Demo Lesson on Animals

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  1. TeacherGrl7

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    Any ideas of a demo lesson I can do about animals? That is the only guideline I have...a lesson on animals for either prek or kindergarten. Just looking to get my creative juices flowing. Thanks!
     
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    Classifying

    At this age level the main concept for a science activity is classifying. Find pictures of animals, toys, and people and base your lesson around how students would classify them accordingly. This could them be put as a center for students to practice. You could as them to choose a catagory and draw a picture and put it in the correct classification.
     
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    Thanks...I got more information today, it has to be a literacy lesson. I am at a loss because these people are not giving me any real details- how long do they want me to teach for? Do I have access to the aide in the room? What is the ESL population? Do they want to see a center rotation? Obviously if the lesson is 20 minutes long, I am not going to be planning for centers. This is my first demo lesson, though I have been teaching this grade level for 2 years now, and I think all these details are what is throwing me. Classifying was a good start...thanks!
     
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    How about reading 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?" by Eric Carle. Have them 'help' you read the book- it's predictable text...You could send kids off to draw a picture of an animal and color- tell them they can be creative with the colors! Have a fill in line at the bottom:

    I see a ______ _________ looking at me.

    Encourage the kids to used their invented spelling to write a color word and the name of the animal they drew (You could also have a list of color words with the colors written with appropriate color markers) Circulate while kids are working, keeping on task, reminding of time, helping with stretching out/spelling words.

    Gather again- have each child share/'read' their page, you could staple into a book to leave in the classroom or send the pages home with the kids.
     
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    I had an idea similar to that, czacza. I thought of using the book "From Head to Toe" (also by Eric Carle! popular today). I thought we could read the book, and then I could have them make their own book where they got to pick an animal. I would hand out pages that said "I am ___________ and I can __________." They fill in, or I fill in for them, what animal they picked, and what the animal can do. Then I would put it together and read it to them for a closure activity, and leave it in the room after I left.

    That's just a rough outline of what I was thinking...I only have 1 day to get it from here, to an actual lesson. Yikes!
     
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    Eric Carle books are great- I think you're on the right track!:angel:
     
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    I love Eric Carle's books. You caould also read From Head to Toe and have the kids act out how the animals move.
     
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    I did a pre k lesson on ladybugs.. using the book Ten Little Ladybugs....
     
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    Do you think this is enough of a lesson for a demo? I only have 20 minutes, so I feel like time-wise this is all I have time for. But I am so used to teaching more involved things, because I am coming off June with my little ones, that I feel like it is not enough. I have never done a demo lesson before, it's so stressful! I'm worried about knowing the kids names, esp since 99.9% of my behavioral strategies involve using names. I'm worried about the kids not speaking English and not knowing what's going on...something I face every day in teaching, but with kids I know, which makes it such a different playing field! I'm starting to get nervous...
     
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    I've used animals to bring in lessons about diversity-- different animals live in different types of homes, eat different types of food, live in different places int he world, but they all need to eat, all need a safe place to live---just like us.
     

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