Thursday: Bird

Sep 26, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lucas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words (it, is, a).

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about cats.  Today the children told me everything they know about birds.    Where do birds live?  Fun facts:  Some bird species are intelligent enough to create and use tools.  Hummingbirds can fly backwards.  There are around 10,000 different species of birds worldwide.  The chicken is the most common species of birds.  Birds have feathers, wings, lay eggs and are warm blooded.  They have hollow bones which help them fly.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What color would you want to be if you were a bird? Explained that all birds have feathers that make up the colors you see on a bird.  The children then flew to something in the room that is the color they would like their feathers to be.  We went to the My Little Journals- The kids are drawing a yellow bird on the back page in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed: What part of your body is similar to the size of a bird? We passed the feathers around and had the children compare the size of the feathers to their feet or other body parts.  Discussed how the feathers felt. We discussed which feather was the smallest and which one was the largest .  We then put them in order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: How do birds talk?  Explained that most birds have a unique call or song according to their bird type.  Some birds can copy the sounds they hear.  I had one child stand up and say their full name.  The other children repeated his/her name.  We continued this with all the children.  Some of the kids don’t know their full names.  We then had the children say something so we could copy them, this is called “parroting”.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What pets do you like to play with outside? What might happen if you took a bird outside to play?  We discussed what Bilingual is.  I then read a book that was Bilingual.  The children helped me read the book in English and in Spanish.

Social Studies:  Discussed: How do you take care of a pet bird?  Explained that when you have a pet and you help take care of it, you show a loving behavior.  I had the children work together to gather toys and build a nest. They built a huge nest and Gretchen sat in the middle “chirping”.  We discussed how they were loving by working together and making a nice large nest for a bird.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will draw a yellow bird on the back page of the journal.  (Mother Goose Times messed up the lessons this month with the journals so we had to put it on a different page).    Center 3:  Bilingual Book- The children will color the pages, punch them out and assemble the book in order.   Center 4: My Little Journal- The children will go to the back page and draw a path to help each pet find his home.  


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