Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day/ Peace

Jan 21, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lily is the calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She was not here today so Marissa did the calendar.  She put all the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and told us the pattern.  She reviewed the shapes, colors and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children told me everything they know about Martin Luther King Jr. Fun facts:  Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist.  He is known for many famous speeches.  King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Language and Literacy:   We read a book about Martin Luther King, Jr.  We discussed the book while we read in detail. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  When have you seen people marching?  Explained that people march in parades and other celebrations.  Some people march together to show they stand together for a common cause, such as peace.  We counted how many feet were in the room.  We discussed how the feet sound when only one set marches.  We then had all the feet march together and discussed what we heard.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his hopes and dreams with others   What can you do to help spread peace? They told me how they would spread peace and I wrote their ideas on hearts.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What is one way you celebrate peace with others?  What types of activities can people do together?  Music has been known to bring people of different races and religions together for peace. The children made peace shakers in afternoon centers.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you think would make the (classroom, home, city, world) a peaceful place to be?  The dove is often used as a symbol for peace because they fly away from conflict.  We discussed the meaning of peace and how that means there is no fighting.  The children will decorate their own dove.

Social Studies: Discussed: Is the color of everyone’s skin the same?  When something is different on the outside, does that mean it is different on the inside?  We looked at two eggs; one was a brown egg and one was a white egg.  We discussed how they were different.  I asked the children if when I broke the egg open if it would also be different inside?  I cracked the brown egg open and we looked at the egg parts.  I then cracked the white egg beside the other egg and the children noticed that the egg looked the same on the inside.  We discussed how this is like people, we may be different on the outside, but we are the same inside.  We even compared our skin to our friends skin and noticed that everyone had a different skin tone.  

Science:  Discussed:  Is your skin light or dark colored?  We looked at different colors of paint and discussed how we could make different shades of a color by mixing colors together.  We made different shades of brown and painted a picture of a person.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How can sharing help make peace?   I gave 5 children 1 piece of fruit and then some children had no fruit.  We discussed how we could combine the fruit by cutting it into pieces and making a fruit salad that we could share.  We discussed how we need to wash our hands and I cut the fruit and everyone got to share some fruit salad.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Little People  Center 2: Peace Shaker- The children colored the paper plates, added beans and stapled together.   Center 3: Dove Art- The children decorated their dove patterns to represent peace.  Center 4:  Skin Colors-  The children experimented with paint to get a color that they liked to paint a person.

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