Tuesday: Parrot Squawk

May 15, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Thomas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed all the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about a Sloth.  Today the children told me everything they know about a Parrot.  Discussed what noise a parrot makes.  A parrot squawks.  Fun Facts:  There are around 372 different parrot species.  Most parrots live in tropical areas.  Parrots have curved bills (beaks), strong legs and clawed feet.  Parrots are often brightly colored. Parrots are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species.  Some species are known for imitating human voices. Most parrot species rely on seeds as food.  Others may eat fruit, nectar, flowers or small insects.  Parrots such as the budgerigar (budgie) and cockatiel are popular as pets.  Some parrot species can live for over 80 years.  There are 21 different species of cockatoo.  Cockatoos usually have black, grey or white plumage (feathers). 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What are your favorite colors?  What colors are on a parrot?  We looked at the Parrot craft they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Numbers:  Discussed:  What do you think happens if the number of something keeps going down?  We looked at the hands- on number 20.  I had the children tell me how to make a 20 with the numbers zero and two.  We counted the 20 octagons.  Explained that Macaws are disappearing from the rainforest.  They are endangered.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you think parrots learn to fly? Just like babies learn how to walk, baby birds learn how to fly by trying.  We looked at the three story sequence cards and discussed what was happening in each picture.  I had the children then put the pictures in order of how they were happening.  

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  How can a parrot hold something without hands? Parrots use their hooked beaks to crack, toss and hold food.  They use their feet to grip the branches, grasp food or bring food to their mouth.  We looked at the hands-on letter G.  We discussed the letter and sound.  We reviewed words that begin with that letter.  I then had each child pretend to be a parrot and Squawk Out a word that begins with G.  

Show and Tell:   Each child brought in 20 items.  They came up one at a time and counted out their items and showed everyone what they brought.  We helped them fix their bags if they brought less or more than 20.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Parrot Art- Each child took a feather and dipped it into paint to make prints on the body and wing of the parrot.  They painted the beak of the parrot.  They added the head to the body and put on festoon.  They then put the feet on the body.  

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