Monday: Saturn

Apr 16, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Finn is the new calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  He helped us review our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Neptune on Friday.  The children told me everything they know about Saturn.  Saturn is a gas planet with very large rings. It is the sixth planet from the sun.  Fun Facts:  Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system and is another gas giant.  Saturn has a small rocky core covered with liquid gas.  It is surrounded by a system of rings that stretch out into space for thousands of kilometers.  The rings are made up of millions of ice crystals, some as big as houses and others as small as specks of dust.  Saturn is very light as it is made up of more hydrogen than helium so it is less dense.  If we could fit Saturn into a bathtub it would float.  Like Jupiter, Saturn has many moons surrounding it.  Saturn is not a peaceful planet.  Storm winds race around the atmosphere.  Saturn has a very strong magnetic field which traps energy particles resulting in high levels of radiation.  

Logic:  Discussed:  How are Saturn’s rings different than other planets with rings?  Saturn has very large rings.  There are several hundred thin rings that make it look like one very wide ring around this planet.  We looked at the picture Clue Cards and the children named each item: “moon, star, Saturn.”  I then read one clue and invited a child to decide which item matches.  If one doesn’t match, then they turned the card face down.  We continued this by reading One clue to a child and that child finding the matching picture or pictures.  Clue 1:  I am found in Space.  Clue 2: I am a ball of gas.  Clue 3:  I have rings.  Clue 4: There are billions and billions of these in outer space.  

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What shape do you think Saturn is?  Most planets are round, but Saturn is another planet that spins so fast that the middle is flat.   I had the children one at a time Twirl.  We discussed if they wanted to spin fast, slow or count how many times they twirled around.  I then wrote down what they wanted on their Watch Me Move shapes.  They got very dizzy.  

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  Why would you want to be an astronaut?  Cosmonaut is another name for an astronaut.  Russia and the United States have had more astronauts (cosmonauts) than any other country.  We looked at the Russian flag.  We found Russia on the World Map and placed the flag on it.  Discussed:  Each April 12 Cosmonauts’ Day is celebrated in Russia to commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space to make one complete orbit around the earth.  

Emergent Reading:    Discussed:  How long do you think it would take you to explore many moons?  Saturn has 62 moons.  It would take a very long time to explore all of its moons.  We discussed the letter “R”. We discussed the sound that it makes.  I spread a yellow sheet on the floor in a circle to represent Saturn.  I then cut out 11 moons and placed them around Saturn. We discussed how Saturn really has 62 moons but that would be a lot of cutting for Miss Kim.   I had one child at a time come up and take the Rocket and stand in the middle of Saturn.  They then got to pretend to blast off in their Rocket and fly to one of the moons of Saturn to explore.  We did this until each child had a turn.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Watch Me Move Shape-  The children will decorate their pattern to look like themselves.  

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