Tuesday: Astronaut

Mar 24, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Astronaut

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Carter put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Carter helped us read our Sight words, Spanish, Numbers and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about the Galaxy.  The children told me what they know about astronauts.  Discussed:  What would you do if you were an astronaut? Fun facts:  An astronaut or cosmonaut is a person trained by a spaceflight program to lead, pilot or be a crew member of an expedition to space on a spacecraft.  The term “astronaut” is derived from the Greek words astron, meaning “star”, and nautes, meaning “sailor”.  12 men have walked on the moon, two from each of  the six different Apollo missions including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: Why do think an astronaut wears a helmet? We looked at the Parts of the Spacesuit photo and discussed.  Explained that the astronaut must wear his helmet to breathe. There is no oxygen in space.  The children will make astronaut puppets in afternoon centers.

Social Studies: Discussed: What animal or pet would you like to take into space? Explained that the first animal to orbit Earth was a dog from Russia named Laika. Invited children to explore ways to dress up a stuffed animal so that it is ready for outer space.  We used a stuffed bunny to put on a paper bag and cut out a hole for the arms and head.  We then wrapped the bag in foil and put a clear bowl on the bunnies head.  We had the bunny blast off to space!  The kids loved watching it fly into the air.

Language and Literacy :  Discussed:  Why do you think astronauts wear space suits? Space suits protect astronauts from the extreme hot and cold temperatures in outer space. Set out items with zippers and invited children to explore how the zippers work.   We discussed the letter that “Zipper”  starts with.  The children took turns zipping the items.  We then read through the dictionary to find Z words and noticed that there were not that many “z” words.  We practiced writing our Capital and Lowercase Z on the wipe-off board.

Physical Development: Discussed: Why do you think it is important for astronauts to exercise?  The children went around the room lifting something heavy and something light.  Which items are too heavy and which are too light? Explained that the lack of gravity leads to bone and muscle loss in outer space. Astronauts exercise at least once a day to keep their bodies strong. We then did some Astronaut Fitness.  The children did 6 different exercises.  Examples; 20 jumping jacks,  picked up a toy and lifted it above the head going up and down 7 times, stood on their head, 10 squats, 17 steps backwards, laid on bellies lifting arms and legs up and down 9 times.

Show and Tell: The calendar told the children to bring in 2 items but it was supposed to say bring in an item that begins with the letter “Z”.  The children came up one at a time to count out their items and then change the beginning letter of the item to a Z and make it a Z word.  This was silly!  Example, bird was “Zird”!

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Astronaut Puppet-The children made a face to put on the bag and covered it with cellophane to make the helmet.  They then colored and cut out the accessories to add to the bag.  Center 2- My Little Journal-They went to the Z page.  The children practiced writing the capital and lowercase Z.  They then drew a sleeping astronaut and had zzzz’s written on the page. 

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