Monday: Grass & Birds

Jan 28, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Cade is the new calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week in Spanish.   Cade reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about African food.  The children told me everything they know about grass & birds.  Fun Facts:  There is up to 10,000 different types of grass in the world.  Bamboo is the tallest grass it can grow to 100 feet.  There are different colors of grass like green, brown and yellow.  There are many types of African grasses like the cat tail, red grass and stinking grass.  The long grasses in Africa help large animals hide while hunting.  There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world.  The Honey guide bird in Africa has a special call to communicate with humans.   There are many African birds like vultures, kingfishers and hornbills.  All birds have wings.  However, not all birds can fly.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What is the biggest animal you have ever seen in your backyard?  We looked at some animal pictures and discussed which one was the largest in real life. The children will make a backpack to collect their animals in on their Safari.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What could you find where you live that has spots on it?  Which animals have spots on an African safari?  I laid the ladybug cards face down and placed the giraffe cards face up. The children picked one of the lady bug cards that was face down and counted the spots.  They found the matching giraffe with the same number of spots.  I then passed each child a card with spots and a number on it. They had to place that with the matching giraffe and ladybug with the same number of spots.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How is the grass in the African grasslands different from grass you see around your home?  How is it the same? We had different sizes of grass.  The children worked together putting the grass in tallest to shortest order.

Science:  Discussed:  What does your grass need to grow? Explained that grass needs sun, dirt and water to grow.  We looked at their My Little Journals and discussed what they would be doing in afternoon centers.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite part of a bird?  We looked at the birds they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What color are the birds you see in your neighborhood?  We read the poem, “Two Little Blackbirds”.  We discussed the rhyming words in the poem.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What songs do you hear birds sing? We discussed the letter S.  We learned how to write the letter S.  Each child came up one at a time and practiced writing the letter S on the wipe off board.  We will write the capital and lowercase Ss in our Journals this afternoon.  

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  What clues might you find that let you know that there is a bird living nearby?  Explained that a nest  or other home can tell you what kinds of animals are nearby.  Birds nests can be in trees, rocks, tall grass, marshes or holes.

Show and Tell:  Each child stood up and showed all the green on their clothing that they wore today.  Each child then came up one at a time to show the item that they brought that began with the letter S.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Legos  Center 2: Back Pack Art-  The children will assemble and color their backpacks. They will cut out and color their animals that they can put in their backpacks.    Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the green page.  They will draw dirt, sun and rain and then cut pieces of green paper to add to their dirt.  Center 4:  Bird Art-  The children will paint the bird pattern.  They will then add an eye, feathers and legs.  Center 5:   My Little Journal- The children will practice writing their capital and lowercase S.  They will then draw one giant S on the page and turn it into a songbird.

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