Friday: Weeds

May 18, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Weeds

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

Fun Facts:  Reviewed what the children learned about Produce.  Today the children told me what they know about weeds.  Discussed  How do weeds hurt a garden?  Any plant that is unwanted, out of place, or just has no discernible value can be considered a weed. Approximately 3% (8,000 of 250,000) of plant species found worldwide are classified as weeds. Broadleaf weeds usually have flat leaves, net-like veins, and grow by means of a taproot or coarse root system. When they first germinate, two leaves emerge from the seed. Grassy weeds grow narrow, upright leaves and have parallel veins. They sprout only one leaf from the seed pod and develop a finer, more fibrous root structures. Weeds are also classified by their life cycle. Just like flowers and other desirable plants, they can be annual, biennial or perennial.

Social Studies: Discussed:  Where do you think you can find weeds?  Invited the children to bury the wands in the dirt and explored pulling them out as if they were weeds.  Encouraged the children to retell a portion of the story using the Story Sequence Wands.  Invited the children to use the words first, next, then and last.  Imagined weeds are growing around the beanstalk.  Encouraged the children to draw what might happen next.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  Why do you think it is important to be honest?  Invited the children to explore the Theme Poster and say what they see.  Told the students about something on the Theme Poster that may be true or false.  Invited the children to shout out “true” or “false”.  Continued modeling true or false statements and asking for the children’s responses.  Encouraged each child to say one thing that  is true about himself then give him a Friendship Bracelet.  Explained that it is important to be honest because lies can hurt and make people sad.  If you are always honest, people will believe what you say.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How do you remove weeds from a garden?  Explained that weeds can crowd other plants and block them from getting sunlight or nutrients.  Invited the children to explore wrapping yarn all around the sticks.  Encouraged them to tie it, twist it and wrap it.  Invited the children to work together to figure out how to cut and untie the yarn to free the sticks from the “weeds.”  Allowed the children to work independently or in a small group.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How can you tell the difference between a weed and a fruit or vegetable in the garden?  Weeds look similar to pants and are sometimes hard to spot.  Some have flowers and others look like grass.  Invited the children to search for weeds outside. Looked in cracks in the cement, in the grass or at the base of trees and other plants.  Set a mixture of snack foods in a tray.  Invited the children to wash their hands.  Name one of the items as the weeds and encourage children to “weed ” out the mix.  Sort the other snack items if desired  Then, ate and enjoyed.  

 

 

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