- 60 minutes
Preschoolers will be head over heels about animals and their offspring in this lesson! Teach them animal names and the sounds they make.
Students will be able to identify animals and their offspring by their images and names.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Call your students together as a group, and ask them to identify the names of a baby cow, baby cat, and baby dog.
- Inform them that cows have calves, cats have kittens, and dogs have puppies.
- Explain to your students that animals have babies that they take care of.
- Tell your students that today they are going to learn about animals and their babies.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Tell students that animals take care of their babies just like parents or guardians take care of their children.
- Show students images of a duck and duckling, a chicken and a chick, a cow and a calf, and a whale and its calf.
- Pair the images together.
- Read Animal Babies by Eric Carle.
- Direct the students to imitate the sounds that the animals make.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Attach the images of the animals to the whiteboard randomly with magnets.
- Ask a student to come up and find a matching pair.
- Allow each student to have a turn.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Give each student a Baby Animals Match-Up worksheet and a pencil.
- Read the instructions to the students.
- Give the students time to complete the worksheet.
- Collect the worksheets to grade.
- Enrichment: Give students a blank sheet of paper, and instruct them to draw as many animal baby pairs as they can remember.
- Support: Have students identify baby pairs in Animal Babies and verbally describe them.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Grade the independent worksheets, ensuring that your students are matching parent animals to their babies accurately.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Ask students to identify the the mother of a chick, a kitten, a puppy, a calf, and a bunny.
- Take responses by raised hands.