Tuesday: Snakes

May 3, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. We added the number to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about turtles.  Today the children told me what they know about snakes.  Fun Facts:  Snakes belong to the animal group called reptiles.  This group also includes crocodiles, lizards and turtles.  There are more than 2.700 species of snakes in the world.  They live almost everywhere, in deserts, forests, oceans, streams, and lakes.  Snakes also live  on the ground, in trees and in the water.  Snakes bodies are covered with plates or scales.  They eat insects, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, other reptiles, birds (including eggs) and mammals.  Discussed:  How do you feel about snakes?  Did you know that many snakes like to live around water sources?  We looked at pictures of snakes.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Do  you think a turtle could catch you?  Some turtles can out run humans.  I read a rhyme “There Was a Little Turtle”.  The children swayed to the beat.  I then read it really fast and slow.  The children moved to the beat.  The children told me which way was easiest to follow.  I then held the foam diamond shapes up and each child had to clap with their hands flat and get the pieces.  I then had them just grab the pieces.  They told me which way was easier for them. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  What kinds of things do you think a snake eats?  A snake will eat just about anything that will fit in its mouth.  The snake’s jaws aren’t hinged and they open wide to allow the snake to swallow whole things!  I laid a picture of a snake, a frog and a turtle on the floor.  We laid all the foam diamonds down and those were insects, plants or animals to feed the frog, turtle and snake.  Each child had to come up one at a time and use the tweezers to pick up a foam diamond and feed it to the animal of their choice.  They told us which animal they were feeding and what they were feeding it. It was very hard for some of them to pick up the diamonds with the tweezers.  After each child fed the animals we counted how many each got to eat. Discussed who was fed more and less. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  How do you think a snake moves?  Even though the snake doesn’t have legs it can move very quickly. Snakes use their long bodies and muscles to make waves on the ground and push off to move along.  Each child found a spot on the floor where they could practice moving like a snake.  They had to do this without using thier arms and legs.  We had 4 magnifying glasses that I picked 4 children sitting quietly to come up and do what they said too.  Magnifying Glasses:  Duckling– Look and Find a duckling on the Theme Poster.  Count the baby ducklings. Can you waddle like a duck?  Snake– Look and find a snake on the Theme Poster.  Can you stick your tongue out like the snake?  Try to slither on the ground without using your arms and legs.  Turtle- Look and find the turtle.  What color is on the turtle’s back?  What other animals are in the water?  Frog-Look and find a frog.  How high can you hop?  What other animals do you see that might eat bugs?

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think a pond changes when the seasons change?  Many of the pond animals, including snakes, hibernate when winter comes.  This means they sleep through the cold winter.   We looked at the four season pictures for afternoon centers.  We discussed how to color by number.  They also discussed the pictures of each season.

Closing Time:  Each child told me something they learned today

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2: Discovery Colors Activity Sheet-  They will use certain colors of crayons to color by number.  Center 3:  If time they will start to paint a paper bag that they will make into a frog.

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