Friday: Lion Cub

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory put the number on the calendar.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about skunks.  Today the children told us what they know about Lions.  Fun Facts for baby lions:  There are one to six cubs per litter.  Lion cubs are born blind and helpless.  They weigh approximately 2 to 4 pounds.  They have yellow-red fur with light spots that will fade as they grow.  For the first few weeks of their life, the lion cubs remain in seclusion away from the rest of the pride, with only their mothers tending to them.  Discussed:  What happens when a baby grows up? Many baby animals leave the nest and become adults within a year or two. People take much longer to “grow up”. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  How can you tell when an animal grows up?  When a male lion grows up, he gains a mane (lots of dark fur around the head).  The children spread their fingers around their head like a mane and pretended to move like an adult lion.  We made a lion snack!  The children each received a round cracker and shredded cheese.  They made a mane with the shredded cheese around the cracker.  They then added raisins for the eyes and mouth.  They used spray cheese to make the whiskers. 

Learning Approach: Discussed:  Can you show me how you think a lion hunts and catches food?  Lions often wait for an animal they are hunting to come by, then they pounce and run fast to catch them.  They looked at the little Learning Cards and discussed each in detail.  They set the cards on the floor and came up and took a Brain Block from the bag and rolled it on the floor.  They picked the Little Learning Card that was similar to the block.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What is a group of lions called?  A group of lions is called a pride.  Pride is also what it means when you are happy about something that you did.  Explained that part of growing up means that you take on responsibilities–things that you should do to help others.  They brainstormed ways to help their communities.  They discussed when they show pride!!   

Emergent Reading: Discussed:  What kinds of things do  you do  when you were a baby that you don’t do now? (Drink from a bottle, use a pacifier or diaper, carry a blanket).  The children brainstormed how to decorate the front cover of our baby animal class book.  Each child took a page and drew a picture so something they did when they were a baby and something they do now.  Miss Corrie wrote what they told her to write about their pictures.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring an item from when they were babies. Each child came to the front of the room and told us about their items.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Little Learning Cards and Outside Play

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