Wednesday: Bee

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed our facts about a mole that we learned yesterday.  Today the children told me all that they know about bees.  A bee is an insect that helps pollinate plants in a garden. Pollination is needed for flowers to make seeds and for fruit to grow.  Fun Facts:  Bees live together in nests called hives.  A hive may contain as many as 20,000 bees during the summer months.  Every honeybee has a special job within the hive.  Workers, who are sterile females, are responsible for tending the hive and finding food.  Male bees are called drones.  Their sole responsibility is to mate with a new queen.  The hive contains only one queen bee.  Her job is to lay eggs for the next generation of bees. Honeybees use the nectar they gather from flowers to make honey.  The honey they make in the summer helps them to stay alive through the cold winter.  The bright yellow and black coloring of the honeybee serves to warn off predators.  Only female honeybees have a stinger, which is located at the end of her abdomen. If anyone bothers the hive, honeybees can swarm out together and use their stingers to attack.  When a honeybee flies to a flower looking for nectar, pollen from the blossom sticks to the fuzzy hairs on her body.  When she visits the next flower, the pollen rubs off, pollinating the flower.  If it were not for honeybees performing pollination, many fruit trees would not produce fruit. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  To where would you fly if you were a bee? We looked at the Rebus Reader and discussed the different pictures.  I read the story to the children but they helped me read the pictures.  I then asked them questions after we read the story to see who was paying attention.  Questions:  Where did the bee go visit? What colors did the bee see? What was in the garden that was that color?  Why did the bee want to go back to her hive?

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What sweet foods do you like to eat?  Bees make honey.We looked at our Food Group Place-mat.  We discussed all the food groups that we saw on the place-mat.  We found out that there was no place for sweets on the place-mat.  We discussed that the reason for this is because sweets are not healthy.  Our body does not need sweets to survive and stay healthy. 

Visual Art:   Discussed:  How many bees do you think live in a hive?  20,000- 60,000 bees can live in one hive.  How many people live in your town?  We looked at the craft we will be making in afternoon centers.

Numbers:  Discussed:  Where does the bee keep the pollen from flowers?  Bees drink nectar (sugar water from flowers) and gather pollen (powder in the flower).  They store the pollen in bags on their back legs.  We looked at the hands-on number 6 and 1.  The children told me how to make the number 16 with those two numbers.  We then counted the 16 diamonds. 

Show and Tell:   Each child brought 16 items.  Each child came up one at a time and counted out all their 16 items.  If the child brought too many or too few then we discussed what we needed to do to make the bag have 16 items.

Tumble Bus Day:  See the form by the sign in sheet to find out the activities they did today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play  Center 2: Bee Finger Puppets-  The children made 5 bees and added stripes and wings to them.  They then used bubble wrap to dip into paint and make prints on the bee hive poem.  We acted out the poem in morning lessons.  

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