Counting animal models, pictures, etc. will reinforce number symbol recognition and counting skills
Animal patterns (with puzzles or manipulatives) will help children to understand patterns and sorting by characteristics
Creating animals using different shapes will help students to gain familiarity with shapes
Comparisons can be made between drawings, models, and other animals - this will help children to look for similar and different characteristics
The unit will culminate in a field trip to the zoo, where children will actually get to see the animals they created in their models!
Children will draw animals that they want to have as their pet. These drawings will then be a model for their clay animals
Making signs for their pet animals will help reinforce concepts of literacy.
Imagining how animals move around will help to promote an obstacle course.
Using animal positions in yoga will help to develop gross motor skills and introduce children to a new type of exercise!