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Science - Kindergarten
Standard 4 Objective 2
This 3-day activity reinforces what students have learned about animals. The activities focus on farm animals: cows, pigs, hens and ducks.
Camp Paws and Claws is a three-part activity that reinforces what students have learned throughout the year about animals. For this particular activity, students will learn about farm animals. They will learn about cows, pigs, hens, and ducks. Camp Paws and Claws provides several activities for students to earn badges for each animal. As the teacher, you can decide if students should complete all activities or only some.
Camp Paws and Claws can be done as a whole class or broken up into centers. If camp activities are broken up into centers, you should thoroughly explain each activity to the children. Also, you should provide written or picture instructions based on the needs of your students.
Prior to teaching Camp Paws and Claws, teachers should give an overview of the farm animalsducks, pigs, cows, and hens. Students should be able to discuss realistic and unrealistic behaviors of farm animals, what adult and baby animals are called, identify and discuss various parts of farm animals, identify which animals live on a farm, and identify initial sounds of words.
1. Observe, describe, draw, and compare familiar animals.
2. Describe how young animals are different from adult animals.
3. Observe and imitate the sounds and movements of animals with songs, dances, and storytelling.
4. Distinguish between real and make-believe animal behaviors.
Invitation to Learn
Sing Old McDonald Had A Farm as a class. Discuss the various animals that can be on a farm and the sounds they make.
Group students into four small groups or complete activities as a class. Each animal will have a tub with all materials necessary to complete the activities to earn the badge. Explain all activities to children prior to allowing them to go to the centers. In each tub keep an example so that students know what to do.
Curriculum Extensions/Adaptations/ Integration
Church, E. (2003). Scientific thinking: step-by-step. Scholastic Early Childhood Today. 6(4) 35-41.
In the primary grades, children are learning about science and the world. Science skillsobserve, compare, sort, organize, predict, experiment, evaluate and apply are essential to their learning. It is important for students to understand the process involved with experimenting in science.
LeVine, J. (2002). Teaching ideas: writing letters to support literacy. The Reading Teacher. 56 (3) 232-239.
The more students write the more proficient they become. A simple daily message can include daily activities or another message to the students will enable children to read some of the message early in the school year.