Wednesday: Icicle

Dec 3, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Icicle

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He helped us review our numbers in Spanish and English, Sign language and Spanish words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Snowmen.  Discussed:  How do you think icicles are made?  Fun facts:  An icicle is the cone-shaped block of ice that forms when dripping water freezes.  When an icy snow on a tree branch or a windowsill starts to melt and drip, it will sometimes freeze again because of the temperature or the other cold ice it encounters while dripping.  As each cold drip wiggles its way down towards the ground and freezes in the process, icicles are formed.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What have you seen that melts? What do you think happens when an icicle starts to melt?  We looked at the letter I and discussed what sounds it makes.  We then discussed words that start with the letter I.  I had the children come up one at a time to practice writing the capital and lowercase Ii on the wipe off board and in their journals.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Where might you find icicles on a house? Why? Invite children to experiment arranging blocks on the blue square. How many blocks could fit onto it? Could they arrange them in a different way to fit even more? What shape blocks did they choose?  Looked at the Icicle houses they will make in afternooon centers.

Creative Development:  Discussed: How do you think icicles feel? How could they be dangerous? Set out 2-3 different white items. Encourage children to experiment combining or manipulating the materials and brainstorm how each might be similar to or different from icicles and snow.  In afternoon centers, they will draw themselves on the front page of the Journal and add white items to make it wintry.

Physical Development: Discussed: What do you like to eat that is frozen? Invite children to touch, taste and explore a sample of each fruit and each juice. Discuss favorites and least favorites.  The children will make their own freezy pops by picking what juices and fruit they want in their cups.  We will then write their names on their stick and put it in the cup into the freezer for them to enjoy once it is frozen. We had 4 different juices: V8 vegetable juice, V8 Splash, Raspberry Cranberry, Strawberry Lemonade.  We had 5 different fruits: kiwi, apple, grapefruit, orange and lemon.  Austin was the only child that loved the V8 vegetable juice. The rest of the children didn’t care for it.  

TumbleBus:  See the activity form by the sign out sheet of what they did today on the bus.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Community Helper toys.  Center 2-  The children drew a picture of themselves in a wintry scene on the front of their my little journals. They then used different white materials to decorate and use as snow and ice.   Center 3-   The children wrote the letter Ii in their my little journals.  They used the paint to make letter I’s and then put glitter on them to make them look frozen like icicles.   Center 4-  Children dipped fingers in watery paint and watch how the water drips off of them and onto the paper like a melting icicle. Experimented with different fingers. They also wrote the letter I with their fingers.  Center 5- Icicle House Art-  The children will will cut out red triangles and tear or cut pieces of white paper.  They will then make a wintry house and decorate as they desire.

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