Tuesday: Wonderful Water

Feb 21, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Thomas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed all the Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about Mountains.  The children told me what they know about water, waterfalls and oceans today.  Two of the world wonders are related to water.  The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia is the world’s largest reef.  Victoria Falls, found in Africa, is the largest waterfall in the world.  Fun Facts:  Waterfalls are places where a river plunges vertically.  Waterfalls may form where the river flows over a band of hard rock, such as a volcanic sill. Waterfalls can also form where a stream’s course has been suddenly broken.  Boulders often swirl around at the foot of a waterfall, wearing out a deep plunge pool.

Numbers:  Discussed:  Is the Coral Reef living or nonliving?  We looked at the photos of the reef in the book and pictures online. We discussed the colors that we saw in the Great Coral Reef  in the book World Wonders.  We looked at the hands-on number 13 and discussed.  We discussed how to place the one and three to make a 13.  The children wanted to put the 3 first and then the 1 which would make 31.  We counted to 13 in English and Spanish.  We also counted the 13 hearts.  I then threw the hearts on the ground and the children had to pretend to be a scuba diver and dive for the hearts at the Great Coral Reef. 

Listening:  Discussed:  What would you bring back if you visited a waterfall? Some people bring back items from the places they travel to remind them of their trip, even if it is just a photo or memory. I showed the children the Rebus Reader cards and we discussed the object on each card.  I then read the Rebus Reader and the children helped me read the story when we got to the picture.  We discussed the questions after reading:  What did Grandma bring that you can eat?  What did Grandma bring that you can wear?  What was your favorite treasure in the suitcase?

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Does water fall in waves or a straight line down a waterfall?  We investigated this by taking water and pouring into a pitcher of water.  Discussed what the children observed.   We looked at the waterfall craft that they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  Where does the water you drink come from? We discussed how important water is to us and why we should drink more water throughout the day.  I had the children do two minutes of exercising.  They ran in place or to the gate and back for one minute and then they did jumping jacks for the second minute.  We discussed how they felt once they were done.  They said they were thirsty and tired.  I gave each of them glasses of water to drink and discussed why it is important to drink water after we exercise.  Explained that your body uses water inside all the time, but even more when you are exercising. It is important to drink lots of water.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Waterfall Streamer-  The children will cut the cellophane and paper into strips and tape a handle on.  They will decorate the handle. Center 2: Wooden Blocks free play

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