Friday: Jungle Weather

May 25, 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 in Spanish.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Jungle Music.  Today the children told me what they know about Jungle Weather.  Tropical jungle weather is hot and rainy all year long.  Fun Facts:  The Amazon gets between 70-100 inches of rain yearly.  By comparison, Los Angeles receives about 7 inches per year. It has cool mornings to warm mid-day then sultry afternoon, often marked by dramatic thunderstorms.  The Amazon lies approximately on the equator so the weather does not change much throughout the year.  

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  How does the weather help plants grow in the rainforest? Plants need good soil, sun and rain to grow.  Because it is hot and wet all year long, plants grow all year long.  We went for a walk in the front yard and each child picked a piece of grass or weed.   We brought them back inside.  We compared the different blades of the plants.  The children discussed if it was the longest, shortest, widest, thinnest, greenest, or brownest.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How often do you think it rains in the rainforest?  In most rainforests, it rains every day!  We learned how to play Tic-Tac-Toe.  The children picked a partner and one of them chose the suns and the other chose the raindrops.  I then helped them take turns and figure out how to block their partner and win the game.  They had a lot of fun.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Where in the world, your city, your room is it hot?  Not hot?  We learned how to spell the word “hot”.  We took the H off and discussed the word family “ot”.  The children then told me letters they wanted to add to the “ot” to make new words.  They read each new words.  

Emergent Writing:    Discussed:  Is 20 a lot or a little?  What if you had 20 pancakes for breakfast or 20 pairs of socks on today?  Is that a lot?  I drew 20 pancakes on the wipe-off board and they said that was way too many.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play

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