Friday: The Great Wall of China

Feb 27, 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.  Thomas reviewed all the Spanish and Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: The children told us what they know about The Great Wall of China.  Discussed what they know about walls.  The Great Wall is located in China on the continent of Asia.  It was built many years ago to keep China safe.  Fun Facts:  The Great Wall of China was built over 2000 years ago.  The Wall is a very unique structure that is considered one of the seven wonders of the world.  It snakes through the mountains of China for 4,500 miles.  It is 25 feet tall and 15-30 feet wide.  That is wide enough for two cars to drive on!  Ancient records show that more than 300,000 soldiers and 500,000 commoners worked to build it.

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What materials do we have in our room or outside that could make a wall? The Great Wall was built with materials found in nature.  We looked at the rock walls that they did the other day in afternoon centers. 

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  Do animals build walls?  What type?  Discussed beaver dams, beehives, nests, and old tree stumps. 

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What words can you build?  We looked at the “all” word family card.  We discussed the letters and what it said.  We then added new consonants to the begining of “all” and made new words: wall, tall, call, mall, etc.  The children practiced reading the new words.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What is the best way to fall off the wall.  Each child sat on a chair “wall” and demonstrated their best way to fall off the wall.  We then gathered pillows and blankets to build a wall.  They then reenacted the rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty.”

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Community Helper toys.  

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