Tuesday: Butterfly Parts

Mar 26, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about helper butterflies.  Today the children told me everything they know about butterfly parts.  Fun facts:  A butterfly can be divided into three parts the head, thorax (middle), and abdomen.  All butterflies do have 6 legs, but the first pair of legs is very tucked against the thorax and hidden in the body’s fuzz.  Butterflies have 4 wings, each side of the body has a fore-wing and a hind-wing.  Discussed:  Which body parts do you have that are similar to a butterfly?  What is different?

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How has your body changed as you have grown? Reviewed the lifecycle of a butterfly.  We then looked at the pattern strip and discussed.  We continued the pattern with the picture cards.  I then changed the pattern and the children had to tell me the new pattern and continue it with the pictures.  We did several different patterns.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a butterfly? We discussed all the things they learned about butterflies this month.  They will use the post card to write to a family member and tell them something they learned.

Science: Discussed:  How does a butterfly sip the nectar from the flowers? I showed the children how to suck or blow through a straw.  Each child got a straw and a cotton ball.  They practiced sucking the cotton ball so it sticks to the straw.  They also practiced blowing the cotton ball across the floor.  We then used a wadded up piece of paper to blow across the floor and try to pick up by sucking in the straw.  They did an eraser, marker, and also tried larger heavy toys.  We discussed the differences on the weight of the toy and why some worked and some didn’t.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How many legs do you have?  How many legs do you think a butterfly has?  Explained that a butterfly is an insect, which means it has six legs.  I asked the children, “how many people would it take to make six legs?”  I called one child up and they counted our legs and we had 4.  Mallory told us we needed one more child to make 6 legs.  We then sang a little song about legs.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Little People Center 2: Postcard-The children drew a butterfly on Post card making sure to include 6 legs and 4 wings.  They then told us what they would like to write on the postcard to a family member.  They had to tell us what they learned about butterflies and we helped them write it.  


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