Tuesday: Crow

May 21, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Crow

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the pattern.  He helped us review our Spanish, numbers, sight words and Sign Language.

 Fun Facts/Brainstorming:   Reviewed what the kids learned about moles.  Today the children told us what they know about crows.  Discussed:  What kinds of birds do you think like to visit gardens.  Crows have shiny jet black plumage with curious eyes, hoping gait, and a remarkable level of intelligence. Crows are in fact very interesting birds, who perform some astounding feats with their cleverness and dexterity. It amazes most of the humans who often consider them as simple nuisance. These birds are so resilient and intelligent that they have been successful in outsmarting humans for accessing food from their domain. Their level of intelligence sets them apart from other birds! With more than 120 species, crows thrive in almost all the continents, other than Antarctica. “Cawing” is the sound they make, and they have a sophisticated form of communication language.  We practiced doing patterns.  We did an AABBCC pattern through movements: caw,caw (hold hands to mouth and caw), flap, flap (flap arms up and down), peck, peck (bop head back and forth).  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you think a crow likes to eat from the garden?  Opened the refrigerator or cupboard and invited the children to search for foods they thought a crow might eat.  Explained that crows eat foods such as fruits, grains, nuts, acorns, snails,small birds, eggs rabbits, mice, toads, snakes and insects.  We mixed up the game cards and spread them face down on the floor.  Had the children turn over one card at a time.  If it is food, he flips over another card.  If he flips over a scarecrow, the game is over.  Counted the amount of food flipped over and compared the amount to the unflipped food cards.  Repeated the game to try and beat the score.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What type of face would you make to scare away a crow?  Invited the children to explore making different faces in the mirror. What types of emotions do they demonstrate?  Handed the scarecrow parts to the children then showed them one that was completed. Invited the children that have the matching parts to work together to build the scarecrow.  After the scarecrow is completed, encouraged the children to name its emotion and decide if it wold scare away a crow.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you think crows communicate with one another?  Gave a simple task and invited the children to try to communicate with one another by only making sounds.  As the children played, I explained that crows can make over 20 different sounds that each means something different.  Invited the children to point to a person or a photo in the room and make the appropriate first letter sound.  Encouraged the others to copy the sound.

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think a crow uses its beak?  Invited the children to explore the outdoor area and find nature items that can be used to pick up a leaf or a rock.  Observed as they gathered objects and experimented with their use.  Explained that crows are highly intelligent.  They can pick up small twigs and use them as tools to find food.  Set out a variety of nature tools (such as sticks) and kitchen tools (such as spoons).  Encouraged  the children to problem solve different ways to use each tool to pick up and carry various objects.  Try picking up different objects such as blocks, paper, leaves, rocks…Experimented with scraping, poking, and scooping things with the “tools.”

Afternoon Centers:   Center 2- My Little Journal -The children traced or drew a large black diamond on the page.  Added wings, a head and beak to turn it into a crow.  Drew a cornfield around the crow if desired.  Finished the sentence:  The crow is__________________________.     

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