Monday: Animal Tracks

Dec 10, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel is the new calendar and meteorologist boy this week.  He was not here today so we did it together.  We added all the numbers to the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  Practiced singing Christmas songs. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Pianos.  Today the children told me all they know about Animal tracks but they had a difficult time with this. Fun Facts:  Animal tracks are imprints left behind in soil, snow, mud or other ground surfaces that an animal walks across.  Animal tracks are used by hunters in tracking their prey and by naturalists to identify animals living in a given area.  Animal tracks may look different based on the weight of the particular animal.  Tracks can be fossilized over millions of years.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What can animal tracks tell you about how an animal moves?  The farther apart the tracks are, the faster an animal may be moving.  The distance between tracks may also give clues about how long the animal’s legs are.  We looked at the reindeer the kids will be making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What might happen if you follow mystery animal tracks?  We acted out and read the story,” Tracks in the Snow”.  I laid pictures down as I read the story of animals and their tracks.  The children had to act the story out as we read. After we read, I asked the children questions to check for comprehension.  Discussion Questions:  Which animal tracks were in the snow? (bear, skunk, bunny).  Which animal made a grumbling noise? (bear)  Which animal made a stinky smell? (skunk) Which animal is your favorite? Why?  Who else do you think might live in the winter woods?

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What do you think is the difference between bear and rabbit tracks?  Discussed how the size of an animal impacts the size of their feet and tracks.  We played a folder game.  The children had to draw a card and match the animal to the correct foot prints.

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed:  What kind of noises can you hear as animals walk outside?  The sounds depend on where the animals walk.  How do you think it would sound if an animal stepped in mud? Ice? Leaves? Snow?  We had three items:  bubble wrap, foil and cardboard.  We listened to the sounds each one made. I then had one child at a time come up and close their eyes.  I had them walk on one of the items and tell me what they were walking on.  They did very good figuring what they were on.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Variety of toys  Center 2:  Reindeer Headband- The children will trace their hands and then cut the hand prints out.  They will glue the hands for antlers, eyes, nose onto the head pattern.  They can also decorate the reindeer as desired.  We will then help them fit it around their heads.  


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