Monday: Feet

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Feet

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Harper is the new calendar person for this week. She found the numbers for the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed the numbers, Sight words, Spanish and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about dinosaur bodies.  Discussed:  How many toes do you think dinosaurs had?  Fun facts: Most meat eaters walked on two feet.  This made them faster and left their hands free to grab their prey.  Most plant eaters walked on four feet to better carry their heavy bodies.  Some plant eaters could balance on two feet for a short time.  There are many different kinds of dinosaurs, with different numbers of fingers.  A few, such as Mononykus, have only one clawed finger.  Most tyrannosaurids, had two fingers on each hand.  Other theropods had three or four clawed fingers.  the Iguanodon was the very few dinosaurs that had five fingers.  Dinosaurs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so different species have a different amount of fingers.

Creative Development:  Discussed: What could you do if you had really big feet?  Set out adult-sized shoes and invited children to explore walking around in them.  We looked at the Dino Feet they will make in afternoon centers.

Creative Development: Discussed: What instruments do you think would be hard for a t-rex to play? A pterodactyl? Turned on any song on the Dinosaur Dig CD and invited children to pretend to be a dinosaur musician.   We read the Little Theatre Script and acted it out.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How big do you think a dinosaur’s foot could be? Set out paper and invited children to experiment with stepping on them and sliding around the room.  Explained that depending on the type, a dinosaur could have anywhere from 1-5 toes on each foot. 

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  How are your feet similar to dinosaur feet? How are they different? Created dinosaur feet cutouts with various numbers of toes. Explained that dinosaurs had different amounts of toes, depending on the type. Some only had 2 or 3.  Invited children to take off shoes and socks and compare their feet to one another’s. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-   Bowling Pins and Waffle Blocks  Center 2- Each child was given a pair of dinosaur feet and they decorated it however they desired.  

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