Wednesday: Bear

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 put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She told us the pattern on the calendar.  Abby reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about hedgehogs.  Today the children told me everything they know about Bears.  What would you do if you met a bear in the woods?  Fun facts:  Bears can be as tall as 6’5″ tall at their shoulders when standing on all fours. We used a measuring tape to see how tall that was.  Bears live as long as 30 years in the wild.  Captive bears may live a little longer, one lived to be 47.  Male bears are called boar or a he-bear.  Female bears are called sow or a she-bear.  A group of bears is called a sleuth or sloth.  Panda bears have an extra “thumb” (which is actually and extra-large wrist bone) just for holding onto bamboo stalks.  A panda bear can eat over 45 pounds of bamboo per day.  Bears can see almost as well as humans, and they can hear a little better.  But they can smell much better.  In fact, a bear’s sense of smell is around 100 times greater than a human’s.  Polar bears can track down an odor from 20 miles away.  They can smell a dead seal under 3 feet of solid ice.  The polar bear is the largest bear species. A male polar bear can measure up to 10 feet long and weigh 1, 500 pounds.   All bears are good swimmers, but the polar bear is the most efficient simmer.  It can swim up to 4-6 mph for 100 miles.  One polar bear swam 200 miles without stopping.

Creative Development: Discussed: Where would you sleep if you lived in the woods?Explained that bears hibernate in the winter and live off of the fat they store from eating a lot of food in the fall.  Bears do not go into a deep sleep and can be awakened.  We looked at the bear art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How do you walk when you are in the woods? How do bears walk?  We looked at the Phonic card and discussed the letter W.  We talked about how “walk” starts with W.  The children then told me all kinds of other words that start with W.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Where have you left footprints? We looked at the Hands-on Number 4.  We counted to 4 in English and Spanish.  The children then did other activities 4 times.  Example, spank your bottom 4 times, jump 4 times, etc.  

Physical Development: Discussed: What do you see when you look out your window at home? We looked at their My Little Journal’s square page. Discussed how they will draw a square and turn it into a window.  They will draw something that they would see outside their window.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring 4 items and one item is supposed to start with a W.  I had the children come up one at a time to count out there items.  They then found their item that started with a W.  

Tumble Bus:  Please see the form by the front door to see what they played on the bus today.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Lincoln Logs and Bowling Pins  Center 2: Sleeping Bear Art- The children will color the tray as desired.  They will attach the strip to both sides of the plate and tape it.  They will then glue sand and other items from nature to the bed of the den or on top of the den to create a hiding spot for the bear. They will then cut out the bears and use them for dramatic play.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the square page and draw a square. They will then turn it into a window to draw things they may see outside the window. 


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