Time for /u/ /u/ underground animals!
I like to start this lesson with a shovel full of earth. Take the kiddos outside (in the rain is fun too!) and dig up some soil. Sort through the it to see if you can find any underground animals (worms, grubs, etc). Wonder....why do they live under there? What are they eating? Do the kiddos wonder anything? (Make note to check on their questions at some point through the day...I like often use snack time to mention a few things I found out!)
If you are able to walk a wooded area or wetland, search for signs of underground animal holes and burrows (snakes, groundhogs, fox dens, etc.). While on the walk talk about other animals that live underground. Differentiate between animals that nearly always live underground (eg. worms), those that spend part of their life cycle underground (eg. cicada), and those that make their home in the ground but venture out for food, water, etc. (eg. groundhog).
Next introduce a some animals (see files below to cut out) and have the kiddos decide if they live under or above ground. If they are unfamiliar with the animals I like to show them a quick youtube video or even a google image.
Let's move! Cut up the animals and hide them around the room. Create 2 spots (baskets, bins, tables, etc.) and label them as under or above ground. I like to use a down arrow for under and up arrow for above since most littles can't read yet. Let the kiddos run around finding the animals and bringing them to their correct home.
Craft up the results!!
You can follow the activity above at Homeschool Den. They have a downloadable file. Or you can use my file by clicking DOWNLOAD FILE below.
My animals are:
Underground: Groundhog, Chipmunk, Fennec Fox, Ant, Earthworm and Mold
Above Ground: Chickadee, Deer, Swallowtail Butterfly, Pig, Coyote, Elephant
Another great idea if you have magazines and flyers on hand is for the kiddos to cut out (with help) their own animals - you could research together whether or not they live/burrow underground.
Don't forget to sing some songs! Herman the Worm is a fun one!
Laura from Evergreen
I've started this page during the COVID break to help the kiddos continue learning at home. Most activities can be done with kids of all ages if parents vary the level of content, participation and discussion appropriate to each child! (differentiated instruction). Before the break we were at letter S. Visit our facebook page for letter A-R activities at https://www.facebook.com/evergreenacademy.ca/