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EHS Forest Animals

Changes to Environment

Stuffed Animals (Forest) Cookie Cutters (Forest) Stamps (Forest) Books about forest animals Plastic Forest Animals Birds Nest Twigs Leaves Bark Green and brown playdough Cardboard box (cave) Pictures of different forests and forest animals Round tree disks Puppets (forest) Fake leaves In a sealed container have small items you might find in the forest Forest animal dress up clothes Water table: plastic forest animals, green water, fake leaves, etc   Sensory table: green moon sand, round tree disks, plastic forest animals, etc

Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Look at pictures of a forest  and what you can find in the forest. 2. Look at pictures of forest animals have stuffed forest animals or puppets available 3. Look at pictures of where forest animals might live (trees, caves, nests, etc) 4. Birds Can Fly (Learn Every Day vol. 2 pg. 389) 5. Color or paint a squirrel cut out then glue leaves on the squirrels tail 6. Make a playdough forest (children will stick twigs in green playdough then add green playdough to the top for the top of the tree) 7. Make a playdough snake 8. Pretend play with cardboard boxes (pretend to be a bears in their cave) 9. Make a forest collage of things or pictures of things found in the forest 10. Discuss the sounds the forest animals make and have children make the sound as you talk about it 11. Talk about and show pictures or examples(plastic food) of the types of foods forest animals eat 12. Look at pictures of forest animals that we might not be safe around

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Animal hunt (hide plastic animals throughout the playground, then let the children find them) 2. Animal parade 3. Nature walk/crawl 4. Animal track exploration (look for animal tracks around playground using magnifying glasses, can also place pictures of animal tracks around playground for children to explore)

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Gray Squirrel Gray squirrel, gray squirrel (stand with hands on hips) Swish your bushy tail (sway hips) Gray squirrel, gray squirrel (stand with hands on hips) Wrinkle up your little nose (wrinkling nose) Hold a nut between your toes (make fists with thumbs between index and middle fingers) Gray squirrel, gray squirrel (stand with hands on hips) Swish your bushy tail (sway hips) 2. Bear Went Over The Mountain The bear went over the mountain, The bear went over the mountain, The bear went over the mountain, To see what he could see. And all that he could see, And all that he could see, Was the other side of the mountain, The other side of the mountain, The other side of the mountain, Was all that he could see. 3. Five Baby Owls Five baby owls learning to say “who” They flap thier wings and then say ___ No, no, mama cried.  Don’t say ___ Please oh please say: “who, who, who!” Replace the ___ with words that rhyme with “who,” shoe, glue, boo, moo, etc.  This kids love to think of funny things for the baby owls to say! 4. Chipmunk, Chipmunk Chipmunk, chipmunk, turn twice around. Chipmunk, chipmunk, touch the ground. Chipmunk, chipmunk, climb a tree so high. Chipmunk, chipmunk, wave good-bye! 5. I Can Soar Like An Eagle (tune: I’ve got peace like a river) Can you soar like an eagle, Can you soar like an eagle, Can you soar like an eagle, All around? I can soar like an eagle, I can soar like an eagle, I can soar like an eagle, All around. 6. Little Bear (tune: Frere Jacques) Are you sleepy, Are you sleepy Little bear, little bear? Wintertime is coming, Wintertime is coming, Very soon, very soon. Find a cave, Find a cave, Little bear, little bear Wintertime is here, Wintertime is here, Go to sleep, go to sleep. Are you sleepy, Are you sleepy Little bear, little bear? You will wake in springtime In the warm, warm springtime Little bear, little bear Time to wake up, Time to wake up Little bear, little bear Springtime is here, springtime is here Wake up now, wake up now! 7. In The Forest (tune: The Farmer In The Dell) Trees grow in the forest. Trees grow in the forest. With bark and roots and sap and cones, Trees grow in the forest. Animals live in the forest. Animals live in the forest. In logs and nests and hollow trees, Animals live in the forest. 8. Mary Went Into The Forest (tune: The Bear Went Over The Mountain) Mary went into the forest, Mary went into the forest, Mary went into the forest, To see what she could see. She saw a big black bear. She saw a big black bear. She saw a big black bear Hiding behind a tree. Johnny went into the forest, Johnny went into the forest, Johnny went into the forest, To see what he could see. He saw a feathery owl. He saw a feathery owl. He saw a feathery owl. Sitting up in a tree. (Continue with similar verses for each of your children. For instance;  “He saw a little squirrel – running around A tree; or She saw a big raccoon –scampering up a tree.”)

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. Big Grizzly Bear (whisper the first 4 lines) Big grizzly bear (hold hands out as if showing claws) Asleep in his den (place hands together under chin as if sleeping) Let’s wake him up (cupping hands around mouth and whispering) We’ll start with ten (shouting) 10,9,8,7,6,5,4 (whispering) Do you hear his grizzly roar? (shouting) 3,2,1 (whispering) Now cover your ears (shouting) GROWL! GROWL! He’s up, it appears (hold arms to side and shrug shoulders) 2. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt  3. Five Little Bears Five little bears Heard a loud roar One ran away Then there were four! Four little bears Climbing up a tree One slid down Then there were three! Three little bears Deciding what to do One fell asleep Then there were two! Two little bears Having lots of fun One went home Then there was one! One little bear Feeling all alone Ran to his mother Then there were none! One little bear Wondering what to do, Along came another, Then there were two. Two little bears Climbing up a tree, Along came another. Then there were three. Three little bears, Ate an apple core, Along came another, Then there were four. Four little bears, Found honey in a hive, Along came another, Then there were five. 4. Five Little Squirrels Five little squirrels. This squirrel said lets run let’s play. This squirrel said let’s gather nuts today. This squirrel said nuts are really good. This squirrel said they’re our favorite food. This squirrel said let’s run up into the tree. And crack those nuts 1-2-3! 5. In the Forest I See In the forest I see… One chipmunk climbing up a tree, Two raccoons asleep in the sun, Three squirrels nibbling acorns, Four porcupines digging in the dirt, Five beavers swimming downstream, Six hedgehogs hiding in a cave, Seven foxes barking at the sun, Eight rabbits hopping here and there, Nine wolves howling and yowling, And ten moles burrowing in a hole. 6. Little Bunny Foo-Foo Little Bunny Foo-Foo hopping through the forest, Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head. Down came the good fairy and she said: “Little Bunny Foo-Foo I don’ t want to see you, Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head” “Now I’m going to give you two more chances, And then I’ll turn you into a goon.” Repeat, 1 more chance. Repeat, no more chances, turn into a goon (make a funny face). 7. I Saw A Little Rabbit I saw a little rabbit go hop, hop, hop. (make rabbit ears with 2 fingers & hop on arm) I saw his long ears go flop, flop, flop.(bend fingers when say “flop” I saw his little nose go twink, twink, twink.(point to nose) I saw his little eyes go blink, blink, blink.(point to eyes) I said, “Little rabbit won’t you stay?” But he looked at me and hopped away! (hop fingers on arm again) 8. An Owl Sat Alone An owl sat alone on the branch of a tree, (Use arm as branch; raise thumb for owl) And she was as quiet as quiet could be. ‘Twas night and her eyes were wide open like this; (Circle eyes with fingers and look around) She looked all around, not a thing did she miss. Some little birds perched on the branch of the tree, (Fingers of other hand fly on tree) And sat there as quiet as quiet could be. The solemn old owl said “whoo-whoo-whoo,” And up jumped the birds and away they flew. (Wave hand away, fluttering fingers behind back)

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