Tuesday: Bluebird

Apr 24, 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 calendar boy for this week.  He 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 reviewed what they learned about tails.  Today, we discussed bluebirds, and what color is their favorite bird.  Fun Facts:  The eastern bluebird is among the three bluebirds that belong to the thrush family.  The other two are the mountain bluebird and the western bluebird.  The western bluebird is also known as the American bluebird, Wilson’s bluebird, and Common bluebird.  The bluebird is the official bird of Missouri and New York.  It measures between 5.5 to 7 inches and lives no longer than 6 years.  These song birds are very social creatures.  They are fond of gathering in flocks of more than 100.

Science: Discussed: How do you think an adult bluebird helps teach its fledglings to fly?  I poured birdseed  into a bowl and put it on the floor.  After, I picked a child that was sitting quietly to come up and stand on the stool beside me. I asked the child to hold on to me with one arm and flap his other arm like a bird and jump off. They had just experienced what it was like to be a fledgling. I asked each child to feel the birdseed and describe it to the class. Each child came up to feel the birdseed and described it in his or her own words. 

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What makes you happy?  How do you show it?  I showed them the ASL card: Bird and we practiced the sign. Bird-using only thumb and index finger, open and close in front of mouth/nose twice.  We pretended to be happy bluebirds and sad bluebirds, along with other emotions. 

Physical Development: Discussed: What color birds have you seen?  I showed the children the blue color wand and asked each child to take the wand around the room to find something blue.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What kinds of things protect you?  Most bluebirds lay blue eggs. However, you may occasionally find white or cream colored bluebird eggs.   I showed them the My Little Journal page with the color blue on it. I explained that they had to draw bluebird eggs on the page.  They are to count the number of eggs they drew and put that number on top of their page.  Afterwards, they are to  use shredded paper to make a nest around their eggs. 

Creative Development: Discussed: How can you sing like a bird?  A bluebird is considered a songbird.  When it breathes in air, it sings a musical call.  I showed the children the Song Bird Shaker art they would be making that afternoon.  

Show and Tell: Each child was to bring a blue shape.  They came up one at a time to show their item and tell us the shape and color.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Little People Center 2: My Little Journal- On the page with the blue crayon, they are to draw blue eggs and then write the number of eggs on the top of their page. After, they are to use shredded paper to make a nest around their eggs.   Center 3:  Song Bird Shaker- They are to fill the blue tube with bird seed and cap both ends. They are to use sticky eyes to decorate it, glue on the beak and wings, shake, and enjoy! 

 

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