Thursday: Matterhorn

Feb 19, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Matterhorn

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Ayers Rock.  Discussed:  What do you think is at the top of a mountain?  We looked at pictures of the Matterhorn  mountain.  We discussed what we noticed with this mountain.  Fun facts:  The Matterhorn is the tenth highest mountain in Switzerland. Matterhorn, the German name, is from the words matte meaning “meadow” and horn meaning ” peak”. The four faces of the Matterhorn face the four cardinal directions- north, east, south and west. Over 500 people have died  climbing the Matterhorn. Deaths are now about 12 annually. There is a replica of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in California.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: What do you think is difficult about mountain climbing? Explained that the Matterhorn is steep and dangerous to climb. You should never climb a mountain alone, because you never know when you may need help. The children tried to balance on one foot without moving their arms.  They then held onto a partner and stood on one foot.  We discussed how it was easier when someone was helping them. The children then crawled across the room without using their legs.  Their partner then helped them by holding their legs while they used their arms to walk like a wheel barrow.  We also picked up a ball without using our hands.  They had fun with all these activities.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Why would you like to live on top of a mountain?   We looked at the letter K and reviewed the sound it makes.  We then wrote words on the wipe-off board that began with the letter K.  We looked in the dictionary to find more K words.  Discussed how the K is silent in some words like: knee, knuckle, knight, know, etc.  We then looked at the letter Q discussed the sound it makes. It is a borrower and borrows K and W’s sound.  We found words in the dictionary that begin with the letter Q.  They discovered that K and Q don’t have a lot of words in the dictionary like a lot of other letters.

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think people get to the top of a tall mountain? Some people hike, ride horses, drive vehicles or ride cable cars to get up mountains. We looked at the cable cars they will be making in afternoon centers.  We also looked at a Video of a cable car so that the kids could learn more about it.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What is taller than you in this room?  All mountains are different heights. The Matterhorn is one of the tallest mountains in the Alps. The children took a piece of string and had to find something taller than the length of the string. 

Show and Tell: Discussed: Each child brought an item that began with the letter Qq.  They came up one at a time to show their item and discuss.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Cable Car-The children taped together the cable car pattern and then decorated it as desired.  They used a craft stick to add a face and body to make it look like a person.  They cut a piece of straw to add to the top of the car so that the string can go through it.  Center 2- Waterfall Wand- The children used  the cellophane, crepe paper and the Handle ring to make a waterfall.  

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