Friday: Rocket Ship

Apr 30, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about space food.  The children told me all that they know about a Rocket Ship.  Fun Facts:  Rockets fly in the air, but not like airplanes or helicopters.  They are much faster and more powerful.  They can fly straight up with such force that they pass through the atmosphere into outer space.  Hundreds of years ago, rockets were invented in China.  The first rockets were shaped like arrows and they were not very powerful.  The power of early rockets came from gunpowder.  The shape of rockets has changed.  They are now wider for their length and they have big fins on the bottom.  The fins help the rocket stay on course.  Rockets are also much more powerful than they were in the past.  

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Who might you meet in space?  Do you think aliens are real or pretend? Why? Discussed how we are alike and different than our neighbors.  Explained that  neighbors can live across the street, across the ocean, or across space.  

Patterns:  Discussed:  How do rocket ships look?  Most rockets are pointed at the top so that the air passes over and makes them go faster.  They often have “wings” like airplanes to help give them lift and direction, and come in pieces that fall off (fuel cells) when they have been used up.  We looked at the Measure Me Rocket Ship.  The children found items in the room that were bigger, smaller or the same size as the Rocket Ship.  We measured all the items and discussed longer, shorter or the same size.

Visual Art:   Discussed:  What designs would you put on a rocket ship?  When a country sends a rocket ship into space they put their country’s name on the flag on the ship.  We looked at the paper rockets that they made in afternoon centers and we hung up on the ceiling.  

Listening:    Discussed:  If you could fly in a rocket ship, where would you go and what would you do?  We re-read “Star Seeker” and discussed the activities that the kids were doing in space.  

Show and Tell:    The kids came up one at a time to show the Rocket Ship that they brought to school.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play 

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