Five Emergent Readers
Printable Reader 1- By the Big Red Barn
This reader is a simple retelling of the book "Big Red Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown. After reading the book and emergent reader, a discussion would take place about the animals mentioned in the book. Literacy, counting and sorting activities would follow.
Printable Reader 2 - The Giving Farm
This reader develops the concept of how farming contributes to our well being. Example: We get wheat from the the farm fields that are used to make bread.
This reader is a simple retelling of the well known book "Rosie's Walk" by Pat Hutchins to be used as a follow-up shared reading experience after the book has been read.
Sample Page of "Retelling of Rosie's Walk"
Printable Reader 4 - Everyone Helps Out
This reader was also used in the Fairy Tale theme. This is a retelling of the story "The Little Red Hen" only all the farm animals help out. This book is meant to demonstrate the character virtue of being helpful and kind.
This is a fun little reader where Mrs. Wishy Washy finds funny creatures in her tub. The text is patterned and predictable with high focus on sight words. As a follow-up the students would make their own version of the story from the template provided in the member site. It is a pattern story similar to the emergent reader.
More Mrs. Wishy-Washy Ideas
Emergent Reader 6 - Baby Animals Book
In this reader the children must match the mother to the baby farm animal.
Emergent Reader 7- Animal Rhyme Book
The children must find the farm animal that rhymes with the corresponding picture in the reader. Example: I rhyme with boat (goat).
Alphabet Review Game - Initial Sounds - Demonstrated on the Video
The children will draw a letter card, if they have a farm animal picture on their game board with that beginning sound, it would be placed on that picture. If they draw a joker, it becomes their partner's turn and the card is returned back into the container. The first person to have their game board covered with letter cards is the winner.
Vowel Review Fun Game - Demonstrated on the Video
Since the "Farm" theme is a supplementary unit which is meant to be used after the "Alphabet Program" has been completed, the children would be familiar to the vowel sounds. This game expands upon their knowledge of this concept. Each player has a game card (partner game). They each take a turn picking up a vowel letter from the container and decide where to place it. The first person to have their vowel letters properly placed on the game board would be the winner. If they pick up a joker, it is placed back in the container and it is the other player's turn. For example: If they pick up the letter "i" this would be placed on the picture of the pig.
Letter Focus Sounds of "sh or ch" - Game Demonstrated on the Video
The enlarged pictures beginning in "sh or ch" sounds would be used for phonemic awareness activities outlined in the lesson plans or for sorting. After, the "Focus Sound Game" would be played. If a child lands on a picture beginning with the focus sound ("sh" in Week 1 and "ch" in Week 2) they collect a bingo chip. The game continues until all the bingo chips have been collected. The person with the most bingo chips is the winner.
The students will match the word to the picture using their knowledge of their alphabet sounds. The students will also drag the correct vowel letter to complete the word that matches the picture. This allows them to practice their knowledge of CVC sounds.
CVC Activities and Game - Game Demonstrated on the Video
This theme is a supplementary theme, if the "Alphabet Program" were followed some children may be ready to read simple CVC words. Each day work would be done with the children to assist with this skill. This activity is demonstrated on the video.
Preschool and Kindergarten Writing Week 1- Focus on Farm Animals
The children will be using the barn shape template to make a farm shape book. The template would be painted and cut. After, the children can choose a farm animal to insert inside the barn doors or draw their own. After, the name of the animal would be printed on the barn template.
Preschool and Kindergarten Writing Week 2 - City/Town or Country?
The children will be comparing living in the city/town to the country. Each day the children will take turns telling where they would prefer to live and why (city/town or country). The teacher would be writing what they say and printing this on chart paper. After, the children will be printing this on the writing template provided.
Preschool and Kindergarten Math - Week 1
In week one the children will be counting and sorting animals using the picture templates provided. The concept of more or less and one-to-one correspondence would be further developed as outlined in the lesson plans provided.
Preschool and Kindergarten Math - Week 2
The children will be placing objects in the correct ordinal position. They will be arranging the farm animal templates in the correct order from the smallest to tallest or vice versa. They will also be estimating the height of the templates and confirming this using nonstandard units of measurement (snap cubes or paper clips). They could also use playdough snakes to make estimates.
