Wednesday: Which Babies are Carried by Back?

Jan 15, 2014   //   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, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our pattern on the calendar.  We reviewed the colors, shapes, Sign language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about animals carrying their babies in their mouths.  Today the children learned which animals carry their babies on their backs.  Discussed:  What can you carry on your back?  Fun facts:  Monkey parents carry their young, the male monkey usually carries them on their back.  Mother anteaters carry their young on their backs to protect them.  Koala bears carry their cubs on their backs while they climb trees, until the baby is big enough to climb on their own.  Baby Lemurs ride on their parents back.  The male black swan carries the baby swan on his back while swimming to keep them safe until they can swim on their own.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:What animals carry their children or objects on their back?  I had each child come up one at a time and get down on their hands and knees.  I placed a Matching card on their back and they crawled with that on their back.

Physical Development: Discussed: What you hang from? Some monkeys have prehensile tails that can grasp objects, while other monkeys tails are nonprehensile and can’t grasp objects.  

Creative Development: Discussed: How do you know if something is on your back?  I had a child come get on their hands and knees.  I placed an art supply from their craft on their back.  I place one wiggly eye.  I asked the child if they felt it.  I then placed a paper bag and other parts.  We discussed if they could feel each one.  They could not feel it because they are light.  I put some heavy objects on their backs and discussed if they could feel them.  They noticed that they could feel the heavier objects but not the lighter objects.  We looked at the Monkey Backpack Art they will be doing in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:Discussed: On which animal’s back would you like to ride? Why?  We looked at the title of the Participation Story, “The Monkey and the Tortoise.”   The children predicted what the story was about by the title.  We used the story pieces while we read the story to act it out.  We discussed the story while we read.  After reading the story, the children answered questions to check for comprehension.  Questions:  What did the monkey and tortoise find in the river? (banana tree)  Which part of the tree did the monkey take?  (the top part with the leaves and bananas)  Which part of the tree did the tortoise get?  ( the bottom part, trunk and roots since he is slow)  What happened to the tree that the monkey had? (It died) What happened to the part of the tree that Tortoise had? ( it grew into a beautiful banana tree).  How did the animals help each other?  The tortoise couldn’t climb the tree to get the bananas.   The monkey helped the tortoise get the bananas by climbing the tree and they shared all the bananas)

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden Blocks Center 2: Monkey Backpack Art-The children traced their hands and feet onto paper and then cut them out.  They cut out 5 long strips of paper to make arms, legs and a tail.   We helped them tape all the parts to the bag.  They decorated the monkey face and glued on wiggly eyes.  They then practiced carrying their monkey on their back.  


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