Wednesday: Thanksgiving

Dec 2, 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 pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He discussed the weather.  Lucas reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Dancers.  Today the children told me everything they know about Thanksgiving.  The school kids were here so they told us all kinds of great facts about the Pilgrims and the Indians.  Fun facts:  Thanksgiving day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.  It is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.  The pilgrims were thankful for the help that the Indians gave them so they had a thanksgiving feast to show how they were thankful to be alive and for the Indians help.  The turkey likes to sleep in tress at night.  Turkeys are fast birds and can race as fast as 50-55 mph.  Wild turkeys have excellent vision.  Discussed:  Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?

Creative Development: Discussed: What are you thankful for in your life?  We looked at a turkey the children will make in afternoon centers.  They will write on the feathers what they are thankful for.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: How do you like to eat turkey?  Explained that many people put stuffing inside a turkey before they cook it.  We had a box that we made look like a turkey.  I had one child at a time stand away from the box and try tossing the newspaper balls into the turkey box to stuff the turkey. They tossed 15 or so balls at the turkey.  We counted how many newspaper balls they got in the box.  Brogan was able to get All the balls except for one into the box.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What words make you think of turkey? What words rhyme with that word?  We then did a rhyme that the children acted out.  I chased them to go try to eat them at the end of the rhyme. 

Creative Development: Discussed: What kinds of foods do you like to eat for Thanksgiving?  Explained that many families enjoy a big meal together to help celebrate Thanksgiving.  Discussed how the first Thanksgiving, the people shared their favorite foods with each other. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What do you think you would like to do all day if you were a turkey?  We did the “Five Little Turkeys” rhyme.  I had the children act the rhyme out while we recited it.  We added children (turkeys) as we recited the rhyme.  We did this several times so that each child had a turn to help act out the rhyme.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Large Cardboard Blocks Center 2: Turkey Art- The children took the turkey cutout and decorated it.  They then wrote what they were thankful for on the feathers of the turkey. They glued the feathers to their turkey. 


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