Tuesday: Hummingbird

Apr 24, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Samuel  put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our colors, shapes, sight words, Spanish, and Sign Language words.  We discussed the pattern.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what they learned about Eagles.  Today we discussed hummingbirds, and how they can move backwards.  I explained that the hummingbird is the only bird that is capable of flying backwards and the only bird that can hover.  Fun Facts: Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.  The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap or prism.   A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird’s neck.  A hummingbird’s brain is 4.2% of its body weight.  Hummingbirds can hear better than humans.  Hummingbirds can see farther than humans.  They can see UV-light.  They have no sense of smell.  Their heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.  A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams.

Creative Development: Discussed:  What is your favorite food or drink?  The hummingbird   eats more than any other animal? It consumes 6-12 times its body weight each day.  Each child got a cup of water and I had them  drink out of a straw.  The straw allows them to drink without using their hands.  The hummingbird does not use its hands or claws to drink with.  They will get to make their own hummingbirds this afternoon.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What would happen if you ate the same thing everyday?  I explained that although a hummingbird’s  main source of food is flower nectar, it also eats small insects and plucks bugs from a spider web.   We made a spider web out of masking tape.  I placed the bugs on the web so that they stood up.  Each child took turns pecking the bugs off the web.  They had to tell me the letters that were on the bugs that they caught.  We did this until each child had a turn.  

Physical Development: Discussed: When do you eat?  A hummingbird has to eat about every ten minutes.  It has to limit its sleep so it doesn’t starve while sleeping.  I set the timer for 10 minutes and when it went off we discussed how a hummingbird is no eating.  We kept resetting the timer while we did lessons to show how many times a hummingbird eats.Hummingbirds need to regain their energy, so do we.  The children did 18 jumping jacks with me, and when we were done we got to drink their water with a straw to replenish.   We discussed what it means to feel refreshed.   We then ran 18 laps around the room, after which we got another drink of water.   Water and exercise is so very important for our bodies, they both keep us healthy.  We kept doing all kinds of different exercises until they got tired and then they would fly to their straws to get a drink and replenish then fly off again to play.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite color flower?  Hummingbirds will sip nectar from any color flower, but they prefer the nectar from the red ones.  I placed three flowers around the room of different colors.  The children had to follow my directions to go to the certain color flower.  We flitted rapidly to the blue flower.  We tiptoed to a yellow flower. Lastly we flew backwards to a red flower.  We did this several times and went faster and faster.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: Hummingbird Art- They traced their hands and put them together to make a hummingbird. They then tore pieces of tissue paper to glue onto the chest and added a straw for its beak.   


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