Kindergarten Lesson: Learning About Life on a Ranch

Kindergarten Lesson: Learning About Life on a Ranch
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In today’s lesson of the farm unit, you will be discussing a ranch. These are the things that you will need in order to present this lesson appropriately:

  • Books of colored pictures of ranches, horses, cattle
  • Brown construction paper (one for each child)
  • Liquid glue
  • Straw or hay (can be found in craft aisle)
  • 100 pennies
  • 20 nickels
  • 10 dimes
  • 1 piece of construction paper-draw a grid of 100 squares, number the squares 1-100
  • Pancakes for Breakfast by, Tomie de Paola

Circle Time Discussion

Discuss a ranch.

Show colored pictures of cattle and horse ranches. (You will be able to find picture books in your local library.)


On a ranch, prize winning cattle or thoroughbred horses are raised.

A person that owns a ranch is called a “rancher”.

Ranchers do not typically grow gardens to sell produce.

Ranchers make money from the sale of their cattle or horses, not produce.



You will need:

  • brown construction paper (one for each child)
  • straw or hay
  • liquid glue

Provide each child with a handful of straw or hay.

Instruct the children to glue small amounts of hay into piles on the construction paper.

The children should mash the hay down in effort to make the “bales of hay” stick together.

**This art project would make a cute bulletin board or window display. When creating a display with this project, use bulletin board lettering to create a play on words for the display headline. “Hay! Hay! Hay! We talked about farms today!"**

Math Skills


You will need:

  • 100 pennies
  • 20 nickels
  • 10 dimes
  • 1 sheet of construction paper

Introduce the value of money.

Explain to the children that 100 pennies equals one dollar.

Prior to doing this activity, make a grid on the piece of construction paper and number the grid squares 1-100 (or these can be store boughten).

During the counting pennies activity, place a penny on each grid square until the entire grid is covered with 100 pennies.

Re-use the grid while counting nickels and dimes.

Ask the children: Which coin is worth more? Which coin is worth less?

Explain the answers.

Language Skills

Pancakes For Breakfast

Show the book by, Tomie de Paola to the children. Retell the story of Pancakes for Breakfast.

List the places the lady visited in order to gather food items needed to make the pancakes.

Discuss the importance of telling a story in sequence.

Make a concept map, beginning, middle and end of a story.

Suggested Reading

We Love Dirt by, Tony Johnston

Patrick Pig by, Richard Scarry

This post is part of the series: Kindergarten Farm Unit

This is a five part series lesson plan designed for the kindergarten classroom. It this unit, children will learn fun facts about farms through discussion, pictures, art, hands on activities, math skills and language skills.

  1. Life on the Farm: A Kindergarten Unit
  2. Growing Vegetables: Kindergarten Lesson on Farms
  3. Learning About the Dairy Farm: Kindergarten Farm Unit Part 3
  4. I Can’t Believe It’s Butter! A Kindergarten Science Project
  5. Kindergarten Farm Unit Part 4: Life on the Ranch