I made a simple sort and match game with pictures of different animals and their habitats. It was super easy (can be done without a laminator) and the children LOVED playing!
|I chose: mountain lake = lake trout, desert rocks = rattle snake, mountain cave = bear (in hybernation), jungle = monkey, ice in the ocean = penguins and huge nest = bald eagle.|
An adventure, indeed, was walking through my yard and the near by fields to find animal houses. We discovered interesting places where animals might possibly live!
|Mr. H found my little horse in his stall...so we went in to say "hi!"|
|My Bigs! Happily taking a break for a photo op :]|
|Miss P and Miss M found this jack-o-lantern in the corner of our field! Well, THAT'S not an animal home...or is it???|
|My Littles! To draw their attention away form trying to climb the hay stacks, I announced "Picture Time!" And they were so cooperative ;]|
|Mr. Z spotted this little burrow in the rocks! Good Job Mr. Z!|
|Mr. Z, Miss B and Mr. B curiosly checking the burrow. What could live in there? A snake or mouse? Maybe a bunny or ground squirrel?|
After learning and talking about so many different animal habitats, we went and created one! A house for a desert snake. Although the difficulty level was higher than our normal projects, it turned out to be a success...
|A finished snake habitat! Cool...huh?|
|Playing with our projects was the best part! Can you spy the snake hiding in his rock home?|
|Miss K is painting her 'sage brush' for her snake habitat...|
|Mr. A is spreading glue all over the bottom of his habitat! EW...messy & we LOVE it!|
|Mr. B towards the end of his project...so much glue and sand, got to wipe it off my hands!|
How to create this project: 1 - hot glue 1 toilet paper tube to underside of shoe box lid. 2 - dump a 'splotch' of glue into the box lid. 3 - children spread the glue (with their hands!) to cover the entire bottom of the lid. 4 - scoop a 1/2 cup of sand into the lid, shake the lid back and forth, softly, until all the glue is covered with sand. Set aside to dry. 5 - cut another tube in half, cut 1/2 inch lines from the top of the tube...paint the tube green (that's your sage brush!) then set aside to dry. 6 - bring lid with sand back to the messy table, grab a handful of gravel and spread 1/2 of it onto the bottom of the lid for 'landscape'. 7 - (teacher) hot glue rest of gravel onto the tube in lid. 8 - bend cut pieces of the painted short tube (sage brush) outward until it looks like a bush then place 'sage brush' into box. 9 - pass out snakes...and PLAY!
Our week was full of activity and creativity...what a great learning combination! I hope you enjoyed our week in pictures and THANKS for stopping in!
Miss Lisa :]