Monday: Desert Sky

Apr 22, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Keira is the calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  She put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Keira reviewed our Spanish, colors, shapes and Sign language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what we learned on Friday.  I did not have time Friday to type the lessons up.  They learned about Plants of the Mojave on Friday. Today the children told me what they know about the desert sky. Fun facts:  Clear, cloudless skies help to quickly release heat at night.  The very dry air of the desert holds little moisture and thus holds little heat so as soon as the sun sets, the desert cools considerably.  As the air and ground temperatures cool, the many diverse nocturnal creatures emerge from hiding places to search out food, water and possible mates.

Physical Development:  What have you used to make pictures and art? We looked at Yarn and discussed what letter it starts with.  We then discussed how “Y” can make lots of different sounds because he borrows other sounds.  I wrote several different words with “Y” in it and we discussed the sound it made in that word.  Y can say /y/, /ie/, /ee/, /i/.  I taught the children how to make the capital and lowercase Yy.  Each child came up to practice making the letters on the wipe off board.  This letter was a little difficult for them.  

Science:  Discussed:  What do you wear when it is hot outside?  What do you wear when it is cold outside?  Explained that in most deserts it is very hot during the day, but at night it can get very cold.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you see when you look up at the night sky?  Discussed if children see city lights or stars at night where they live.  I had all the children lay down and close their eyes.  They pretended to be looking up at the night sky and told me things that they saw.  We looked at the night sky drawing they will make in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What games have you played at night?  We played bingo together.  Each child got a bingo card and some blocks as their markers.  We played until everyone filled up their cards.  Everyone was a winner. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2: Starry Night Art- The children will draw mountains on black paper with white chalk.  They will then add stars to the sky.   Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will practice making their capital and lowercase Yy.  They will then draw a large Y on the blank area of the page and glue Yarn over it to make a blanket. 

 

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