Thursday: Tomato

Mar 29, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about peas.  The children told me everything they know about a Tomato today.  Tomatoes are fruits but are commonly used like a vegetable in cooking.  Fun Facts:  Tomatoes gain weight as they ripen, even after being picked.  They are the most popular ‘vegetables’ in Australia.  In the Victorian era, anyone seen eating a tomato in public was branded a ‘wolf’ and bared from attending choir practice.  They have become an essential ingredient in an array of cuisines, adding colour, juice and flavour to many dishes. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What do you eat that is made from tomatoes? We discussed how I have to wash my hands before I cook anything.  We made a tomato snack this morning.  I took bread and put pizza sauce on it.  We then added shredded cheese to the top and put it in the broiler.  The kids loved this treat and wanted more.

Learning Approach:   Discussed:  What would you do with a rotten tomato?  Many people throw tomatoes that are rotting to the edges of their garden to attract the insects, worms and other pests away from the good tomato plants.  We looked at each one of our Little Learning Cards and discussed each in detail:  14, diamond, Ff, 15, Hh, Kk, orange, brown.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What can we find in a garden?  I made a list of all the things we learned about this month about gardens.  The children then each took a page for the class book and drew a picture about something they learned about this month.  They then brought me their picture and told me what they wanted to write about.  They each told me things that they learned this month.

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  How can string help in a garden?  Many tomato plants get heavy from the tomatoes and droop.  Many people tie the plants to a stick to help them stand up straight.  We looked at our Journals.  Discussed how to match the letter with the object that begins with that letter.  We will use string to do this in afternoon centers. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in a picture or food item that is made from tomatoes.  They came up one at a time and showed us their item and discussed.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: Little Learning Cards-  The children will use scissors to cut the cards apart.  They will then color the pictures.  Center 3: My Little Journal-  the children will go to the back page and use string to tape onto the letter and put them to the matching word that starts with that letter.

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