Wednesday: Beetle

Jan 30, 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, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about water in Africa. The children told me everything they know about Beetles. Fun facts:  The beetle is one of the most common insects in the world.  In Africa there are many types of beetles like the Goliath beetle, the longhorn beetle and the neptunides beetles.  Beetles eat potatoes, grapevines or young trees, however some beetles like the Goliath eat ripe fruit. 

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What color bugs have you seen near your home?  We looked at the Beetle Art they will be doing in afternoon centers.  

Science:  Discussed:  What kind of noises do you think bugs make?  Explained that bugs make a variety of chirping, clicking and buzzing noises.  I had an item in a bag.  Each child came up one at a time to feel the item in the bag. After every child had a turn to feel the item, they guessed what they thought it was.  They had a hard time guessing what this item was.  I clicked the item and showed them that it was a clicker that had a beetle on it.  We discussed how a beetle could sound like that.  I then passed the clicker around and each child made it click while we counted how many times they clicked it.

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  How do you think a bug moves?  Some bugs crawl, some fly and others ride on animals. We looked at their My Little Journals and talked about how we could get the Wildebeest to the lake through the maze. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How high do you think a beetle can jump? How high can you jump?  Each child showed us how high they can jump.  I placed the Body & Brain box on the floor and invited one child at a time to come up and jump over it.  They then picked it up and rolled the box and followed the directions on the side that landed up.  There are 6 sides to the box with 6 different directions.  The following directions are things the children could have done if it landed on that side of the brain box:  Pat your legs 10 times; Pretend you have an elephant trunk; Jump 9 times; Make an oval with your mouth; Crawl to something yellow in the room; Leap to something green in the room. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Wooden Blocks Center 2:  Beetle Art-  The children will color the beetle any way they desire.  They will then add sticker spots to the beetle.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the back page and follow the maze.  They will take the wildebeest to the lake and make sure to look out for the lion so that it doesn’t get them.

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