Animals

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  • ‘Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type’ Unit of Study Highlights Book by Doreen Cronin Cows mooing in the barn ….. Chickens laying eggs ….. Pigs in mud, and wooly sheep ….. This is how most of us remember barn animals. But, this book has the animals acting surprisingly different! The cows in this story are cold and are asking Farmer Brown for electric blankets. When he refuses, the cows must think of a way to change his mind. This story shows children how to use language (via the typewriter) and group actions to get the results they want. Children will see how working together and compromise can help solve problems so that everyone is happy. The learning activities in this book Unit encourage children to: • Participate in math games using barn animals (matching, patterning, and counting); • Re-enacting the story through dramatic play; • Explore the difference between hot and cold • Try some yummy snacks made with ingredients from the farm Children will enjoy seeing the animals decide what they need, and then find a way to get it!
  • ‘Elmer’ (the Patchwork Elephant) Book by David McKee Playing with your best friend ….. Wearing the ‘cool’ shoes ….. Being on a team…… Fitting in and being part of a group is really important as we grow from children through adolescence. ‘Elmer (the Patchwork Elephant)’ just wants to be part of his group too. This story helps children understand that we are all unique and special, and this is wonderful! Children discover that we do not all have to be alike in order to be a group. And, that it is the talents and uniqueness each of us bring to the group that helps make the group strong. Seeing differences and similarities as strengths, children learn to value each and every member of the group. Elmer learns that his colorful appearance helps make him unique and special. Activities in this Unit help children: • See that their name can be unique by making a Name Card • Make ‘trumpeting’ sounds with their very own trunk trumpet • Learn about camouflage and how it can help us be more invisible David McKee has written many books with Elmer as the main character. We all can learn a lot through Elmer’s trials, tribulations, and escapades.
  • Animals do pretty much the same thing as people when the weather turns colder – they leave for warmer areas: migrate; they stay inside: hibernate; or they change their habits – grow thicker coats and eat different foods: adapt. Animal behaviors have evolved over many, many years in order for each species to survive. Learning how animals have changed and adapted to changes in their habitat provides information for scientists, ecologists and environmentalists that will help the human race be able to change and survive changes.   Children that are inquisitive about how things work in their world are using higher level thinking and critical analysis skills to solve problems. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • See how polar bears (and other arctic animals) adapt by hiding the in ‘snow’
    • Feel cozy when ‘hibernating’ in a cave
    • Practice math skills in ‘geese migrating’ activity
      Knowing how the animals in our world are doing helps us understand how WE are doing. If an animal species is failing because of environmental changes, we should be aware of what that will do to the human race.   Every living creature is important and connected to each other!
  • Bats

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    Bats Unit of Study Highlights Silently soaring in a night sky….. Catching thousands of mosquitos each night ….. Pollinating plants and dispersing seeds …… Bats have acquired a bad reputation but are really very important mammals to eco systems and agriculture across the world. Bats are fascinating creatures to watch and study. Many American bat species are in severe population decline or are already endangered, as they are worldwide. Bats contribute to a healthy environment, productive agriculture crops, and have provided insight to the scientific world. The Bat Rescue website has a lot of great information about this helpful little creature http://www.batrescue.org/batfacts/batfacts.html Children that gain an understanding of how different animal species contribute to the Earth’s well-being are more likely to become ‘stewards of the Earth’. Bats can be used to inspire learning through: • Using the ‘a-t’ of ‘b-a-t’ to create other words in a rhyming word wheel • Encouraging children to become bat scientists or chiroptologists • Exploring painting techniques to create a bat mobile • Playing a game to experience ‘sound location’ Let’s all go ‘batty’ for the good of our planet!
  • Caterpillars

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    Green and chubby ... Poky spikes ... Brown and fuzzy ... Caterpillars come in all different colors, shapes and forms, and children love to collect them! Caterpillars provide a very close-up examination of the small creatures that live in our world. Children can study small eco-systems by catching a caterpillar and setting up an environment for it, complete with the correct food, water and a branch. If you are lucky, the caterpillar may spin a cocoon or turn into a chrysalis - wait a few weeks and you may hatch a moth or butterfly! Through hands-on activities in this Unit, children:
    • Discover the difference between cocoons and chrysalises
    • Use a special 'inchworm' ruler to measure various items
    • Practice fine motor skills by making a button caterpillar
    Explore caterpillars with your children and re-discover the joys of childhood.
  • Farm Animals

