Thursday: Ostrich

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  was not here today so Miss Kim did the calendar. She 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 discussed the pattern on the calendar.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what they learned about chickadees.  Today the children told me all they know about  Ostriches.  the children looked at the ostrich card and discussed that the ostrich is the world’s largest bird and has strong kicking feet.  Fun Facts:  Ostriches never need to drink water because they produce it internally and they also get it from their food.  There are over 2 million ostriches in the world.  Ostriches have been on earth for 70-120 million years.  Ostriches have good immune systems.  Their eye is bigger than its brain.  They are the largest bird in the world.  It can grow up to 9 ft tall and 350 pounds.  They can not fly, instead they run. A male is called a rooster, a female is called a hen.  They eat leaves, roots,insects,flowers,grass and fruit.  We used a measuring tape to show 9 feet and  how tall they can be.

Creative Development: Discussed: How does your family recognize you? A mother ostrich knows her own eggs, even if other eggs look like them.  I showed the children the egg book, and we talked about the different color of eggs.  They would be getting their own book to make this afternoon.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: What do you need to build  a home?  Most ostriches dig a hole in the dirt that is surrounded by tall grass to keep its eggs safe.   I showed them the nest art they would be making this afternoon.  We discussed what bird might live in this nest, and how many eggs can the nest hold. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes do you see when you look at birds?  I placed the foam shapes on the floor and had a child place one shape on the Shape Design mat.  We did this until the chart was full.  We discussed how birds heads, bodies, and wings can be shaped like ovals.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you think an ostrich eats?  Ostriches eat plants, shrubs, grasses and grasshoppers.  They even swallow sand and stones to help digest (break down) the other food.  We read the Little Theater story aloud.  We discussed the story while we read. The children answered questions to see if they understood what happened in the story.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: Egg Book- Each child got a book kit and had to cut out different eggs and birds and glue them to the blank pages.    Center 3:  Nest- With items from nature they built a nest using glue and paint.  Center 4: I can write sheet-  The children practiced writing their capital and lowercase Bb and Nn.


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