Grade Level: Special Education Preschool
Time Needed: 7 days (depending on the length of your preschool sessions)
Summary: The students will identify various farm animals and the sounds that they make. The students will use their language and fine motor skills to create art projects to display the characteristics of the animals. They will use technology to explore the animals. The students will use their expressive language skills to explain their knowledge and engage in conversations about what they have learned.
Assessment: I will assess the students using teacher observation and checklists while they are participating in the activities.
View the farm animal power point that I have created, which helps to introduce some of the farm animals and the sounds that they make.
Read Inside a Barn in the Country by Alyssa Satrin Capucilli.
Play the Barn Game and teach the students the song, taken from http://www..k1sbcss2.ca.us/sbcss/specialeducation/ecthematic/farm/language.html.
Make Haystack Cookies, taken from http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/sbcss/specialeducation/ecthematic/farm/cooking.html. Ingredients needed: graham crackers, small chocolate squares, marshmallows, and Chow Mein noodles.
Use small paper bags to make Paper Bag Horse Puppets, from
Use flax seed in a sensory table, taken from Horse Feed at http://daycare.about.com.
The students should pair up to practice the Wheelbarrow taken from http://daycare.about.com.
Tell the students the story of The Three Little Pigs and help the children to act out the story.
Read The Cow That Went OINK!, by Bernard Most.
Use white lunch bags to make Cow Puppets, taken from http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/farmanimalcrafts/index.htm.
Teach the students Old MacDonald Had a Farm and assign each student an animal puppet or toy. When their assigned animal name is given, the student needs to stand up and provide the animal’s sound when appropriate in the song.
Make Cow Milk Shakes, taken from http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/sbcss/specialeducation/ecthematic/farm/cooking.html. Ingredients needed: milk, ice cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup.
Take the students outside to play Animal Tag, taken from http://daycare.about.com.
Read Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw.
Play a variation of the Questions Game, these questions may be taken from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/classroom/K1/farmanimals.shtml.
Teach the students Baa Baa Black Sheep and Mary Had a Little Lamb
Have the students trace their hands to make Cottony Lambs, taken from http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/8004/farm.html.
Play Pin the Fleece on the Sheep, taken from http://mn.essortment.com/preschoollearni_rxjh.htm.
Use a feely box to let the students explore Feels from the Farm, taken from http://mn.essortment.com/preschoollearni_rxjh.htm.
Save coloring pages from http://daycare.about.com, http://homeschooling.about.com, or http://www.kidsfarm.com/coloringbook.htm, and let the students experiment with painting them using Microsoft Paint. These pages may also be printed and colored with crayons.
Book/Gross Motor: Read Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins. Set up the room as an obstacle course so the students can act out the book, demonstrating understanding of the positional concepts included in the book.
Sensory/Craft: Discuss and experiment with different grains. Make a Grain Collage, taken from http://mn.essortment.com/preschoollearni_rxjh.htm.
Make Chicken Coop Nests, taken from
http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/sbcss/specialeducation/ecthematic/farm/cooking.html. Ingredients needed: Chow Mein noodles, Hard Shell topping, marshmallows (eggs).
Teach the students Take Me Out to the Barnyard and We’re on the Way to Grandpa’s Farm by Raffi, taken from http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/8004/farm.html.
Show-and-Tell………..Have the students bring photographs from home of farm animals. If they do not live on a farm or do not have access to a camera they may bring in pictures from magazines, etc. Discuss the photographs.
Tell the students the story of The Little Red Hen.
Have the students help mix up your favorite bread recipe. Bake the bread in an oven or a bread machine and enjoy later for snack.
Use a cardboard box to create a Chicken Costume, taken from http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/farmanimalcrafts/index.htm, and let the students play.
Teach the students To the Farm taken from http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/8004/farm.html, and If I Were a Farmer taken from http://daycare.about.com.
Let the students use soil and water for Digging up Worms, taken from http://daycare.about.com.
Have the students take off their shoes and socks to make Barefoot Chicks, taken from http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/8004/farm.html.
Make Paper Plate Duck Craft, taken from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/farmanimals.html.
Use pairs of farm animal flashcards to play a memory game.
Take the students outside to play Duck, Duck Goose, taken from http://mn.essortment.com/preschoollearni_rxjh.htm.
Take the class on a field trip to a local farm. Try to pick a farm that has a variety of farm animals that we have discussed. Give the students the opportunity to milk cows, feed animals, collect eggs, etc. The students will need assistance to use a digital camera to take pictures of the various animals and other students participating in farm activities.