Thursday: Subway

Nov 29, 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 and discussed the pattern on the calendar.  Gretchen reviewed the colors, shapes, Sign Language and Spanish words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Taxi’s.  The children told me everything they know about the Subway.  Discussed how subways and submarines are similar.  Fun Facts:  The first subway stations opened in 1904.  In 2011, there were approximately 5.3 million people riding the subway in an average weekday.  The subway track is 4 feet wide.  If we laid the track end to end, NYC Transit train tracks would stretch from New York City to Chicago.     

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How does a subway move?  Subways have to move on tracks, like other trains.  They can only go where the tracks lead.  T is for track, toes, touch, train. We discussed the letter T and the sound it makes.  I taught the children how to make the letter T t.  Each child came up one at a time and practiced writing the capital and lowercase T on the wipe off board and in the My Little Journal.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How can you be safe on a subway?  We talked about rules that we should follow to stay safe.  I had the children practice following directions by coming up one at a time and rolling the Brain Box.  Whatever side the box landed up on we read that and that child followed those directions.  Brain Box directions:  Twirl 6 times like helicopter blades.  Make a triangle with your fingers. Pretend to drive to something orange in the room.  Fly like a plane to something black in the room. Slide around the room like a subway train. Take 5 big steps.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What color would you make a subway train car?  I showed them the subway they will be making in afternoon centers.  We talked about how to draw people heads in the windows of the subway.

Social Studies: Discussed:  How do you get to school?  Some children in very big cities ride the subway. We read the book, “Transportation in Many Cultures”.  We discussed all the different types of transportation that different cultures use to get from place to place.  We made a tunnel with a blanket over chairs and the children got to pretend they were going to the subway.  They had fun playing in the tunnel.

Show and Tell:   Each child brought an item that begins with the letter “T”.  They came up one at a time to show their item and tell us why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play/ Legos  Center 2:  Subway art- The children will paint the cardboard tube any color they desire.  They will then draw people in the little window stickers and stick them on the tube.  They will have a string in the middle of the tube so they can make it move back and forth.  Center 3: My Little Journal- The children will practice writing their capital and lowercase T on their journal page.  They will then put T’s all over the top part of the page to continue practicing.  

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