Tuesday: Blue Crane

Mar 29, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Ella wasn’t here this morning so Miss Kim put the number on the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about Penguins.  Today we are learning about Blue Cranes.  The children told me what they know about a Blue Crane. Fun Facts:  Blue crane is the national bird of South Africa.  They usually lay 2-3 large speckled eggs. The Blue Crane gathers in large flocks in the winter months, also known as the Stanley Crane and the Paradise Crane.  The crane is a pale blue-gray color with a white crown, a pink bill, and long dark gray wingtip feathers which trail to the ground.  They can be 4 feet tall.  We looked at a measuring tape to see how tall 4 feet is.  I had children come up one at a time and we compared them to 4 feet and discussed if they were taller or shorter than a crane.  We looked at pictures of a crane.  We did a rhyme and acted it out.  Discussed:  What is your favorite bird?  South Africa chose the Blue Crane as the national bird to represent their country.

Global Citizenship: Discussed:  What are your favorite colors?  South Africa has many people with different colored skin and different traditions.  They love all the different people and want them to live united or together.  So,they chose to put lots of different colors on their flag: red, white, green, blue, black and yellow!  We found South Africa on the World Map.  I picked several children to take turns holding the flag and marching around the room.  Marissa hung the flag on the world map. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  How long each child’s legs are.  I measured their legs with a measuring tape and we compared their legs to one another’s.  I had each child go find something in the room that was longer or shorter than their leg.  We looked at each item and the child told me if it was longer or shorter.  I then took the crane patterns and 5 leg patterns that were different sizes and had each child come up and follow my directions.  They had to put the legs in shortest to longest order. They also had to listen to my words and put the correct size of leg on the cranes body.  Example:  Find the second to the largest legs and place them on the crane.  Find the smallest legs and place them on the crane.  Find the third to the smallest legs and place them on the crane.

Chit Chat: Discussed:  Where do you think the Blue Crane lays eggs?  Explained that because of the heat and dryness of South Africa the Blue Crane lays its eggs near water, so she doesn’t have to go far from the eggs to eat and drink.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What might some of the dangers be for a bird in South Africa? Loss of habitat and eggs that get stolen are one reason the Blue Crane population is shrinking, but many predators live in South Africa.  When Blue Cranes are first born they are quite small, and must stay away from other animals that might eat small birds, such as the Mamba. (The Mamba is a poisonous snake.)  We had an area taped off on the floor.  I picked a child to be the Mamba and the other children stood in the square and were the baby Blue Cranes.  The Mamba ran around to catch the baby Blue Cranes.  The baby Blue Crane’s couldn’t leave the square which was their nest.  As the Mamba caught the cranes they had to hold onto the Mamba’s back to make the snake longer.  We played this until all the baby crane’s were caught by the Mamba. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:   Wooden Blocks  Center 2: Each child took a napkin and colored it with a variety of colored markers.  They then sprayed the napkin with water and watched the colors unite (blend).  Center 3: My Little Journal-They will go to the last page and draw a Blue Crane and 2-3 eggs.  They will tell Miss Felicia what letters they see in the nest.  Center 4:   The children will practice writing their name on their name tag and then decorate it.

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