We recently completed a science unit on animals and their needs. The students made animal logs books and completed pages on living and non-living things, animal needs, and habitats.
We also read the book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. After reading the book, the students chose a farm animal and wrote letters to Farmer Brown as that animal. We made paper plate animals to go with the letters. The students also worked on a reader’s theater production of the book and performed it for the Pre-K class.
We invited the first graders to play a game called Omnivore, Carnivore, Herbivore. Students were given a label identifying the type of animal they were. Then the running began. There was one human in the game. He was able to tag anyone. The omnivore could “eat” the carnivores and the herbivores. The carnivore could “eat” the herbivores and the herbivores spent the entire game trying to run away. It was quite exciting!
Each kindergartner chose an animal to research. The students completed a flip book report on the animals and presented the reports to the class. I think we all learned some interesting things about cheetahs, African elephants and appaloosa horses.
We had a pet showcase day where the students were allowed to bring pets from home. Mr. Darcy, my dog, was the only pet who showed up. We talked about how to take care of pets and worked together to take care of our class bird. We gave Kirby fresh food and water and cleaned his cage.
We spent some time learning about oviparous animals. I hid some eggs, which contained pictures of oviparous animals. Each Kindergartener found three eggs and was able to pick one of the three animals inside to research. They had to learn about the animals’ egg sand where they are laid, what the animal looks like after hatching, and what it looks like as an adult. In class, we painted pictures of the animals and put together a research poster.
We also had an interesting show and tell time. Students were asked to bring show and tell items that fit in an egg. During class they wrote clues about what was in their egg. After each clue was shared, the class was able to guess what the item might be.
We learned about the life cycle of several oviparous animals and acted out the life cycle of a butterfly. We had butterfly larvae in the classroom and observed their life cycle from larvae (caterpillars) to pupa (chrysalis) to adult. We had hoped the butterflies would lay eggs so we could see the complete life cycle, but that didn’t happen this year.
We ended our animal units with a trip to the Greenville Zoo. It was a chilly day, but we still had fun.