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    The low of cows ... The baa of sheep ... Neighing horses, and clucking hens ... These are the sounds of farm animals most children love to make! The farm is a fascinating place to children. It has so many animals to look at and imitate. Identifying animals and making the appropriate sounds are some of the first language responses young children develop. Children love to imitate the animals they see. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Practice counting and matching colors in the 'Counting Sheep' activity
    • Exercise their muscles with the Chicken Dance
    • Enjoy making a yummy 'horsey' snack
    Farms and farm animals are a mainstay of our economy and world. Help children to explore the many animals that live on the farm!
  • Iridescent shimmering scales….. Light and graceful feathers ….. Creatures of the sky and water …. Birds and fish have remarkable, protective coverings of their skin. There are so many things to do with fish and birds that can spark a child’s curiosity and desire to learn more. The more children understand about the world in which they live, the more likely it is that they will care for and respect all of the Earth’s living creatures and magnificence. Children explore the world of birds and fish through hands-on activities: • Practice counting ‘goldfish’, while having a snack too! • Categorize animals by differentiating between ‘feathered’ and ‘scaled’ animals • Explore how blowing can move a feather or keep it up in the air Feathers and scales add vibrant color to our world; birds and fish add graceful movement. Hopefully, children are inspired by these interesting creatures to design, create and invent.
  • Going Buggy

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    Children may love bugs OR be deathly afraid of them… their reaction can be a learned attitude based on how the adults in their lives feel about bugs.  Bugs are a great ‘science project’ because they are small, easy to find and inexpensive (they are EVERYWHERE!), and provide a hands-on scientific investigation activity when used with magnifying glasses. Learning about bugs helps children to understand their world, and appreciate the environment.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Practice counting and matching numerals
    • Use scientific observation techniques to inspect bugs
    • Develop large motor skills through ‘flying, jumping, and crawling’ like bugs
    • Create beautiful music with their ‘bug’ wood & sand blocks
    Bugs are everywhere.  Embrace them and turn them into your living science center! Just sit back and watch the fun, excitement and learning that is taking place with your children. NOTE: Combine this Unit with the Bugs Unit of Study (can be purchased in the Store) for a full month of buggy fun!
  • Most children enjoy a trip to the zoo to see the many different animals.  This is a good way to teach children about taking care of the animals in our world, especially those that are on the endangered species list.  Most zoos provide an educational program for groups of children.  There are also some great websites that provide animal webcams and a virtual zoo experience.     Children learn best through active exploration.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Stretch and move with Animal Yoga
    • Participate in drama, acting out Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathann
    • Create their own ‘kangaroo pouch’
    • Practice cutting skills by creating a lion
    There are so many animals to learn about in our world.  The Jungle Safari Unit of Study provides activities on other animals children might see in a zoo.
  • Owls

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    Owls Unit of Study Highlights Whooo whooo in the trees….. Soft swooping across the field….. Lightning fast strike on a mouse or rabbit…… Owls are silent hunters in the night. Owls are fascinating birds of prey or raptors. They are great at keeping rodent populations at bay. They come in a variety of sizes, and live in many different environments. Learning about owls can encourage children to learn about other birds and animals in their world. The more children know, the better able they are to care for the earth. Through hands-on activities, children: • Learn about the many owls through non-fiction books • Use ‘owl’ rulers to measure the sizes of different owls • Make a unique handprint owl • Pretend to be an owl to catch a mouse Help children discover the wonderful world of owls. It will be a ‘hoot’!!
  • Spiders

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    Spiders can be very interesting to watch as they spin webs, stalk prey, and speed across an open space.  Learning about spiders encourages children to develop research and organizational skills as they collect interesting facts about spiders.  See the list of spider facts in the Template section.   Encourage children to explore spiders through these hands-on activities: ·       Hear folk tales about Anansi the spider ·       Watch live spiders in an aquarium or clear plastic container (really fun!!) ·       Match numbers for the 8 legs of a spider ·       Make spider hats   Teaching children to be respectful of all creatures in our world can foster an attitude of caring for everything in our world – not just spiders, but the different people they will meet and the lands they will visit.
  • Turtles

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    Slow and steady ….. Land and water ….. Tucked in tight …… All of the above can be used to describe tortoises and turtles. Through continuing to learn about the creatures in our world, children develop a sense of community and respect for all living creatures.  This is a good thing for our world!