help us learn about dinosaurs. We made a giant T-Rex foot out of white paper.  It was 56 inches from heal to toe.  It was 46 inches across on the toe part and then narrowed down to 12 inches on the heel.  We held the foot up and had Ben and Brogan see if it was taller than them.  It was because we couldn’t see them.  I then had each child come up and see how many of their feet could fit in the T-Rex foot from heel to toe.  The children walked heel to toe in the footprint as we counted.

Social Skills:   Discussed:  Where are the dinosaurs now?  Dinosaurs are extinct.  This means there are no more dinosaurs living today.  They didn’t have what they needed to stay alive (food, water, habitat).  I explained how other animals are endangered, or just in danger, too.  We looked at several pictures of animals that are endangered and discussed why they are endangered.

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  How would you make a path to go around a volcano?  We looked at their journal page and discussed how they will follow the path with a crayon or pencil to get the Mama Pterodactyl to the baby.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Community helper toys  Center 2: My Little Journal- They will follow the path to take the mommy pterodactyl to the baby.  

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