Need for lesson - Smelling Bottles (Montessori Materials or you can make some. I used medicine containers and drilled small holes on tops of lids then filled them with a variety of strong smells; spices, vanilla, lavander, vinegar and a poster or model of the inside of the nose).
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Your nose smells for you. It helps you to know the things you like and dislike. On the inside of your nose you have many nerve endings. They are very sensitive to smells. When you smell something you do not like you may frown or make a funny face. Can you think of something that has a bad smell? What about good smells, how do they make you feel? We can only smell something if it gives off a vapor. Things give off a vapor in the same way boiling water gives off steam, except we cannot see the vapor. The vapor mixes with the air and enters our nose when we breathe in. The vapor lands on the special cells at the back of our nose and goes to our brain by the nerve endings.
Demonstrate the Smelling Bottles and talk with the children about the different smells, do they like it or not like it?
Smelling Markers - Have available on a tray smelly markers with white construction paper. Children can smell them and draw pictures of what the smells remind them of.
Need for lesson - The book, Super Swimmers: Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals of the Sea. A picture of a Duckbilled Platypus. Any water mammals work or art you would like to demonstrate. If the children are interested in whales this is a good time to talk about the many different kinds of whales!
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Mammals that live in the ocean are called marine mammals. Some marine mammals like whales, breathe air like we do. They have to come up out of the water to take a breath of air. There are also fresh water mammals that live in places like big lakes. Some examples of fresh water mammals are beavers, otters, and the platypus. These mammals also breathe air like we do. Even though marine mammals live in the ocean, do you think they still give birth to babies from the mothers body? What about fur, do you think they still have fur? Yes, remember all mammals have fur or hair, live inside their mother before they are ready to be born, and drink their mother's milk after they are born.
We talked about the platypus being water mammal. The platypus is a special kind of mammal. He is a little mixed up. It has fur and feeds it's baby milk but it has a bill like a duck and lays eggs! So he one mammal that is unique and is called a Duckbill Platypus.
(You can extend this lesson to talk about the many different kinds of whales, depending on your children, it can be simple or a bit more extensive.)
Whale Match - I found some whale pictures and made them into an outline matching activity.
Whale Subtraction - Children can do simple subtraction with whale erasers. I will write in the subtraction problems for each individual child or have small cards made with the problems that children can choose from and write it out themselves on the paper. Depending on the child.
Whale Matching - I made these using stickers from Dover Publications.
Paper Bag Whales - Children can make a beluga whale with white paper bags. They can open the bags and stuff them with tissues and then twist the end of the bags to make a tail. Provide paint so they can paint the eyes,nose, etc.