Thursday: Gecko

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Gecko

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.   Abby put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and the pattern.  She told us all the sight words, Spanish words and reviewed our numbers in English and Spanish.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about dart frogs. Discussed:  What  happens if a gecko loses his tail?  Fun facts:  Geckos don’t have eyelids. They clean the eyeball membrane with their tongue.  The only known surface a gecko’s feet can’t stick to is Teflon.  A gecko can support about 8 times its weight hanging from just one toe on a smooth glass surface.  Gecko’s footpads are self-cleaning.  It is often thought that geckos are double-jointed, but their toes actually just bend in the opposite direction from human fingers and toes.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: In what ways can  you move your tongue? Explored how to move their tongue up, down, and side to side. How does it sound to say your name or other words with your tongue out? We looked at the animal cards and the children said what animal it was with their tongue out! We were all laughing on how silly it sounded.  Explained that “gecko” has the /o/ sound at the end of its name. Be silly and talk by adding the /o/ sound to the end of every word.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do geckos eat? I passed out one bug rod to each child.  They walked around the room looking for something that was the same length as the bug rod.  We compared their objects to the bug rod and discussed if it was too long, too short or exactly the same length.  Much of the Gecko’s diet consists of bugs.   We reviewed a ABB pattern.  We looked at the calendar and discussed the pattern on the calendar.  We then did movements that a gecko might do in a pattern.  Examples, walk, jump, walk, jump:  or walk, jump, jump, walk, jump, jump.  We did several different movements through the room in a pattern and the children got to pick the next movements that we would make a pattern with.

Creative Development:  Discussed: What color is your skin? What color is a gecko’s skin? We looked at the children’s clothing to find patterns on their clothes.  The children will be making Gecko headbands today in afternoon centers.  Geckos shed their skin then eat it as a source of nutrients. This also hides their tracks from predators.

Physical Development: Discussed: What is the fastest way from where you are to the nearest door? Explore the best paths to the nearest exit from different locations within your home. Make two paths that begin and end at the same spot, but one straight and the other zigzag. Invite the children to walk on one of the paths, heel-to-toe and count the steps it takes them to make it from the beginning to the end. Repeat with the other path and talk about which path would be faster and why. Each child got to walk along each path and discuss which one they thought was faster and which one they liked doing the best.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Wooden Blocks  Center 2- Gecko Headband-The children will use a Qtip to dip into paint and make a pattern of dots on the Gecko’s body.  We will then put them on the strips of paper to fit around their heads.  Center 3-  Bilingual Book-We read the Bilingual book in English and Spanish.  The children cut out their Photo cards and found the appropriate page to glue the picture onto.  They then colored their book.  

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