Wednesday: Butterfly

Mar 20, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Lucas was not here today so we did the calendar together.  The children discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We put the new number on the calendar and discussed the pattern.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, and Sign Language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned yesterday about the Chrysalis.  The children told me everything they know about butterflies.  Fun facts:  Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.  Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.  There are about 24, 000 species of butterflies.  There is an average life span of a butterfly- it is usually about one month.  Although the smallest butterflies that you can usually spot feasting on the flowers in your front yard will usually only live about one week.  Mourning Cloaks, some tropical Heliconians, and Monarchs are some of the only butterflies that have an average life span of about nine months.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? We looked at the 4 stages of the butterfly and the children had to put them in order;  egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly.  We then looked at the Lifecycle Plate that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you think you could catch a butterfly? We looked at the Letter Cards: N, Q, and B. We discussed the sounds and words that begin with each letter.  I laid 6 picture cards around the room.  I had one child pretend to be a butterfly and fly to get one of the picture cards.  They told me what the item was and told me the letter it begins with.  They had to put it with the matching letter.  We continued this until all the cards were matched with the matching letter.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes might you see on a butterfly?  We had 3 paper butterflies and each had one number on it: 1, 6, 0r 16.  One was pink, one was red and one was yellow.  I had the children hide their eyes and placed them on objects in the room that were the same color that they were.  We discussed how the butterfly’s wings help it blend into the environment.  This camouflage helps protect it.  We looked at the hands-on number 1 and 6.  We discussed how to turn those two numbers into 16.  I then picked one child and showed them the number 1.  That child went to find the butterfly with the number one on it and bring it back.  We did the same about finding the butterfly with the 6 and 16 on it.   We discussed the color of the butterfly and why it was hidden on that same color object.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the number 16. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How can you retell the story of a butterfly without words?  The children had a hard time answering this question so we acted it out without talking.  Everyone became an egg and curled up in a ball on the floor.  We then stretched out and wiggled across the floor eating everything in site because we were a caterpillar.  We then rolled up into our hard shell and went to sleep (chrysalis).  We then woke up an stretched our wings out and flew around the room (butterfly).  We discussed how they used their Body to act out the life-cycle of the butterfly.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in 16 items.  They came up one at a time to count out their 16 items. 

Tumble Bus Day:  Please see the form by the front door to see the activity that the children did today on the bus.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: My Little Journal- The children went to the 16 page.  They practiced writing the number on the page.  They then drew 2 butterflies and made 16 dots  total on them.   Center 3: Lifecycle Plate Art-  The children glued on the 4 stages of a butterfly on a plate.  Under each stage they made that stage using beans.  They also colored it to add detail to the stage.  

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