We start our Animals on the Farm unit with Flip the Flaps: Farm Animals by Karen Wallace and Baby Animals on the Farm by Bendon Publishing. By pairing the books. children got a strong overview of the unit and its vocabulary. The Flip the Flaps book covered interesting facts, giving each animal a two page spread and a question that is answered by lifting the flap. The students looked forward to remembering what was under the flap. Baby Animals on the farm gave names to male and female adult animals as well as the baby animals – a great vocabulary booster. The book Seasons on the Farm also tied this unit to last weeks intro to spring and review of the four seasons.
I have plenty of farm animal toys – a Fisher Price barn and animals, See and Say animal noises, farm animal puzzles, and Leap Frog Farm Animals Mash Up, to name a few. Whenever students play at centers, I can interact with them and encourage the vocabulary terms we have learned.
One day we read Wake Up, Sun by David Harrison and Rock-A-Bye Farm by by Diane Johnston Hamm. These books review animal sounds and names. We made a list of all the jobs on the farm from sunup to sundown. It was great to hear them consider this list when playing with the farm animals.
One day we discussed the commercial use of each animal. These are covered in the Flip the Flap Animal book – sheep give wool, cows give milk, chickens lay eggs, etc. As an extension of the children’s understanding of dairy cows, we made this flower petal foldable and discussed dairy products.
Students heard Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin this week. Both of these are rather imaginative fanciful books about what animals and farmers do. This lead back to our discussion of the role the farmer and animals actually have on the farm.
The farm animal unit has marvelous activities and artwork!
I pre-cut the pieces and helped get the hand print correct. The students did the rest!