Thursday: Water Strider

Mar 22, 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.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Sight words, Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We discussed what they learned about mosquitoes.  Today the children told us what they know about Water Strider’s.  We discussed if the children could float on water!  Fun Facts:  The common Water Strider is a water bug that looks a lot like a big mosquito walking on the surfaces of water.  Its body can grow just over 1/2 inch long and is dark brown or black.  It has six legs.  The front pair of legs are short, while the back four are very long.  Water Striders eat living and dead insects. on the surface of the water.    Injured dragonflies are  a favorite food, and are worms that fall into the water.  Water Striders have good vision and move quickly in the water.  The two short front legs are for grabbing their prey.  The middle legs push the insect forward, and the hind legs steer.  The shape of their legs and their light weight keep them from breaking through the surface.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How do you move in the water?  Water striders have long legs to spread out their body weight and keep from breaking through the surface of water. (Surface tension).  We discussed the letter “Kk” and came up with a list of words that began with “Kk”.  I showed the children the right  way to write the letter “Kk”  Then I showed them the wrong way. Each child got to come up to the white board and practice writing the letter “Kk”.  They would be practicing the letter in their My Little Journals this afternoon.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: How do you use good manners at mealtime?  I gave each child a place mat and explained that we need to make sure we are using good manner during mealtimes!  I gave one child a picture of food and asked another child to ask politely ask for that food. The children passed the food until it reached the child who asked for it. The child put the food on their place mat and said thank you. We did this until every child hd the chance to politely ask for the food to be passed to them.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Where can you skate?  We looked at the hands-on number one and seven.  The children discussed each number and counted to that number.  I then asked them how to make the number 17.  They used the two numbers to make the number 17.  The children used blocks and pretended they were water striders and moved them along the floor to place them and make the number 17 with the blocks.

Science:  Discussed: What color do you think water is?  Water is actually clear.  It has no color but it often reflects the color of things in or around it.  We look at the My Little Journal and found the page with the blue crayon on it.   I explained to them that they would have to think of something blue and draw it on that page that afternoon.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: My Little Journal- The children went to the page with K on it.  They practiced writing their capital and lowercase Kk.  They then placed a key under the page to create a key rubbing with a crayon.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children went to the blue page.  They colored the crayon blue.  They then drew a picture of something they know of that can be blue. 


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