Friday: Dragonfly

Nov 24, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Dragonfly

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.   Abby put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She discussed the pattern, read all our Sight words and Spanish Words.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  What body parts does a dragonfly have?   Reviewed what the children learned about Gecko’s.  Fun facts:  Dragonflies don’t sting and generally don’t bite people.  They have been around for 300 million years.  Prehistoric dragonflies were much larger and could have a wingspan of 2 1/2 feet.  When first hatched, the larva or nymphs live in the water for around a year.  Once they leave the water and begin to fly, they only live for around a month.  People in Indonesia like to eat them for a snack. Having a dragonfly land on your head is considered good luck.  Groups of dragonflies are called swarms.  Predators like to eat dragon flies include fish, ducks, birds, and water beetles.  They need to warm up in the sun during the morning before taking off and flying for most of the day.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How many eyes do you have? A dragonfly has one big eye that can see in every direction.  We discussed the bilingual book.  The children told me what a Bilingual book is.  We read the book in English and Spanish together.  The children practiced reading all the sight words that they knew in the book.  We practiced writing the letter Dd on the wipe off board and in their Journals.  Discussed the right and wrong ways to write the letter.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What are different ways you can catch?  Explained that dragonflies catch their food while they are flying.  The children pretended to practice catching food while they flew around the room.  

Physical Development: Discussed: What words do you know that begin with the /d/ sound? We found all the D words in the dictionary.  We then filled the letter D with dirt and then found it under the dirt. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  In what directions can you move? Dragonflies can fly forwards, backwards, side-to-side, and even hover. The children pretended to be a dragonfly and explored moving around the room.  We had 6 different: “Would you Rather” cards.  I placed two on the floor in opposite sides of the room.  I read the question and the children flew backwards or sideways to the animal that answered the question.  We then discussed how many people were at each animal and discussed more and less.  We did this until all 6 cards were gone through.  

Show and Tell:  The children came up one at a time to show the item that they brought. They were to  bring something that begins with the letter D.  They discussed their item and told us why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Wooden Car Track Set  Center 2- : My Little Journal- The children practiced writing their capital and lowercase letter Dd.  They made a finger print on the page and added wings to it to turn it into a dragonfly.  

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