Wednesday: Woodpecker

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 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. We also discussed the pattern.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what they learned about bluebirds.  Today we discussed woodpeckers, and how they can make a knocking sound.  Fun Facts: The size of a woodpecker depends on the species.  The largest woodpecker can reach 20 inches in length.  The smallest woodpecker is usually 3 to 4 inches long.  Woodpeckers are usually red, white, black, and yellow in color.  Their plumage can also be a combination of orange, green, brown, and golden color.  Woodpeckers have very long tongues which is designed for capturing of prey. Woodpeckers are omnivores.  They eat insects, insect larvae and eggs, tree sap, seeds, and nuts.  Woodpeckers have chisel-like bills that are used for drilling of the trees, to search for food or to prepare its nest during the mating season. Both males and females are able to drum the trees.  Since woodpeckers do not have vocal cords, this activity also plays an important role in communication.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Who knocks on your door?  We looked at the Participation Story and I asked them what they thought the story would be about.  After the story we discussed the questions. What kind of house is in the woods? ( A tree house) Who was making the knocking noise? ( The mama bird was the one knocking) What kind of knocking pattern can you play? Each child played their own pattern by knocking on the floor.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What kinds of bugs have you seen?  A woodpecker  actually helps the trees.  The woodpecker hunts and eats bugs that hurt the trees, such as wood-boring larvae and carpenter ants.  We had a shoe box with holes cut in the lid.  We put cereal inside the box to represent bugs  We pretended we were a woodpecker and the children came up using tongs to pull out the pieces of cereal and they sorted them by color or size.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: How much do you eat in one day?  I explained that a bird has to eat at least half its weight in food each day to survive.  We had number cards and bug cards.  We first matched the number of bugs on a card to the correct number.  The children took turns doing this.  We then used the “+” and the “=” sign to make math problems with the bug and number cards.

Creative Development: Discussed: How fast can you tap on the floor?  A woodpecker can peck about 10-20 times a second.  It has special claws to fight gravity and a head that is made to protect its brain from the back and forth motion.  We looked at the woodpecker puppet they will be making in afternoon centers.  We stretched the rubber-band and watched the woodpecker bounce down it.

Tumble Bus Day:  See the form by the front door to see what they played on the bus today.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: Woodpecker Puppet-The children painted the woodpecker and decorated it.  They taped a straw piece inside the tab and then we slid a rubber-band through the piece.  We stretched it to watch the woodpecker bounce down.  Center 3:  Bug Sheet- the children had to cut out their bugs, numbers and symbols and make their own math problems like we did together above.


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