Wednesday: Machu Picchu

Feb 26, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Machu Picchu

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about The Great Pyramid.  Discussed:  What do you think a ruin is? Looked at pictures of Machu Picchu and discussed what they saw.   Fun Facts:  Machu Picchu was built in 1450 but abandoned just over a century later in 1572. Archaeologists believe Machu Picchu was built for use as a Royal Estate. It is located 7970 feet above sea level on a ridge in the Mountains of Peru. On July 24, 1911 American Explorer Hiram Bingham III re-discovered Machu Picchu.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: Where have you seen a building that has been knocked down? Invited children to explore the room and looked for things that are broken, falling apart, or missing pieces. Ruins are the remains of man-made buildings that have fallen apart due to lack of maintenance or destruction such as war or natural disasters.  We worked on new words. We wrote the letters “ot” and the children told me what that said. I then added new letters to the beginning and they told me the new words that we made. They do very well with this.  We also looked at word cards and filled in the missing letters and read the new words that we made.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: Where can you find stairs? How many stairs might be there? Invited children to explore the room, building, or outdoor area for stairs in a safe location. The Incans built over 3,000 steps in the city of Machu Picchu. The stairs linked the city’s many different levels.  The children got to walk up and down my stairs and count each step as they went. We clapped on 6 or 16.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What types of things are strong enough to knock down a building? Invited children to explore building with blocks and knocking down the structures in different ways. Machu Picchu is an abandoned Incan city in the mountains of Peru. Its ruins were discovered surprisingly well preserved due to the intelligent planning and construction of the Incans.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What kind of treasures would you like to dig up? Hide small objects or coins in the tray of sand and invited children to explore with their hands to find “treasure.” We looked at our Bilingual book and discussed it. The children helped me read it in English and Spanish.  They will put the book together in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Bilingual Book-The children will put the book into order and staple it. They will then added the pictures to the book and colored the pages. Center 2- Passport- They will add a new sticker to a new page and draw a picture of Machu Picchu.  

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