Wednesday: Mars

Apr 18, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Mercury.  Today the children told me everything they know about Mars.  Mars is a rock planet.  It is the fourth planet from the sun.  Fun Facts: Mars is nicknamed the red planet because it is covered with rust-like dust.  Even the atmosphere is a pinkish red, colored by tiny particles of dust thrown up from the surface. Mars experiences violent dust storms which continually change its surface. Mars has many massive volcanoes and is home to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system.  Mars has a very thin atmosphere made mostly of carbon dioxide.  It is not thick enough to trap the sun’s heat like Venus, so the planet is very cold. Mars has many channels, plains and canyons on the surface which could have been caused by water erosion in the past.  Mars has very weak gravity which cannot hold onto the atmosphere well.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What spins like the planets?  How can you pick up a spinning ball?  I placed a bouncy ball on the chair and put the jar over it.  I then moved the jar to spin the ball and once the ball was lifted up spinning around the sides I picked it up and continued to spin it then slowed down and watched the ball fall out.  We discussed why this happened.  

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What would you think if you looked in the sky and saw two moons?  Mars has two moons.  Their names are Deimos and Phobos.  We looked at the Discover Cutting sheet they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  What else do you see when you look at the night sky? Mars is one of the planets that can be seen in the night sky without a telescope.  It looks like a star that doesn’t twinkle.  Looked at the Storyboard and put our sun and planets all in order.  The children did very well putting the planets in order. 

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What do you think you can see on the surface of Mars with a telescope?  Mars has land like Earth, but much more extreme.  The mountains and canyons are up to three times higher and deeper than the ones on Earth.    I invited a couple of children at a time to feel the sand and rocks in the bucket. We discussed what we felt and how it was like Mars. I took some of the sand and added red paint to it and we turned it red like Mar’s sand.  We built some mountains and valleys with the sand.

Tumble Bus Day:   See Form by the front door for the activities that they did today.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2:  Discover Cutting Project-  The children will cut out Mars and glue it to the black paper.  They will then paint it red.  The children will then cut out the two moons and add them to the black paper around Mars.  Center 3: Continued working on the Solar System book.

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