Wednesday: Helicopter

Nov 14, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Keira put the number on the calendar and told us the weather.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  She also reviewed the shapes, colors and Sign language words.  We reviewed our Spanish words together.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned yesterday about Hot Air Balloons.  Today the children told me everything they know about helicopters.  We discussed how helicopters are different than an airplane.  Fun Facts:  If the engine stops, the helicopter rotor continues to spin allowing the machine to slowly land, generally without crashing to the ground.  Helicopters are safest to fly in bad weather because they can slow down, stop and/or fly backwards or sideways.  The record for the fastest helicopter in the world is held by the Sikorsky X2, clocked at 258 mph.  Over 3 million lives have been saved by helicopters in both peacetime and wartime operations since the first person was rescued from the sea in 1944.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What vehicles can fly?  We learned some sight words before we read the I Can Read book:  We, go, a, in.  We then reviewed our word family words: car, star, jar.  We practiced these words a lot and used them in sentences.  We made silly sentences also.  The children then had to help me read the I Can Read book because they knew most of the words we practiced.  I had the big kids come up and tell me a sight word on the page and circle it.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What happens to the helicopter’s blades when it lands.  I had each child come up one at a time and spin really fast like a helicopter’s blades with their arms out.  After they spun 6 or more times I had them land on the triangle.  They then told me how they felt!!  It was so funny watching them try to land when they were dizzy!!  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What snacks do you eat that resemble helicopter parts?  We made a helicopter using rice cakes, pretzel sticks and peanut butter.  It was hard to get our sticks to stay on the rice cake.  

Science:  Discussed:  Do you think a piece of paper can move like helicopter blades?  We had a piece of paper that we had to cut and paperclip in a certain place.  I then asked each child one at a time to come stand on a chair and drop the paper.  They told me what they saw.  It spun like a helicopter’s blades. It was really cool!!

Tumble Bus Day:  See the form by the front door to see the activities they did today on the bus.  The bus will not be here next week due to the holiday.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Legos  Center 2:  I Can Count Project:  The children will count their boats and cut them out.  They can then practice doing story problems on the lake.  Please practice adding and subtracting boats on the lake to tell what it equals at home.  Center 3:  I Can Read Book-  The older children will go find their sight words and circle them or underline them.  

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