Wednesday: Rabbit

May 21, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Rabbit

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about crows.  Discussed:  What do you know about rabbits?  Fun facts:   A female rabbit is called a doe. A male rabbit is called a buck. A young rabbit is called a kit (or kitten). Rabbits live in groups. The European rabbit lives underground, in burrows. A group of burrows is known as a warren. More than half of the world’s rabbits live in North America. Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 10 cm (4 in). Rabbits have a lifespan of around 10 years. Rabbits are herbivores (plant eaters). Pet rabbits that live inside are often referred to as ‘house rabbits’. Rabbits reproduce very quickly. This can be a major headache for people living in agricultural areas where rabbits are seen as pests. Rabbits are born with their eyes closed and without fur.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How does a rabbit move? Invited the children to explore different ways of hopping or jumping(on one foot, backwards, in a circle, etc.).  Taped an uppercase letter R on the floor.  Showed the children both photo cards.  Invited the children to choose whether he wants to hop like a rabbit or blast off like a rocket.  Observed as the children hop or run on the taped line.  As the other children wait for their turn, they were encouraged to draw an R in the sky with their arms.  We practiced writing the  capital and lowercase Rr on the Wipe off boards.

Creative Development: Discussed:  Why do you think rabbits have such big ears?  Invited the children to be very quiet and explore the outdoor area for sounds.  Explained that big ears allow rabbits to hear approaching predators. The children cut the bottoms out of paper cups and were encouraged to listen with the cups at their ears.  The children played a game of “I Hear with My Rabbit Ear.”  Invited the children to describe a sound and then give clues (or children ask questions) for the others to guess what it is.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed  Where do rabbits live?  Set out blocks, cups and Rabbit counters.  Invited the children to freely play with them.  What do they build and do with them?  Explained that most rabbits live underground in burrows or rabbit holes.  Invited the children to use the Rabbit Counters to create groups according to the math stories on the cards.  Encouraged the children to start with level 1 then try the more challenging levels when they are ready.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do you think rabbits talk to each other?  Invited the children to try to have a conversation with a partner without words–only movements and gestures.  Explained that rabbits are very quiet when they are hungry, tired or scared.  They communicate with body language.  Demonstrated each of the rabbit language movements listed here.  Invited the children to mimic as they pretend to be rabbits:  –Head flat on the floor=Please pet me.  Kicking=I’m upset with you, Licking=I love you, Soft teeth grinding=I’m very happy, Back turned to you=I’m ignoring you, Ears forward=I’m surprised, Ears Back=I’m stressed and Scream=I’m hurt.  

Show and Tell:  The children came up one at a time to share the items they brought in that began with the letter R.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Rabbit Mask-The children cut out the center of a paper plate to make a large O.  Then they decorated it with crayons, cotton balls and ears then attached a craft stick.    Center 2- My Little Journal-The children practiced writing the capital and lower case letter Rr.  They then traced the hands-0n letter  R on the page.  Added ears and whiskers to turn it into a rabbit.  Finished the sentence:  The rabbit is____________________. 

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