Monday: Train

Nov 26, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen is the calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  She put the numbers on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She told us the colors, shapes, Sign language and Spanish words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me everything they know about trains.   We also discussed if they had fun with their families over Thanksgiving.  Fun Facts:  Trains need a track to travel.  The heaviest train weighs more than 27, 000 elephants.  In the 1800’s trains move at the peak speeds of 25 mph.  A train can certainly have shoes if it is powered by ground electricity.  Some trains have three tracks, the third being an electric line.  The first safe train was built in England in 1829.  The fastest train in the US is the electric Amtrak train.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How many cars can a train pull?  Trains can pull over 100 cars.  We used the Math Counting Chart and we all Counted to 100 together.  We looked at the train they will be creating in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What do trains carry?  I wrote what each child said a Train could carry on a piece of paper and we taped it to the wall.  We counted all the train cars this train had.  We had domino train cards.  I placed an engine face up and the rest of the cards face down.  We went around the circle and had each child pick up one card and try to match it to the picture on the car.  If it matched they laid it next to that train.  If it did not match they held onto it until they could match it to another train car.  When all the cards were matched we counted how long the trains were and discussed more and less.  

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think trains move?  Train engines, also known as locomotives, run on steam, electric, diesel or coal.  We looked at their My Little Journal books and found the black page.  We discussed all the children wearing black clothing today.  I showed the children how to draw a black train using rectangles, circles and squares.  Explained that you can tell the type of locomotive it is by the color of the smoke. White smoke is a steam engine. Electric locomotives give off no smoke.  Black smoke comes from diesel fuel or coal.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed:  Why do some trains have a caboose?  A caboose is the last car of a train.  Many years ago, train workers used it as a place to monitor safety precautions and to rest.  We sang a song and did the actions to a train song.  We then pretended we were a train and each person connected to the Engine “Thomas” and the Caboose “Mallory” made sure everyone stayed together in the train. We went around the room making train noises.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/Waffle blocks and bowling pins Center 2:  Train Art- The children will decorate the engine and caboose.  They will then attach a pipe cleaner to the engine and put on colored noodles to make cars.  When they are done adding noodles then they will put the caboose on.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the black page and color the paint brush black. They will then draw a black train.  

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