Tuesday: The Great Pyramid

Feb 25, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: The Great Pyramid

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin put the number on the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our numbers, sight words, Spanish and Sign language words. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Sequoia Trees.  Discussed:  What shapes do you see in a pyramid?  We looked at triangles and discussed how many sides and points were on it.  Looked at pictures of  The Great Pyramids and the children told me what they saw.  Fun facts:  The Great Pyramids were built as a burial place and monuments to the Pharaohs. Pharaohs are similar to kings.  They had pyramids built for their family.  Some of the early pyramids have large ledges that every so often look like giant steps. Ancient Egyptian pyramids are the most well known pyramid structures. The first pyramid was built in Saqqara around 4650 years ago.

Creative Development:  Discussed: What do you think is in a camel’s hump? Explained that camels store a giant mound of fat in their humps. The camel uses the fat for when he is hungry and there is no food to eat.  We looked at the camel puppet the children will be making in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What can you build with cups? The children explored different ways to build with the paper cups.  There are over 138 pyramids found in Egypt. Most were built as tombs to bury the country’s pharaohs and queens.  The children worked together to count out 16 cups. They then used those cups to build one pyramid.  We then used positional directions and pretended to be pharaohs or queens.  For example:  Gallop to the pyramid.  Skip around the pyramid.  Sit down next to the pyramid.  Jump over the pyramid.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What do you think was inside of the pyramids? Invited children to work together to build a “pyramid” tent with a blanket. Explained that mummies were in pyramids. A mummy is a body wrapped in bandages. When a pharaoh died, his mummy was placed in the pyramid with jewels and coins. The children took stuffed animals and wrapped them into blankets to turn them into a mummy.

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed:  What is the heaviest thing you can carry?  The children found something heavy in the room and tried to pick it up.  They then went to heavier items to  see if they could pick that up.  The children then tried to pick each other up.  We looked at the puzzle pieces and the children helped put the puzzle together. They then discussed what picture it made.

  Show and Tell: Each child brought 16 items in a bag.  The children came up one at  a time to count out their 16 items.  We discussed if they needed more or less or if they were equal to.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Camel Puppet-The children took the fabric square and decorated it then used scissors to make a fringe.  They then drew on the camel pattern.  They glued the fabric to the camels back and added a craft stick.   

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