Wednesday: Rainbow

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 put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about the water cycle. Today the children told everything they know about Rainbows.  Fun facts:  A rainbow occurs when it is raining in one part of the sky and sunny in another.  The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  An easy way to remember the colors of the rainbow is ROY G. BIV.   It is believed that rainbow got its name from its shape.  A rainbow’s arc looks similar to a bow for shooting arrows.  People also noticed that this colorful arc would only form when it was raining so they called it a rainbow.  Scientist Isaac Newton explained how a rainbow forms.  Sunlight is really made up of colors of the rainbow. When those colors are all mixed together it is called white light. White light is the light we see everyday.  Each raindrop makes its own rainbow but it takes millions of raindrops for us to see a rainbow.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is your favorite thing about the rain? We read the title of the Poetry Poster “Rain, Rain Go Away”.  We recited the poem several times.  We had the children pretend to shake their rainbow each time they heard the word “rain” in the poem.  We then discussed other forms of weather and said the poem again replacing the word rain with the other form of weather. 

Creative Development: Discussed:  How can you make a rainbow shape with your body?  We told the children to pretend it was raining.  They then went around the room searching for sunshine (paper plates hidden in the room).  Each time they found a paper plate, they touched the floor and made their body in an arch like a rainbow.  Explained that the sun reflects its light in the raindrops. This makes the rainbow.  We looked at the rainbows that the children will be making in afternoon centers. 

Physical Development: Discussed:  What foods do you eat that match rainbow colors?  We talked about the rainbow snack that we ate yesterday and discussed the colors in the fruits and cottage cheese that we used to make the rainbow.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite color of the rainbow?  We had numbers written on shapes and spread around the floor.  We had one child come up and name one of the colors of the rainbow.  We encouraged her/him to run to that color then flip it over and identify the number.  We then had that child hop in place as she/he counts to that number.  Each child had a turn to do this activity. 

Science:  Discussed:  Where have you seen frozen water?  We put an ice cube in the bowl and invited the children to touch it.  Explained that water’s state changes when temperatures change.  We then used a blow dryer to heat up the ice and watch what happens.  The children used descriptive words for the various states of water. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Rainbow Art-  The children cut a paper plate in half and painted one half to resemble the sun.  They then cut color strips and attached to the sun.  They used cotton to create clouds.   Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children practiced writing their capital and lowercase letter Uu.  They then drew a U upside down to make it into an umbrella.   Center 4: Postcard-  The children drew a lake picture.  They then had the teacher help them write a sentence about their lake.  


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