Monday: Galaxy

Mar 24, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Galaxy

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Carter is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He found the numbers for the calendar and added them.  He then told us the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Carter helped us review our sight words, Spanish, Sign language and numbers.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about  Saturn.  Discussed:  What could you find in a galaxy?  The Milky Way is made up of more than a hundred billion stars and includes the planets and the Sun.  Fun facts:  A galaxy is a massive group of stars, star clusters, interstellar gas and dust, and dark matter which is all gravitationally bound together.  There are potentially more than 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe.  Dwarf galaxies are very small with about 10 million stars.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: Do you think there is milk in the Milky Way? Explained that when you look at the Milky Way from Earth, billions of close-together stars form a white milky glow. Invited children to spread the foam stars on the floor and explore creating their own galaxy with them. Looked at the Glitter Galaxy they will be making in afternoon centers.

Science: Discussed: What colors do you think you could see in a galaxy? Many colors can be seen in a galaxy. This has to do with the temperature of its stars. Younger, hotter stars give off a blue color, while older, cooler stars give off red. We made Galaxy Goo out of Liquid starch. 

Mathematics and Reasoning :  Discussed:  What would you want to see in the Milky Way? Invited children to take the spinner on a walk around the room to search for matching shapes in our environment. Played the Game, “Space Race.”  Each child took turns spinning the spinner and moving a game piece (moon rock) to the next  matching shape on the path. When the child arrived at the Moon first they pretended to ride in a rocket ship and fly around the room.  We reviewed our number 17.  We counted items to 17 in English and Spanish.  We practiced writing the number 17 and looked at our Journals.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What would be difficult about jumping in space?  We had pillows around the room and had the children pretend they are moons in the galaxy and they could jump over them.  We read the Rhyme Time poster emphasizing “Moon” and “spoon”.  We then re-read the rhyme and invited children to finish it by shouting out, “Spoon!”  We inserted the name of a child in place of “The cow” and invited that child to jump over a pillow.  We did this until each child had a turn to jump over the “Moon.”

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Glitter Galaxy Designs-  The children will mix paint with glue.  They will then paint the paper with the glue/paint mixture and sprinkle glitter on it to make the galaxy.  Center 2- My Little Journal- The children went to the page with 17 on it.  They then practiced writing the number 17. They made 17 paint prints on the page and colored the background black or blue to make the galaxy.  

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