Thursday: Potato

Oct 10, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lily was not here today so we did calendar together.  We found the number and discussed the pattern.  We found the day of the week and discussed the weather.  We reviewed all the colors, shapes, Sight words, Spanish and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about wheat.  Today the children told me everything they know about potatoes.  Discussed if they like to eat potatoes.  Fun facts:  Potatoes, also called spuds, are vegetables that are grown in the ground.  Potatoes are used to make mashed potatoes (which we had for lunch today), baked potatoes, french fries, hash browns, tater tots, and potato chips.  There are thousands of different types, sizes, and shapes of potatoes such as Russet, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, and Fingerling.  In 1995, the potato was the first vegetable grown in space.

Physical Development:  Discussed: What do you think a potato plow is?  I wrote the word “stop” on a wipe off board.  The children told me the letters and sounds as I wrote them. We sounded this word out.  I then wrote “go”, the children sounded that out and told me the letters.  We repeated these words when I held them up with the board.  I then had the children stand back against the wall and pretend to drive a tractor pulling a potato plow.  I showed them either “stop” or “go” and they would move or not move forward.  We did this until they reached me at the chair.  We then learned the sight words: my, we!  We practiced saying all 4 sight words: stop, go, we, my!  The children helped me read the I Can Read book because they read the sight words in the sentences.  They did a wonderful job reading the book.  I then had them come up one at a time to find the word “go” and circle it.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: If you planted a garden, how can you remember where you planted different seeds?  We looked at the hands-on Letter X.  Discussed the letter.  Explained that some farmers make signs or use symbols to mark their fields.  I had the children cover their eyes and I hid a paper potato and put an X near it so they could find the potato.  They had to go find the X and then look under or by it to find the potato.  They loved doing this. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: When you do say, ” Thank you?”  I gave the Gosling to Maggie and she told me “Thank you”.  We then sang a song and passed the Gosling around while they sang the “Thank you” song.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How many potatoes do you think could fit in this pot?  We looked at the counting card and discussed the number “20”.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  We then counted how many potatoes we put in the large pot.  We discussed if we could fit more in the pot or not.  We discussed how to write the number 20.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring in 20 item.  Each child came up one at a time to count out their items. We discussed if they had enough, too many or too few and made the proper corrections.  Thomas and Lucas brought in food that they could share with their friends.  After they counted they figured out that each friend got 4 pieces of the food to eat. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: I Can Read book-  The children will find the word “go” and circle it.  They will then draw their favorite barn animal on the last page of the book.  They can take the books home and practice the sight words at the end of the book by putting them on craft sticks.  Center 3:  Barn Art-The children will decorate the barn and color the animals.  They will then attach the wheel behind the barn using the brass fastener.  They can then turn the wheel to show an animal and find that matching animal that they colored. Center 4: Farming Badges-The children colored the badge for Friday lesson!


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