Monday: Tail

Apr 15, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Thomas is the new calender boy for this week.  He 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 the pattern.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what they learned about feet and claws.  Today we discussed tails, and how a birds tail controls the direction in which it flies.  Fun Facts: A bird’s tail consists of a tailbone, a set of flight feathers, and a layer of covering feathers at the base of the tail.  Tail feathers are arranged in overlapping pairs.  Beginning with the outer pair of tail feathers, each succeeding pair of tail feathers overlaps  on top of the other.  The tail serves a number of aerodynamic functions.  It provides lift for a major portion of the birds body because the wings are positioned slightly forward of the birds center of gravity.  Bird tails also provide support and balance.   Birds with unusually long tails are adapt at making quick turns in flight.  Several male birds use their tail to display themselves during mating season or to give a warning signal.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How can you send a message to someone?  Birds tails can send a message.  When it fans out or twitches, it may be warning other of danger.  Sometimes a fanned out tail says, “I love you!”   I showed them the post card which had a bird on it. I asked the children what was missing from the bird, they said the tail was missing! They each will get a postcard and will have to color a tail onto the bird.  

Physical Development:  Discussed: What foods do you eat that is like bird food?   I explained that we do eat many of the same foods as birds eat: berries,nuts and seeds.  I showed them the recipe card and we made birds with crackers, pretzel sticks, peanut butter, raisins and baby carrots. The kids enjoyed making the birds, as well as eating them!!

Social Studies:  Discussed: Where have you seen birds?  We discussed that birds live everywhere. They live on every continent, except Antarctica. We taped strips of paper to the world map and discussed what type of food the birds might eat, depending on their location. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Why do you think that some birds can’t fly?  I showed the children the keys and had them say the name of the birds on the keys.  One was an ostrich and the other was a hummingbird.  We read the clues out loud and I had one child choose which bird might fit the answer.  We did this with every clue.  We then opened the chest to see if the children were right!

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Where do you see feathers?   I showed children the My Little Journal page they would be doing that afternoon.I showed the children how to write the letter “N”. I showed them the right way, and the wrong way to write it!  Each child came up to the white board and practiced it with me.  It was the “N” page, they cut pieces of paper up and covered the letter “N” they practiced writing on the page. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden blocks Center 2: Postcard- the children had to draw with crayons the missing tail on the peacock. They wrote on the back whom they would want the postcard to go to.   Center 3:  My Little Journal: They went to the “N” page and practiced writing the letter. At the top of the page they wrote a big “N” and covered it with scrap paper.  

 

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