Thursday: Igloo

Dec 4, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Igloo

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  How do you think it feels inside and igloo?  We looked at the Shape for this month, “square”.  The children made a square with their fingers and with their arms and legs.  We discussed how many sides and points are on a square.  Fun facts:  Igloos, or the Ice Houses are generally built of snow and ice in very cold places.  An igloo is a dome-shaped building, with blocks of ice built up in a spiral.  The roof has a small hole for ventilation.  The short door opening and a tunnel in front of the dome structure stops the heat from flowing outside and keeps the igloo warmer than the outside weather.  Sometimes, blankets can be hung on the outside of the igloo so that the cold does not reach the inside.  The heat from the humans living inside melts the bricks and fuses them together.  They are mostly built as a hunting or a camping station or as a temporary house.Inuits or Eskimos live in the Igloos permanently.    There are igloo hotels.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What belongs inside of an igloo? Set out the photo cards from the letter sets. Invite children to discuss what they see or wonder. We looked at the igloo and discussed some “I” sounds.  We then looked at pictures and put the pictures inside the igloo if it was an “I” sound.  The children then picked a card and if it’s beginning sound matched the igloo they held onto it and if it did not match they would say “Oh No!” and have it crawl out of the igloo.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How do you think and igloo is made? Set out a bowl of ice cubes and salt and invite children to experiment with sticking and melting ice cubes. What happens with too much salt?  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:What happens to an igloo when it snows?  What happens on the inside?  Outside?  The inside of an igloo is warm because the walls keep out the snow and wind.  Invite children to experiment with tweezers and try to pick up the snowflake confetti or other small objects.  Looked at the Igloo the children will be creating in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  Why do you think people build igloos? Inuit, Native Alaskans, built igloos as hunting shelters or winter homes. Invite children to explore how they could use the blanket, sleeping bags or pillows to build an igloo. Observe how children work together and what words they use to communicate their ideas.

Show and Tell:  The children brought in an item that was square.  They came up one at a time to show the class their item and show how it is square.  We counted the sides and the points.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1- Large Cardboard Building Blocks  Center 2- The children each got a cut out of an igloo and squares to glue to the igloo to look like ice or snow. They then used snow flake confetti to decorate the outside of their igloo.  Center 3-   Each child gets a Pocket Game and they cut out the pictures. This helped them practice their cutting skills.  We will play this game on Friday during lessons. 

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