Tuesday: Spruce Tree

Dec 9, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Spruce Tree

Calendar:    Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Keira put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. She then counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  She helped review our Spanish,  Sign language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed:  Do you think a tree is living or nonliving? Why? We looked at the calendar and made a motion for each picture.  Example, waddle like penguin, float like snowflake and growl like a Polar bear.  We repeated this pattern.  The children then made up new motions to repeat in a pattern.  Fun facts: Spruce trees are hardy evergreens primarily found throughout countries in the northern hemisphere.  Unlike pine or fir trees, spruce trees produce needles along the branches, leaving a small base from the stem.   Spruce wood has long been used for a variety of  purposes; including boxes, crates, musical instruments,and to build ship masts.

Physical Development: Discussed: How high do you think you could build a tower? Invited children to find objects around the room and explored stacking them and safely knocking them down.  The children each came up and built a tall tower out of blocks.  We counted how many blocks they were able to stack before it fell down.  Will was the winner on the most blocks stacked before it fell down and Harper came in Second place.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What is taller than you? Shorter? Explained that when a spruce tree is 4 years old, it can already be 12 feet tall.  We used a measuring tape to find out how long 12 feet is.  Invited children to explore their heights by comparing themselves to one another or to objects in the room. What do you think is bigger than a pinecone in this room? Smaller? Invited children to test their size predictions by gathering objects from around the room and comparing the size of each to the pinecone. We had 12 pieces of paper taped together and laid them on the floor.  Each child came over to lay on it and we measured how tall they were to the tree. We marked where everyone was on the chart and discussed tallest and shortest.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What do you think happens to trees in the winter? Gather one or more branches with pine needles or other tree branches and invite children to explore the needles and bark. Read the Participation story, “Why the Evergreen Trees Keep Their Leaves.”   We discussed while we read and acted the story out!  The children answered questions to check for comprehension:  Why couldn’t the bird fly?  (broken wing)  Who helped the bird?  (Spruce tree)  Who helped the Spruce Tree protect the bird?  (Juniper and Pine tree)  What did the bird eat in the winter?  (berries from the Juniper tree)  What would you do if you found a bird with a broken wing?

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you think is bigger than a pinecone in this room? Smaller? Invited the children to test their size predictions by gathering objects from around the room and comparing the size of each to the pinecone.  We put objects in order from largest to smallest.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Variety of toys  Center 2- Tall Tree Art- The children will be measured to see how tall they are and we will write that on the back of their tree. They will then paint and add sequins to the tree.  Center 3-  Pinecone Measure-The children will trace the pinecone.  They will then trace 2 other objects of different sizes and cut them out and work on putting them in order from smallest to biggest.  

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