Monday: Pine Tree

Dec 9, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lily is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the pattern, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Owls.  Today the children told me what they know about pine trees.  Fun Facts: A pine tree is an evergreen coniferous tree that has clusters of long needle shaped leaves.  Pine seeds from the cones feed local wildlife, such as squirrels and birds.  Pines are popular as Christmas trees, and the cones and boughs are also used in Christmas decorations.  They can grow anywhere in the world, in any kind of soil.  

Creative Development: Discussed: What happens to trees on a windy day?  I had the children to pretend to be a tree and stand tall with their hands by their sides.  They then made their arms go out slightly from their bodies to look like a pine tree.  The wind then blew and they pretended to blow around like a tree would.   We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.

Physical Development: Discussed: What do you think happens in the woods when it snows?  Explained that when snow falls, it covers everything outside including trees.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What do you see that is white outside? Inside?  We looked at the My Little Journals that they will be doing in afternoon centers.  We found white on everyone’s clothing.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you think might be found in tree?  I placed the puzzle pieces on my lap and the children came up one at a time to find a piece and fit it with another piece. When the puzzle was completely together we discussed the picture.

Language and literacy: Discussed: What life have you seen in and around the woods?  We looked at the photo cards and discussed what items are living and what are non-living.   We learned the Spanish words for tree, hat, mouse and owl.   Hat-gorro; Owl- lechuza; Tree-arbol; Mouse-raton.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Hula hoops and Waffle blocks Center 2: Hanging Tree Art- the children decorated their tree pieces with glitter and colored stickers.  They then attached their tree to ribbon.  Center 3: My Little Journal- the children painted one finger and made a print on the white page to make a tree trunk.  They then drew a triangle top to make pine trees.  They tore white pieces of paper to glue onto the tree as snow.  


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