Wednesday: Chickadee

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 hummingbirds.  Today we discussed Chickadees.  The children told me where in this room is a good hiding place.  Fun Facts: Chickadees are identified easily by their namesake called  “chick-a-dee.”   Only about 20% of the Black-capped’s daily energy intake comes from feeders, and about half of the overall winter diet is made up of such animal matter as spiders, dormant insects and even carrion.  Mountain Chickadees are mainly  foliage gleaners, searching for spiders and larvae at the tips of the branches.   

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How fast can you hop? How slowly can you hop?  Chickadees hop almost as much as they fly.   They are very active birds, especially when chasing a meal.  (Caterpillars are their favorite) The children hopped around like chickadees.  We had an oval taped to the floor.  I placed caterpillars (yarn) in the oval and had them catch them for lunch.  We counted the hops it took to get to the caterpillar.  Each child got the chance to do this.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What color would you like your flight feathers to be if you were a bird?  We looked at the I Can Write sheet, the children held their hands up like wings.  The children said “flap” each time they moved their wings up and down.  They got their own I Can Write sheet this afternoon and will repeat the motions in colored pencil. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: How many children are in your family? Most chickadees lay about 6-8 eggs in a nest.  We all played the folder game. The objective was for each child to collect one complete set of nest, bird and egg cards.  When rolling the die and moving the piece that many spaces around the game board. If they landed on the letters this is what they would have had to do: N- Take a nest card. B- Take a bird card. E-Take an egg card. There were a few game spaces that made them put one of the cards back.

Physical Development: Discussed: What would you do if you saw something dangerous?  Birds make more than one sound.  Chickadees sing their name “chickadee-dee-dee”  when they see danger or strangers.  A stranger is someone who you, or the adult you are with does not know or recognize. We pretended to be approached by a stranger. The children yelled “chickadee-dee-dee” and flew away!

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: The children used colored pencils and did the I Can Write sheet.  Center 3:  I Can Write Sheet- The children practiced writing the capital and lowercase Ee. 


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