•clipboards for each child
(cardboard with metal clips or conventional clipboards)
• pencils, fine-tip markers, colored pencils
• chart paper, drawing paper
• child-safe binoculars and magnifying glasses
• language and literacy
• social awareness
• fine motor
Plan a trip through your neighborhood or go to an area park or beach to observe different animals.
Engage your child in a discussion to find out what he knows about animals in his environment. Explain to him that he will take an outdoor trip to observe different types of animals.
Ask your child to predict what animals he will see, and record his responses on chart paper. Working from his predictions, prepare a “trip sheet” with icons representing birds, insects, fish, lizards, and land mammals common in your area.
Remind your child to be very quiet as he observes living things. Observe animals or small insects through binoculars and magnifying glasses. Have him keep a tally on his trip sheet of each time he observes a different type of animal or insect. If there are animals he can draw, provide him with materials to create observational sketches. Help your child use a camera to document his trip.
Review your trip with your child. Ask him to compare the animals he observed with his initial predictions. Develop a language-experience chart to record what he saw. Suggest that your child tally his trip sheets, and create a summary of the different types of animals or insects he found.
Remember: Your child may not be able to remember all the different types of animals or insects he comes across. Keep your own list of animals so that you can help him recall details.
Curriculum Connection: Math
Where do they live? Create a Venn diagram to compare where animals live. Draw two large intersecting circles on a large sheet of paper, making each circle a different color. Write the question “Where do they live?” on the top of the paper. In the larger portion of one circle, write the word water, and write land in the other circle. Ask your child to name the animals he saw on his trip, and list them in the appropriate areas. Explain that the section where the circles intersect is for animals that can be found on both land and water.