This update I added ZOO and JUNGLE sorting mats (by request!), along with 15 new animals that fit these 2 categories. Think of the new ideas and questions you can tackle with these 2 categories...! Some of the formatting has also been updated too. Enjoy the update!!
Now, Let's Pick a Pet!!
Use these activities to teach your students about pets! Let's explore the differences between what could be a "good pet" and those that may not. There are so many animals out there--what exactly does it take to make a good pet? If a bear wouldn’t make a good pet in your home, where should he live? Would a bunny make a good pet? Why? Can an octopus live in the forest? Why not?
What skills can you target with this packet? Just about any language activity your heart desires! Here are just a few ideas:
*Answer questions and identify concepts and vocabulary-
-identify animals given a choice of 2-3 (“Show me the____.”)
-identify/sort the places animals live (pointing or placing animals nonverbally on the correct mats),
-receptively answering wh-questions, such as “Who lives on a farm?”, “Where does a cow live?”, etc., by placing animal cards on the correct mat from a choice of 2-3 animals.
-following directions (“Put the cow on the farm and the shark in the ocean.”)
-sorting/identifying animals by category, attributes and functions (“Show me an animal that runs fast/has feathers/swims/moos”, etc.; “Show me a farm/ocean animal”, etc.)
*Label vocabulary & use verbalizations to answer questions:
-label category, functions, and attributes of animals and habitats
-verbalize a variety of wh-questions, such as “Who lives in the ocean?”, “Where does the owl live?” “What does a cow say?”, “When/where can you see an owl?”, “Why can’t a shark live at/in a farm?”
-describing/defining by category, function, and attribute (ex., naming 2 features of a given animal or habitat, such as “A cow is a farm animal that moo’s”, etc.).
Included in this packet:
*4 sorting mats—a farm, a forest, an ocean, and a house.
*24 different animals--6 for each setting
*4 characteristic cards-4 simple characteristics of pets, tested with preschool and kindergarten students. 2 blank cards included incase you find other/different traits you’d like to include!
*2 checklists- Use these to determine “characteristics of a good pet” before/after sorting your animals; one checklist is blank for you to determine your own characteristics, the other has 4 simple characteristics (with visuals) included.
*4 “dot paint” reinforcement sheets- black and white activity sheets, including animals and associations (such as a dog and a dog house) along with dot bubbles. Use during therapy activities or send home as homework (ex., Say a word 3 times, then make a dot).
*2 animal/associations sheets-- black and white reinforcement sheets in which students match associated items to the pets. Easy to send home for extra practice or for use in therapy!
General Directions for Use:
*Print, laminate, and cut apart “card” pages. Use velcro dots or laminate and use dry erase markers on the checklist pages where indicated.
*Sort animals onto appropriate boards; use checklist before or after to pre-teach concepts of “good pets”, or to reinforce student answers.
*Associations and dot worksheets have been included for use in therapy or as homework.
These activities are a great way to introduce animals to your students, and pairs well as an accompaniment with animal storybooks.