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This is a farm animal lesson which can be mostly done in one classroom day or can be expanded to fit your needs :)
Resources/Materials: feely box, hay, feathers, rough fur swatch, horse hair, corn, eggs, milk, goat cheese, plates, cups, video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=4yiqYvr_4dM) , computer, and book.
Overview: The teacher will introduce animals that live on a farm, and the items we receive from these animals. The students will get an understanding that there are different animals other than what they see during a normal day.
Purpose: The students will be able to identify and distinguish between four farm animals (horse, chicken, goat, and cow).
***Lesson includes food and items that children may be allergic to. Please check your classroom allergies before continuing with this lesson and make any changes necessary***
Time Needed: This lesson plan takes ½ day to a day to do if included with other daily classroom routines such as circle time, lunch, nap time, and recess. This lesson plan can also be broken down into smaller sessions if needed.
Introduction: Good __________ boys and girls, today we are going to learn about farm animals. What kinds on animals can you find at a farm? Very good ________, a ___________ is a farm animal. We are going to learn about horses, chickens, goats, and cows. Can anyone tell me something about these animals? We are going to read a story, play a game, taste some yummy food that comes from the farm and smell some food that many animals on the farm eat. (Bolded questions are open-ended. Give children each a turn to answer.)
Procedures: First, the teacher will read the story (An Old McDonald Book) while at Circle Time. The teacher will take the time and discuss each animal that comes up in the story, even the ones the students are not learning about today. The teacher will discuss with the students the sounds that the animals make, followed by a game of pretending to be their favorite farm animal. The students will then watch the video from youtube.com (link included in material list) and discuss why people like to help animals and why they should be nice (respect) the animals around them just like they do to the people in their lives. The students will then sit at tables and the teacher will serve the students a glass of milk, a boiled egg, and a piece of goat cheese while explaining where each of the items came from. After the snack, the teacher will then bring out the feely box filled with the piece of fur representing goat hair, some horse hair, hay that the animals eat(let the children smell the hay as well), the feathers, corn that the chickens eat, and a boiled egg.
Extension: Take a field trip to a farm (preferably a petting farm) to allow the children a hands-on, up-close look at what they just learned.
Evaluation: The teacher will get the group of students to act out each animal and observe the students movement and sounds. After the movement session is over, the teacher will gather the students at circle time and talk with the students to see what information they retained from the lesson.