Tuesday: Crawfish

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Miss Kim  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.  They also told us the pattern on the calendar.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: We reviewed what they learned about snails.  Today we discussed crawfish and what the kids knew about them!  Fun Facts: Someone who studies crawfish is called a Hydro-geologist.  There is a species that is blue. It is called a Blue Crawfish.  There are also  red crawfish and white crawfish.  Red crawfish is the most common. Blue coming in second and white in third. Crawfish can get 3-4 inches long.  In captivity, a craw fish can last up to two years with the proper care.  There are over 500 species of craw fish on the United States.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you use to help you eat your food?   Crawfish are known for finding great places to hide such as between rocks, under fallen logs or other dense areas in the pond.  I showed the children the crawfish that they would be making that afternoon.  We pretended the slide in the front room was a rock and I had them pretend to be crawfish and crawl underneath it to hide.  

LAnguage and Literacy: Discussed: How can you use your body to make musical sounds? We read through the Little Theater and when a bold word came up, the children did what was directed! They had a blast acting it out together.  After that everyone got an instrument and we all made music together and read the story again using the instruments to act it out. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What shape might you see at the pond?  We looked at the daily topic poster together and described what the tail of a crawfish looks like.  I had one child place one diamond foam shape on the tail, then another until the tail was covered! Over lapping the shapes resemble the scales found on a crawfish.  Every child placed three foam shapes on the  Shape Design Mat.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Where do you like to hide?  We looked at the My Little Journal.  I showed them the diamond page and explained that they would be drawing diamonds at the top of the page and using scrap paper to cover half of the diamond.  They can flip the flap to see the whole shape.  I read them my short story about hiding shapes and told them to think about what their story will be.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden car and train set. Center 2: Crawfish Headband: They each decorated the craw fish claws, tail, and headband strips. They attached the claws and taped the tail to the headband.  We helped them attach the wiggly eyes on the front.  We sized the headband to the child’s head!  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children went to the diamond page and drew diamonds on the top of the page , then took scrap paper and covered half of the shape.  


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