Thursday: Toad

Mar 24, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Ben added the number to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We  reviewed what we learned about bees. Today the children told me all that they know about Toads.  A toad is an amphibian.  This means it begins life underwater and later changes to live on land and breathes air.  A toad looks like a frog.  Fun Facts: Toads do not need to live near water to survive.  They have rough, dry, bumpy skin.  Toads have a wider body and lower, football shaped eyes.  They have shorter, less powerful hind legs.  Toads will run or take small hops rather than jump.  They do not have many predators.  Toad’s skin lets out a bitter taste and smell that burns the eyes or nostrils of its predators, much like a skunk does.  And neither frogs nor toads will give you warts! That is just a myth. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  What do you think toads like about a garden?  Toads like dark, cool places.  The plants provide shade and attract insects for the toad to eat.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  In Japan they believe toads and frogs bring fortune and good luck.  They put toad statues in their gardens.  Explained that gardens are considered an art form in Japan and are celebrated.  We discussed how we will be doing our garden in a month or two.  We found Japan on the World Map.

Logic:  Discussed:  Which garden visitors do you like the best? I had the Charting Choices Cards and we looked at the pictures: bird, toad and bee.  I placed the picture cards in different areas of the room.  I read a question card for one child and that child had to go to the picture that answered the question for them.  We did this until each child was sitting by one of the picture cards.  Questions:  Hop to your favorite creature.  Crawl to the creature that scares you.  Run to the creature that you think is funny.  We then counted how many children were at each card and discussed more and less. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What have you felt that is bumpy?  A toad’s skin is rough, dry and bumpy- not like the slippery, smooth skin of a frog.  We took a piece of paper and took it outside.  We sat on the driveway and drew a garden picture on the driveway.  We discussed how the crayon and pencil looked bumpy from the driveway. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Toad Bumps-  The children took the picture that we drew on the drive way and glued a frame to it.  Center 3: Carrot Colors-  The children took two paper carrots and started sewing them together with yarn.  They stuffed paper in between them.  They designed a carrot top with green paper. 

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