Wednesday: Mosquito

Mar 22, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  The calender person put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Sight words, Spanish and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We discussed  what they learned about Dragonflies.   Today we discussed what they know about Mosquitoes.   Fun Facts:  Mosquitoes can be found in many parts of the world.  The do not live in the north or south poles, however, and you can’t find in deserts. But they do not live in just one area of the world.  Mosquitoes usually live near bodies of water.  It could be as simple as a child’s swimming pool in someone’s backyard, but mosquitoes love water.  They commonly live in warm, damp parts of forests, grasslands, swamps  and mountains.  They  also use the water laying their eggs.  Mosquitoes have a very short lifespan.  They will usually only live for about 14 days or less.  However, in those two weeks, females may lay their eggs 4 or 5 times.  Some mosquitoes, however, may live for three weeks or more.  Most female mosquitoes can lay dozens to hundreds of eggs at one time.  

Science:  Discussed: Why do you think we can hear mosquitoes when they buzz?  When mosquitoes flap their wings together it makes a buzzing sound.  I cut the index card smaller than the craft stick, and attached the string and index card to the stick.  I ripped pieces of paper and folded them several times and taped one to each end of the craft stick.  We placed the rubber band around the craft stick.  After making sure there was enough room, I swung the card overhead and listened to the buzzing sound.  I explained that airflow causes the rubber band to vibrate (like a bugs wings) and produces sound.  We talked about  what bugs fly and make noise.

 Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you do if you want a noise to stop?  I placed the animal cards on the ground, face up.  I read the Participation Story, “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in ears”  aloud and every time I came to a bold word the children looked for that animal.  When they found the right animal they put it on the floor in a line. After the story was finished we discussed the animals in order of which they appeared and discussed the questions.  Comprehension Questions:  Why did the lizard cover his ears? (He did not want to hear the mosquitoes story).  Whose hole did the snake climb into by mistake? (He climbed into the rabbits hole by mistake).  Why did the snake leave? (he was being ignored by the Mosquito)  What did the rabbit do when he saw the snake?  He got scared and hopped into the woods)  Why did the crow start squaking? (He saw the rabbit scared and started to warn others of danger)  How did the baby owl get hurt?  (The monkey fell onto the baby owl because the monkey slipped when he heard the crow).  What did the Mama owl do?  ( she was mad that the monkey fell on her baby so she didn’t call the sun to come up)  Who helped the animals find out what happened? ( The lion helped the animals trace back their problems starting with the Mosquito buzzing in the Lizards ear and ignoring the snake).

Creative Development: Discussed: Where do you see groups of bugs?  I showed the children the bugs in a basket art they would be making that afternoon.  I hid the bugs around the room and had the kids find them and put them in their proper place in the basket.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you think a mosquito eats?  Mosquitoes are plant eaters.  They bite animals and people to get blood to nourish their eggs.  I placed one of each matching cards  face up and the other matching to that card face down. I had a child pick a card face up first and then pick a card face down.  They told me if the two cards were friends or foes. We discussed if the animal was a Friend ( will not hurt) or a Foe (will hurt).  The children said the animals and then placed them under the correct word, “friend” or “Foe”.  After each child had a turn to do this we discussed which group had more.  The children then tried to do some more matching to find more Foe animals.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Variety of Toys  Center 2: Basket of Bugs Art- The children assembled the basket and painted it.  They then decorated each of of the bugs and added their legs and antennae.    Center 3:  Mayfly Flier Art- The children decorated the Jumbo craft stick.  They then put on sticker eyes and glued on tissue paper for the wings.  They used yarn for their tail.  The turned the craft stick into a Mayfly.



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