Tuesday: Water Cycle

May 30, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Samuel is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the pattern.  Samuel reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  The children reviewed what they learned last week, it was a long break so they had forgotten.  Today the children told us what they know about the water cycle.  They had a hard time with this even though we have learned this several times. What do you like to do in the rain?   Fun facts:  Evaporation: heat from the Sun causes water on Earth (in oceans, lakes etc) to evaporate (turn to liquid into gas)  and rise into the sky.  This water vapor collects in the sky in the form of clouds.  Condensation:  As water vapor in the clouds cools down it becomes water again, this process is called condensation.  Precipitation:  Water falls from the sky in the form of rain, snow, hail, or sleet.  Collection: Oceans and lakes collect water that has fallen. Water evaporates into the sky again and the cycle continues.   There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed.  The water from you faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank.   Water is composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen.  Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable.  Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers.  That leaves just 1% for all of humanity’s needs-all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs.  Water regulates the Earth’s temperature.  It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.  75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water.  A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Where do you think the rain goes?  Explained that rainwater is caught in lakes, rivers, puddles and other bodies of water.  We looked at their Journals and counted the items on the page.  We discussed the number 20.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you think the clouds might feel like? The children touched the cotton ball to feel what it felt like.  We also felt the blue cellophane and yellow stickers to discuss how they felt.  We read the pages in the Water Cycle book.  The children will work on the book in afternoon centers. 

Physical Development: We discussed the colors in a rainbow.  The children made a rainbow snack.  We used blueberries, purple grapes, kiwi, mango, red raspberries to make a row of color with each.  At the end of the rainbow we put a “cloud” cottage cheese.  The children each made their own rainbows and then we ate them up.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite thing to do with water?  We had cards that were Dominoes with pictures on them.  We spread them on the floor.  The children took turns choosing a domino piece and matching it with another.  We connected the matching pictures until all the domino’s were used. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What happens when you jump in a puddle?  We had puddles spread around the room.  The children then jumped from puddle to puddle as we counted.  

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in 20 items.  They came up one at a time to count the 20 items.  We discussed if they had too many, too few or just the right amount.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Water Cycle Book-  They used the supplies cotton ball, yellow sticker and blue cellophane to decorate the page they thought it would go best with.  They then colored the pages and put the pages in order to staple them together.   Center 3:  My Little Journal-The children went to the page with the number 20.  They then practiced making the number 20.  They drew a large lake or puddle.  They then put 20 raindrops on the page. 


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