Wednesday: Gravity

Mar 26, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Gravity

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.Carter was sick today so we worked together to do the calendar.  We reviewed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish. We reviewed our sight words, Spanish, Sign language and numbers.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about  astronauts.  Today the children told me what they know about Gravity.  Discussed:  How can you jump and stay in the air?  Invited the children to experiment and try different ways to jump high and stay in the air.  Fun facts:  Objects with mass are attracted to each other, this is known as gravity.   Gravity keeps Earth and the other planets in our solar system in orbit around the Sun.  It also keeps the Moon in orbit around Earth.  Tides are caused by the rotation of the Earth and the gravitational effects of the Moon and Sun.  Because Mars has a lower gravity than Earth, a person weighing 200 pounds on Earth would only weigh 76 pounds on Mars.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What happens to a balloon if you let go of the string? Invited children to toss light items in the air and try to catch and pull them down.  They tossed feathers, paper, pom poms.  Explained that in space an astronaut could float away like a balloon.  The children worked together to put the puzzle pieces together. We then discussed the picture that it made. The children will make the game cube in afternoon centers,  we rolled the cube and told the planet it landed on.  We then discussed how they would move on that planet.

Creative Development: Discussed: What do you think it would be like to walk on the Moon? Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the Moon in 1969. Invited children to walk from one side of the room to the other side as slowly as possible without stopping their movement. Explained that the reduced gravity of the Moon and the limitations of a space suit result in a slow-motion type of movement.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How could you run if you were floating in space? Invited children to lie on their backs and explore moving their legs in different ways and speeds in the air.  I placed the Zz, Ss, and Rr around the room on the floor.  The children floated to the letter of their choice.  I went around the room and the child told me what letter they were standing by, if it was capital or lowercase and what sound it made. They then practiced writing the letter in the air.  

Science: Discussed: What happens if you drop something light? Something heavy? Show and Tell:  The children all brought a light or heavy object.  We used those objects to compare and discussed the light and heavy ones. We also experimented with them on which one would fall to the ground first if we dropped them.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Game Cube- The children colored and assembled the game cube.  


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