Tuesday: Leaves

May 13, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Leaves

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Lily put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the pattern.  She read the Sight words with little help and read her numbers in random order.   We reviewed our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about stems and sprouts.  Today the children told me what they know about leaves.  Discussed:  Why do you leaves come in different shapes.  Fun facts:  

Science:  Discussed:  How could we hurt a plant?  How could we help a plant?  How do plants help us?  Invited the children to search the outdoors area for plants that look healthy.  Why do they think the plant is healthy?  We wrapped a clear plastic bag over a leaf or leaves on a tree.  Tightly sealed it at the branch with a wist tie or sting.  Invited the children to observe what happens in the bag and record the results.  Untied the bag and dumped the water into a measuring cup to see how much was released.  Where do the children think the leaves got the water?  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What plants have many leaves?  Which have only a few leaves?  Looked outside or in magazines  Invited the children to play with the Pattern Blocks and explore building plants with them.  Do they create the different plant parts?  The children played a game by rolling die and counted out the blocks to match the number on the die.  Encourage the children to draw a stem on paper then trace their blocks to add leaves.  Then they rolled the die again  and added that may leaves then counted the total leaves and put the total on their paper.  

Social Studies: Discussed:  How do you think the leaves on a plant help it to grow?  The leaves absorb the sunlight and use it to make energy that fuels the plant.  Invited children to explore tossing, rolling or kicking different balls.  Encouraged the children to pretend the ball is the sunlight and their hands are the leaves.  Then they stood across from a partner and toss the ball back and forth.  Each time a child throws it, he pretends to grow big like a plant that just soaked in the sunlight.  

Science:  Discussed:  What parts of a plant can you name?  Invited the children to view the photo and explore the materials to decide how each could be used to make a plant.  Also encouraged the children to select a portion of each material to create the plant and cut the straw into small pieces.  Invited the children to create a plant diagram(bean seed, yarn roots, paper stem and leaves, straw beans, tissue paper flower).  Cut out the labels and glue them to the matching parts of the plant.  The children then took their diagrams outside and compared them to the real plants.  

Show and Tell:  The children all brought an item of any shape. They came up and discussed their item and the shape that it was.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1- My Little Journal -The children traced their hands-on Y to represent a tree trunk or plant stem.  Glued 9 real or paper leaves to the plant  and they numbered the leaves 1-9.  They finished the sentence The plant has_____________________.

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