Final Project Website Educ 396
Unit Topic or Theme: Farm Animals
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Lesson Topic or Theme: Farm Animals
While participating in this activity the children will recall farm animals from pervious lessons.
While participating in this activity the children will identify farm animal names.
While participating in this activity the children will build an understanding of the theme farm.
While participating in this activity the children will engage in the discussion.
This activity will be done during circle in the morning, before going to centers but after going through the routine of circle. After the calendar and weather is finished, invite the children into a discussion of farm life. Hang up the barn cut out on the board next to you, and see if the children can identify it. When the children identify it as a barn, ask the next question, “What do you know about farms?” Write on the large barn hanging on the board all the vocabulary that the children know. They may know animals, foods, or jobs on the farm. When the children are finished stating all the information they know, begin to ask questions to get a few more answers. Try to fill the barn with words that relate to farm life. This will help the children become familiar with the theme, which will make it easier for them throughout the next two weeks. If needed or want to add some more words everyday during circle, and every time invite the children to share and recall their knowledge. This time will also be used to give a formal assessment.
- Large red barn
- Black or brown marker
- Large area
- Visual aid
The topic of farm is important for children to know because of history. Most of their educational career they will learn about a subject matter and the history will lead back to farming and creating the country. This activity will help children identify farm animals in many different ways. It is important for children to be able to identify and make connections between pictures and real life situations. In this website activity will help students to recall information about the animals name and how the animal looks. This helps them build a new vocabulary of words that are simple to understand at this age and very useful. Also to help the child to identify the animals and describe them. If a child were to visit to a farm after learning the new vocabulary and the viewing of animals, the children would need very little help identifying an animal on a farm.
The children are completing this activity because of the theme farm that is being taught and learned in the classroom at this time.
Introductory Activity: During circle time have the children recall the information they have learned about farm in the past week. Read a story to the class that is related to farm, slowly and letting each child get a chance to see all the pictures. Repeating the names of the animals will be beneficial for the children. When finished reading the book, discuss what the appropriate behavior is while using the computers. There is no hitting the keyboard or banging the mouse on the desk and there needs to be sharing manners happening with each group.
Step-by-step (descriptive outline):
Listen to another farm story, like they have every morning of the past week and remind the children to pay close attention to picture of the animals and the name of the animals.
Explain to the children that they will be getting into groups of two and why they are going to explore a farm. Pair children into groups of two to explore and answer questions about farm on the computer.
Students will use the website Old MacDonald’s Farm to strengthen their understanding of farm animal’s names and descriptions.
The children will have between 15 to 20 minutes to explore the website with their partner and help Old MacDonald find his animals. (use a timer)
The children will come back and regroup in circle as a whole group after traveling through the farm.
The teacher will explain to the children that they are going to help create a farm as a class. Student will have to describe a farm animal from the website and explain where the animal belongs on the farm.
When all children have described an animal, they will check to see if animals are missing from the farm.
Continue assessment activity until all animals to the children’s knowledge are on the poster board.
Teacher will begin a discussion about the website, receive feedback from the children.
Let the children use the website during free time if they want to.
The teacher will review all the animals on the poster board to see if the children described all the animals.
The children will continue learning about farm animals for the next week and can use the poster to refer to.
Adaptations for different learners:
This lesson will be the assessment to the website for the theme farm life. The children will be describing and naming the farm animals they know or have learned. There will be a visual aid with a few farm animals and objects that are on a farm. This activity will help the children that need more than just a small overview of a theme, or children of a culture that don’t know much about American farms. We’ll make a poster of our own and read a book about farm life.
Since these children are so young, I would not give them formal homework or another assessment. I may suggest in the parents new letter to explore aspects of a farm with their children at home. A great way to reinforce the lesson would be by bringing the child to a farm or zoo and testing their knowledge of animal names and sounds that were presented in class. Use the website at home too.
Evaluation of the Lesson:
After this lesson was completed I would make notes in my plan book what went well with the lesson and what I could have fixed next time I go and present the lesson to a group of students. Since this activity has a lot of language on the website, a small review of the pictures used on the web pages would be a good idea to help guide the children through the site. If children were in a grade or two above, they may be able to describe the animal and draw it out. This is something that the teacher could grade to prove how much the student knows. However, this is not the best way to test to see if they understand the material. If a student is an audio learner it may be easier to ask the student to verbally say the animal sound or have them be able to hear the animal sound.
Concerns or Questions: