Tuesday: Roots

Oct 2, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Abby was not here today so we did the calendar together.  We discussed the weather and hung up the number.  The children found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language words.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  We also reviewed the days of the week and months of the year.  We sang our morning songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about seeds. The children told me what they know about roots.  We then learned some fun facts about roots.  Fun Facts:  Roots  are the parts of a plant that grow down into the soil or water, anchoring it and soaking up all the water and minerals the plant needs to grow.  In some plants such as beet roots and carrots, the roots are also a food source.  When a seed begins to grow, its first root is called a primary root.  Roots are protected at the end by a thimble shaped root cap as they probe through the soil.  On every root there are tiny hairs that help it to take up water and minerals.  Some plants, such as grass, have lots of small roots, called fibrous roots, branching off in all directions. Discussed:  How do you think roots help a tree?

Science: Discussed:  How do you think roots help a tree stand tall? We took a long stick and tried to make it stand up on one end but it kept falling over.  We discussed why it keeps falling over.  We then used string on the stick to help it stand up.  The children helped hold the string to hold the stick up.  We discussed  how the roots spread out to distribute the weight of a tree and provide a strong foundation.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How are roots and branches similar?  Explained that roots reach out under ground even farther than branches reach out in the air.  We looked at the tree art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What is an orchard?  An orchard is a farm of trees that grow fruits or nuts.  We looked at the title of the book and the children made predictions on what they thought might happen. The title of the book was “A Visit to the Apple Orchard”.  We discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, title, author, illustrator, and how we read  a book from left to right and front to back.  The children learned the Sign for “apple”: make your hand into a fist and extend the index finger knuckle.  Bring the knuckle to your cheek and twist it.  We read the book and discussed what we were reading.  While reading the book the children listened for the word “apple” and did the sign for it when they heard it.  

Science:   Discussed:  How do you think roots help make leaves green?  We looked at the green paint brush and discussed the color.  The children took turns taking the paint brush and finding something in the room that is green and painting it.  Discussed that roots drink water and oxygen and deliver them to the leaves.  This helps make leaves green

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What color do you think the roots of a tree are?  The roots of the tree are the same color as the trunk, generally brown.  We put all the foam shapes in a bag and had each child come up one at a time.  The child predicted what color they would pull out, green or brown.  They pulled the shape and and told the color and told if it was more similar to a root or a leaf.  They then laid it in the correct pile to match by colors.  They discussed which pile had the most in it.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Large Cardboard Blocks  Center 2:  Roots and Branches Art-  The children will fold out the bottom and top of the paper tube, which represents roots and branches.  They will attach it to the paper and sponge paint the leaves.  They will glue the leaves onto the tree and paper. 

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