Wednesday: Dart Frog

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Dart Frog

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Abby added the number to the calendar and discussed the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our Spanish and Sight words.  Abby counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  She also discussed the weather. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about the Blue Morpho butterfly.  Today the children told me what they know about Dart Frogs.  Discussed what color they think a dart frog is.  Fun facts:  Poison dart frogs live in rainforest habitats in Central and South America.  They can be found in trees, as well as under leaves and logs and rocks on the floor of the forest.  Because of their size, from 1/2 to 2 inches long, they are hard to see.  Poison frogs warn predators with brilliant colors and patterns.  Dart frogs got their name because hunters would tip their arrows in the frog’s poisons.  Sadly, because people are cutting down rainforests for farming and ranching, Poison Dart Frogs are at risk.  The Blue Poison Dart Frog is the most endangered due to the pet-shop market.  We put the different colored dart frogs on the floor and I invited each child one at a time to come up and jump to the frog that was a certain Color.  I named the color and they would jump to that frog until they got to all the frogs.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: Why do you think the dart frog is so colorful?  Dart frogs are colorful to scare and warn predators that they are poisonous.  They get their poison from eating different plants and insects.   We looked at the letter J and M.  We reviewed what sound they make and discussed all the words that begin with those letters.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How many frogs do you think would fit in one log?  We looked at the log and we took the small frog and counted how many we could get into the log.  The children will be working with Frog counting cards to help them identify their numbers and count out the matching number of frogs.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you know that is sticky?  The children came up one at a time to feel the object in the bag.  They tried to guess what that object was. It was a sticky frog.  Discussed how they would be using the frog to paint with in afternoon centers.  Dart frogs have four tiny toes with a suction cup on the end of each toe to help them climb up trees.  

Science: Discussed: How does your tongue feel?  Why do you think a frog’s tongue is sticky?  I gave each child a piece of masking tape and they explored what stuck to the tape.  They noticed it picked up a lot of dirt. Discussed if there body was sticky, what would happen if they rolled in the grass.  

Show and Tell:  Each child stood up and showed the green that they were wearing. We counted how many kids had green on and how many did not and discussed more and less.

Tumble Bus Day: Please see the activity sheet by the Sign in book for what the children did on the bus today.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Little People  Center 2- Frogs on a Log Counting Sheet- The children practiced cutting apart the cards.  They looked at the numbers and counted out the matching number of frogs.  Center 3-  Sticky Pictures-  The children took their little dart frogs and dipped them into paint and let them jump all around their paper to make prints on the page.  

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