Monday: Snail

Mar 27, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  We discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Miss Kim is the calendar girl for this week since our calendar boy is out for the week.  She put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, and found the day of the week in Spanish with help from the children.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, sight words, Spanish, and Sign Language words. We discussed today’s pattern and discussed what tomorrow’s calender pattern would be. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We discussed what the children learned about mayflies.  Today we discussed snails.  I asked the children what animals do they know that lived in a shell.  Fun Facts:  Snail’s bodies produce a thick slime. Because of this slime, they can crawl across the edge of a razor and not get hurt.  Some snails have been known to live up to 15 years.  Snails travel in irregular paths, often traveling in a circle.  Snails rely mainly on their sense of touch and smell when finding food because they have very poor eyesight.  Snails can not hear.  Snails can retract one or both tentacles at a time.  Snails can crawl upside down, because of the suction made by their slime.  Snails are nocturnal animals which means they are more active at night.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: If you were a snail, what color would your shell be?   We looked at the World Map together and where Columbia is located.  In Columbia there is a popular children’s song that says ” Yellow is our gold, blue is our vast seas and red is for those that gave us our freedom.”  I had the children think of a color that represents them. I showed them the color that represents me and explained that they would be making a flag, made up of three colors that represents them. 

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  How can you move without moving your legs?  The bottom of a snail’s body is like one big muscle.  The snail secretes mucus so it can glide more easily along the ground.  We looked at the board game together and I had the kids tell me the names of the letters  on the snail.  I placed the cards face down on the floor and mixed them up.  I placed a game piece on start. One child chose a card and looked for the next matching space on the board game.  I had them move the game piece to that matching space.  Four children played the game and everyone tried to make it to the finish line. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  It is never safe to go somewhere on your own, especially swimming or in the woods.  It is important to be with others.  I laid the blanket on the floor and laid the cards facing down around the pond.   I had each child “jump” in to the pond and find a card.   After they found a card, I asked them to come get that many “snails” out of the pond.  They worked together to figure out how many snails they had all together.  We discussed that they should never explore alone; an adult should always know where they are and someone responsible should always be with them. 

Creative Development:  Discussed: What is your favorite color to wear?  Each child went and found something in the room that was their favorite color, after that they said why it was their favorite color. I showed them my snail art and explained to them they would be making it this afternoon. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden Blocks Center 2: Fish Art: Each child got a fish and a book. They punched out the book and colored the book according to the directions.  Once they are done coloring they glued the eyes to the fish and stapled the book to the fish as well.    Center 3:  Meaningful Colors-The children thought about a color and what it represents to them.  They picked three colors and painted them onto white paper to represent them. Center 4: Snail Art- They cut a snail body out of the paper and then glued it to the shell which they decorated. 


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