This week we explored this topic further.
We looked at many other patterns in nature as well as man-made ones keeping our main focus on animals. The children eagerly come to tell us which patterns they might have seen the previous day or what they can observe in class, books and out and about.
Some of them mentioned the following sweaters they wore with stripes; insects such as the bee which has stripes too; the repeated colours they had in them; water ripple effects when they played in the bath; the lava that oozes out of the volcano when it erupts; flowers with endless pattern work and food in various shapes.
Here are some pictures of the patterns they mentioned.
The children started getting their little pattern cutouts from home and showing the patterns they chose in front of the class. Well done Jeanmarie, Sophie, Zara and Neil.
I encourage all the other children to do the same and get a small cutout from a magazine or wrapping paper which has a pattern design on it so we can hang them up on our topic wall outside the classroom.
After this general overview we continued working with the jaguar theme which we started last week. The children learnt some general knowledge about this fascinating animal. These are some facts we went through which you can discuss with them at home or develop the topic even further through book reading and watching videos.
- Jaguars form part of the cat family. In fact it is the 3rd largest of the big cats after the tiger and the lion and it is the largest of all the big cats in the Americas.
- They are solitary animals and live and hunt alone.
- They usually hunt at night and drag their food up a tree to keep it safe.
- Like all members of the big cat family, jaguars can roar.
- Unlike other cats, the jaguar loves the water — it often swims, bathes, plays and even hunts for fish in streams and pools.
- Jaguars are carnivores, they prey on over 80 species of animal of all sizes, such as deer, pigs, capybara, foxes, fish, frogs and even large anaconda snakes.
- The jaguar often leaps into water or from a tree onto its prey.
- The jaguar has a very powerful jaw; its bite is more powerful than that of a lion.
- Finally they got to know that the spots on the jaguar are slightly different than that of their cousins the leopard. Those of a jaguar have a black spot in the middle of most of their pattern.
Video Clip – Roar! Meet the Big Cats! –
J – Jaguar song –
Our work with letter j came to an end with some hands on exercises where the children had to sort out letter j beans from assortments of other letters and different sized beans and bottle caps. They also played various interactive whiteboard games white focused on this letter sound.
Here are a few photos of the letter j activities.