Monday: Baby Monkey

Apr 11, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Marissa is the calendar and weather girl for this week.  She added the numbers to the calendar.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Reviewed what they learned about Fish with Miss Corrie on Friday.  Today we will be learning about baby monkeys.  The children told me what they know about monkeys.  Fun facts:  They have very pale skin in the areas that have no hair.  Monkeys give birth to 1 or 2 babies at a time.  Spider monkeys weigh 5-7 pounds at birth, which is the weight of a bag of flour.  Black-handed spider monkeys mainly eat ripe fruits, but they also eat leaves, seeds, flowers, nectar, insects, and small bird eggs.  We looked at pictures of baby monkeys.  Discussed:  How do you think a monkey carries its baby? Many monkeys carry babies on their backs and shoulders.  We did a rhyme where Mr. Alligator snatched the monkey swinging from the tree. 

Book Worm: Discussed:  What can you carry on your back?  We looked at the matching cards.  I hung one of the cards in the room in different areas and the other matching card was on the floor face down.  Each child came up and took a card and told me the animal on the card.  They then put it on their backs and crawled to the matching card hanging in the room. 

Chit Chat:  Discussed:  What part of the body makes it easy for monkeys to carry their babies on their backs? Explained that monkeys have long arms that make it easier for the baby to wrap arms around the neck of the parent.  I showed them the craft that they would be making this afternoon.

Listening:  Discussed:  What else do you think a monkey can carry on its back?  We looked at the story book pieces.  I then read the participation story and used the story book pieces to act out the story.  When I was done reading the story, I asked the children questions to see if they comprehended the story.  Questions:  What did the monkey and tortoise find in the river?  Which part of the tree did the monkey take?  Which part did the tortoise take?  How did the animals help each other? ect..

Physical Science:  Discussed:  In what ways does a monkey move similar to and different from you?  Explained that monkey feet are a lot like their hands and they can hold onto objects with their tails as well.  these features help them move and climb from object to object very well.  We created an obstacle course for the children to go through.  They did it one way the first time and then tried to go through it a different way.  They had to climb under a chair covered with a blanket,  hop from hula hoop to hula hoop, walked on a balance beam and slid down the slide. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:Legos!  Center 2: Monkey Puppet:  The children will glue the monkey head to the lunch sack.  They will trace their hands and feet to cut out and use as the monkey’s hands and feet.  They will attach the arms and hands and feet to the bag.  They can fill the bag and carry it on their backs.

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