This collaborative Kindergarten math word problem activity is perfect for a farm unit. It integrates Music, Reading, Art, Math, Writing, and Social Studies by using shared reading, shared writing, and other shared strategies.
This lesson is a great way to introduce story problems to young children. It focuses on language and content and activates verbal, visual, and auditory skills.
Students learn a humorous, four part animal song, read aloud with tracking, identify known words and sounds, count, write a simple equation by referring to the text of the song, and collaborate to write a sentence that also refers to the content of the song.
This lesson is designed to span four days, using one part of the song each day. Students work together, using information from the song text to write a simple equation that they solve by counting from their own illustrations.
This resource includes:
- the lyrics to the song
- an overview of the daily procedure with each song
- photos of sample student work
- directions for drawing animals to illustrate the song
- a rationale for the shared strategies
Also included: Literature response worksheets and open-ended writing worksheets (lined and unlined), and "write your own story problem" worksheets.
More Art-integrated resources and Art lessons for Kindergarten:
Literature Integrated Art Lessons for Kindergarten
Exploring Lines and Shapes
Patriotic Colors Torn Paper Abstract Collage
Sorting by Attributes Game
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
- people drawing for beginners
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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