Wednesday: Gravity

Apr 25, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   Max put the number on the calendar and discussed the pattern.  He told us the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Max then reviewed all our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned yesterday about Astronauts.  Today the children told me everything they know about Gravity.  Discussed what would happen if we drop a ball?  We dropped an object and discussed what happened to it.  I then had Ben stand on a chair and when he jumped off we discussed what happened to him.  Discussed how gravity pulls you down to the ground.  Fun Facts:  Gravity can cause health problems such as bone loss, muscle atrophy, and fluid shifts.  If you were to go to another planet you wouldn’t weight the same as you do on Earth due to the change in gravity.  Gravity also guides the growth of plants and other vegetation.  

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think falling objects have to do with gravity?  When something falls to the ground it is because gravity is pulling it there.  It is thought that a falling apple was the inspiration for Isaac Newton to begin to explore gravity and its effects. We took two items and dropped them at the same time, before we dropped them we discussed which one we thought would hit the ground first.  

Show and Tell:  I had two children at a time come up and get the objects that they brought for show and tell.  They were to bring a heavy or light object.  The children guessed which object they thought would hit the ground first.  The 2 children dropped their objects at the same time and we discussed what happened.  We did this for all the show and tell items that the children brought in.  The items were different sizes and different weights.  We noticed that the lighter objects would hit the ground last.  

Shapes:  Discussed:  What do you think it would feel like to walk on the sun?  Gravity from the sun keeps the planets moving in orbit.  We had a dice with pictures of the sun, earth and mo0n.  Each child came up one at a time and rolled the dice.  They then had to pretend to walk like they are on that object (normal for Earth, bouncy for moon, and quickly for hot).

Emergent Reading:    Do you think you can jump higher on Earth or on the moon?  You can jump higher on the moon.  We looked at the word family “ump” and discussed each letter and sound.  I then added the “j” in front of “ump” and we read the word “jump”.  I took the “j” off and put “b” and we read, “bump”.  I did this for each letter of the alphabet and we read all the new words.  I even added blends like “sl”, “tr”, “cl”.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2: Discover Games Project:  They will color the sun, Earth and moon.  They will then make the pattern into their Dice to use at home.   Center 3:  Rocket Ship Flyer- The children will decorate the rocket ship pieces by using stickers and markers.  We will then use string to attach the pieces together.  They will cut the crepe paper to make the flames of the rocket.  We will hang these in the room.

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