Thursday: Space Food

Mar 26, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Space Food

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Carter wasn’t here today so Will did calendar today for him.  He added the number to the calendar, discussed the pattern, and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Sight words, Spanish, Sign Language and numbers in English and Spanish.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Gravity.  The children told me what they know about Space Food.  Discussed:  What do you think astronauts eat in space?  Fun facts:  The first meals eaten in space were soft, gloopy foods a lot like baby food, packed in tubes like toothpaste.  The astronaut squeezed these meals into their mouths!  The first meal an American astronaut ate was apple-sauce.  The first Russian astronauts, or cosmonauts as they are known, ate tubes of Borscht, which is a type of Russian vegetable soup.  This early space food was not very good to eat, and astronauts didn’t really enjoy it.  An American astronaut called Gus Grissom got into trouble after eating a corned beef sandwich that had been smuggled onto the Gemini 3 space craft.  The main problem with eating and drinking in space is that there is no gravity.  If you let go of a piece of food in a space craft, it will drift around, not fall to the floor.  Water won’t stay in a cup, it will float out and hang in the air.  Food crumbs and drops of water could float around the spacecraft, make a mess or even damage the space craft itself.

Color Review:  I named a color and the children told me a food that could be that color.

Physical Development:  Discussed: What might happen to a bowl of fruit in space? Explained that most space food is stored in tubes or special bags to keep the contents from floating away. WE had some fruit and discussed the different fruits.  We also discussed how could we eat them out of a bag if we were up in space.  Discussed how it would be easier if we had them in smoothy form in a bag.  So we put them in a blender added juice and made a smoothy.  I put the smoothy into a baggy for each child and cut a small hole in corner of baggy and the children had to suck the smoothy out of the bag.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Who would you write to from outer space? Astronauts can send email and make phone calls from outer space. Invited children to look through the book about space or other topics to find pictures they would want to draw.  Looked at the Postcards the children will be making in afternoon centers.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What is your favorite story to tell? We looked at the story sequence cards and discussed the picture on each card. The children then put them in the correct order of how they happened.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What types of foods do astronauts eat in space? Space food is usually dried so it doesn’t spoil and can survive the journey. Some common dried space foods include fruits, vegetables, powdered drinks, and even ice cream. Astronauts add water to the food when they are ready to eat. We had a variety of snack items in one baggy.  We sorted the items on 3 plates according to color.  We then counted each plate to see how many of that color were on a plate. We discussed how we could divided the amount on each plate among 7 kids so that each child could have equal amounts of snack.  We also discussed what would be left over so Ms. Kim could eat them.   We then Sampled some real space food.  We got space food from Fry’s Electronics.  We had peaches, strawberries, ice cream sandwich, cinnamon apple slices and banana’s.  The children told me which of these were their favorites. The strawberries were very sour.  They all loved the ice cream sandwich.  Discussed how light and dry everything was.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Post card- The children drew a picture of something she saw or a food she ate while traveling to space this month. They then wrote about their picture.  Center 2- Bilingual Book- the children put the book together in order and added the correct pictures to the page. We will read the book tomorrow during lessons. Center 3-  Rocket Ship Twirler-The children drew on their rocket ship pieces and then taped them to the yarn. 

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