Wednesday: Uranus

Mar 19, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Uranus

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Maggie put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern 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 children learned about St. Patrick’s day. Discussed:  How long do you think it would take to fly to Uranus?  We had 3 bowls of ice cubes and the children estimated how many they thought were in each bowl.  Each child took turns counting out ice cubes until we got to the number 27.  There are 27 icy moons of Uranus.  Fun facts:  Uranus spins lying on its side (like a barrel), this is perhaps due to a large collision early in its formation.  This was the first planet discovered by telescope.  Since Uranus takes 84 Earth years to go around the sun, this means that each of its poles is in daylight for 42 years and in darkness for the next 42 years.  It’s atmosphere is mostly hydrogen but it also contains large amounts of a gas called methane.  Methane absorbs red light and scatters blue light so a blue-green methane haze hides the interior of the planet from view.Uranus hides its interior but scientists guess that under the hydrogen-methane atmosphere is a hot, slushy ocean of water, ammonia and methane thousands of miles deep wrapped around a rocky core.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: Why do you think scientists have not visited Uranus? Even in a very fast rocket ship, it would take many years to reach Uranus. Voyager 2 spacecraft took almost 9 and a half years to reach Uranus. Invited children to sit as still as they could until I said “Move.” Observed what they did as they waited patiently. Explained that patience means waiting ( sometimes for a long time) without getting angry or upset. Invited children to hang the patient feather on the Circle Time Display. I had the children pretend to walk to Uranus and they had to move very slowly and whoever was the slowest to get to Uranus would win.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How can you find Uranus in the solar system? Taped out 8 parallel lines on the floor and invited children to explore jumping or hopping from one line to the next. Explained that Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. Practiced writing the number 7.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What would happen if you traveled to Uranus? Uranus is a ball of ice and gas, so it doesn’t really have a surface. If you tried to land on Uranus, you would sink down through the gases and into the icy, liquid center. We re-read the story, “Up In Space!” and reviewed the planets.  

Science: Discussed: What do you think a planet looks like as it moves around the Sun? Invited children to experiment rolling and spinning balls. Which is easier? Explained that Uranus spins on a tilted axis. Astronomers think that a large object smashed into it billions of years ago. This collision set the planet tumbling eventually settling into its tilt.  I spun a ball and had the children throw something at it to watch what happened.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  My Little Journal-The children went to the 7 page and made 9 paint prints on the page to represent the planets.  They then labeled the 7th planet Uranus and practiced writing the number 7.   

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