Thursday: Migration

Mar 21, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Lucas put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. He also found the day of the week in Spanish and told us the pattern on the calendar.  Lucas reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what we learned about butterflies.  The children told me everything they know about migration.  Fun facts:  Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States so they migrate south and west each autumn to escape the cold weather.  Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away each year.  Butterflies migrate for 2 reasons.  They can not withstand freezing weather and the larval food plants do not grow in their winter climate.

Social Studies:  Discussed: What is the weather like today?  We looked at the World Map and found North America.  I pointed to the place that we live.  We discussed how it is cold here right now.  We discussed that the closer a place is to the middle of the earth, the warmer it is.  I walked to the middle of the room and pretended it got warm.  I moved my finger to the middle of The World map and discussed how those places are warm.  We looked at Mexico on the map and discussed how warm it is.  The butterflies like to migrate to Mexico and hibernate in their Fir Trees.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What gets cold on you when you go outside?  We looked at the Hands-on letter N and B.  We said the sound to each letter.  We said “North” for the N to pretend it is hot.  We said “Brrr” for the B and pretended it was cold.  I put the two letters in a bag and had one child at a time come up and pull one of the letters out without looking.  If they got the B they said “Brrr”.  If they pulled out the N then they said “North” and flew away like a butterfly. We also looked in the dictionary to find all the N words.  I also showed them how to make the capital and lowercase Nn.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Who is taller than you?  Who is shorter than you?  I had each child stand up one at a time and pick someone they thought was taller and we compared.  Then they picked someone that was shorter and we compared.  We looked at their I Can Count project sheet.  We looked at the math problem and discussed. We counted the parts of the caterpillar that were all ready there and discussed how many sticker dots we had to add according to the math problem.  We then discussed what number that equaled.  

Science:  Discussed:  How do you get energy for the active things you like to do?  Explained that when butterflies travel they need food for energy.  They store up food for their long flights in the spring and summer.  I had several children at a time go pick up nectar (small toys) and put it down their shirts.  When they got as much as they could in their shirts they brought it over to me and we counted how many pieces they got. They discussed if they had enough pieces to share with their friends or not.  Each child got to do this. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that begins with the letter N.  They came up one at a time and discussed their items.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Variety of Toys Center 2: I Can Count Project-The children will add stickers to the caterpillars to make the numeral and quantity match.  Center 3:  Fluttering Butterflies Art- the children will paint one butterfly.  They will then press the second butterfly onto the painted one to make a matching pattern.  They will attach the two together with a ribbon and put a craft stick on the ribbon to turn it into a kite.  

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