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Animal Adventures

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Animal Adventures
African Animals
Animal Adventures was a six week program in which kids in grades 1st through 3rd learned about African savanna animals, polar animals, South American rainforest animals, North American desert animals, Asian animals, and Australian animals. During this program kids loved to share the information that they already new about animals or that they just learned. Pictures and facts about animals were two important parts to this program.
Word Smart
Tell the story Who's in Rabbit's House? by Verna Aardema. 1969. You can read or tell the story. I made paper puppets attached to sticks to represent all of the animals in the story and told the story with them.
Tell the story “The Great Lion and the Tiny Mouse” from Tell It Again! 2 by Rebecca Isbell. 2000. I told this story with puppets and a fishing net.
Music Smart
Play African Playground by Putumayo Kids. 2003.
Have African musical instruments available for kids to play with afterwards.
Logic Smart
Have a map available so that kids can see were Africa is located and what kind of topography Africa has.
Picture Smart
Print off pictures and facts about African animals.  
Both stories have visual elements with the puppets and props.
Body Smart
Teach kids the actions for the story We're Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell. 2000.
People Smart
Divide volunteers and children into groups and have them talk about the different animals that can be found in an African savanna. Have kids share information that they know about the animals.
Self Smart
Have kids make a lion mask and think about how they would act if they were a lion.
Ask the kids questions about the stories presented. Try to have them relate the stories to themselves and the experiences or feelings that they have had.
Nature Smart
This program is very heavy on nature smart activities. Beyond the activities that are already mentioned (many of them having nature smart elements), another way to bring in nature is to read the nonfiction story Here Is the African Savanna by Madeleine Dunphy. 1999.


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