This is an activity for children learning to match baby animals to their mothers. This activity includes 16 different animals, all photographs of animals, rather than clip art. The animals included are: horse, cow, penguin, chicken, cat, dog, bear, deer, tiger, lion, rabbit, mountain goat, seal, arctic fox, gorilla, and elephant. There are many ways to use this activity.
1. Print the pictures, cut them out, and laminate them. Have the students match the baby animals to their mothers. Use the cards for centers or when students finish their work early.
2. Print a copy for each student or a small group of students. Have the students cut out the pictures, find the matches, and glue them onto a poster or large piece of paper to show the matches. Have your students do this as a group project and glue it to a poster. Hang the posters in the hallway for parents to see. Another way to let each student use this activity is to print only enough pictures to fit on one sheet of paper and have the students match and glue however many you decide to give them.
3. Use the match as an assessment. Have each student complete the match with the printed cards in front of you and record their grade.
4. Only print a certain number of animals and give the match as homework.
5. Introduce the topic to the whole class. Increase the size of the pictures, print, cut, and laminate. Put magnets on the back of each picture and use them as a matching activity on the whiteboard or leave off the magnets and use them in a pocket chart.
6. Use the pictures as a matching activity on your SmartBoard.
7. Make a couple different file folder games with these pictures.
8. Increase the size of the pictures. Post a picture on the board and have the students write one sentence about that animal on handwriting paper or as a journal entry for the day.
9. Make mini-books by cutting construction paper into small pages and staple the pages together. Have students match the animals and glue the pictures into their books. Another way to make a book is to glue a baby animal on the right page, turn the page, and glue the mother on the left side of the next page. This makes the reader guess what kind of animal the baby belongs to without seeing the answer until the page is turned.
10. Play a game. Tape a picture of an animal to each child’s back. Tell the students that they must find their match by asking “yes” or “no” questions to other students. Once the student figures out what kind of animal they are, tell them to find the person who is wearing the picture that matches them. Set a timer for a certain amount of time and see how many students can find their match during that time. When the game is over, mix up the pictures and tape new pictures on each child’s back again.
Baby - Mother Animal Match
by Kristen Campbell
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