Tuesday: Jungle Food

May 29, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She had to put a lot of numbers on the calendar from the holiday.  She discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Mallory reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about the jungle weather. The children told me what they know about Jungle Food.  People in the jungle live off the land.  This means they eat the fruit and vegetables that are grown in the jungle;  and they hunt and fish for meat.  Fun Facts:  Manioc is one of the main crops.  They use the tuberous roots of the manioc plant to make flour for bread.  They have to be careful to squeeze all the poison out of it first! It can kill them if they don’t.  Some people even put the poison on the end of their spears to use when they go hunting!  They use a kind of stove we’ve probably never seen, except maybe when camping.  Sometimes they use two sticks, in the shape of a “Y”, with another stick placed between the opening of the Y.  They will build a fire underneath and place a stick through the meat to hold it up.  

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What kind of vegetables would you grow in a garden? We discussed all the veggies we will be growing in our garden!!  We will be planting our Garden this week!!  We discussed if any of the veggies we are growing could be grown in a rainforest.  

Learning Approach:  Discussed:  What kind of food do you think you could catch in the jungle?  Some people in the jungle use nets or spears to catch fish.  Traps are built and used to catch some small animals, too.  Each child came up one at a time and rolled the Brain Box.  They performed the activity that it said to do.  Brain box:  Make an Octagon out of something in the room, jump up 20 times, pretend to be a snake slithering through the jungle, clap your hands 19 times, hop to something green in the room, fly to something blue in the room.

Patterns:   Discussed:  What is your favorite food grown on trees?  Did you know that some beans and pods grow on trees, too?  Coffee and chocolate are both from trees.  We looked at the fruit trees and discussed what grew on each one.  We had a banana tree, cacao tree, papaya tree, coconut tree and pineapple bush.  We put the trees in order from tallest to shortest.  The children then told me how else they could put them in order.

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  Does your favorite food grow in a rainforest jungle?  We  looked at the post card that the children will be making in afternoon centers.  They will make a tree with paint.  They will then write to a family member about the rainforest.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play/ Legos  Center 2:  Jungle Postcard-  The children will use their fingers to make a print for the leaves of the tree.  They will then paint the trunk and fruit on the tree.  They can add a river with fish if they desire.  They will then tell Miss Kayla what to write about the jungle.

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