Thursday: Rattlesnake

Apr 25, 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, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. We discussed the pattern on the calendar.  Keira reviewed the colors, shapes, Sign Language and Spanish words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about coyotes. Today the children told me everything they know about rattlesnakes.  Fun facts:  Rattlesnakes are best known for, and most easily recognized by, their rattle.  Rattlesnakes are found in the southern parts of the United States, from the deserts to the mountains and grow between 3 and 4 feet.  There are 16 different types Rattlers such as the Eastern Diamondback, Western Diamondback, Sidewinder to name a few.  All rattlesnakes have rattles, are venomous and are pit vipers. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What letters can you make with your body?  We made all the letters we could with our bodies.  I showed the children the hands-0n letter Y, H, I.  We discussed the sounds they made.  I then put them in a box and tied one to the rope  without the children seeing.  I asked one child to guess which letter was on the end of the rope (snake) in the box.  If they guessed correctly I pulled up the rope (snake) and they told me the sound the snake was making (it made the sound of the letter).  We did this so every child had a turn.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do you think a rattlesnake’s rattle makes noise?   I showed the children the shaker they will make in afternoon centers that sounds like a rattlesnake.

Physical Development: Discussed:  What parts of your body can you use to make noise?  The children made noise using different parts of their bodies: hands, feet, mouth, tongue, etc.  We then discussed how we could politely ask people to leave us alone?  The rattlesnake shakes his tail.  We played a little game where one child sat in the barn and the other children walked around the room. If the other children got close to the child in the barn then that child would start clapping his hands to remind them to get away.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Why do you think a snake sheds it’s skin?  Explained that when snakes get bigger, they outgrow their skin.  They rub against a rock to separate the old from new skin, and then wiggle and crawl out of their old skin.  We rolled the Brain box and followed the directions on the box:  Directions:  Walk backwards to something orange, wiggle to something brown, howl like a coyote, trot to the number 18, make a square with your fingers, jump 17 times. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What designs can you see on your skin or your clothes?  We went to the 18 in their My Little Journals.  I showed them how to draw a snake and put 18 diamonds on his back.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/ Lincoln logs Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will go to the 18 page and draw a snake.  They will then put 18 diamonds or circles on his back.  They will practice writing the number 18.   Center 3:  Little Learning Cards- The children will practice their cutting skills by cutting out their learning cards. Center 4: Rattlesnake Shaker- The children will paint the ribbon to add pattern’s to the snakes body.  They will then decorate the tube with markers.  They will add some rice to it and tape it shut.  

 

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