Monday: Snails

May 23, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ava is the calendar and weather girl for this week.  She added the numbers to the calendars, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about Mayflies.  The children told Miss Kelly what they know about Snails. Discussed:  What kinds of creatures do you know that live in a shell?  A snail has a shell and lives at ponds. Other shelled creatures include the turtle and crawfish.  Fun Facts:  Snails are one of the earliest known types of animals in the world.  There is evidence that they evolved more than 600 million years ago.  As a snail moves it leaves behind a trail of slime.  You will find that snails are the most active at night.

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  What moves fast?  What moves slowly? A snail is one of the slowest moving creatures.  The children were asked to move their hands slowly. They then picked another body part to move slowly. The children then used yarn to lace around the snail slowly.  Each child came up one at a time and practiced lacing the yarn through the holes on the snail pattern. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you think a snail moves without legs?  Did you know that the bottom of a snail’s body is like one big muscle and the snail secretes some mucus so it can more easily glide along the ground?  The children looked at the folder game and followed it around with their finger.  They did not have time to play the game.

Global Citizenship: Discussed:  If you were a snail, what color would your shell be?  Just as many countries use flags with a variety of colors, snail shells also come in many colors.  They looked at Colombia’s flag and discussed the three colors.  Explained that in Colombia there is a popular kid’s song that says, “Yellow is our gold, blue is our vast seas and red is the blood that gave us freedom.”  The children thought about colors and what they thought they might represent.  Fun Facts:  Did you know that 95% of the world’s emerald’s come from Colombia?  Colombia has more than 15 major volcanoes.  Over 12% of the world’s coffee beans come from Columbia.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  Is it safe to explore a pond on your own?  Explained that it is never safe to go somewhere on your own, especially swimming or in the woods.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in a shell or a picture of a shell.  They each come up one at a time to show their shells.  They discussed why they liked that shell and how it could be used.

Closing Time:  Each child told what they learned today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:    Flag Color Sheet-  Each child will make their own flag.  The child will put their favorite color on the top of the flag and then they will think of two more colors to add to the bottom strips of the flag. 

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