Tuesday: Water

Jan 29, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Cade put the number on the calendar.  He discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. He reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what they learned about birds and grass in Africa.  Today they told me everything they know about water.  Fun Facts:  Water is made up of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen.  Water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface.  We looked at the World Map to see all the water.  Droughts occur when there is not enough water for people, plants and animals for an unusual amount of time.  Some cultures do rain dances when there is a drought.  Africa has the highest number of people lacking safe water to drink.  People in Africa have to walk almost 4 miles to find clean water.  In the Horn of Africa and the Namibian Desert, almost no water falls.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What would you see in and around a puddle of water?  We discussed the animals that would drink from water or live in the water in Africa.  We looked at the postcard that the children will be doing in afternoon centers.  We discussed what they learned about the Safari and what they wanted to write to someone.  We discussed the animals we could draw on the picture of the postcard.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Where does your drinking water come from?  We looked at the pattern guide and discussed the items (cup, jug, pitcher and canteen).  We discussed how the containers were alike and different.  I placed two filled gallon milk jugs of water near the baby gate   I picked two children at a time to go get the water and put it on their heads like in Africa and race back to lesson area.  They discussed if it was hard to carry the water.  Each child got a turn at carrying the water.  We then worked on the Pattern guide to continue the pattern.  This was harder for the children as they couldn’t remember the names of the containers.  Pattern was cup, jug, pitcher, canteen, cup, jug, pitcher, canteen, etc. 

Science:  Discussed: How does a lake get filled up with water? Explained that water follows a cycle to refill water holes, lakes and rivers. We placed a rock in a small bowl and put the small bowl in the large bowl.  We added hot water to the large bowl only and then put Saran wrap over the bowls.  We placed a rock on the Saran wrap.  We watched the bowls all day and discussed what happened.  The hot water evaporated onto the Saran wrap and the droplets followed the wrap to the rock and then it dripped into the smaller bowl.  

Creative Development;  Discussed:  What do you think happens to grass and animals when there hasn’t been rain for some time? During hot weather, sometimes it will not rain for a long time (drought); this makes the plants stop growing to try to conserve the water they have an if it happens too long, this can affect food sources.  Some cultures have traditional rain dances.  We took different toys and the children used them as instruments and we clanged them together to make music.  We also danced around the room and did a rain dance.  

Show and Tell:  The children came up one at a time and discussed their item that goes in water.  We discussed if it didn’t have water what would happen to it.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Little People  Center 2:   Postcard-  The children will draw the Safari animals that drink water or live in the water. They will then write a letter to a family member about what they learned this month.

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