What a Wonderful Day to be a Cow
Author/Illustrator: Carolyn Lesser
Kristine's note: This book is a beautiful depiction of life on a farm, much like that of our own. As the months of the year pass, the animals are shown throughout the seasons in different locations of the farm. Beautifully illustrated and written, this book is simple enough to teach the basic concepts of animals living in a community on the farm and presents enough information to pursue more complicated topics with older children, like months of the year, animal habitats, weather, seasons, hibernation, migration, etc.
Unit written by: Kristine Miller
Discuss the various farm animals in the story. Let your student tell you which one is his favorite (and why). You may want to record his answer in this favorite farm animal minit book. Let your student cut/paste or draw a picture of the animal to the outside of the book.
2. You may want to make a mini-book of the months of the year, modeled after the book, about animals around our homes and communities.
3. Make a story retelling with a story wheel (1 paper plate with pictures from the book glued around the outside edge of the plate, in order of their appearance in the story, a 2nd plate glued on top with a small triangle cut out of it so that if fastened to the 1st plate with a brad, will show just one picture (inside of the triangle) at a time while child retells the story orally.
4. Make a "Who Lives on the Farm?" book. You could also have fun with these farm animal cards/pocket.
Lots of scooping, dumping, and pouring goes on at the farm! Let your student have fun using measuring cups to scoop and pour things such as grain, popcorn kernels for "corn," sand, gravel, seeds, beans, etc. You can even weigh/compare things like straw and seeds.
Play "farm market" emphasizing money for goods (slip in some basic economics).
Use plastic farm animals for manipulatives in math problems (we used them for sorting, adding, graphing)
Use rubber farm animal stamps to create patterns.
Go on a nature walk (do this on a farm if possible)...take field guides to learn about the animals, plants and insects while there (we are learning about mammals, birds, amphibians, etc)
Discuss habitat with your child. What is a habitat? (The area or environment where an organism or ecological community normally lives.) Review the animals that live on a farm. What would a forest habitat be like? How about an ocean habitat?
Liquids and Solids
Explain what a liquid is and what a solid is. Make butter from milk (shake heavy whipping cream in a mini baby food jar until thick and add salt, if desired)...liquids to solids!
Read and discuss the creation story. List all the farm animals you can think of. What day did God make each one?
God Bless America, Old MacDonald, 5 Little Ducks
1. Make shape (using circles, rectangles, ovals, triangles, etc.) cows or pigs from construction paper (this would be math for the day, too)
2. Make a farm habitat mural on large bulletin board paper (we create the background with paint on one day and then color, cut and glue farm animals the next few days)
3. Fingerprint farm animals
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What a Wonderful Day to be a Cow