Do you use Creative Curriculum’s Teaching Strategies Gold in your classroom? After using it for the past 6 years, I have found each year, as I approached a new curriculum, I was scrambling to come up with the materials I would need for each unit. With this set, you won’t have to! Utilizing this set in your classroom, you will have all of the materials necessary to create an Anchor Chart reflecting the “Pets” unit. This downloadable set includes the TSG Anchor Chart topics of:
- What do we know about Pets? What do we want to find out?
- What kind of animals are pets? What are characteristics of pets?
- Where do pets live?
- What do pets eat?
- How do we care for pets?
- How do pets make us feel?
Each topic features child-friendly picture cards to correspond with each topic, prompting active teacher-student discussion and interaction. Exploring each topic, students can share what information they already know about pets, while pursuing answers to questions they have about new pets. In addition, this Pets study also features a variety of ways for students to sort pictures of pets based on different features, such as whether they are pets or not, textures, number of legs, and more. This set features illustrations depicting 9 different types of pets, including: dog, cat, fish, bird, snake, turtle, guinea pig, mouse, and rabbit.
To best use this set, print, laminate, and cut. I prefer to add a small magnet piece to the back of each item, so that I can use it with my students on our white board. The pictures used in this set are surrounded by a black square, and are the perfect size for young children to utilize themselves, with guidance. While this set is designed around the TSG curriculum, the opportunities for use are endless!
Lastly, this "Pets" study also contains ways to expand and celebrate children's learning, including a printable for a Veterinarian reenactment sheet for students to fill out in the Dramatic Play area of your classroom, where they will learn how to care for sick pets. Also featured are materials to create a graph that reflects students actual pets at home, as well as an idea to get students and families involved through volunteering and donating materials for a local animal shelter.