Monday: Helper Butterfly

Mar 25, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Abby is the calendar girl and meteorologist for this week but will be on Spring break.  I picked Ava to do the calendar and weather today.  She put the numbers on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  Ava reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about butterfly flutters.  Today the children told me what they know about Helper Butterflies. Butterflies move from flower to flower looking for nectar to drink, carrying pollen on their legs. Butterflies prefer certain flowers and are considered especially important for certain areas and specific plants.  Butterflies are attracted to brightly colored flowers that contain deeply hidden nectar.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How do butterflies eat?  Explained that butterflies use long, needle-like tongues to suck the nectar from a flower much like the eyedropper sucks up the paint.  We looked at the eye dropper and learned how to use it like a butterfly sucks up the nectar.  We will make a butterfly in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite type of flower?  We had different sizes of butterflies, bees and flowers.  I had 3 children work together to put the flowers in smallest to larges order.  I then called up other children to place a certain size of bee or butterfly onto a certain size flower.  Example, “Place the large butterfly on the small flower.  Place the medium size bee on the large flower.”  We did this until all the sizes were placed on a certain flower.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  How do butterflies pollinate flowers?  We discussed the letter N.  The children told me all the N words.  We then learned how to write the capital and lowercase N.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the letter on the wipe off board.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite color? What do you think a butterfly’s favorite color is?  Explained that butterflies favor red, yellow and green plants.  I showed the children 4 flowers of different colors.  I laid them in different areas of the room. I had all the children fly to the color that they liked the best.  I wrote down how many children were at each color.  We then discussed which color was liked the most and least.  We had to do it again with 2 colors to break a tie so they flew to their favorite of two colors as well.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: Butterfly Flower Art-The children used watered down paint to suck up with their eye dropper and drip it onto coffee filters.  They then used pipe cleaners to gather in the middle and make a butterfly.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-Each child will practice writing their capital and lowercase N.  They will then draw a large N on the page and trace it with glue.  They will sprinkle glitter to that like it is nectar.   


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