Farm Story

Begin a story and go around the table having the children add something to the story each time it is their turn. Set up a tape recorder if possible and record the story and then play it back for the group later.

Assess

speaks in complete sentences


Animal Books

Draw or copy a simple farm animal picture onto a colored piece of paper. Make it big enough so that you can fit two per page. Make a stack of pages with the pictures on top and 4 white pages behind it. You can also put another colored piece on the back for a back cover. Put two staples through all sheets of paper at the top of each animal. Then cut out the animals through all pages. By stapling the pages first it makes it easier to cut out all the pages at once. Create enough books for each child to have one. Spend a minute with each child in the small group writing one thing they know about the animal on each page of the book. Then encourage them to go back and illustrate the book in the time they have left. Read the books to the class at the end of the day or allow older children to 'read' their own.

Assess

pretend reads

knows reading progression


Farm Animal Writing

Write farm animal names on individual pieces of paper. You can also paste an appropriate picture on each page. Place the pages into clear page protectors. Have the children place a blank paper on top of a name and trace the words through the page. They can staple their pages together to make an animal word book.

Assess

traces words

writes


Vet's Office

Provide stuffed animal pets and farm animals, along with play doctor kits for the children to pretend to care for animals. A man's white shirt can be a doctor coat. Cut paper towel tubes in half and then into sections to serve as bandages.

Assess

offers help to others

sees another perspective


Farm Mural

Tape up a large piece of green butcher paper on a large wall or bulletin board. Provide materials for the children to use to make farm pictures. Hang them up on the mural.

Assess

self-directed

expresses own interests


Farm Masks

Cut eye holes into paper plates. Give each child a paper plate to decorate like a farm animal.

Assess

creates original work

engages in role play


Milking the Cow

Use a sawhorse as the cow body. Be sure it is secure and then cover it with a sheet or white butcher paper. Add a poster board or bottle for a head. You can tie a rope under the sawhorse and attach a binder clip. Use a pushpin to make small holes in the fingers of a rubber glove (like those used to wash dishes.) Fill the glove with water and hang from the clip under the cow, low enough for the children to reach. NOW! Set up a stool beside the cow and put a bucket under the glove and let the children try to milk the cow! Add just a touch of white paint to the water to make it look more like milk.

Assess

uses one hand dominantly

demonstrates hand strength


Farm Patterns

Copy small pictures of eggs, chicks, and chickens. Give each child a roll of adding machine tape or a sentence strip and have the kids glue on pictures in sequential order until they run out of room.

Assess

puts pictures in sequential order


Animal Coverings

Provide small sheep, duck and horse cutouts. Provide cotton balls or batting, feathers, and cut yarn. Children choose one animal and glue on the appropriate covering. While they work talk about why each animal has different coverings.

Assess

makes observations using senses

predicts based on previous experience or knowledge