Monday: Crow

Mar 19, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ben is the new calendar and meteorologist this week.  He added the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Reviewed our Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about rabbits. The children told me what they know about crows.  A crow is a blackbird that is often found in gardens.  Some people make scarecrows to keep the crows from eating the seeds and harvest.  Fun Facts:  Crows are usually black in color all over, but some species are not totally black and are found with white, gray or brown coloring around the neck or the beak.  Crows are considered to be very intelligent creatures and have existed since a long time due to their ability to adapt to changing situations.  They belong to the corvid family of birds and are highly adaptable to any kind of situation.  The average number of eggs laid by the female is 4-7.  Both male and female take turns to guard the nest and the male takes the initiative to incubate them.  Crows usually have a single mate for life unless one dies or is captured. 

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  What might happen if a crow landed on the beanstalk?  We looked at the book that we read “Jack and the Beanstalk”.  We discussed different things that could happen.  The children tried to invent a story with Jack and the crow.  They had difficulty with this.  Discussed if the crow was helpful or harmful?  Was the crow friends with Jack or the Giant?

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you estimate as the amount of seeds in an apple or tomato?  We had several different produce to cut open and look in to see if they had seeds or not.  We counted the seeds we found if we could.  We then got to eat each produce.  We had strawberries, tomato, orange, apple, peach, lime, etc.

Shapes:  Discussed:  What do you think a crow eats?  Crows are omnivores.  This means they will eat just about anything plant or animal.  We had a crow card and kept it out.  We discussed what we could feed the crow.  I placed the cards face down on the floor. I picked a child to turn over a card and tell the food they turned over.  We took turns turning over the cards.  We had to collect food for the crow before the scarecrow scared them away.  Each child flipped a card until someone turned the scarecrow card over.  We counted the total number of food cards collected before we got to the scarecrow.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  Crows like to sleep near many friends.  Do you sleep by yourself, with siblings or parents?  We went to our Little Journal page with the number 15.  We counted to 15.  Each child came up one at a time and practiced writing the number 15. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: My Little Journal- They practiced writing the number 15.  They then drew a large tree branch on their page.  They then drew 15 crows onto the tree branch.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  We looked at the orange page in the journal and colored the bird orange.  Each child then dipped their finger into paint to make a long carrot.  They tore bits of green paper for the tops of the carrots. 

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