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Animals and Offspring
Students will be able to identify animals and their offspring by their images and names.
- 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.
- 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.