Thursday: Neptune

Mar 19, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Neptune

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. She reviewed all our numbers, sight words, Spanish, and Sign language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Uranus.  Today the children told me what they know about Neptune.  Discussed:  What colors do you see on Neptune?  Fun facts:  Neptune is a large planet, nearly four times the size of Earth.  It suffers the most violent weather in our Solar System.  Storms have been spotted swirling around its surface and freezing winds that blow about ten times faster than hurricanes on Earth make it the windiest planet.  Neptune is a large, water planet with a blue hydrogen-methane atmosphere and faint rings.  It is covered in thin wispy white clouds which stretch out around the planet.

Creative Development:  Discussed: What do you think the weather is like on Neptune? Invited children to work with a partner to move a ball around in a box top. How do they cooperate and explore the ball’s movement? Explained that Neptune has large swirling storms in its atmosphere. The children worked with a partner to swirl a ball very fast on a lid and make it a stormy Neptune.  Looked at the craft they will be doing in afternoon centers. 

Mathematics and Reasoning : Discussed: What do you think is inside a planet’s rings? Invited children to wad up paper into balls and explore tossing them as far as they can. Explained that Neptune has 6 rings, just like the other gas planets. The rings are made of ice and rocks. Sometimes, ice chunks break off and get drawn towards the Sun. They are known as comets.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What is your favorite planet so far? Why? Set out the planet cutouts all around the room and invited children to travel from one to the other.  We asked the Would You Rather questions and the children placed the foam shape on the one they would rather do and we discussed more and less on the graph.  Example of question:  “Would you rather walk on Earth or the Moon?”

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Why do you think Neptune is blue? Invited children to explore the room and find different shades of blue. Explained that one of the gases on Neptune (methane) absorbs red light from the Sun and reflects blue light back out. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Swirling Neptune- The children used bouncy balls to roll around on the paper in paint to watch the paint swirl together.  They cut that into a circle like Neptune and glued it onto the background paper.  They added 14 stickers around Neptune to represent the moons.  

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