Theme of the Week: My boys have recently acquired a fair amount of stuffed animals. They love wild animals and we also recently took a trip to Washington DC. While there we visited the Smithsonian National Zoo and an idea for much of my spring curriculum was born. I am a huge fan of thematic units and immersing my kids in a learning experience rather than a series of isolating learning objectives.
So, with all of that said, my objective for the week (and probably several weeks) is going to have to have my boys build a wildlife rescue center for their stuffed animals. This will involve subjects in the following ways:
Reading of non-fiction books to look up facts
Reading fiction books about their animals
Making fact cards (displays about the animals in their sanctuary)
Creative writing about what happen to their animal and how it ended up at their “wildlife center”
Fine Motor Skills/Art/Handwriting:
Creation of habitats using a variety of material, cutting, gluing, taping, and constructing the geographical natural features as well as the safety features.
What needs do their animals have to have taken care of while living at the center?
Classification and sorting of animals
Map skills and geography; where in the world does this animal live?
Geographical features: Rivers, lakes, mountains, grasslands ect.
Math Comparative Numbers: For each animal they will need to find the height, weight, number of legs, and how many are left in the wild. As they learn about more animals these numbers will be used to compare size ect.
Public Speaking: At the end of their project the kids need to share their work with an audience and answer their questions.