Thursday: Tail

Jan 22, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Tail

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about dinosaur heads.  Discussed:  How do you think a dinosaur used its tail? Fun facts:  Some dinosaurs’ tails were over 45 feet long. Most dinosaurs had long tails that helped them to keep their balance when running.  Ankylosaurus was well protected from predators, and could defend itself with its club-like tail.  A dinosaurs tail is used to balance its body.  The tail weighs down the back of the dinosaur so its head doesn’t go crashing into the ground.  The tail also allows the dinosaur to move fast.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What sound do you hear at the end of stegosaurus?  Brontosaurus?  Tyrannosaurus rex?  We looked at a book and found more words and the children told me the ending sounds in all the different words we discussed.  We then read, “Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp!”  Discussed the fun story while we read.

Physical Development: Discussed: What would you look like if you had a tail?  We looked at the drawing they will make in afternoon centers putting a tail on themselves.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Where would you want to have a tail on your body?  I gave each child a ribbon that they placed wherever they wanted a tail.  They ran around the room.  Some of them decided having a tail on their eye or their foot was too hard to see or walk.  

Physical Development: Discussed: How did a tail help a dinosaur balance?  Many dinosaurs would need to stand on their 2 hind legs to reach tall plants or trees.  They used their tail as a support.  The children practiced walking on four feet, two feet and one foot.  We discussed which was easiest and hardest.  I then had them use a Yardstick to see if they could balance on one foot holding the yardstick in front of them.  They said it was hard. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Community Helpers  Center 2- Self-portrait-  The children drew a picture of themselves and then put a frame around they picture.  They used paper to add a tail to their bodies and see how silly it looked.   Center 3-  Dino Skeleton-The children used noodles to make a dinosaur skeleton.    

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