Wednesday: Dolphin

Apr 15, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Dolphin

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Harper put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and pattern and also found the day of  the week in Spanish.  She helped us review our sight words, Spanish, numbers, and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned yesterday on the field trip.  The children told me what they know about Dolphins.  Discussed:  Where could you find a dolphin?  Fun facts:  The dolphin is one of the most playful and intelligent animals on our planet.  Even though dolphins spend their lives in the water, they are not fish, but are mammals.  Dolphins can’t breathe like fish, but need to come to the surface to breath air.  Dolphins are very social animals.  Many dolphins travel in groups called pods.  Some dolphins, like Killer Whales, live in pods of 5 to 30 members for their entire lives.  Each Pod behaves differently.  Some migrate and travel around the world, while others have a specific territory.  Sometimes pods can group together to make giant pods as large as 1000 or more dolphins.  Baby dolphins are called calves.  The males are called bulls and the females are called cows.  The largest dolphin is the Killer Whale which grows up to 23 feet long and can weigh over 4 tons.  The smallest dolphin is the Heaviside’s Dolphin which grows to just over 3 feet long and weighs around 90 pounds.  Dolphins have long snouts that typically hold around 100 teeth.  They also have a blowhole on the top of their head that they use for breathing.  They communicate through chirps and whistles.  They like to jump and play and do acrobatic spins in the air.  They have been known to surf waves near the beach or follow the wake of ships. Dolphins are very trainable.  For the most part, dolphins eat other smaller fish, but they are not limited to just fish.  They eat squid, and dolphins like the Killer Whales, will often eat small sea mammals like seals and penguins. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How do we think a dolphin can move.   Set out a pattern guide and cards and said the pattern together, “Shrimp, fish, dolphin, dolphin.” Explained that shrimp crawl, fish swim, and dolphins can jump.  We looked at the pattern on the Calendar and discussed how it was an ABCC pattern. We then continued the Shrimp, fish, dolphin, dolphin pattern. The children came up and picked the correct picture to continue the pattern.  We then changed the pattern and the children worked on continuing that new pattern.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What ocean creature would they like to see.  Discussed the daily topic posters to see what words or facts they can recall.   I Can Read Book- The children helped read the story aloud pausing to discover what each animal is on the page.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  What they would like to teach a dolphin to do.  Dolphins can be trained to do many tricks.  Trainers teach them using movements and sounds.  We played a game of Dolphin Trainer.  We choose a leader to make up movements for others to mimic.  They were creative and used props to invent fun tricks.  Clapped each time the dolphins(children) repeated the trainer.

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do you think dolphins talk to each other.  The children made different sounds with their mouths.  We agreed on 3 different dolphin sounds.  Practiced the dolphin sounds in the ABCD pattern.  Lead the children in a dolphin song then asked the children to lead using the same or different sound.  Asked what they think they are singing about.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in a sea animal and told everyone about the sea animal they brought in.   

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  I Can Read book-  The children went through the book and underlined the “am” sight word.  They then drew a picture of a sea animal on the last page.   

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