Thursday: Bee

May 21, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Bee

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, Sign language, Spanish and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about rabbits.  Discussed:  What do you know about bees? Show and Tell:  The children were to wear clothing with lots of colors.  We looked at their clothing and discussed the different colors.  I then named a color and the children wearing that color got to buzz around the room like bees.  I did this with all the colors I could think of. Some of the children got to Buzz a lot because they had a lot of different colors on their clothing.   Fun facts:  A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approx. 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. A honeybee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour. Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans. Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water. A typical beehive makes more than 400 pounds of honey per year. Approximately 7-8 pounds of honey are consumed by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax. Honeybees are a great scientific mystery because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years even though the world has changed around them.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Where do bees live?  Set out blocks and pompoms.  Encouraged children to set up a flower garden and play with the pompom bees.  Explained that bees are found all over the world, except in Antarctica, were it is too cold for them to live.  We learned a couple new Spanish words and some of them are words we already knew.  Rabbit- Conejo;  Frog- rana; Yam- batata; flower- flor; Rocket- cohete.  We practiced our new words several times.  Placed the “flower” Spanish Card and one other photo card on the floor.  Encouraged the children to pretend to be a bee and start on the flower card.  Gave them directions for where to buzz next.  For example, “Buzz to the conejo(rabbit).”

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How does a bee help a garden?  Invited the children to tear toilet paper into small pieces.  Pretended it is pollen.  I placed flower cut outs all over the room and put pieces of pollen(toilet paper) on each flower.  Had the children become buzzing bees and pick up one piece of pollen from a flower and put it on another flower.  Continued to transfer pollen pieces until I announces, “Stop!”  Each child stood next to a flower and counts the amount of pollen on the flower.  Used the counting card 10 and checked if the amount of pollen is greater than or less than 10.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What types of flowers do you think bees like the most?  Sprinkled cornmeal onto one plate.  Invited the children to press the cotton ball into the cornmeal and then shake it off onto an empty plate.  Looked at the flower photos and encouraged the children to talk about the colors and shapes that they see.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you think it would be like to go inside of a bee hive?  Invited the children to play with Pattern Blocks and work together to connect all of the pieces.   Showed the children the hexagon Pattern Block and count its 6 sides together.  Explained that a beehive is made with hexagon cells.  Honey is stored in the hexagon.  Invited the children to put different shapes together to create a hexagon.  Figure out together how many different combinations of shapes can make a hexagon.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Pollinate the Poppies-  Encouraged the children to paint stems and other details on the background paper.  Cut out or tear the colored paper to create flowers then add paint to the middle of them.  Used cotton balls to pick up and shake cornmeal over the flowers and make finger print bees on the painting.

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