Kindergarten Lesson on Speciality Farms: Raising Specific Crops and Animals


For the final lesson in the farm series, your class will spend time today talking about specialty farms. For today’s lesson to presented effectively, here are the things that you will need:

* Picture book containing colored photographs of specialty farms (poultry farms, bee farms, pig farms, cotton fields, etc)

* Potting soil

* Brown construction paper

* Pennies, dimes and nickels

* Mini Post-it notes to use for "price tags"

* Poster or large picture of a tractor

* Large black circle (to use for tire)

* Double-sided tape

* Blind fold

Circle Time Discussion

Show color photos of poultry farms, bee farms, and pig farms.

Explain to the children that everything that we eat is grown on a farm. Some farms grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and animals, other farms only grow one specific crop.

Farm productions that only grow one crop or raise one type of animal usually sell their crop or livestock to a large company that processes and packages the food and sells it to grocery stores.

**If possible, plan a field trip to a farm**


Dirty Names

You will need:

* Brown construction paper (one for each child)

* Potting soil

* Liquid glue

Write each child’s name on the brown construction paper using a pencil.

Instruct the children to trace over the written name with the liquid glue.

Provide each child with a small amount of potting soil and instruct them to completely cover the glue with the soil.

The outcome will be their names "written" in the dirt.

Math Skills

Counting Money

You will need:

Pennies, nickels and dimes

Discuss the value of pennies, nickels and dimes.

Ask children: How many pennies does it take to equal a nickel?

How many nickels does it take to equal a dime?

How many pennies does it take to equal a dime?

Make "price tags" for a few items in the classroom. (Do not write an amount that will exceed the amount of coin that children have to work with.)

Instruct the children to count out the correct amount of money needed to "pay" for the item.

Language Skills

Pin The Tire On The Tractor

You will need:

* A large poster of a tractor

* A tire with a piece of double sided tape

* Blind fold

Hang the poster of the tractor low enough within reach of the children.

Blind fold one child at a time.

Instruct the onlooking children to guide the blind folded child to the correct location by using directional concepts (up, down, right, left, etc)

Suggested Reading

Sun Up by Alvin R. Tresselt

Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows by Katy Duffield