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Day 1

  1. 1. DAY 1:Language Arts (Reading and Writing):Before reading any stories, ask the children what they know about farms (what types of animalsor crops, who has visited one, etc).Take notes on the white board or flip pages.Read the classic farm story The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (this book is commonlyfound in libraries)Revisit the white board. Ask the children what they can add to the information now that theyveheard the story.Provide the Farm theme word list to each of the children (you can do a vocabulary test on thesewords later in the week or use them as a printing practice reference) and introduce the word wallwords.Creative Arts:Provide the children with blank sheets of paper and drawing materials or their favorite of thefarm animal mini coloring pages. Sheet 1 has a chicken, cow, horse and pig. Sheet 2 has a duck,goat, goose and sheep.Favorite farm animal mini coloring pages - with ruled lines for printing or writing [sheet 1][sheet 2]Favorite farm animal mini coloring pages - with dotted standard block printing type tracers[sheet 1] [sheet 2]Favorite farm animal mini coloring pages - with dotted script type printing tracers [sheet 1][sheet 2]Favorite farm animal mini coloring pages - just the image (no lines for printing) [sheet 1][sheet 2]Have each child color or draw their favorite farm animal. Children learning to print can alsoprint the name of their animal on the page.Math Skills - Graphing Favorite Farm Animals:Have the children show their pictures of their favorite farm animal and share with the classwhether they have seen a real one (and if so, where).On the whiteboard, keep a tally of the classrooms farm animal favorites OR have the childrenhang their pictures on the bulletin board.Pass out the Favorite Farm Animal Graph to the childrenFavorite Farm Animal GraphHave the children use the whiteboard tally marks or visit the bulletin board to make their owntally sheet and fill in their graphs.Review the graphs in front of the class and have the children self assess their work.Ask the children if they know which is the most popular farm animal in the class based on theresults of the graphing exercise.Staying Active - The Farmer in the Dell:
  2. 2. Outside or in the gym play "The Farmer in the Dell" -- this game can be played multiple timesduring the week.LyricsChildren stand in a circle with one child (the farmer) in the middle.When the "farmer takes a wife" the child in the middle picks another of the children to comestand with them.As each character "takes" another character in the song, all the children in the middle choose oneof the children from the center to join them in the middle.DAY 2:Language Arts (Reading and Writing):Discuss with the class the roll of the illustrator (the person who makes the pictures in a book)Brainstorm with them some different ways they make pictures (crayons, pencil crayons, paint,etc)Read Wake Up, Big Barn illustrated by Suzanne Chitwood (this book is commonly found inlibraries)Discuss the pictures in the Wake Up, Big Barn book. How were they made? (collage)Have any of the children made a collage?What materials can you use to make a collage (magazines, old wrapping paper, tissue paper,leaves, fabric, etc)Reintroduce yesterdays story (The Big Red Barn) -- how was it illustrated? Who was theillustrator.Which method do the children prefer to look at? Which would be more fun to do?You can expand on this discussion by sharing Barnyard Banter by Denise Flemming -- this iseasy to read and is illustrated using "pulp-painting" (created by pouring cotton pulp throughhand-cut stencils)Creative Arts:Provide the children with a blank piece of paper or with one of our collage outlines (fromsimplest to most difficult):TomatoCrop FieldsBarnBarnyardNOTE: My 7 year old daughter enjoyed the barnyard but found it very challenging (it took herabout 1 hour to complete) -- she does a LOT of crafts. Please keep that in mind when picking aproject to do with a large group of children (the tomato may be your best bet)Provide the children with glue, scissors and a wide variety of collage materials.Examples:pieces of wool, string, ribbon and raffiacotton balls (great clouds!)
