Monday: Sequoia Trees

Feb 24, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Sequoia Trees

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed the numbers, Spanish, Sign language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Victoria Falls.  Discussed: Where is the tallest tree you have seen?  The General Sherman is one of the largest known trees in the world.  It is found in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park in California. It is named after an American Civil War general. Fun facts:  Giant sequoia trees can reach 164 to 279 feet in height and 20-26 feet in diameter.  We used a measuring tape to see how wide the Sequoia could get.  Their bark is 3 feet thick and brown in color. They are evergreen plants. They develop miniature scale-like leaves that are spirally arranged on the branches. Green cones appear on the tree at the age of 12 years, but they remain closed until age of 20, when giant sequoia reaches maturity.  Male and female cones develop on the same tree.  Adult tree has 11,000 brown cones that are 2.8 inches long.  Fire plays important role in the life of sequoia.  It clears the ground from competing plants, facilitates opening of the cones and enriches the ground with minerals required for the growth of new seedlings.

Physical Development:  Discussed: What lives in a tree? Would you like to live in a tree? Look through books and search animals that could live in trees.  Looked at the Tree house they will be drawing in afternoon centers.

Science: Discussed: What do you think a park ranger does? Explained that the US has 58 national parks. Sequoia National Park in California was the third one to be signed into law in 1890. Encouraged children to search the room to find something that is living.  The children played follow the leader.  The child that was leading would point out living and nonliving things in the room.  The kids took turns being the leader.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  How do you think a baby tree is different than an old tree?  Invited children to explore the differences between moving like a baby and a big kid. What can they do now that they couldn’t do as babies? Explain that a sequoia tree, though one of the largest trees in the world, starts out as a tiny seed. We looked at the Story Sequence cards of a Sequoia tree. We discussed each picture and the children then put the pictures in order.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What could you use to measure your arm? We used toys in the room to measure the children’s arms.  We found out how many celery stalks or car lengths they were.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Tree House Art-  The children drew a picture of a tree.  They then drew a picture of themselves in the tree and added a tree house around themselves.  Center 2- My Little Journal-The children practiced  writing the capital and lowercase Qq in their Journals and on the wipe off board.  They then drew large trunks on the top of the page with lines out from the trunk. They used a green crayon to draw Capital Q’s to make leaves on the lines.  Center 3-  Tower Building- The children used starch noodles and toothpicks to build towers.  This is for Friday’s lessons.  

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