Zoology: (first circle)

Need for lesson - Pictures of different kinds of pets and a bar graph (I made one on a poster board)

(I've included pets during this week because of being busy with practicing songs for International Children's Day, which will be mostly at second circle, to be sure all children can practice as some may go home after lunch. (If you practice at the end of the day, a second circle lesson with a story and fun art activity are given). Pets are fun for children to learn and talk about, and having these simple lessons helps to keep the consistency of the morning routine during this week of activity.)

Index File Card

can be pasted onto an index file card for quick reference


Zoology 50

This is what is called a bar graph. A bar graph helps us to count how much or how many. I have numbers across the bottom of the graph and down the side I have pictures of animals. This bar graph only shows some animals, not all. This space is empty in case I forgot a kind of animal, we can add it here. What kind of animals do you think these might be? They are pictures of different kinds of pets. Wild animals are those that take car of themselves, but pets need special care. Many people have a family pet. Some do not have any pets at all. Every family is different. Maybe a family member is allergic to animals and so a pet would not be a good idea for that family.

Let's think about these pets, some are vertebrates and some are invertebrates. This animal is a picture of a cat, which animal group does that belong to? A cat is a mammal so it is a vertebrate. What about this picture of a turtle? It is a reptile and is also a vertebrate. How about this pet, a hermit crab? It is an invertebrate, that is a part of the mollusk group of animals.

We are going to go around our circle to ask which kinds of pets we have at home. If we do not have one you can tell us what kind of pet you would like to have. As we go around the circle we will be marking our bar graph. When we are finished we can talk about what the bar graph tells us. (mark of boxes on the graph as each child shares their kind of pet)

Wow, we have many boxes marked on our graph. This row has the most boxes, what kind of pet is it? So the bar graph is helping us to see which pet is the most popular. It also shows the least popular and tells us which kind of pet no one has. How many pet dogs do we have a group? Which pet doesn't have any boxes marked off? This bar graph was helpful to us in finding out how many pets we have and what kind of pets we have.

Lets look at some pictures of different kinds of pets that people may have. We will talk more about pets tomorrow.


Kinds of Pets

Additional Work:

Pet Matching - These are from kidssoup.com.

Bar Graphs - Provide bar graph exercises for the children. Perhaps you can do kinds of shoes, popular foods, or favorite colors.

Not Norman - Cute story about a boy that gets a goldfish for a pet. This picture also shows a sample of a bar graph and art idea for the story. The index cards have a step by step drawing of a fish that I draw out on a paper while reading the story on the cards. I found a book at the library years ago that demonstrates this of this kind of drawing activity.


Pet Matching


Pet Activities





Pet Shopping by Ken Nesbitt

While shopping at the pet store
I got my fondest wish.
I bought myself a fish bowl
and then a pair of fish.

And since I was already
out shopping at the store
I thought I ought to purchase
another smidgen more

And so I got a rabbit,
a hamster and a frog,
a gerbil, and a turtle,
a parrot and a dog.

I purchased an iguana
a tortoise and a rat,
an eight-foot anaconda,
a monkey and a cat.

A guinea pig, a gecko,
a ferret and a mouse,
and had them all delivered
directly to my house.

My sister went berzerko!
She's now installing locks,
because I said her bedroom
would be their litter box!

Language: (second circle)

Need for lesson - Any book of choice with an activity to go with it. Although you may be practicing songs, stories help to refocus the children. So for the remainder of this week choose the books you would like to read along with an art idea to demonstrate. As always, remind children of fiction and non-fiction books. Always let them know which kind of book it is. You can also ask them at the end of story, which kind do they think it was.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Children can reinact the story with the props I made for a Book on the Shelf work. On the tray is some paper for the children to then draw their own picture using the crayons.


Book on the Shelf


Crayon Art