Thursday: Which Babies are Carried in a Pouch?

Jan 22, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Which Babies are Carried in a Pouch?

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.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign language, and Sight words.

Brainstorming/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about babies that are carried on the backs of animals.  Today the children told me what they know about babies carried in a pouch.  Discussed what the children had that has pockets and things they could carry.  Fun facts:  Kangaroos have their young go in and out their pouch for safety.  The baby kanga can play and jump but sleeps and stays in the pouch for protection.  Wombat pouches face backwards, with the opening located towards hind end, so that dirt doesn’t get inside when burrowing.  When a joey is born, it will crawl into the pouch and attach itself to a teat.  The teat will then expand in the baby’s mouth, locking the joey in place.  Sugar gliders spend 5-6 weeks in their mother’s pouch after they are born.  An opossum is pregnant for about 13 days, then the young stay in their pouch for 2 1/2 months.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What can you keep in a pocket?  We looked at the Hands-On letter G.  Discussed the letter and words that begin with that letter,  The children wore an apron to hide things that start with the letter G in the pockets.  The children took turns doing this.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How can you be gentle? We looked at the Friendship Nest Egg.  The children played, “Duckling, Duckling, Gosling” (Duck, Duck, Goose).  They had to practice tapping gently on the heads of their friends as they played the game.  We then hung up the new Gosling Egg on the Friendship Poster. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Why does a joey hide in the mommy’s pouch?  A baby joey is very tiny when it is born.  It must drink milk every day and stays in the mommy’s pouch for 9 months before it is strong enough to leave it.   We learned some new sight words: “what, run, jump”.  We then read the I Can Read book and the children read the sight words that they knew.  The children then came up one at a time and circled a sight word on each page.  

Mathematics and Reasoning;  Discussed:  How far can you jump?  Did you know a kangaroo’s average jump is about 25 feet?  We measured 25 feet.  We looked at the Hands-on number 5 and 1.  The children told me how to make the number 15 with those numbers.  We counted to 15 in English and Spanish. We had the children stand at a line and jump as far as they could.  Placed a foam shape where they landed.  We continued jumping until 15 foam shapes were on the floor. Discussed which foam shape was the farthest.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What can you do quickly?  We looked at the letter Q and discussed how to form the letter.  The children came up one at a time to practice writing the letter Qq. We discussed Q is for quick.  Discussed how they could do things quickly.

Show and Tell: Each child brought in 15 items and 1 needed to start with the letter G.  They came up one at a time to count out the 15 items.  Discussed if they needed more or less.  The child then found the item that started with the letter G and discussed it. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1Legos  Center 2:  My Little Journal- They went to the Q page and practiced writing the capital and lowercase Qq.  They then drew a large Q on the page in yellow marker.  They traced that Q, trying to go as quickly as possible.  Center 3: I Can Read Book- The children colored the pages.  They found the sight words and circled them.  Center 4:  The children punched out the Manatee parts.  They made a paper bag puppet Manatee.  

 

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