Wednesday: Ayers Rock

Feb 18, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Ayers Rock

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Lily put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern, weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Lily read all the Sight words, Spanish, Sign language and numbers in English and Spanish.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about the Grand Canyon.  Discussed:  Where can you find big rocks?  Today I showed the children a picture of Ayers Rock and they told me what they saw.  Fun facts:  The official name of the monument is Uluru which some believe means waterhole. The high amount of iron in the rocks is what gives the rock its red color, but the actual rock is gray. More than half a million people visit the monument or take Australia Outback tours which include stops at this well known attraction.  The Ayers Rock is situated almost exactly in the middle of Australia. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you like to climb? We read the Math story cards.  The children helped add or take away the people counters  to the rocks to work the math problems.  We wrote the math problems on the wipe off board as well.  Math problem 1:  4 mountain climbers hiked to the top of the rock.  (One child came up and got 4 hikers to put on the rocks)  Math problem 2:  The 4 mountain climbers sat on the rock.  2 more climbers came and sat.  How many are there now?  (Another child came up to get 2 more hikers to put them on the rock and counted how many climbers there were now).  Math Problem 3:  There were 6 mountain climbers on the rock.  4 got tired and climbed back down.  How many were left at the top?  (Another child came and took 4 climbers off the rock and told us how many were left).  Math problem 4:  3 groups climbed the rock.  There were 2 mountain climbers in each group.  When they met up at the top, how many were there?  (I had 3 children come up to be the 3 groups.  They each took 2 climbers and the rest of the kids counted how many climbers in all there are)

Creative Development: Discussed: What have you seen outside that is red? We looked at the Red Rock art that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How are rocks similar and different? We had a variety of rocks that the children helped sort.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  Where do you find rocks? Taped a heart outline on the ground and set out small rocks. Encouraged children to fill the heart or trace its outline with the rocks. What else can they make?  We looked at the letters G and K.  Discussed the sounds they make and words that begin with the letter.    We looked at the Journal activity that they will be doing today.   

Tumble Bus Day: See the form by the Sign In book to see the activity they did on the bus today.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Passport-the children will put the Ayers Rock sticker on the next page.  They will then draw the rock on the page.   Center 2- My Little Journal-The children will go to the red page.  The children found red items in magazines or pictures. They drew a large rock on their page and glued the red items in the rock.  They then colored the bird and the rest of the rock showing in red.    Center 3-  Red Rock Art- The children will use red sand to glue onto paper to make the Ayers rock.  They will then use markers or crayons to draw the surrounding landscape. 

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