Monday: Observatory

Mar 30, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Observatory

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Cooper is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week!  He put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Cooper helped us review our numbers, sight words, Spanish and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Rocket ships.  The children told me what they know about an Observatory.  Discussed:  Where do you go to see the stars?  Explained that astronomers can see things far away in outer space by using telescopes and other instruments.  These tools are often kept in a building called an observatory.  Fun facts:  One of the oldest working observatories is London’s Royal Greenwich Observatory, founded in 1675.  The highest observatory on the Earth is 4300 miles above sea level, at Denver, Colorado.  The lowest observatory is 1.7 km below sea level, in Homestake, Dakota.  The Palomar Observatory is an astronomical research center located in north San Diego County, California.  It holds a professional set of telescopes used by the California Institute of Technology, but the observatory is also open to the public almost every day of the year.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do the stars and planets look like from Earth? We had a piece of paper that we rolled  and looked through it to find things in the room. The children then rolled the Brain Box one at a time and had to look through the tube “telescope” to see what it landed on.  They discussed the letter, number, color or shape that it landed on and found that in the room.  Brain box: Ss, Rr, Zz, 7 , Star, Yellow

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: Why do you think the Moon sometimes looks like a big circle and other times looks like a crescent? Shine a flashlight from one end of the room. Put a ball on the floor and shined the flashlight on it as we walked around it discussing the shadows that we saw.  Explained that it takes 29 days (almost a month) for the Moon to travel around the Earth.  We looked at the Moon Phase sheet and discussed the different phases of the moon.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What would you like to see through a telescope? Invited children to explore the sky using binoculars or a paper roll. Remind them never to look directly at the sun.  Reviewed the Spanish words and number that the children learned this month.

Science: Discussed:  What kind of planet would you like to discover? Asked the following questions to each child to get them to describe their new planet.  Questions:  How did you find it?  Is it a gas or rock planet?  How many moons does it have?  How far from the Sun is it?  Is there life on your planet?  What will you name it?  The children used the playdough to make their planets and his moons.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  My Little Journal-  The children will go to the star page and practice making stars on the paper.  We made stars on the wipe off board in during lessons.  They children will connect the stars with a line to form a constellation.  Turn the shape into any animal or object desired then name the constellation that they want.  

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