Monday: Apple

Oct 8, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Thomas is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He reviewed all our shapes, colors, Spanish and Sign Language words.  Thomas found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  We all reviewed our days of the week and months of the year.  We also counted to 20 in English and Spanish. We sang our morning songs. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about leaves.  The children told me everything they know about apples.  Fun facts that we discussed:  Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.  We put them in water and tried to make them sink but they kept popping back to the top of the water.  The largest apple ever picked weighed three pounds, two ounces.  Apples come in different variety of colors such as red, yellow, green, etc.  China produces more apples than any other country.  Apples are a member of the rose family.  A bushel of apples weighs approximately 42 pounds.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What are parts of an apple?  What is your favorite part?  We looked at an apple and identified the stem, skin, flesh and seed.  We looked at the front cover of the Storytelling Script.  We discussed the cover of the story.  We read, “Johnny Appleseed’s Dream”.  We read the story and discussed what Johnny Appleseed did for people.   Asked questions after reading to see if they comprehended the story.  Questions:  What was Johnny’s dream? (Growing apples all over the United States of America so that no one would ever have to go hungry!)  Who gave him his first seeds?  (a Cider mill)  Where can you find apple seeds?  (inside apples)

Creative Development:  Discussed:  If you could plant fruit trees all over the world, which fruit tree would you choose?  Why?  We looked at the paper Johnny Appleseed that they will make in afternoon centers.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What color are apples?  We looked at the folder game and talked about how each tree had a different color of apple on it.  Discussed that some trees produce red apples, while others grow green or yellow apples.  Each tree grows only one color of apple.   We all sat in a circle and I laid the apple cards face down.  One child at a time picked one of the cards.  They told us what color of an apple it was and what tree it belongs on.  They had to place it on the correct tree according to color.  We then discussed the word or item to see if the beginning sound matched the letter on the tree.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What does an apple taste like?  We tasted an apple from the apple tree.  We looked at their My Little Journals and discussed the letter A.  I showed the children how to trace the lowercase ‘a’ and turn it into an apple.  Each child also came up one at a time to practice writing their capital and lowercase A.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children will practice writing their capital and lowercase Aa.  They will then each trace the cardboard lowercase a and color it and make it into an apple.   Center 3:  Johnny Appleseed Art-  The children will color and put together a Johnny Appleseed.  

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