Monday: X-Ray Fish

Apr 28, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: X-Ray Fish

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Abby is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She added all the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Abby read all the Sight words and numbers on her own with no help.  We then reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Sea Sponges.  Today the children told me everything they know about X-Ray Fish.  Discussed:  What do you think is inside of a fish?  Fun facts:  The X-ray fish is scientifically called Pristella maxillaris.  They are considered as non-aggressive and gregarious.  They reach the size of two to three inches.  X-ray fish are found in calm, coastal waters as well as in dense, vegetated swamps.  They are carnivorous and usually feed on live foods that are fresh or flakes present in water.  X-ray fish eat insects, small crustaceans, and worms.  You can find them in Venezuala, Orinoco, coastal river drainage of Guiana, British Guyana, Brazil, and the Amazon regions of South America.  They are very popular in aquariums as they possess delicate colors. X-ray fish live in fresh waters and live in pelagic environment.  Aquarium owners usually choose dark backgrounds in their tanks allowing the X-ray fish to appear as clear fish.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Why do you think it would be helpful to have transparent skin?  The children searched the room  for things they could see through(transparent) such as plastic bottles or glass windows.  The x-ray fish’s transparent skin helps it to blend into its surroundings and hide from predators. We hid the Hands-On letters in a bag that they could not see through.  The children then pulled a letter from the bag.  If it was an X, the child put it in the transparent bag to be x-ray fish bones.  If it was another letter, the child put it back and tried again.  We looked at the Hands-on Letter X and discussed the sounds it makes  /ks/, /gz/, /z/.  We discussed the few words that begin with the letter X.  We then practiced writing our Capital and lowercase Xx.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you think an x-ray fish likes to eat?  X-ray fish eat worms, insects and small crustaceans(shrimp, barnacles, crayfish).  The children then explored digging with their hands in the tub of sand.  We cut yarn into many pieces and hid them in the sand.  Then they dug for the worms(yarn pieces) and used them to make the letter X.  How many worms did they find and how many X’s can they make.  

Physical Development: Discussed: How do you think fish bones are like your bones?  How are they different?  We looked at the afternoon center that they will be creating.  They will be making their own X-ray fish.

Social Studies: Discussed:  How do x-ray fish look similar to and different from other fish?  The children looked in mirrors and explored how they look similar and different from their friends.  Explained that the x-ray fish get along with many different types of sea creatures.  The children used different colors of blocks to make schools of fish in groups of 8.  Encouraged them to play side-by-side with their schools of fish and practiced respectful behaviors (share blocks, share space, use kind words, etc.)  We celebrated the children’s respectful gestures.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring an X item or a picture of an item that begins with the letter X.  We didn’t have anyone bring anything so we looked at pictures of different X items.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  X-Ray Fish Painting-  The children painted their hand and made a hand print on the background paper.  They then glued on pieces of straw for the bones of the fish. They added a tail, fin and eye to their hand print.  It made a very cute x-ray fish.  Center 2- My Little Journal- The children went to the Xx page.   They practiced writing the capital and lowercase letter Xx. They then traced their hand with a marker and made lots of X’s in the fingers to make it look like bones.  They added an eye and tail to turn it into an x-ray fish.   

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