Tuesday: Desert Tortoise

Apr 16, 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 because Dylan was not here today.  The children told me the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  They helped me continue the pattern on the calendar and found the correct number.  We reviewed all our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about Mojave Desert.  The children then told me everything they knew about a Tortoise (turtle).  Fun facts-  The desert tortoise is a large herbivore (plants/grass) and the official reptile in the states of California and Nevada.  A desert tortoise’s diet may include herbs, grasses, some shrubs and the new growth of cacti and their flowers.  The desert tortoise is able to live where ground temperatures may exceed 140 degrees F because of its ability to dig underground burrows to escape the heat.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What color would your shell be if you wanted to blend into the sand? Explained that the desert tortoise’s shell helps him blend in with his surroundings to stay safe.  We looked at the Turtle Pull Toy they will be making in afternoon centers.

Science: Discussed:  What two colors do we need to make orange? We looked at red, blue and yellow paint.  The children told me two colors they wanted to mix to see if it made orange.  We tried red and blue which made purple.  They then tried blue and yellow which made green.  Thomas guessed it correctly when he told us to mix red and yellow first to make orange.  The children then took the orange paint brush one at a time and pretend to be a tortoise.  They crawled to something orange in the room to paint.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How would you run if you were in a race? I had 3 children at a time line up on a line and race to me.  We discussed who was the cottontail and who was the tortoise.  I had the cottontails then compete and the tortoise compete.  We did this till we discovered who the cottontail was and who the tortoise was.  Everyone was a winner.  I then had the children stand up near the rocking chair.  They had to run in place every time they heard the word “hare” in the story.  They then had to take a slow baby step when they heard the word “tortoise” in the story.  I read the participation story “The Tortoise & the Hare”.  As I read the children listened for the words: tortoise and hare and did the actions above.  We discussed the story while we read and showed pictures of the other characters in the story to help act out the story.  When the story was finished, all the children had reached the finish line.  I then asked the children several questions about the story to check for comprehension.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  When do you go to sleep? Explained that the desert tortoise will sometimes fall asleep just because he is very hot. This is called aestivation.  I had the children pretend to be a desert tortoise and crawl around the room.  When I said, “Hot Sun!” then the children will stop and lay down to go to sleep.  When I said, “Cool Wind!” the children will start crawling again through the room.  We did this several times.  

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in orange items.  They came up one at a time to show what they brought.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: I Can Write Project Sheet-  The children practiced writing their capital and lowercase Ii.    Center 3:  Tortoise Pull Toy- The children painted paper bowl which is the turtles back.  They colored the turtle pattern and added eyes.  They then glued the bowl  to the turtle body and taped on a string so they could pull it through the room.   Center 4: I Can Cut Project sheet- The children will work on their cutting skills by cutting out the flowers and numbers.  They will then work on math problems.  


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