Thursday: Duck

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.  We also reviewed the pattern on the calendar.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what they learned about Leeches.  Today we discussed Ducks and what type of birds live near a pond.  Fun Facts:  The mallard duck is the most common wild duck in the USA.  The current breeding population is estimated to be almost 10 million.  Mallards are able to take flight from water almost vertically.  With one strong swoosh of their wings, the duck’s body is lifted clear out of the water.  Mallards can rise “straight up” 30-36 feet if its necessary to clear tree tops.  Once a duck is in flight they can reach seeds up to 70 feet per second.  Female ducks like to breed near the place they were hatched from.  Most male ducks never breed at the same place twice.  Male ducks are known as drakes.  Female ducks are known as hens.

Physical Development: Discussed: Why do you think baby ducklings follow their mamas?  I showed the children the My Little Journal and we flipped it to the back cover and used a crayon to draw a path from the mother duck to the pond. We had to try to avoid  the snake and alligator.  I explained that the children would get to do this on their own journal that afternoon.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: What is the difference between a duck and a goose?   We played a game of “duck, duck, goose.”  I explained that the person chosen to touch the heads is the adult duck and they are expecting the ducklings.  Each time they touch the head of someone in the circle they say the words “duck” if he thinks it is a duckling and “goose” when he decides a gosling is hiding with the ducklings.   The duck chases the goose around the circle and switches spots.  We continued until each child has been chosen to be the gosling.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What type of  leaves do you eat?  Ducks eat small fish, insects, or animals but mostly, ducks enjoy aquatic plants and grass, such as lily pads. I laid the ducks on the floor and had a child  count them.  I asked a child to place the smallest duckling on the lily pad. I asked if the duck  was smaller or bigger than the lily pad.  We did this until all the  ducks have been compared to the lily pad.  I had the children arrange the ducks from smallest to largest.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What is your favorite animal at the pond?  We looked at the Bilingual book and I read the book in both English and Spanish.  I explained that the children would be making their own bilingual Book this afternoon.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Mr. Potato head, blue tunnel and Lincoln Logs   Center 2:Bilingual Book- Each child punched out the pages and put them in order ready to staple together.  They then got to color the pages and practiced reading the book together.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  The children went to the back page and drew a path for the mother duck to get to her baby duck.  They had to make sure they avoided the alligator and snake.


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