Wednesday: Peacock

Mar 30, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ella put the number on the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about Blue Cranes. Today we are discussing Peacocks and the children told me what they know about a peacock.  Fun Facts:  They hunt for small animals like; spiders, reptiles and amphibians.  At night, they will perch in the top of trees to avoid run-ins with predators.  Females are more subdued in color, a necessary adaptation for blending into the scenery while caring for their young.  The most common breed of peacocks the Indian Blue.  We looked at pictures.  Discussed:  What part of your body do you love the most?  Explained that the term “Proud as a peacock” comes from peacocks who love showing off their tail feathers. Recited a poem while each child took turns showing off their pretend tail feathers.

Patterns:Discussed:  How would you feel if you were a bird and most of your feathers fell out?  Explained that the peacock tail feathers are very long, colorful and have an eye shape at the end. These feathers fall out every year, and then they grow back. We looked at a real peacock feather.  The children got to explore it and discuss the colors, the feeling and length.  We measured the feather and discussed how long it was.  We then used the feather to measure items in the room.

Chit Chat: Discussed: What do you do if you want someone to notice you?  (This was hard for the children to understand)  Explained that boy or male peacocks spread out their big tail feathers and dance around to get the girls to notice them.  Each child stood up and did something silly to get us to notice them.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What are some different ways you could use a feather?  Explained that many peacock feathers are used as decorations, feather dusters and for writing tools.  Other feathers are used for pillows, blankets and clothing.  Discussed what would happen if I stuck the feather in paint and made a line and then put the tongue depressor in paint and made a line.  They were able to see that the feather made a longer line with the paint and didn’t run out as quickly as the tongue depressor did. They will explore this in afternoon centers.

Physical Science:  Discussed: What makes the peacock color look so brilliant?  The feathers bend light to make the many colors associated with peacocks.  I had a dish filled with water.  I then drizzled some oil in the water and we all watched what happened.  They noticed that the oil was not mixing with the water.  I dripped food coloring spots on the oil.  The children told me what they saw happening.  (The drops did not move or spread they stayed just like they fell in the oil) I then dripped soap into the mixture. Discussed if it affected the colors?  (The colors mixed and spread into the water)  We looked at the mixture in the bright light and noticed how it became shiny and changed some.  Each child then dipped a tongue depressor in the water and mixed it around to watch the colors change.

Closing Time: Each child told me one thing that they learned about peacocks.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Bowling Pins and the Waffle Blocks Center 2: Quill Writing-  The children dipped a feather into paint to write with it.  They then experimented with a tongue depressor and discussed which one worked better to write with.  Center 3: Peacock Art- They will trace their foot to make the head of the peacock and cut it out.  They will draw eyes and a beak on the foot pattern they cut out.  The children will decorate the paper plate to make nice colorful feathers.  They will then glue the head to the plate and cut strips to make feathers.  They will add the eye of the feather on the tips of the plate.

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