Thursday: Bells

Dec 13, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel was not here today so we did calendar together.  We found the number and put it on the calendar and discussed the pattern. We discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed all our colors, shapes and Sign language words.  We sang our Christmas songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about owls.  Today the children told me all that they know about Bells.  We discussed the types of bells that they have seen.  Fun Facts:  Campanology is the study of bells.  The Liberty Bell is our symbol of freedom.  The biggest bell in the world is in Japan.  It is 24 ft tall. Some bells have clappers and some bells don’t.  The clapper hangs from the middle of the bell to help make it ring.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a bell? A bell has a body, clapper and crown (the handle).  We looked at the bells they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Social Emotional Development: Discussed:  Why do some animals wear bells?  (For example; cow bells, cat bells or horse bells.)  We rang and played with our bells.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How is a xylophone like a set of flat bells?  We looked at the Hands-on X and discussed the sounds that x makes.  X is hard because it borrows his sound from other letters.  He also says several sounds.  He can say /z/ or /ks/ or /gz/.  We discussed that not too many words start with this letter and we looked at the 4 words in the dictionary.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Why do some churches or city buildings ring bells?  Some bells ring to signify the beginning of an event, an emergency or to tell the time.   I made a clock on the flooring using the large numbers 1-12.  I walked around the clock saying the numbers.  I then had Mallory start at 12 and walk to the 1.  I rang the bell 1 time.  She stepped to 2 and I rang the bell 2 times.  We continued this all the way to 12.  I asked them what I was doing!  They said I was ringing the bell the same number that Mallory stepped on.  I told them that is how we know what time it is by counting the number of times the bell rings.  

Science:   Discussed:  How do you think a bell makes its sound?  The sound the bell makes depends on three things: the type of material, the thickness of the material, and the size of the bell body.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/Practice Christmas songs/Little People Center 2:  Make a Christmas Bell  if time

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