Friday: Amazing Rock

Feb 17, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about Kites.  Today the children told me what they know about rocks.  How big is the biggest rock you’ve ever seen?  One very big rock is called Ayers Rock. It is found in Australia.  Fun Facts:  Rocks are all around us.  You can see rocks inside your house, in your yard, on your street, on a country road, everywhere you look.  Statues, chalk, marble, pencil lead, sandpaper, glass, tombstones, bricks, the walls of your room, mountains, pebbles, soil, a volcano are all Rocks!!!  Rocks are used to build homes, an aluminum baseball bat, a washing machine, video games, airplanes, cars, and jewelry! Rocks aren’t always solid. Sand and Mud are rocks.  No matter where you are you are always close to rocks and minerals.  A rock can begin as one type and can change many times.  Rocks are always changing.  The changes happen slowly.

Speaking:  Discussed:  What kind of rocks do you like?  We learned the sign for “Like”.  Place your hand flat against chest, palm facing in.  Move hand away and touch middle finger to thumb as if pulling a string.  We then sang a song and used the Sign for “Like” while we sang. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  How are rocks similar and different? We looked at the rocks that the children brought and discussed how we could sort them in different ways. 

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  When have you climbed  rocks? What else have you climbed?  We reviewed the story that we read about the man and woman climbing the hill to collect firewood.  Had the children pretend to climb a rocky hill.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What can you build with rocks?  I had a bucket filled with sand.  We discussed how we could build big hills or bury the rocks we had.  The children each got to have some time to play in the sand with the rocks after lunch.

Show and Tell:  The children each brought in a rock to show!  They came up one at a time and discussed their rock.  They told us how it felt and looked. They also let all the children see their rocks.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Building Rock Art-  The children used the oval shapes to pretend they are rocks.  They glued them onto the paper to build their own rock formation.  They then dusted it with sand.  

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