Wednesday: Manatee Calf

Apr 13, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Today we discussed  the manatee calf.  Discussed:  How do you think a manatee or sea otter carries its baby?  Baby sea animals can sometimes be seen floating on the chest of a parent swimming on its back.  Fun Facts:  A manatee gives birth to one pup.  The pup stays with it’s mother for two years. When the youngsters are born they are brown.  Baby manatees turn gray in a month.  The babies are usually sixty pounds at birth.  When they are full grown they are thirteen feet long, and get up to 3,500 pounds. 

Chit Chat:  Discussed:  What other animal does a manatee look like?  Manatee are big and grey like a whale.  They are most closely related to elephants. We looked at our Manatee Art projects that we will do in afternoon centers. 

Book Worm:  Discussed:  What do you think a baby manatee eats?  Did you know that a baby manatee first drinks its mother’s milk (manatees are mammals)  and then will eat a variety of sea plants?  Manatees are herbivores. That means they eat only plants.  Grady wanted to read the Rebus Reader “Silly Millie Manatee”.  He read the book to the class!  We discussed the animals in the book and they answered questions to see if they were listening.  Questions:  What did the manatee eat?  What things did the manatee like to do?  Does the manatee swim fast or slow?

Patterns:  Discussed:  What kind of things do you think might be dangerous for a manatee? Explained that just as their paretns protect them (keep them out of the road, away from hot things, etc.) a manatee needs to learn about dangers, too!  The children looked at the pattern on the calendar. They clapped, slapped and then stompped, stompped out the pattern.  They then looked at the Pattern Strip  and disccussed the pattern they saw! They used the Pattern cards to c0ntinue the pattern on.  They then created their own patterns with the pattern card. 

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  What would happen if we didn’t help take care of the homes (habitats) of animals?  Explained that animals cannot survive without a home.  We need to help protect the habitats of animals.  Explained that when we know where an animal lives (its habitat) we can make rules to protect the animals.  One of the ways we try to help protect manatees is by making “no wake zones”.  We put water in a tub and made a sponge the manatee.  We then added a boat to the water and moved it around. The children noticed the waves that the boat made.  Discussed that these waves are called a wake.  We then moved the boat slowly and it only made ripples.  This means that a boat is going slow enough to steer around a manatee if they see one.

Tumble Bus Day

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play!   Center 2:  Baby Manatee Puppet-  The children wrinkle the paper bag and then flatten it out again to make the wrinkly skin of a manatee.  The children will tear strips of green paper to resemble sea grass.  They will use the strips to paint the bag with paint.  Once the paint is dry they will finish this project by adding the body parts to the bag. 

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.