Tuesday: Green Iguana

May 22, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We  reviewed what we learned about poisonous dart frogs.  The children told me everything they know about green Iguanas.  A green iguana is a large lizard.  It lives in the canopy layer of the rainforest.  The older they get, the higher they live up in the trees.  Fun Facts:  Iguanas are herbivores and hence should be fed with vegetarian diets only. They also draw water out of the food they eat, and can be fed with green beans, melons and strawberries.  No animal protein supplements must be given.  They are social animals and like to nibble and chew on whatever comes there way.  Like all animals, iguanas show signs of aggression during mating season and should be left alone during this time.  Iguanas must be housed in cages which are at least 6 feet high and 12 feet wide and deep and should be kept warm.  Small children should not be allowed near them as iguanas have sharp teeth and claws which they might use for self defense.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think an iguana would do if it was at the lunch table?  Green Iguanas eat plants.  We discussed our food groups that we would eat at lunch and which groups the Iguana would eat.  We then discussed how the Iguana should ask for the food if he wants something off of your plate.  We discussed good table manners. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  A tail is the end of an animal.  What letter is at the end of Iguana?  William was able to tell us what letter was at the end of Iguana.  We looked at the hands-on capital and lowercase “A”.  Discussed the sound it makes. I had the “A” crawl up Will’s leg, past his stomach and all the way to his head.  Explained that because the iguana crawls up trees, it is able to see if danger is approaching.  

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think you would do if you had a very long tail?  An iguana’s tail is at least as long as its body, some even longer.  The iguana’s tail can come off, if he needs to escape, and will grow back again.  We looked at the Iguana Headband they will be making in afternoon centers.

Emergent Reading:    Discussed:  Why do you think an iguana needs to be quick? They run away from predators. I told the children that I was the Jaguar and they are the iguanas.  I told them they better “RUN” because I am going to get them!!!!!  We ran around the room while I chased them and caught everyone!! We sat back down and looked at the Rebus Reader Key Cards and named each object.  I then told the children they would be helping me read the story.  When I got to the picture they had to say the name of that object.  I held up the Key card and they named it to fill in the blank and helped read the story.  We discussed the story after we read.  

Miss Kayla’s Birthday:   The children all brought in homemade cards for Miss Kayla.  She got to sit on Miss Kim’s lap and read all her cards and get hugs from the kids.  We had a Marsh cake for Miss Kayla after lunch!!

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Iguana Headband-  They will decorate their iguana pattern by putting stripes on them to camouflage them. They then take a piece of paper and cut  strips out of the paper to add to the back of the iguana making spikes.  They will wear them around the room.  

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