Is teaching about animals part of your science curriculum? Lucky you! Is there anything that our young students enjoy learning about more than animals?
I've always thought it would be cool to build a whole year's curriculum around studying animals. Think of the math opportunities with measurement (Steve Jenkins' Actual Size comes to mind immediately for that one!) and writing number stories. An animal curriculum would be a perfect fit with Core standards for non-fiction reading ... how easy it would be to teach graphic organizers, and with all of the great kids' magazines available now, it would be a cinch to find lots of short passages for close reading. And then there's ... just stop me, I get carried away so easily with this cross-curricular thinking! :)
Anyway, if you do teach about animals and in particular about animal classes, here's a giveaway you won't want to miss! "Animal Classes" is a literacy unit designed to support your science teaching about animals. The giveaway is at Teachers Notebook, and ends tomorrow, 1/30. Three copies will be given away... hope you're a winner! Click on the image to go there.
* Thanks to her comment below, I've had a chance to read about a teacher who is making her dream of creating an animal-based curriculum come true this year! Be sure to stop by and find out more from Maria at First Grade Carousel. Here's a link to the beginning of the school year, with an overview of her program, but take time to read through to find out how her year is progressing and to see her amazing photos. Great job, Maria... your students must adore you, and are blessed to have such an outstanding teacher!
A new weekly "Just for Teachers" linky party just started up yesterday at Mommy and Me Creations.
There are lots of goodies to check out, so stop on by!