Tuesday: Desert Cottontail

Apr 23, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about the Desert Sky.  Today the children told me everything they know about a cottontail.  Fun facts-The desert cottontail has brown-gray fur above and lighter fur on its undersides.  The female desert cottontail is usually a little larger than the male.  The desert cottontail eats grasses, cacti, bark, twigs and mesquite.  The desert cottontail can be found in woodlands, grasslands, brush and desert areas.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What is your favorite part of a rabbit?  We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Who is bigger than you? Who is smaller?  We had desert animals of different sizes.  The children put the 6 animals into order from biggest to smallest.  I then asked each child to find a certain animal based on size compared to another animal.  Examples, What is larger than a cottontail? What is smaller than the coyote?  We also discussed why might the cottontail be afraid of larger animals?  

Science:  Discussed:  What color is your hair?  We looked at the journal and found the orange page.  We discussed the color orange and are going to draw a bunny with orange spots.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How fast can you hop? Explained that cottontail’s best defense is his ability to move fast and hop high.  All the children hopped around the room fast and high.  We discussed the first letter in the word “hop”. The children had difficulty with this letter.  We discussed how the wind comes out of our mouth when we make the /h/ sound.  The children told me other words that begin with the letter H.

Show and Tell:  All the children were to wear orange today.  They stood up one at a time to show us the orange on their clothing.  We then counted how many people wore orange and how many did not and compared.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play  Center 2: Cottontail puppet- Each child will add eyes, nose and ears to the head of the bunny.  They will glue the head to the small lunch bag and decorate it as desired.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the orange page.  They will color the paintbrush orange.  They will then trace their hands with 2 fingers raised to resemble a rabbit head.  They will then give the rabbit some patches of orange.  


Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.