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Post by hsimone » 13 May 2017, 03:45

Several here have mentioned that perhaps preschoolers or a bit older may enjoy this read. I thought it would be fun to come with different ways/lessons/activities that teachers could do in order to actually use Farmer Beau's Farm in the classroom. What ideas do you have?
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Post by Amagine » 13 May 2017, 05:28

I love this question! I would use this book based on the theme of the week. If the theme is kindness, friendship or farm, then this book would be one of the books I would read during story time.

I would also use the book as reference when we do different class projects. Children can draw their own farm and animals that they would want. Older children can do a writing project where they make their own book that would be a sequel to the original story. There is also tons of classroom discussions that can be had about the book.
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Post by Donnavila Marie01 » 13 May 2017, 21:00

hsimone wrote:Several here have mentioned that perhaps preschoolers or a bit older may enjoy this read. I thought it would be fun to come with different ways/lessons/activities that teachers could do in order to actually use Farmer Beau's Farm in the classroom. What ideas do you have?
If I were a teacher, I will ask my pupils to mimic their favorite animal or the animal that amazes them. This activity will serve as my springboard to introduce the animals in the story.
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Post by Amagine » 14 May 2017, 09:15

Donnavila Marie01 wrote:
hsimone wrote:Several here have mentioned that perhaps preschoolers or a bit older may enjoy this read. I thought it would be fun to come with different ways/lessons/activities that teachers could do in order to actually use Farmer Beau's Farm in the classroom. What ideas do you have?
If I were a teacher, I will ask my pupils to mimic their favorite animal or the animal that amazes them. This activity will serve as my springboard to introduce the animals in the story.
That sounds like a great activity for children! It's great for social, cognitive and even language development!
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Post by hsimone » 15 May 2017, 01:28

Thank you! :)

If I were to teach this within a young children's classroom, one of the activities I would complete would be a vocabulary exercise. I would point out three or four new words while reading and briefly discuss them while writing them written down on the board. After the story, the children would go to working areas and be given a little blank booklet. The booklet would either have the vocabulary words already printed on them (one per page) or, for those capable, they can copy the spelling of the words from the board.

Then, we would either work as a whole group, or if I had assistants, perhaps in three or four groups. Each word would be discussed individually and the students would then draw a picture representing each page. They would be able to color in the picture after the class (or small group) is done sketching each word representation.

I would hope after discussing the word verbally, looking at it physically, and drawing an illustration to represent each word, that those three or four words would be more familiar to the children.
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Post by Scerakor » 15 May 2017, 13:39

I, unfortunately, do not have any creative ideas to bring to the table. HOWEVER, I will be checking back in and seeing if something comes up to suggest to my wife who does teach the elementary school level!

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Post by hsimone » 17 May 2017, 06:25

Scerakor wrote:I, unfortunately, do not have any creative ideas to bring to the table. HOWEVER, I will be checking back in and seeing if something comes up to suggest to my wife who does teach the elementary school level!
I love the elementary level!

Another activity you can with this book is a sequencing activity. After reading and discussing the story, the children can be given 3-5 pictures (photocopied or printed online if possible) from the book and their job is to remember the order that the story took place based on the pictures.

Depending on the children's level, they can compare with a neighbor/peer and see they match. After some time for the teacher to walk around and see who remembered the sequence of events, the teacher then can talk through the story. At this point, the children would individually check the order of their pictures and decide if cards need to be switched around.

The children can then be given materials to glue the pictures on a larger piece in appropriate order.

So much fun!
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Post by Greatachiever » 16 Jun 2017, 13:14

Hmmmmm.. If I was to use this book in the classroom, I would bring a play idea of a farm into the class, and ask the students to choose their favorite animal, and act it!!
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Post by Naval Aulakh » 08 Jul 2017, 11:27

Thus book can be used to teach some important lessons to the children like making good friends and understanding other people.
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Post by eelavahs-jay » 30 Sep 2017, 15:29

I imagine that I could use this book to settle disputes between children who didn't want to get along because of silly differences. I've been in classrooms where four year olds refuse to sit next to each other because "he's fat" or "she's too dark"

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Post by Anjum » 24 Nov 2017, 09:26

Amagine wrote:I love this question! I would use this book based on the theme of the week. If the theme is kindness, friendship or farm, then this book would be one of the books I would read during story time.

I would also use the book as reference when we do different class projects. Children can draw their own farm and animals that they would want. Older children can do a writing project where they make their own book that would be a sequel to the original story. There is also tons of classroom discussions that can be had about the book.
It's a really good idea. This would increase both understanding and creativity in children.
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