Wednesday: Migrating

Jan 23, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lily put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about huts.  Today the children told me what they know about migrating.  They did not know this term so we had to discuss.  Migration is when an animal moves from one place to another in search of food.  Fun Facts:  Animal migration is the traveling of long distances in search of a new habitat.  Most animals migrate to find food or more livable conditions.  Many animals migrate like the elephant that migrates to find food during the wet and dry seasons; also butterflies, ducks and zebras.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  As animals migrate, where might they find water?  Besides migrating, some animals, like the giraffe, will find water in the leaves and plants they eat.  This helps them live longer without a visit to the water hole.  Explained that water can be found in watering holes, rivers, and even on leaves after a rain. We looked at our counting card 10 and discussed the number.  We practiced stomping 10 times.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What food is in the shape of an oval?  (avocado, mango, pickles, cucumbers) We discussed how we have to wash our hands before we touch food.  We worked together to make an elephant snack.  We used large round crackers, pickle slices and pepperoni slices to make an elephant face and then we ate it up. 

Science:  Why do you think animals migrate in large groups?  Explained that it is safer to travel in groups than alone.  We discussed why it is unsafe for the kids to wander around the town by themselves.  We looked at our Z page in our My Little Journals.  We discussed the letter and the sound.  We discussed how to make the letter Zz on the wipe off board.  We drew a patch  of brown on the top left of the page.  Then, drew a blue water on the top right of the page.  Drew yellow grass on the bottom left and green grass on the bottom right of the page.  Discussed how the children should never pick up their pencil when they move it in their journals to follow the story.  Your animal begins at the brown dried up lake.  He is so thirsty.  He moves to the blue watering hole.  Now he is so hungry.  He runs the animal down to the yellow dried up grass.  This grass is not tasty.  So he moves his animal (pencil) to the fresh green grass.  Oh-delicious!  We discussed the shape that the path made when we followed the story with our pencil.  It made the letter Z.

Language and Literacy;  Discussed:  What do you do when you start to run out of food?  Many of us get our food from the grocery store or other food markets.  Animals and some people live off the land, so when the vegetation (plants) or other food sources are no longer available, they have to move to where they can get more food.  We looked at the I Can Count project sheet. We counted the elephants that go with this project. We put the elephants by the yellow grass and counted how many were there.  We then put three elephants by the green grass and two by the yellow grass. We discussed how many where at each grass and how many were in all.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Lincoln Logs and bowling pins  Center 2: My Little Journal- the children will practice making their Z’s and follow the story we discussed in morning lessons to make one large Z on the page.   Center 3:  I Can Count project- The children will cut out grass from the bottom of the page.  They will then draw faces on the elephants on the side without the numbers.

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