Wednesday: Taxi

Nov 28, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  Gretchen reviewed all the colors, shapes, Sign Language and Spanish words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about buses.  Today the children told me all they know about Taxi’s. The children were not very familiar with what a Taxi was.  Fun Facts:  The name taxi comes from the taximeter, the instrument that measures the distance traveled  or time taken, to determine an accurate fare.  Batteries for the first taxicabs weighed upwards of 800 pounds.  Children under 12 often pay half the fare and children six and under are free. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Where would you want to be a taxi driver?  Most taxis are found in big cities where many people need a ride.  We looked at a post card and read the note on it.   The children will write on their post card where they would like to be a taxi driver. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Do you think it’s faster to ride in a taxi, train or bicycle?  Traffic can get in the way of trains and taxis in big cities.  Sometimes, it is the fastest to walk or bike.  We looked at our Pattern Guide and the children had to continue the pattern with the picture cards:  taxi, train, bicycle.  I then changed that pattern to taxi, taxi, bicycle.  The children had to help continue the patterns each time I changed them.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How can you show that you are thankful?  When the children were able to tell me a way they could show that they were thankful for something, then I put an “I am Thankful” bracelet on them.  

Science:   Discussed:  How do taxis know where to go?  We made a rolling obstacle course by using paper towel tubes and cutting out squares along the tube.  I had 3 tubes I could fit together to make a long road.  We used marbles to roll them through the tube and watch what happened.  We noticed that sometimes they would come out of the square in tube and we related this to a side street in a road and how the taxi could turn onto other roads.  

Tumble Bus:  Mr. Mik came in dressed up like a silly clown.  The kids thought that was funny.  See the form by the front door to see the activities they did today.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/ Wooden blocks  Center 2:  Post Card- the children will draw a picture on the card where they want to drive a taxi.  They will then write about why they want to drive a Taxi in that place.  Center 3: My Little Journal-  the children will draw a line from the vehicle to the place it can travel.  Center 4:  Little Learning Cards-  The children will cut out the cards to take home and practice what they have learned. 

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