Friday: Pterodactyl

Jan 16, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Pterodactyl

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Cooper put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. We reviewed our numbers, sight words, Spanish and Sign Language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about the Mussaurus.  Discussed:  What animals do you know that fly? The Pterodactyl is perhaps one of the most well known flying dinosaurs. The word Pterodactyl means “Winged Finger.” They roamed the earth about 145 million years ago, during the Jurassic and Cretaceous period. They ate fish, insects, and other small animals such as lizards. They have 90 large cone shaped teeth. They lived mostly in what we now call Germany, France, England Africa and Tanzania. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:Why do you think there are no more dinosaurs on earth? We learned the sight words: go, away, big.  The children practiced reading the words in different order and making sentences with them.   The children read the I Can Read Book together to Miss Kim.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How do you think a pterodactyl caught its food? Invited two children to each grab a handful of rainbow links and guess which one grabbed more. Count to verify estimation. Do children make guesses or automatically count?  We did this with a couple groups of kids.  We then did a math set of story problems that I would read and have a child come up and get the correct amount.  Some of the problems we needed 2 to 5 kids to help us get links and work out the math problem together.  #1-The pterodactyl caught 5 fish.(one child came up and got 5 links)  #2-The pterodactyl caught 5 fish, but then he let 1 go. How many fish does he have now?  (a child took 1 link away from the previous links that the first child got)  #3-The pterodactyl caught and ate 4 fish.  Then, he ate 6 more.  How  many total fish did he eat? (2 children did this problem and added the links together)  #4-The pterodactyl hunted for fish for 5 days.  Each day he caught 3 fish.  How many total fish did he catch?  (We had 5 children be the 5 days and get 3 fish a day. They then had to count all the fish to figure out the number)

Mathematics and Reasoning:  What do you know that has wings but not feathers? Explained that a pterodactyl’s wings did not have feathers. Its wings could reach up to 40 feet wide.  We looked at the number 15 counting card.  Discussed the number and how to make the number.  I picked 3 children to come up and count out 5 links we then added them together to get 15.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How far do you think a pterodactyl could fly? Invited children to explore tossing the paper wads and hitting them to try to keep them in the air.  We counted the paper wads and had 15.  We got the parachute out and all the children stood in a circle holding the parachute.  We put the 15 wads of paper in the middle of parachute the children started moving the parachute up and down to keep the wads from falling off.   They had a hard time keeping the wads on the parachute but they had a lot of fun picking them up and trying again.  We then added balls and blocks to bounce on the parachute.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Large Cardboard Blocks  

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