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Kindergarten Unit: EVALUATE

Evaluate: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FARM

KEY CONCEPTS

• compare and contrast animals
• discuss animal behaviors
• explore the similarities and differences between humans and animals.

SUMMARY

Students work in small groups or individually to create a farm diorama using the plastic animal set and other props. Students are encouraged to make up stories about the animals, comment on their similarities and differences.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

Cardboard box, round cardboard container such as an oatmeal container, construction paper, markers/crayons, clay or playdough for creating creatures or people, cloth and grass for fields. The diorama is unlimited. Try to keep it to scale so that students learn the relative sizes of the animals to each other and to people.

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Set up a cardboard box and silo (easily made from an oatmeal container wrapped in construction paper). Place the model farm animals from the kit at the farm. Add some cardboard people or model people if you have them to the farm.

2. Students work in smallest groups possible in terms of classroom management (one-on-one, pairs or 3-5) to create a story of a Day on the Farm. They might focus on one animal, and compare and contrast that animal's day with everyone else's day. They might do an all-farm hourly check, to see what everyone is up to at 7am, 10am, 2pm and 5 pm.

3. Ask the students to verbally describe similarities and differences about the animals.

4. Group the animals into two categories. Animals can be sorted by:

covering (feathers versus hair)
number of legs (two versus four)
how they escape danger (fly versus run)
beaks versus teeth
small versus large
bird versus mammal

Assess the students' understanding of similarities and differences. Use the AnecdotalNotes.pdf to track student success in making categories.

5. The evaluator uses the AnecdotalNotes.pdf to assess the comments and creative ideas of each student.

RESOURCES

All About Farm Animals by Ann Winterbotham (Doubleday and Company, Inc. , 1988). 45 pages, with color illustrations. This beautiful book gives a vivid picture of farm activity. It includes clear explanations of feeding animals, milking cows and processing the milk, shearing sheep, and other ways people take care of animals. Many other interesting facts about farm animals are given. The easy text and expressive illustrations make this book enjoyable for a wide range of ages.
 

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