  3. 3. fabric scrapstinfoil scrapsold magazinesold wrapping paper, construction paper or wallpaper scrapstissue paper in various colorsfelt or fun foam in various colors (you can get precut fun foam shapes with farm animals if youlike)beans, popcorn, grains, uncooked noodles and ricetry scrunching up some of your materials or ripping it instead of cutting it.Have the children "color" their designs by gluing on the collage materialsYou can premake an example to provide inspiration for younger childrenMath Skills - Estimation:Fill a container with a given number of a farm related item (toy farm animals, unpopped popcornor kernels of wheat).100 of the item is a good numberthe container should be an appropriate size that the item nearly fills the containershow the container to the children and tell them how many of the item are insideFill a second, third and fourth container with the same item:assuming you used 100 in the first container -- fill the second container with 25assuming you used 100 in the first container -- fill the third container with 50assuming you used 100 in the first container -- fill the fourth container with 150NOTE: all of the containers should be identicalAsk the children to estimate how many are in the second, third and fourth containers.Expansion: Fill different types of containers with 50 of the item. Ask the children to estimatethe item. Afterwards, discuss whether it was easier or harder to estimate the item when thecontainer was the same or different.DAY 3:Language Arts (Reading and Writing):If you have a felt board: Print out the Farm Themed Felt Board printables in color and preparethem as Felt Board characters. (If you do not have a felt board, you could prepare tack them on abulletin board instead).Read Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Childs Play (or simply sing the song with the kids)As the various characters come up in the story, hang up the appropriate felt board piece. Hand out the Barn shapes booklets and have the children compose their own "In the barn therewas a _____" Book. If the children cannot print, hand out the pages that just require images bedrawn Barn booklet cover page color or B&W - one per child Barn booklet pages (one to
  4. 4. three per child) -- the children should draw a picture of their chosen animal(s) and print asentence about the animalwith lines for printing - children are free to make up their own sentencewith "In the barn there was a _____" - children simply print the name of the animaldrawing only - children draw the animal. No printing neededCreative Arts (Coloring/Scissor Skills/Puppetry):Print out the Farm Themed Felt Board printables in Black and White -- allow each child to pick 2or 3 of the pages.Allow the children to color in their chosen pagesHave the children use scissors to cut out the template piecesUse scotch tape or masking tape to attach a popsicle stick or drinking straw to the back of eachtemplate piece to make puppets.Have the children get into groups of 3 or 4 children to cooperatively create their own puppetshow.Allow the children to share their show with the class -- or if time is an issue, combine the groupsinto two or three large groups and share their puppet show that way.Math Skills - Classifying Items (counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s):Set up three stations in the classroom:Station 1: 10 all different itemsStation 2: 5 sets of 2 identical itemsStation 3: 2 sets of 5 identical itemsStation 4: 10 all the same itemItems could be:plastic farm animals, eggs, silk plants or vegetables (depending on what you have available).If you dont have any of these available, you could print out farm animal coloring pages and hangthe appropriate number of those at the stations. [sheet 1] [sheet 2]Divide your class into four groups. Have each group visit a different station. Have the childrentalk about what they see at the station. Given the age of the children, you can have them printtheir findings on a sheet of paper. For younger children, simply allow them to discuss what theyare seeing.Come together as a classroom. Using the whiteboard, discuss with the class what theydiscovered at each station.Hand out farm themed "Connect the Dots" sheets (all of them, or just the ones your students areready for):by onesby twosby fivesby tensDAY 4:Language Arts (Reading and Writing):
  5. 5. Provide the children with sentence sequencing cards and allow them to create some of their ownsentences (there are suggestions for use included with the templates).Five Little Chickens felt board/poem -- mix counting, language arts and coloringFarm themed mini booksVenn Diagram? of similarities between the books (especially focusing on the art?)Farm ABC wordsscience: animal male, female and babyscience: ways animals are useful to peoplemath: sorting sizesmath: count the cow spotsDAY 5:Language Arts (Reading and Writing):Put out a variety of farm themed books (including the ones you read as a class throughout theweek) and allow the children to browse through them on their own. Depending on how manystudents you have, you may need to put them in groups of two or three and have them read toeach other.Print out farm theme tracer pages with whatever saying you wish. I suggest using a list ofspelling words or word wall words with a farm theme. For example:barn farm pigchick duck eggcat cow horsedog goat turkeyYou can just cut and paste the lines above into the tracer page linesCreative Arts (Singing):Sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" with the children, allowing them to take turns pickinganimal/sound combinations

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