Thursday: Goat

Oct 27, 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.  She discussed the pattern, weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about cheese.  The children told me everything they know about goats. Fun facts:  Goats are social animals, however unlike sheep, who they are closely related to, they are not flock-orientated.  Goats communicate with each other by bleating.  Mothers and kid goats recognize each other’s calls soon after the mother gives birth.  Goats are very intelligent and curious animals.  Their inquisitive nature is exemplified in their constant desire to explore and investigate anything unfamiliar which they come across.  Goats have excellent coordination.  They have great balance and are thus able to survive in precarious areas such as steep mountains.  They can even climb trees and some species can jump over 5 feet high.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: What would you feed a goat?  We looked at the Goat Puppets the children will be making in afternoon centers.  The children practiced bleating like a goat.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What words do you know that  rhyme with the word “big?”  We looked at the /ig/ word family.  The children sounded the two sounds out.  We then added letters to the beginning of /ig/ and the children sounded out the new words that we made.  We used the wipe off board to do this.  Discussed that we could keep changing the word by changing the first letter in the word.  The children then used the Word Family cards to make words and read those words.

Science: Discussed: What animal sounds can you make? Invited the children to make a farm animal sound and encouraged the other children to guess the animal.  We did a science project to do a sound matching game.  Do different items make different sounds when shaken?  We filled several jars with different small items like beans, rice, paper clips, etc.  We made sure to have two jars of each item so that we had matching pairs.  We taped around the jars to conceal what was in them and the children had to shake them and listen to find the matching jars.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How can goats get into trouble?  Goats are known for eating items that are not food.  We hung several items on a clothesline.  The children named all the items.  I had one child pretend to be a goat.  The rest of the children turned their backs  and the goat took one off the clothesline.  When the children turned around they would say, “Oh no! The goat ate a treat! What did he eat?”  The children would take turns guessing what they thought the missing item was.  We did this several times so each child had a turn to be the goat and take an item.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: What might happen if a goat ate your shirt?  Explained that goats often eat things they should not.  This could make them sick.  We looked at the letter X.  Discussed its sounds /ks/, /gz/, /z/.  Demonstrated how to make the letter Xx on the wipe off board and the children came up one at a time to practice making the letter.  We then looked at the Journal pages and discussed things the goat should not eat.  We had items cut from grocery ads to look at.  Explained that sometimes when you see a sign for something you are not supposed to do, it has an X on it.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal-The children went to the X page and practiced writing their capital and lowercase X.  They then glued on some of the pictures from the ads that goats should not eat.  The children put a large X over the pictures that goats should not eat.  Center 3:  Goat Puppet- the children decorated their goat patterns.  They used the souffle cups to add items to from nature to feed their goats.  They taped the goats to the Jumbo Craft stick.  


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