Thursday: Duck

May 26, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ava put the number on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish, and discussed the weather. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about Leeches.  The children told what they know about ducks.  Discussed:  What kinds of birds do you think you might find near a pond?  Ducks can be found all over the world, except in Antarctica where it is too cold.  They did a a rhyme, “Five little ducks went out to play, Over the hills and far away,  Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack.” Four Little Ducks come waddling back….” 

Emergent Wrting:  Discussed:  What would you do if you were a mama duck and your baby was waddling off?  We looked at their Journals and counted the ducks. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What would you do if you found a baby duck with no mommy?  Miss Kelly shared the story behind the Ugly Duckling (goslings and ducklings look very similar when young).  The children sat in a circle.  Explained that the person chosen to touch the heads is the adult duck and he is “inspecting” the ducklings.  Each time he/she touches a head of someone in the circle he/she says, “duck” if he thinks it is a duckling and “goose” when he decides a gosling is hiding with the ducklings.  The duck chases the goose around the circle and takes the spot.  They played this until everyone had a chance to pretend to be the gosling.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What do you think ducks might eat? Did you know that ducks eat small fish, insects or animals, but mostly ducks enjoy aquatic plants and grass, such as lily pads?  We laid the ducks on he floor and counted how many ducks we had.  We put the lily pad on the floor and invited one child at a time to come up and find the certain size of duck.  Example,  Marissa can you find the smallest duck and place it on the lily pad?  Is the duck bigger or smaller than the lily pad?  We continued this to give all the children a chance and all the ducks were compared to the lily pad.  The children also arranged the dogs from smallest to largest or largest to smallest. 

Emergent Reader: Discussed:  What animals do you think scared the turtles back into the water in the storybook?  They reread the story “Turtle Splash!” and the children were to quack once for each turtle on the page.  When we read the page with the ducks, the children flapped as they listened to that page.  After reading the story, they reviewed the animals on each page and counted them.  We compared the number of other animals to the number of turtles on each page.  Discussed if there was more or less turtles than other animals.

Closing Time:  Discussed how many children are in each of their families.  The children discussed how their family stays together when they go for walks or to other places.  The children told what they learned today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children will draw a path from the mother duck to the pond.  They will need to avoid the snake and the alligator. 

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