If you are a member, you can follow the Math Focus program that has been specifically developed for meeting the curriculum instead of the above math activities.
Connection to Science
In the theme unit you will find photographs of the animals mentioned in the book and emergent reader. These are great to use for discussion purposes. Each day an animal could be studied and on chart paper special features and facts about these animals could be discussed.
Preschool and Kindergarten Crafts for Week 1
Connection to Literature - Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Barnyard Silhouette Craft
After reading the book "Big Red Barn" to the children, the barnyard silhouette craft would be completed. The children would choose which animal from the story they would like to use to complete the project (they have 12 to choose from). After, painter's masking tape would be placed around the picture on cardboard to prevent it from curling. The ground would be painted black, the sky yellow with hints of red on top and the barn would be painted red to complete the project.
Connection to Literature - Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Rosie's Walk Craft
Painter's masking tape would be secured around the paper on cardboard to prevent it from curling. The sky would be painted blue and the base green for the grass. Tracers would be made in advance (on card stock). The children would trace the hen's body parts on construction paper, cut and assemble as displayed in the photograph. Prior to gluing, the legs would be painted and then the body glued to the paper.
Connection to Literature - Farming by Gail Gibbons
Corn Field Silhouette
Painter's masking tape would be secured around the paper on cardboard to prevent it from curling. The base would be painted black for the soil and the sky painted yellow with hints of red on top. Corn would be painted beside the scarecrow.
Connection to Literature - Flip Flap Farm by Usborne books
Silhouette of What Do Farms Give Us?
The book "Flip Flap Farms" by Usborne books is great to use for introducing children to the concept of how farms are important to us because of the products they provide. This craft project can be introduced after using the emergent reader "The Giving Farm". The rectangular template would be sponge-painted. After, the silhouette pictures would be cut and glued on. The children would share what each of the pictures represent.
Example: Silhouette picture of bread and grain (bread comes from the wheat on a farm).
Note: All the templates are found within the "Farm" theme.
Connection to Literature - "The Farmer" by Mark Ludy
The book "The Farmer" by Mark Ludy is a wonderful book to introduce the concept of the hardships that farmers can face and also about perseverance and compassion. After, the farmer craft could be completed. The children would color the body and hat. A head shot would be added (would require cropping). In the other version they would draw the face instead. The farmer would be assembled and cut as displayed in the photographs.
Horse Craft - Displayed Above
The horse template provided would be used as a tracer. The children would trace the outline on brown or black construction paper. After a tail and mane would be added as displayed in the photograph.
The lamb would be cut and cotton balls would be added for the wool.
Preschool and Kindergarten Craft 1
Little Red Hen Stick Puppets
The head templates of the characters found in the story "Little Red Hen" would be painted, colored and facial features added. After, the templates would be glued to a craft stick. The children would use these to reenact the story.
All templates to complete the crafts are found within the theme unit.
Little Red Hen Masks
The enlarged templates would be painted, colored and facial features added to make masks. The children would use the masks to reenact the story.
City/Town or Country Mouse Craft
Connection to Literature - "Town Mouse, Country Mouse" by Jan Brett
This would be completed after reading a version of the literature selection "Town Mouse, Country Mouse" by Jan Brett (could be another version).
The barn template would taped around using painter's masking tape. This prevents the picture from curling. The sky behind the barn would be painted shades of yellow and orange to the ground. The ground would be painted black. The templates of the mice would be added.
Half the paper is painted blue representing the sky and the base green representing the grass. After, building and window outlines would be painted black. The mice would be added.
The Golden Goose Craft
This project would be completed after reading a version of "The Golden Goose" to the children. The paper would be secured with painter's masking tape. The top part of the picture would be painted blue. The bottom representing water would be sponge-painted different shades of blue and green. Waves would be colored in. Using the goose template, the children would trace this on gold wrapping paper. After, this would be cut out and glued to the water scene.
The Ugly Duckling Craft Silhouette
This craft project would be completed after reading a version of "The Ugly Duckling". The paper would be secured with painter's masking tape. The top part of the paper would be painted stripes of orange and red. The swan template would be traced onto black construction paper and cut. This would be added to the scene. Black construction paper would be added to the base of the pictures (representing water).