Tuesday: Mole

Mar 20, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about crows.  Today the children told me everything they know about moles.  A mole lives underground and digs tunnels.  Fun Facts:  Moles mostly live underground in pasture, woodland and gardens; but they don’t like to live in high moors or mountains and acid soils.  A male is about 6 inches from head to body.  The female is slightly smaller. They live up to 3 years.  The saliva of a mole contains a toxin that paralyzes earthworms and insects.  The mole has small eyes with poor eyesight but their sense of touch is excellent.  The main predator of a mole is the Owl.  You call baby moles, pups.  Moles are almost entirely carnivorous; however, it is true that moles can indirectly kill plants.  The mole will scrape the dirt away from the roots in search for food, thereby removing the plants source of nourishment.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How long does a mole stay awake?  Moles work for four hours and then they sleep for four hours.  I showed the children how to make a trail with masking tape.  Each child took a piece of masking tape to continue the trail that the mole was digging.  I then had a child start on the line and  counted to 4 while they crawled slowly then they fell asleep.  I added toys as obstacles for them to crawl around.  We continued this for each child to have a turn crawling through the tunnels.  They could only crawl till I got to 4 and then they would fall asleep.  When I counted again they would wake up and crawl again until they got to the end of the line!

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  How do you think moles help gardens? Moles actually help gardens by bringing air to the soil for roots. They eat the larvae of bugs that might be harmful, but don’t eat the plants.  We looked at the “Ff” flowers and discussed the letter and sound.  The children told me words that start with F and we also looked in the dictionary to read all the F words. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  What would you do if you had an extra thumb?  Did you know moles have an extra thumb to help them dig holes?  We had moles with numbers on them: 15, 14, 16, 9, 11, 10, 4, 6, 5.  We looked at each mole and the children told me the number they saw.  I placed the moles face down on the floor.  We had different strips with a certain number of holes on each strip.  I asked a child to come up and pick one card and tell us the number.  They then had to add the correct strips together to count the holes to match the mole they drew.  We did this until each child had a chance to pick a mole and find the matching hole strips. 

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  What do you think a mole does in his tunnel?  Moles eat, sleep, take care of babies and have fun in their tunnels.  I showed the children how to form the number 15 and write the letter “Ff”.  Each child came up one at a time to practice making the F,f, and 15 on the wipe off board.  We looked at their journal pages where they will make a mole follow the tunnels of the Capital F shape. 

Show and Tell: Discussed:  Each child brought in an item that starts with the letter “F”.  They came up one at a time and discussed their items that they brought. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Pocket Counters-  Each child got their own moles with numbers and strips of holes.   They had to practice their cutting skills and cut them apart.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  The children will practice writing their capital and lowercase letter F.  They will then make one Giant F and cut out an oval.  They will tape it to a string and that is their mole.  It can follow the lines of the giant F. 

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