Tuesday: Grand Canyon

Feb 18, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Grand Canyon

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about kites.  Discussed: What is strong enough to break a rock?  We discussed the Grand Canyon and looked at pictures.  The Grand Canyon is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is 277 miles long and located in Arizona. The further you go into the canyon the older the rocks are. The oldest rocks are 1.84 billion years old. The rocks at the top are the youngest at 270 million years old. The deepest part of the Grand Canyon is just over a mile deep. The rocks of the canyon contain fossils of plants and animals. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: In what country do you live? We looked at the Daily Topic Poster and discussed all the colors we saw.  Discussed passports and what they are and when we use them.  The children will have their own passport this month for all the places they learn about.  

Science: Discussed: How do you think holes are made in the ground? We used two different balls to drop into a tub of sand and notice the crater that it made. We then Threw the ball into the sand and noticed how the crater was deeper.  We used a ruler to measure the difference in craters.  The children took turns dropping and then throwing the ball into the sand to see the difference in craters.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What do you know that has layers? Invited children to explore stacking blocks or books to make layers.  There are up to 40 known different types of rock layers in the Grand Canyon. Each layer of rock (known as a stratum) was formed at different points in time. We used different colors of play dough to flatten and stack on each other to make layers.  We discussed how this is like the layers of rock in the Canyon.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you think you would do at the Grand Canyon? Set out the People Counters and a few blocks. Observed how children move and talk to the people counters. At the Grand Canyon visitors can hike, bike, bird watch, camp or take raft trips on the Colorado River. We had blue strips of paper that I laid  in a line to make a river. I had the children all come up and work together to build the Grand Canyon around the river.  They added the people counters to the Canyon.  They loved the Canyon that they built.

Show and Tell: Each child brought in a shape so we could play a shape game with it. They stood in a circle and told us what their shape was.  I called out a shape and the people holding that shape would sit down.  I would then call another shape and those children with that shape would sit down while the other kids would stand back up.  I got faster and faster as I called  out shapes.  The children were out if they sat down when a shape was called that they were NOT holding.  They had a lot of fun with this.

Afternoon Centers:    Center 1- Each child was given a Passport booklet. They turned to the first blank page and drew a picture of the Grand Canyon. They then received a sticker that says Grand Canyon. 

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