Friday: Saturn

Mar 24, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Saturn

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 our Sign language, Spanish, sight words and numbers in English and Spanish. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Neptune. Discussed:  What do you see when you look at Saturn?  Fun facts:  Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system and is another gas giant.  Saturn has a small rocky core covered with liquid gas.  It is surrounded by a system of rings that stretch out into space for thousands of kilometers.  The rings are made up of millions of ice crystals, some as big as houses and others as small as specks of dust.  Saturn is very light as it is made up of more hydrogen than helium so it is less dense.  If we could fit Saturn into a bathtub it would float.  It has many moons that surround it like Jupiter.  Saturn is not a peaceful planet.  Storm winds race around the atmosphere at 800 kmp/h.  Saturn is a very strong magnetic field which traps energy particles resulting in high levels of radiation.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How do you think Saturn moves? Explained that Saturn spins so fast that its middle is actually flat. Invited children to explore spinning the balls or other objects in the room. Which can spin the fastest?  The children took turns and followed my directions on spinning the balls really fast or really slow.  We counted how many times they could spin it.

Creative Development: Discussed: How are Saturn’s rings different from other planets’ rings? Saturn has several hundred rings that give the appearance of one very wide ring. Gave each child a ribbon and invited them to explore different ways to move it.  Looked at the Saturn wands they will be making in afternoon centers.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Why would you want to travel to Saturn? We looked at the Little Theatre Script. We read and acted the story out.  The children answered questions to check for comprehension.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What sounds do you hear in the word “Saturn?” Set out the Hands-On Letters and invited children to pass them around and trace them with a finger.   We called out verbs (slide, jump, stomp, twirl).  We had the children wait for the word that begins with the sound /s/ and then do that movement.  Examples, squat, skip, stop, step, stand, swing, etc.  If the word does not begin with /s/, children do not move.  

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