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Best Lesson Ashley Brannen Life Science Pre-K Animal Babies and Sounds Objective/Purpose: This activity helps kids to learn about animals by recognizing the sounds they make and being able to match the name of the baby animal with the adult. This activity was also an exercise in listening skills, following instructions, and cooperation between classmates. QCC: Materials/Time Considerations 1. A book about a farm or farm animals 2. The music to Old MacDonald (optional) 3. Picture cutouts of diffe
  Best LessonAshley BrannenLife SciencePre-KAnimal Babies and Sounds Objective/Purpose: This activity helps kids to learn about animals by recognizing thesounds they make and being able to match the name of the baby animal with the adult.This activity was also an exercise in listening skills, following instructions, andcooperation between classmates. QCC:Materials/Time Considerations 1. A book about a farm or farm animals2. The music to Old MacDonald (optional)3. Picture cutouts of different farm animals (cow, dog, sheep, chicken, etc)4. Slideshow of real pictures of each baby/adult animal pair5. Duct tape or masking tape6. This activity takes one class period (about 40 minutes) Background Information: The students were getting ready to go on a fieldtrip toWashington Farms. They have a petting zoo, and I wanted the children to be able torecognize the animals and to know the names of the baby animals. They had learnedabout farm animals earlier in the year and this was a little more detailed. It was also atransition lesson between talking about the five senses to talking about fall and pumpkins. Preparation and Procedure: This activity requires little preparation. I made a basic PowerPoint of pictures of theanimal babies and the adult animals so that the students would be able to identify them inreal life. I included these animals: duck/duckling, chicken or hen/chick, sheep/lamb,goat/kid, horse/colt or foal, dog/puppy, cat/kitten, cow/calf, pig/piglet, etc. (You couldinclude more unique animals for older or more advanced kids.) I also printed out severalclipart versions of each animal for the one of the games that we played. I also taped off asection of nine squares for a tic-tac-toe board for the second game that we played.To begin the lesson, we reviewed animal sounds. I held up pictures and theyperformed the sound for me. You could also find animal sound effects on the internet,play them for the class, and then have them guess which animal it was. We also sang OldMacDonald Had a Farm. The preschoolers love songs and I think it is a great way forthem to learn. Th en, we played a game called “Pen Pals” where I taped a picture of a certain animal on a chair, table, etc, making that area that particular animal pen. Dividethe kids up into equal groups for each animal (I had six animals with three kids each).Then, you tell each child what animal they are or pass out pictures face down and instructthem not to tell their classmates which animal they have. Instruct them to sit quietly andlisten to directions. Tell them that when you say go, they are only allowed to make theiranimal sound and try and find the other children who have the same animal that they do.They are not allowed to talk or do anything except make their animal sound. When theyfind the other two people in their group, they are supposed to go find their pen and bringthe animal picture back to me. The first group to do this wins! This activity was fun forthe kids and they had to follow directions and use listening skills to win the game.  Next, I put the PowerPoint on the Smart Board of the animals and animal babiesand we went over each one as a class. Then I would go up and down asking the kids toname the animal and the name of the baby. After reviewing a few times, we played another game to reinforce the information. I split the class into two groups: X’s and O’s. I had already marked off 9 squares to be our tic-tac-toe board. Then, I would ask for avolunteer from one of the groups. I would ask them to tell me the name of an animal  baby when I gave them the name of an animal. For example, “Tell me what a baby duck is called.” If they get it right, they are allowed to pick a spot on the board, just like tic -tac-toe. I had them make either an X or an O over the head to show which team theywere. I alternated back and forth between X and O until one of the teams got tic-tac toeand won. It took them a while to understand the game, but they really liked theinteraction and it was good review. Safety Issues: There are really no safety issues except for making sure they are usinggood behavior when playing the games. Possible Questions/Assessment and Evaluation: I continually asked them questionsabout the animals while we were playing the game. I also asked them about the growth  process and what baby animals need to grow up (mother’s milk, food, shelter, etc.) We also talked about the differences between the babies and adults (size change, colorchanges, etc.) The games are also a good way to tell if the kids are understanding theinformation.
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