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Farm Animals Teaching Ideas
1. Reading Corner
Create a reading corner with books about farm animals. When students have extra time, they can go to the reading corner and choose a book to read.
2. Book List
Students record books they read about farm animals on a list. Each student can set a goal for the number of books they will read during the unit.
3. Reading Buddies
Buddy up with a different class and have students share their favourite farm animal books with their reading buddies.
4. ABC Brainstorming
Give each students an “ABC” brainstorming template or have them write the letters of the alphabet down the left side of a blank piece of paper. Students print one letter on each line and then think of a word or phrase related to farm animals that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
5. Class Book
Write this story starter on the board and ask students to complete, “If I was I farm animal, I would be a _______ because __________.” Students then draw a picture to go with their sentence. Bind all the pages together and create a class book.
6. Farm Animal Journal
Give students a journal to use throughout the unit on farm animals. Students can draw pictures and write about new learning.
7. Life Cycle of a Farm Animal
Students choose a farm animal and research to find out about the life cycle of their animal. Let students choose how they will represent the information they find. Some students may want to make a poster. Others may choose to write a picture book illustrating their animal’s life cycle or create another project of their choice.
8. Poetry Writing
Students choose a farm animal. They create an acrostic poem using the letters in the name of the farm animal.
9. What Am I? Riddles
Write a couple farm animal “What am I?” riddles as a class. Once students understand the process, they can write their own riddles. Each day, read out a couple of riddles and see if the students can guess the farm animal.
10. Puppet Play
Students put on a farm animal puppet play. They can write the play and make the puppets as well. Invite a younger class and put on the puppet plays for them.
11. Poem or Song
Students can work with a partner to write a poem or song about farm animals. Hold a recital and have students perform their songs or read their poems to the rest of the class.
12. Buzz Groups
Divide the students into groups and have them “buzz” about different topics related to farm animals.
13. Say Something
At different points during the farm animal unit, ask students to turn and “say something” about what they are learning to their neighbour.
Students create dioramas in shoe boxes. They can bring in different materials to create a farm scene. Extend this activity by having students write about their dioramas.
15. Clay Animals
Bring in different colours of air dry clay. Students create farm animals out of the clay. Discuss the difference between creating clay animals that represent “real” animals and those that are imaginary. Decide if the students are to create their farm animals using real colours (white ducks and brown horses) or if they can use their imagination and create farm animals using different colours (purple cows and green sheep).
Ask students to create farm scene paintings. Hang these paintings throughout the room. Put a blank piece of paper under each painting. As students circulate through the classroom they can make comments and ask questions about each painting on the blank pieces of paper.
17. Graffiti Wall
Cover a wall in your classroom with butcher paper. Students can write or draw things about farm animals on the wall. Throughout the unit, provide students with opportunities to add new information to the graffiti wall.
Phys Ed Ideas
18. Move Like an Animal
Have students spread out in the gym or outside on the playground. Call out the name of different farm animals. Students move the way each animal moves. For example, gallop like a horse, waddle like a duck, etc.
19. Visit a Farm
Take your students on a field trip and visit a farm. Give students a list of 3 to 5 questions that they must answer while they are visiting the farm.
Put the names of different animals on individual slips of paper. Students take turns drawing out the name of an animal and acting it out for their classmates.
21. Guest Speaker
Invite someone that owns or works on a farm into the classroom. Before your guest speaker arrives, brainstorm a list of questions that the students can ask their visitor.
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