Monday: Caterpillar

Mar 18, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about eggs.  The children told me everything they know about caterpillars.  Fun facts:  Butterflies and moths spend their childhood as caterpillars. Caterpillars eat constantly.  They outgrow their skin and shed it several times. 

Creative Development: Discussed:  How long do you think a caterpillar is?  We looked at how we can make caterpillars using cornstarch noodles.  They will do this in afternoon centers. 

Science: Discussed:  What color butterfly do you think a yellow caterpillar will become?  I had one child crawl on the floor like a caterpillar with the yellow paint brush and find something yellow in the room to paint.  We did this until each child had a turn.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think caterpillars eat? I gave each child a storytelling piece for the story.  I read the title of the participation story, “What Shall I Eat Today?”  The children predicted what they thought the story was about.  I read the story.  When I read the food that the Caterpillar ate, the child holding that storytelling piece would bring it up and feed it to the caterpillar.  After reading the story, I asked questions to check for comprehension. Questions:  Where did the butterfly lay her egg? (on a leaf)  What did the caterpillar eat first? (one strawberry)  How many cherries did the caterpillar eat? (4)  How many plums did the caterpillar eat? (3) How many oranges? (5) How many lemons?  (6)  How many pears? (2)  When the caterpillar was full and went to sleep what happened? (shed his skin to reveal a soft shell called a Chrysalis and the shell hardened and he stayed in there for 2 weeks.)  What did the caterpillar turn into when he woke up?  (butterfly)

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Why do caterpillars shed their skin? Explained that after caterpillars eat lots of leaves, they get too big for their skin.  We looked at their My Little Journals and found the Q page. We discussed how to make the capital and lowercase Q.  I had each child come up and practice writing the capital and lowercase Q on the wipe-off board.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in a yellow item.  They came up one at a time to discuss their items.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Large Cardboard Building Blocks Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will practice making capital and lowercase Q’s. They will then draw a big circle leaf on the page.  They will have a caterpillar eat through the side of the leaf to make it look like a Capital Q.  Center 3:  Caterpillar Sculpture-  The children will take cornstarch noodles and dip them into water and stick them together to make a long caterpillar.  They will then add two small straw pieces for the antennae.  

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