Monday: Deer

Dec 4, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Abby is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.   We said “goodbye” to November and “hello” to December. We discussed how this is the 12th month of the year and that in January we will be in a new year and then the month goes back to 1.  Abby put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and  found the day of the week in Spanish. She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We discussed the new theme this month:   Winter in the Woods.  We went through the lesson book to see all the things they will be learning this month.  The children told me everything they know about deer.  Fun facts:  Deer are part of the Cervidae family that include moose, reindeer, elk and other species.  Male deer grow antlers each year.  A group of deer is known as a ‘herd’.  A female deer is called a doe or hind;  a male deer is called stag or buck; baby deer is called fawn or yearling.  Fawns are born with fur, which is covered with white spots.  Dear have hollow strands of hair that help them remain insulated from extreme temperature and also prevent them from drowning.  Deer usually eat grass, leaves, stems, shoots, berries, herbs, acorns, mushrooms, wild fruit and agriculture crops, like corn and soy beans.  Deer raise their tales, as a sign of warning to others.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What other animals live in the woods?  How are deer different than those animals?  Explained that some deer have antlers on their heads.  The antlers help them defend against predators as well as blend in with the trees in the woods.   We looked at the Reindeer Headbands that the kids will make in afternoon centers. 

Science: Discussed:  How far can you jump?  How high?  Each child practiced jumping as high and far as they could.  Explained that deer can leap and jump very high and very far.  We looked at the white color wand and explained that many deer live in the woods have white tails.  When they sense danger, the tail goes up to expose the white and they leap away to safety.  I had the children stand against the wall and then start to walk toward me.  When I waved the white ribbon, the kids would run away fast.  We did this several times.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What could you use to write in the snow?  Explained that after the snow falls, it makes a light cover, sometimes called a dusting.  You can use a stick or your finger to make marks in it like writing.  We had a pan filled with sand.  I held a nametag up and if the child recognized their name they came up and wrote their first letter to their  name in the sand. Each child had a turn to write their letter in the sand.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes have you seen in the woods?  We looked at the shape cube and the children each took a guess on what shape they thought was inside.  We opened the box to find the Square inside.  We discussed the shape.  

Show and Tell:  I had each child stand up and show all the white that they wore today.  The children were also supposed to bring a square item today.  They came up one at a time showing their item and discussing why it was a square.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Name tag- The children practiced writing their names on the name tags.  Center 3:  Reindeer Headband-The children traced their hand and cut them out for antlers.  They then added the facial features to the deer and glued on the antlers.   


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