Wednesday: Seahorse

Apr 24, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Seahorse

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Lucas put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Sign Language, Spanish, Sight words and Numbers in English and Spanish.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Sea Star.  The children told me everything they know about Seahorses.  Discussed:  Why do you think a seahorse has a tail?  Fun facts: They  live in the tropical waters of the temperature locations and in shallow water. Seahorse don’t have scales even though they look like they do. They swim upright that is very different from other aquatic life. Seahorses have a small crown on them called a coral net. It is unique for each of them. They don’t swim very well but rely on the dorsal fin to help them move. The two eyes of a seahorse are able to move independently of each other. The male seahorse is the one that will carry the eggs. He will have them in his body for up to 45 days and then they will emerge full grown. The seahorse features a prehensile tail that allows them to pick up items and to hold them. They can also use those items in the water just like we do with our hands. Due to not swimming well they can die from exhaustion in high currents. This includes when the weather becomes severe in what is usually a very calm body of water. A seahorse doesn’t have teeth and they don’t have a stomach. They have to eat constantly due to the fast process of digestion.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Who carried you before you were born?  Who carries you now? Explained that  it is the daddy seahorse that carries the baby eggs before they hatch.  Had the children fold up their shirts to explore carrying blocks around the room and to see how many they could carry.  We cut out a seahorse belly card and attached it to the photo of a seahorse leaving an opening at the top.  They drew a number card and counted out that many seahorse babies to put in the daddy’s belly(pocket).  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you think a seahorse uses its tail?  Seahorses use their tails to grab onto things  Some males use their tails to fight off enemies.  Had the children wrap their arms,legs, fingers or hands around various objects(blocks, chairs, stuffed animals, etc.)  They also said a word that begins with W or O.  Invited the children  to find the Hands-On-Letter that matches the sound at the beginning of the word.  The children then wrapped a pipe cleaner “tail” around the matching letter.

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do you think seahorses move through the ocean?  Seahorses have a small fin that propels them forward then they drift through the water.  They grab on to things with their tails when they need to stop.  Asked the children what it might look like if they could float in the water.  How do they move their arms and legs?  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Where do you like to hide?  Explained that a seahorse can change colors to camouflage itself and hide from predators.   Had the children find something in the room that is the same color as what they were wearing.  Had the children hide a puzzle piece in the room next to something the same color and had the other children look for the puzzle pieces.  Then they put the puzzle pieces together.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Pocket Game-Each child made their own pocket game. 

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