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Description

Theories/Methods

Engage Activity

Read Children’s Story

Whole class

Gather children around reading area.

Describe to the class that this is the first lesson to the backyard unit.

Pre-read questions: What animal would you choose to be? Why would you choose that?

To engage students in the activity, students will be read a children’s story called Chimps Don’t Wear Glasses By Laura Numeroff.

The book is about using your imagination. It talks about all the crazy and wacky things animals do, such as reindeer square dancing and kangaroos reading. It’s a great book for kids and it’s very enjoyable to read.

Question: What kind of animals are mammals?

-Brain Based Learning- because they are taking their prior knowledge of animals and are furthering their understanding of them.

-Cognitive Development-because I am tapping into their prior knowledge of mammals.

-Read Aloud- because I am a reading children’s book aloud.

Inquiry- because they are thinking own their own to come up with what a mammal is.

Exploring Activities

Fun Furry Mammals Activity

Small groups

To further student’s knowledge on animals and mammals, the activity of identifying and classifying mammals will be given.

Procedure:

1.

Students will form groups of 4-5 children. Each group will receive one envelope filled with 10 different cut-out pictures of animals (Theses pictures should be all different types of animals such as birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals), a pair of scissors, glue, a marker, and a white piece of construction

-Choice Theory- they are choosing what animal they should go in each category.

-Cooperative learning because they are working together to come up with a conclusion.

-Brain Theory-connections are being made based on the activity to further understand mammals.

-Thematic Instruction because they are categorizing and label each picture together.

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