Friday: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Feb 28, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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 the numbers, Spanish, Sign language and sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about St. Basil’s Cathedral.  Discussed:  Why do you think the Tower of Pisa is leaning?  We looked at pictures of this tower.  Fun facts:  The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a bell tower in Pisa, Italy.  It is world famous for its prominent tilt  to one side. The tower’s foundations were built on soft subsoil which had difficulty supporting the tower’s weight (14,500 ton).  When the second story was started the lean became more noticeable and only got worse as construction continued.  Originally the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees.  After restoration work between 1190 and 2001 this angle was reduced to 3.97 degrees.  This tower is 8 stories high.  There are 294 steps on the north side of the tower and 296 steps on the south side.  Seven bells sit in the bell-chamber at the top of the tower, one bell for each note of the musical major scale.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: What materials do you think you could use to make a tower?  Explained that the Tower of Pisa was built with limestone and marble, two very strong rocks often used in European construction and sculptures.  We reviewed the towers they built out of the starch noodles and toothpicks.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: How far can you lean? Invited children to explore leaning as far as they can without falling over. The Leaning Tower of Pisa started to lean during construction because it was built on soft ground that had difficulty supporting the weight.  We played a trust game.  I had a child lean as far backwards without looking as I caught them.  Each child had a turn and we discussed how it felt to lean like that not knowing if I was there to catch them.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your home made from? Invited children to explore the room and try to figure out what materials were used to build it. We then built a counting tower. The children took turns rolling the dice and stacking that many blocks in a tower. The next child rolls and adds to the tower.  After 4 rolls, we counted the tower if it didn’t fall down.  We counted how many times we could roll and stack before the tower falls down. 

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  Where is your favorite place to go? Set out the game cards and invited children to pass them around. What do they talk about? We read a question card and had the children set the matching photo cards on the poster.  They chose which picture they would rather do by placing a manipulative piece above it.  We discussed more and less. Would  you rather questions that we compared answers from all children to see which one got more or less likes, are as follows:  Would  you rather climb the Matterhorn or the Leaning Tower of Pisa?  Where would you be most afraid:  the Matterhorn, Great Pyramid or the Leaning Tower of Pisa?  Would you rather live in a tower, pyramid or a drum?  Would you rather buy a drum or a kite?  Would you rather build a pyramid, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or a kite?  Would you rather be lost in a pyramid or in St. Basil’s Cathedral?

Miss Lindsay’s Birthday:   The children made cards for Ms. Lindsay and read them to her.  We all got to enjoy an Angel Food Cake for her birthday.

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