The Farm Unit
Sneak Peek at the Week:
*We'll publish LOTS of class books, learn about farm animals, crops, and why we need
farms.
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"Roll It and Eat It" Ice Cream: We'll make ice cream using coffee can freezers.

*"Barn-raising": We'll paint our barns this week.
Shared Reading:
The Farm by K-Crew Animal
Talk by K-Crew
Focus Poetry:
"Sheep"
"The Tale of a Tail"
Journal Topics:
*Draw a barn.
*What could you see on a farm?
*Draw your favorite farm animal.
*Draw an animal family (ie, rooster, hen, chick).
*Draw a farmer working on the farm.
*What could you hear on the farm?
*What products do we get from cows/geese/sheep/hens/pigs?
Center Ideas:
fine motor: perforate pig shape, scribble art rooster

art: painted hen, curled paper sheep



writing: "On the farm, I can see...."   "Farmers are good at ....."
Literature:
The Grumpy Morning by Darcia Labrosse

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

Color Farm by Lois Ehlert

Night Is Coming by W. Nikola-Lisa

Sheep In a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
*After reading this story, we list what we might see on a farm.  Students complete a barn
scene using a die-cut barn and farm animal stickers. Then they write about it!

Fiddle-I-Fee by Melissa Sweet

Over in the Meadow

Rosie's Walk
by Pat Hutchins
*Of course, we have to act out this story!  First with a volunteer performance, then as a
whole class.. "
going across the yard (floor), over the haystack (table), through the fence
(chairs),"
etc.   Each student illustrates his/her own book retelling the story.  The text is
taken from the story.  Students illustrate, and use "Rosie popsicle stick puppets" to act
out all the prepostional phrases.

Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
*We used a pull-through story strip copied from Teachers' Mailbox (Sept/Oct '99) . Then the
students retell the story, by pulling the fox strip through the bushes.....
"Goodness
gracious me!  I can see a nose, two eyes, and two ears in the bushes..."
They LOVE this
tale!

Mary Had a Little Lamb photographs by Sarah Josepha Hale

"The Turnip" (MacMillan rebus story)
The Enormous Turnip by Nicola Baxter
*This is a great tale to act out, too!  After retelling the story, each student sequences 6
picture cards on a sentence strip.

Come Along, Daisy! by Jane Simmons

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Plant or Animal?: Concept Science by Judith Holloway

Mammals are Animals: Concept Science by Judith Holloway

Plants Grow Almost Anywhere: Concept Science by Judith Holloway

Food From Plants: Concept Science by Judith Holloway

Big Egg by Molly Coxe

Over on the Farm by Christopher Gunson
*Students will complete their own Farm Products book, matching products to their
appropriate animal pages. [Sheep- wool yarn, cow- picture of cheese, pig- picture of
ham, turkey- picture of roasted turkey, goose- feather/down, hen- fried egg (white
squiggly circle shape, kids add yellow dot sticker)]  

Two Cool Cows by Toby Speed

Two Tiny Mice by Alan Baker

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

Cows Can't Fly by David Milgrim

The Day the Goose Got Loose by Reeve Lindbergh
*As a "book souvenir," students make a goose covered with Kleenex "down".

Don't Forget the Bacon! by Pat Hutchins

Where's My Egg? by Tony Mitton

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks
*This is a great rhyming book.  Students were paired up and asked to come up with 2
objects that rhyme.  Students then completed the sentence:
"She hung up (student's name) and his/her (object),"
on a shirt (for boys) or a dress (for girls).  The illustrated clothes were hung in rhyming
pairs on a clothesline.

Farm to Market by Joan Wade Cole

The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

It Started as a Seed by Dr. Alden Kelley (CTP)

The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

Anna'a Garden Songs by Mary Q. Steele

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Pigsty by Mark Teague
*We discussed the phrase "pig out" and what it meant.  Then we listed what everyone
like to "pig out" on on a pig-shaped chart.

Wheel Away! by Dayle Ann Dodds

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Pigs Aplenty by David McPhail

From Grass to Butter by Ali Mitgutsch

The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons
*After reading these two books, we discuss all the dairy products we can list... then we
make
ice cream!

On the Farm by Richard Scarry

Inside a Barn In the Country by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
*Students complete a barn shaped-book, illustrating/writing on each page:
A ______ lives on a farm and says, "_____."
A ______ lives on a farm and says, "_____."
A ______ lives on a farm and says, "_____."
But, a _____ does NOT live on a farm.  It lives in ______ and says, "_____".

All About Farm Animals by Brenda Cook
*Students highlight words (number and color words) and illustrate an "On the Farm"
book. The text is:
I  can  see  one  pink  pig.
I  can  see  two  brown  cows.
I  can  see  three  black  sheep.
I  can  see  four  yellow  ducks.

All About Seeds by Melvin Berger
"Down On Grandpa's Farm" (chart written from Hap Palmer's song)
*After singing the song, we ask what kind of animals were in the song..... Then we get
specific: What kind of cow? (a big, brown cow)   We discuss descriptive words, making a
list of descriptors for each animal.  Then students illustrate/write their own page for our
Down On Grandpa's Farm class book.  The text is:
Down on Grandpa's farm, there is a ________, ________ (animal).
The (animal) it makes a sound like this, "____, _____."

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (The Wright Group)
*We make an Old MacKindergarten Had a Farm class book.  The text is:
Old Mac (student's name) had a farm. E-I-E-I-O!  And on that farm there was a (animal). E-I-E-I-O!

The Farm Concert by Joy Cowley
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We read and discuss all the sounds the animals made.... and how the size of the print
affects our volume when reading them.  Then we review speech bubbles/quotation
marks and list all the noises all the farm animals could make.  Students complete a
folded barn paper.  On the front is the text:
I  knew  it  was  a  (animal)  when  I  heard  it  say, " _____".
On the inside, the student illustrates the animal, adding its speech in a speech bubble.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley

Yes, Ma'am by Joy Cowley
Math/Graphs:
*After reading Over In the Meadow, students review numerals/sets by completing a 1, 2,
3, 4 flip chart (Picture a page folded length-wise.  With the fold at the top, write/type
large numerals 1-4.... out of order.  Now, draw a dotted line between the numerals (from
the open edge to the folded edge), dividing the page into 4 sections.).
Students cut on the dotted lines to create 4 little "flip" doors. Under the 1 door, students
draw one farm animal; under the 3 door, three farm animals, etc.  

*We like to review shapes, after reading Lois Ehlert's
Color Farm.  We give each table a
bag full of colored shapes and see what pictures they come up with.

*We graph favorite farm animals and estimate how many plastic farm animals are in a jar.
Science/Social Studies:
We read It Started As a Seed before planting our own seeds (beans).  We also observed
the sprouts and roots on a sweet potato placed in water.  They were amazed at how fast
they grew!
We examined rooster feathers with magnifying glasses and even observed the changes
an eggshell undergoes when left in vinegar (We place an egg in a glass of vinegar.  
They notice the bubbles forming around the shell, the smell of the vinegar, and later how
the shell feels different.  After 4 days, the shell is no longer hard, but rubbery.  It will even
bounce..... just do so carefully!).
Links:
Down on the Farm            
Fun on the Farm Unit
Farm Unit                         
Farm Animals    
Hattie and the Fox             
The Enormous Kinder"Garden"   
Farm Theme