Going to try something different this year…(Farms)

Those of you who know me well shouldn’t be surprised by that statement at all!! I’m constantly changing the way I do things to keep my self up to date and to keep up with the kids interests.

The something different I’m going to try in the next few weeks is developing a unit about the Farm and bringing in Nursery Rhymes.  Thursday, I created Nursery Rhyme books for each of my students.  It’s basically a booklet with a cover (8 1/2 x 11 sized) and then copies of all the Nursery Rhymes I could possibly tie into Farms.  I don’t have it in front of me right now, but I think there were eight of them…lets see how good my memory is!! 🙂

Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Mary Had a Little Lamb

This Little Piggy

The Three Little Kittens

Little Boy Blue

and two others I can’t remember right now! (If you have a suggestion about others I could use or some that you have enjoyed in your classroom, please leave me a comment!)

Anyway, my plan is to talk a bit about a specific animal each day (10 of them) and create anchor charts for each one, and then tie in a Nursery Rhyme when possible.  It think I was able to find three rhymes about sheep, so we will know plenty about them!!

Nursery Rhymes are so critical to learn in Kindergarten!  If you haven’t used them in your classroom before, I would suggest you try and fit them in.  I’ll be tying others in later when we do our Gingerbread Man unit in December.  We’ll be using more Fairy Tales then.

Let me know of any farm ideas you have…I’d love to hear suggestions!!

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on September 12, 2010, in Farms, Nursery Rhymes. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Kristen,
    I am a Kindergarten teacher who lives on a farm. Would your class be interested in a partner project with my city kids and my farm animals? I have a llama, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, and a pregnant cow!

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  2. One is that when you do cows, actually bring in heavy cream and have the students shake it in a jar and make butter…or bring in a mixer and mix it for them. It doesn’t take long. Just squeeze out the whey and salt it and yum! Also, you might think about having a farmer actually come and talk to your kids, if you can. What about making bread from wheat flour after you read the Little Red Hen? Just some ideas…none I’ve done yet 🙂 Will be checking how it goes! Sounds fun!

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  3. I went to a workshop that was sponsored by Farm Bureau. Here is the site. They have some great ideas.

    http://www.agclassroom.org/

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  4. We are working on When The Leaf Blew In….we are creating paper plates in the shape of the characters and attaching them to paint sticks for the students to retell the story.

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