Book choices for today:
Africa Calling Daniel Alderman
Somewhere in Africa Ingrid Mennen
A is for Africa Ifeoma Onyefulu
Africa Allan Fowler
When the Moon’s High Alice Schertie
I See a Kookaburra Steve Jenkins
Winter Lullabye Barbara Sculling
Hidden Hibernators Malcolm Penny
Animals Hibernating Pamela Hickman
Geography: (first circle)
Need for lesson – The Africa Continent Map, pictures of Africa, and items for the continent table or tray.
We will now be visiting Africa. Looking at our map we can see that Africa has many countries. Some of these are called (take countries out of map as you say them) Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, and Egypt. Many of these countries in Africa have different tribes of people with their own unique language and culture. There are over 1,000 different languages spoken in Africa! Both the tallest people in the world, the Watusi, and the tiniest people in the world, the Pygmies, live in Africa. The hundreds of African ethnic groups have different ways of dressing. Hair styles, face paint, body paint, and tribal markings are ways in which some Africans show the family or tribal groups they belong to. Some popular instruments of Africa are; drums, bells, trumpets, xylophones, and likembs. Likembs are small thumb pianos. The continent of Africa has a great variety of wildlife animals. Elephants, zebras, rhinoceros, and the cheetah are just some of them.
Let’s look at some pictures of Africa.
Science: (second circle)
Need for lesson – Hibernate, Migrate, or Stay Active work. I found these ideas from The Mailbox Magazine. I colored a set and made it into a work. You could do the same with pictures of animals.
We have learned a lot about vertebrates animals. We also found out that some animals have to get ready for winter. Some birds have to migrate to other places that are warmer to find food. Squirrels have been busy gathering nuts and other foods to eat during the winter when it is hard to find food. Squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and some bears are animals that take long winter naps. They will come out of their sleeping place for a short period of time and then go back for another long nap. Then there are animals that hibernate during the winter. Hibernation is a state of resting or deep sleep that some animals go into usually during the winter season. Some animals that hibernate are polar bears, mice, bats, turtles, frogs and snakes. Animals that hibernate get ready for this is the fall. They try to put on as much fat as possible because they won’t be eating much during the winter. If an animals doesn’t hibernate or migrate during the winter we say they stay active.
Let’s look at some animals and decide if they migrate, hibernate, or stay active during the winter.
Hibernating Bear (tune – Up On the House Top)
There once was a bear who loved to play,
In the woods, everyday.
But then the winds began to blow,
And soon the ground was covered with snow.
Oh, oh, oh, ice and snow. Oh, oh, oh, I better go-o
In my cave to sleep all day, until the cold winds go away.
Here is a Cave (I made this into a work for the Poetry Basket.)
Here is a cave
inside is a bear.
Now he comes out
to get some fresh air.
He stays all summer
in sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest
for berries to eat.
When snow starts to fall,
he hurries inside
his warm little cave
and there he will hide.
Snow covers the cave
like a fluffy white rug.
Inside bear sleeps
all cozy and snug.
Song (CD) choices for today:
Flying South Animals – Macmillan
Jumbo Ella Jenkins
Africa Ella Jenkins
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