Wednesday: Flowers

May 13, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Flowers

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Lily put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She read all the sight words and numbers.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about leaves.  Today the children told me everything they know about flowers.  Discussed:  What do you think likes flowers?  Why?  Fun facts:   To most humans, flowers are seen as objects to decorate homes, gardens, bodies, and more.  However, flowers have a much more important purpose than decorating.  Flowers are the part of plants that make seeds which in turn make new plants.In order to make a seed, pollen from one flower has to combine with the eggs from another flower; this is called pollination.  Flowers are highly adapted to attract their specific pollinators such as bees, flies, moths, hummingbirds, and bats to just name a few.  This is why flowers are brightly colored and highly scented making them the beautiful creations that they are.  The facts about flowers are that without them, we would not have food, medicines, dyes, textiles, and other necessities of daily living. Flowers get their food from sunlight, water and minerals in the soil.  Pollinators (bees,animals and birds) gather pollen from the flowers.  The pollen sticks to their bodies.  When they go to visit another flower to gather more pollen, the pollen form the previous flower drops into the pistil of the new flower, fertilizes the eggs inside the ovary, and seeds are made.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What does a flower do?  Explained that the flowers on the plant attract the insects that pollinate them.  Pollination leads to flower reproduction.  Invited the children to explore tossing many cotton balls in the air at once.  Can they catch some?  Placed a flower photo card on one side of the room and covered it with pollen(cotton balls).  Put the “Ff”  letter card and other letter cards on the opposite side of the room.  Gave the children tongs.  Invited them to run to the flower, gather one piece of pollen and place it on the “F” card.  They took turns gathering pollen.  The children practiced writing the Capital and Lowercase F f on the wipe-off board.

Creative Development: Discussed:  What color of flower would you want to be?   Looked at the Flower headband that the children will be making in afternoon centers.   

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What kinds of flowers have you seen?  Invited the children to use Pattern Blocks to make their own flower design.  Encouraged children to use the blocks to recreate the designs on the mat.  Then, invited them to use the blocks to create their own Japanese flower, bridge or other garden design on the blank mat.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What insects and animals need flowers?  Invited children to search the outdoor area for flowers.  What insects or birds do they see near or on the flowers?  The children cut out flower petals and circles from colored paper.  Wrote a number on each circle and put them in a bag.  Invited the children to choose a circle from the bag and identify the number on it.  Encouraged them to count out the same amount of petals and place them around the circle to create a flower.  Together with all the children, pretended to be bees and buzz around the flower while counting aloud to the number.  

Show and Tell:  The children brought in an F item. They cam up one at a time to discuss the item that they brought.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Flower Headband- Encouraged the children to choose their favorite paint color to use.  Invited the children to create a sunflower costume(or other type of flower) with a headband and leaf hands.  Glued the seeds in the center of the flower then attached the flower to the strips  Sized the headband and stapled the ends together.   Center 2- My Little Journal – The children practiced writing the Capital and lowercase letter Ff.  Had the children trace their fingers(or whole hand if it fits) on the page.  Draw a flower coming out of the top of each finger.  Wrote  the letter F on each stem(finger).  Finished the sentence:  The crow is______________.

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