Tuesday: Blue Morpho

Nov 18, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Blue Morpho

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Abby is the calendar girl for this week.  She found the numbers for the calendar and placed them in the appropriate space on the calendar.  Abby told everyone the Sight words, counted to 20 in English and Spanish and reviewed the weather.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  What is a Blue Morpho Butterfly?  What colors have you seen on butterflies?  Fun facts:  The Blue Morpho butterfly lives in the jungles of South and Central America.  They are very easy to spot even amongst the jungle canopy thanks to their very bright and shiny light blue wings.  While the males are very blue the females are less or not blue at all.  They enjoy the sunlight and are their most active when they are in the Bright light of the sun.  With a length of nearly six inches, the Blue Morpho butterfly is one of the largest butterflies in the rainforest.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What ways can you move like a caterpillar?  Butterfly?  Half the children moved like a caterpillar and the other half moved like butterflies.  We discussed how it was more difficult to move like a caterpillar.  Two children partnered up and came up to the front of the room.  One child would do a movement that the other child had to copy.  We did this until each child had a turn making up movements for another child to copy.  They were mirroring each other.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: To which groups do you belong (family, country, school, church, etc)?  Many animals live in groups.  A group of butterflies is called a flutter.  We had various white and red manipulatives.  I picked 3 children at a time to come play with the manipulatives and work together to group them in different ways. We then discussed how we could group them according to color, shape or size.  We looked at the storytelling pieces and discussed each animal.  The children decided to group those into groups of flying animals and non flying animals.

Science: Discussed: How do you look differently from when you were a baby?  We looked at baby pictures and discussed how they have changed.  We discussed things they do now that they couldn’t do then.  We discussed the Life cycle of a butterfly. The children then had to come up one at a time to put the life cycle pictures in order for the butterfly.  We read, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and discussed the life cycle in the book.   

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Looked at the photos of the butterflies.  The children told what they noticed about the butterfly wings.  We discussed how they will be making a design on one half of a piece of paper and then folding the paper and pressing it to make the same design on the other side.  Discussed Symmetry.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Lego’s  Center 2- Life Cycle Art- the children had to make an egg with their fingerprint and paint.  They then painted the side of their hand and pressed that below the fingerprint to make a caterpillar.  They took a marker and drew around the side of the hand print to enclose it in a chrysalis.  They then used their foot print to make wings.    Center 3-  Butterfly Shapes Art- The children made designs on half of a piece of paper.  They then folded the piece of paper and pressed it onto the painted side. They discussed symmetry in the two sides.    

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