Thursday: Snake

May 17, 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 our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Monkeys.  Today the children told everything they know about snakes.   Mallory showed us how a snake moves.  Fun Facts:  Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters).  Snakes don’t have eyelids. Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole.  They have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head! Snakes are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.  They have internal ears but not external ones.  There are around 3000 different species of snake.  They have a unique anatomy which allows them to swallow and digest large prey.  They are covered in scales with smooth and dry skin.  

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think a snake’s skin feels like?  A snake is a reptile. His skin is smooth, slippery and scaly.  It can stretch when a snake swallows food.   We looked at the snake art project for this afternoon’s centers.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  How do you think animals stay strong?  What do you do to stay strong? Animals in the jungle, such as the snake, must keep moving.  The more you move your body, the stronger the muscles become.  We laid the animal cards face down on the floor.  I called one child at a time to come pick a card.  They told me the animal and then were to move around the room like that animal.  

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think a snake eats? Snakes eat other live animals.  Some snakes curl around their prey while they sleep and squeeze them and others move quickly and swallow the prey whole.  We looked at the blue bird and discussed the color.  Each child found something blue in the room.  

Speaking:   Discussed:  How do you think a snake can move? Snakes use their muscles and skin to move.  They climb trees and vines, and will even leap from one tree branch to another and appear to be flying.  We learned the sign for “play”.  We then practiced the sign and sang a song using the sign for the word “play”.  Sign language word “Play”:  Close hand with thumb and pinky out and then wiggle out and in.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Snake Art- they took the snake pieces and decorated them with cellophane.  They then put each piece together with a brass fastener.  They added eyes and played with their slithery snake. 

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