Week 4 Day 4

Book choices for today:

Smell   Maria Rius
My Nose   Llyod Douglas
Smelling   Rebecca Rissman
What I Smell   Alex Appleby
Some Mammals Live in the Sea   John Waters
Super Swimmers   Caroline Arnold

Science: (first circle)

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, lavender, vinegar) and a poster or model of the inside of the nose.

Science 7

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.

Smelling Bottles
Smelling Bottles / Jars


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.

Scented Markers

Science: (second circle)

Need for lesson – The book, Super Swimmers: Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals of the Sea. A picture of a Duckbill Platypus. Any water mammals work or art you would like to demonstrate. If the children are interested in whales this could be good time to talk about the many different kinds of whales!

Zoology 4

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.

Additional Works:

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.

Whale Matching
Simple Subtraction


Five Big Whales

Five big whales in the sea off shore
One swam up to spout, and that left four.
Four big whales in the deep blue sea
One swam up to spout and that left three.
Three big whales in the sea so blue
One swam up to spout and that left two.
Two big whales having lots of fun
One swam up to spout and that left one.
One big whale longing for the sun
It swam up to spout and that left none.

A Whale

A whale is a mammal that lives in the sea.
A whale has to breathe like you and me.
And if we went fishing for something to cook
I do not want to catch a whale  on my hook!


Paper Bag Whales – Children can make a beluga whale with white paper bags. A brown bag can be used for any other whale as well. 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.

Whale Art from brown paper bags

Song (CD) choices for today:

Five Senses   Frank Leto
Five Senses   Dr. Jean
Baby Beluga   Raffi

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