Thursday: Trees

Jan 31, 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 the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about beetles.  Today the children told me everything they know about trees. We discussed how trees give us oxygen and fresh air to breathe.  We discussed why trees are important on the safari and in our neighborhood. Fun facts:  Trees are the longest living organism on the planet and one of Earth’s greatest natural resources.  There are many African trees like the Boabab tree, the Knob thorn and the Sausage tree.  The Boabab tree is one of Africa’s largest trees, it can grow up to 98 feet; the largest ever recorded was 154 feet.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What do you do if you are walking in your yard and come to a tree?  Can you go over it? Around it?  Through it?  We looked at the I Can Write Project.  I discussed how they were to follow the lines for the animals and make sure not to fall off the dotted line.  I then had each child come up one at a time and practice writing their letters on the lines: Zz, Ee, Ss.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think you could see if you climbed up a tree? We looked at each of their Little Learning cards and reviewed all the shapes, letters, numbers and colors that they learned this month.

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  What do the tree branches look like in your yard?  Are there leaves on the trees?  We looked at a picture of an Acacia tree.  This is the tree most often found in the African grasslands that giraffes love to eat off of.  I filled in the tree with the oval foam shapes to make leaves.  Each child came up one at a time to pick one of the leaves off the tree.  They had to tell me the color, shape and size of it.  We had yellow and green, big and little oval foam shapes on the tree.  They then pretended to eat the leaf.  When each child was done picking off the leaves and eating them the tree had no leaves.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What animals eat leaves in your neighborhood?  Which animals eat leaves in Africa?  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Bowling pins and Waffle blocks Center 2:   Little Learning Cards-  The children will practice their cutting skills by cutting the cards out.   Center 3:  Cow Art for tomorrow’s lessons-  The children will paint spots on the paper plate.  They will then glue the head onto the plate and glue on the heart and stomachs.  Cow’s have 4 stomachs.  They will add feet and a glove for the utters.  Center 4:  I Can Write Project–  The children will trace the lines on the one side of the page.  They will then turn the page over and practice making the capital andlowercase letters: Ss, Zz, Ee.

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