Thursday: Tugboat

Nov 15, 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 reviewed all our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  We also reviewed our Spanish words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about helicopters yesterday.  Today the children told me everything they know about boats.  Abby was the first one to tell me that boats need water to work.  We discussed the different types of boats.  A tugboat is a small boat that pulls and pushes very big and heavy boats.  Fun Facts:  Tugboats range in overall length from 70 to 210 feet.  Their engines generate from 750 to 3,000 horsepower. Most tugs are built of wood or metal-sheathed wood.   The tires on the sides of the tugboat prevent damage to boats being guided by the tug if it should bump against them.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Why do tugboats have tires on the sides?  Explained that tires keep the tugboat from scratching and hurting the boats it helps move.  Each child got a pillow and we pretended to be tugboats and gently bumped each other with our pillows.  They thought this was fun!  We looked at their tugboat collage that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Physical Development: Discussed:  What type of food do you eat that is protein?  We had to discuss what protein was because the children were unsure.  We looked at our Food Group mat and discussed the different food groups and what types of food fit in that group.  Explained that protein helps make our muscles strong and gives us energy.  I stuffed a sock with other socks and tied the end to make a fish.  We all sat in a circle and I sang “Row, Row, Row your boat” while we passed the fish around.  When I stopped singing the person holding the fish had to jump up and say “protein”.  We did this until everyone had a turn.  

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring a piece of play food that was protein or a picture of protein.  I had them come up one at a time to tell about their food item and how it was protein or not protein.  We discussed what food group it belonged to if they did not bring a protein.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is the heaviest thing you can pull?  How big of a boat do you think a tugboat can pull?  We looked at the hands-on number 6.  We counted to 6 in English and Spanish.  We also counted out 6 items.  I laid a blanket on the floor and picked a child to go find 6 items to put on the blanket.  That child then tried to pull the blanket full of toys.  We discussed how they were  a strong tugboat pulling a boat.  Each child got a turn to count out 6 items of their choice and put them on the blanket and then try to pull the blanket through the room.  We then added 6 little children to the blanket and the big kids tried to pull them around the room.  I had to help them because they were heavy.  Each child also got to be pulled by another child when they were laying on the blanket.  

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  How hard can you pull?  We looked at the Hands-on letter T and discussed the letter and sound.  We then talked about some T words.  We had a capital letter T taped to the floor and another small lined taped 2-3 feet from the capital T.  I taped the Letter T to the middle of a rolled up blanket.  We laid the T that was taped to the blanket on the Capital T tape.  I picked children to stand on both sides of the T on a line and they were going to play Tug of War with the rolled up blanket!!!  They have never played this before so we discussed how each team was going to pull in a certain direction to try to pull that T on the blanket to them to get it over their line.  They had a blast playing tug of war.  I tried to get the size and strength of the children well balanced on each team.  It took the teams several minutes to get it pulled because both sides were strong.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Lacing Cards and Library books  Center 2: Tugboat Collage-  The children took the tugboat pieces  and designed their own tugboats by gluing the pieces onto a piece of paper.  They then added a cellophane strip to the bottom of the page to represent water. 

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