Wednesday: Butterfly Wings

Mar 27, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. We did the calendar together.  We found the day of the week in Spanish, found the correct number and pattern and discussed the weather.  The children reviewed their colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about butterfly parts.  Today the children told me everything they know about butterfly wings.  Fun facts:  A butterfly has four wings, two fore wings and two hind wings.  Strong muscles in the thorax move  the wings up and down in a figure-eight pattern during flight.  I showed them on the wipe-off board what a figure 8 pattern was.  The coloration of these insects serves many purposes, including:  Camouflage, warning (brightly-colored butterflies are either bad-tasting or  mimic  similar-looking bad-tasting butterflies), and soaking up heat. 

Creative Development: Discussed:  What shapes would you like to see on your wings if you were a butterfly?   We looked at the butterfly wing art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What games would you play if you were a butterfly?  I gave one child the Brain & Body Box and had another child chase them through the room to try to tag them.  Once the child was tagged he/she came to the front and rolled the Brain Box.  They followed the directions that landed up.  We did this for each child to have a turn being chased and rolling the Brain Box.  Brain Box Directions:  Buzz 14 times, jump in place 15 times, flutter your wings 16 times, hop to something yellow in the room, find something in the room that you can use to create a hexagon (we used markers), spin to something black in the room

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Why do you think butterflies have different colored wings and patterns?  Explained that the patterns on the butterfly’s wings help other butterflies to recognize it, and that the bright colors chase off some predators.  We looked at their My Little Journal’s.  Discussed how to make the same pattern on the other wing of the butterfly.  

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think a butterfly can hide? Explained that a butterfly’s wings can help it hide among the many flowering plants where it likes to sip nectar.  This also helps keep the butterfly safe.  We had 10 matching butterflies made out of different colored paper and fabric.  I placed one of the matching pairs on the floor and then hid the other matching pair around the room on the same color of object that the butterfly was.  Each child came up and grabbed one of the butterflies and had to fly around the room to find the other matching pair.  They had to look for things the same color so that they could try to find the butterfly that was hidden on that object.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden Blocks Center 2: My Little Journal-They had to draw the matching shapes on the other wings of the butterfly to make both sides match.  They then colored the shapes matching colors on both sides.  The bee also needed to have stripes drawn and wings.   Center 3:  Butterfly Wing Art- The  children will decorate the butterfly pattern with shapes and try to make matching designs on both wings.  

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