Thursday: Jungle Music

May 24, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Leafcutter Ants.  Today the children told me what they know about Jungle Music.  Discussed how we can use our body to make music or move to the music.  Jungle music has a lot of drum and bass.  We listened to all kinds of different jungle music and danced to the beat.  We also listened to animal sounds in the jungle.  

Shapes:  Discussed:  What animal sounds can you make?  All the children made different animal sounds.  I then picked several children to come up and pick a puzzle piece and work together to fit the pieces together.  We discussed the picture that the puzzle made. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How can you make the sound of falling rain?  We discussed how they will make rainsticks in afternoon centers.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What noises, other than animal noises have you heard outside?  The jungle has a lot of tall weeds and vegetation all around.  When an animal moves through the jungle even if it is quiet, you can hear the rustling of the plants and trees. Explained that a jaguar moves slowly when it’s looking for prey.  I crawled slowly and so quietly when I jumped on my prey!  I played the Jaguar song on our monthly CD.  The children crawled around acting out the song!!!

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What can you use in nature that can sound like an instrument?  I had a large bin filled with water and showed the children how to make noise by splashing, slapping and swirling the water.  I got all wet!  We took it outside and each child got to make music with the water!  We were all wet after everyone had a turn.  They had a blast making music with the water.  Water clapping is a common form of music for many people who live in the jungle.  They stand in the water and cup their hands in different ways to make a variety of noises.

Emergent Writing:  Each child worked on writing the number 20 on the wipe off board.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Rainsticks:  The children took a tube and painted it to decorate it.  They then added rice to the tube.  They got to run around and shake their rainsticks.  Center 3: My Little Journal-  The children will practice writing the number 20.  They will then make 20 drips of paint on their journal page pretending it is raining.  Center 4: Jungle Tic-Tac-Toe boards-  They will cut the pieces out so that it is ready to play tomorrow in lessons.

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