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					A Thematic Unit for 4K Students
     Put together by:
     Christine Barney
      Jennifer Zwieg
    Sara Vanden Berg
              4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Planning Sheet




Thematic Focus: Pets
Authors: Christine Barney, Jennifer Zwieg and Sara Vanden Berg
Suggested Duration of Theme: 2-3 weeks

Brainstorming Map: Attached


Theme goals: By participating in the experiences provided by this theme, children may learn...
    How to take care of a pet
    Pet Safety
    What is a pet?


Setting the stage with the classroom environment: (Ecers-R)
     Outside- obstacle course set up- like at a dog show (or in a gym depending on weather)
     Reading Area/Literacy- create a reading center inside of a dog house (using boxes)
     Reading Area/Literacy- set up a vet school
     Sensory Table- dog bones in sand
     Sensory Table- aquarium with rocks, water and fish in water
     Sensory Table- dog/cat/other pet food mixture
     Sensory Table- bird seed w/birds inside
     Art Center- prop center to make props for pet store/Humane Society/vet clinic
     Dramatic Play Area- set up Humane Society/pet store
     Block Area- create a vet clinic
     Science Table- Pet Food Factory/Pharmacy


Vocabulary: domestic/stray/wild, veterinarian, cashier, training, Humane Society, breeds,
exotic, kennel, pet carrier, leash, collar, cage, aquarium, litter box, bird seed, feathers, hair, x-
rays, clippers, scale, assistant

Building Anticipation & Excitement:
    Bring in a class pet to take care of
    Field trip to pet store/vet clinic or a speaker from a pet store or vet clinic
    Graph-how many pets do each of us have?
                                    Possible Activities/Lessons
Language                      Approaches to Learning Cognition & General Knowledge
Development &
Communication
A. Listening and              A. Curiosity,                    A. Exploration, Discovery & Problem
Understanding                 Engagement &                     Solving
                              Persistence
 *Listen and do- how          *Make puppy chow                 Match pet with its home (a dog with a dog
to take care of a pet         (recipe included)                house, a horse with a barn, a bird with a cage, etc)
*Obedience School-            Bread dough animals              Match the pet with its food (using real pet
kids listen to directions     (recipe included)                food if possible, otherwise pictures of food)
and perform actions (sit,
roll over)
Stories/books about           Peanut Butter bones              What’s My Rule-each child has a stuffed
pets (Listed under books      (recipe included)                animal. Teacher tells certain children to stand up
section)                                                       and class has to guess what teacher’s rule is. (ex.
                                                               All are cats, all have black fur)
Kitty game- one child is      Make fish in jello (recipe       Doggy, Doggy Where’s your bone- one
momma and others are          included)                        child holds the missing bone and a designated
kittens. Kittens hide while                                    child has to guess who has it. All kids put hands
momma sleeps. Momma                                            behind back and chant “Doggie, doggie where is
wakes up and Meow’s for                                        your bone?”
her kittens to come back.
                              Marshmallow animals
                              (recipe included)
                              Make dog bones-soft
                              pretzel dough and shape it and
                              then bake it
                              Make crunchy dog treats
                              (recipe included)
                              Keep a class pet in the
                              classroom and let kids take
                              care of it for the month
B. Speaking and               B. Creativity and                B. Mathematical Thinking
Communicating                 Imagination
*Milling to music-            Create food for pets (using      *Sorting domestic animals vs. wild
find another pet that …       play-doh, paper, paint, etc)     animals
*Best pet contest- why        Take home bag-with pet           *Sorting stuffed animals by different
is your pet the best?         inside (journal about what       features
                              child did with pet)
Turn & Talk-about a pet Kids try to eat or drink               Clifford Matching Number Game-Match
topic (turn to the person  like a cat/dog with their           the number on Clifford with the correct number
next to you and talk about snack                               of paw prints
a time you pet a dog)
*Animal Charades                                               *Graph how many pets each child has
                                                               *Graph your favorite pet
                                                               *Graph which pet career you would most
                                                               like to have
                                                               *Graph animal crackers by type of
                                                          animal
                                                          Pattern Blocks w/cards- make different
                                                          animals using pattern blocks
                                                          Question of the week-each week put up a
                                                          question that the children need to answer (how
                                                          many pets do you have? Do we have 2 or 3 fish in
                                                          our classroom?)
                                                          *Milling to music- find another pet that..
                                                          What’s My Rule? (when the children have their
                                                          stuffed animals at school, ask for certain children
                                                          to stand up that have a common characteristic in
                                                          common “brown” or “4 feet” and they have to
                                                          guess what this characteristic is.
C. Early Literacy           C. Diversity in               C. Scientific Thinking
                            Learning
Journal about a pet         Allow parents to bring in     Animal teeth
you’d like you              a variety of pets to share
have/already have
Journal about field                                       Animal hair/fur
trip
Journal about exotic                                      Animal x-rays
pet you’d like to have
Animal Care books                                         Aquarium
Clipboards with
medical forms-like at
a vet’s office
*Create a new verse
to the K-I-T-T-Y song
using a different pet
Create Pet Store Signs
Question of the week-
each week the children
will have a question to
answer (How many letters
are in the word cat- 2 or
3?)
Create dog tags- come
up with a name and
decorate
*Who Let the Letters
Out

Creative Activities:
        Music                            Art                              Dramatics
There’s a Dog in            *Torn Paper- create a         Leashes, shoe laces, collars, brushes,
School-Stuart Scotts &      pet/glue shapes together to   shampoo bottle
                            create a pet
Tom Pease, Celebrate
How Much is that          Decorate own aquarium-           Bird cage
Doggie in the             could use blue paper with
Window                    chalk, paper plates with blue
                          saran wrap in between them
*K-I-T-T-Y (See lesson    *Make cats using a               Dog/cat beds
plan)                     variety of shapes (after
                          reading Top Cat)
BINGO                     Make prints with dog             Dishes/food
                          bones
Hey Diddle Diddle         Create own pet (what does        Pet carrier
                          it look like, what can it do?)
Love Your Pets            Create own cat toys- using       Pet toys
                          paper, yarn, string
Five Little Puppies
Five Little Kittens
Gray Pussycat
Dogs in the Dirt
Soft Kitty
Animal Action-Greg
& Steve Kids in Motion
Old Mother Hubbard
I’m a Vet- Junior
Jukebox The
Neighborhood
Kitten Song-Junior
Jutebox
Puppy Song- Junior
Jutebox
Who Let the Letters
Out- Dr. Jean Kiss Your
Brain
Bunny Rabbit, Bunny
Rabbit

Bulletin Board Ideas: Title “Our Favorite Pets” Give the children art materials and have
them create their favorite pet

Student Resources:
Field Trips/Classroom                 Books                                 Multimedia
       visitors
Animal grooming           Feathers For Lunch –L. Eilert    http://www.images-for-schools.org.uk/pet-
establishment/pet         Top Cat- L. Eilert               animals/index.htm
groomer                                                    Images of Pet Animals (for teachers)
Vet clinic/veterinarian Cookie’s Week- C. Ward             http://www.meddybemps.com/shops/petshop.html
                                                           Pet Shop Fun-interactive website
Pet store/worker at a     Have You Seen My Cat?- E.        Arthur’s Pet Business- video
pet store               Carle
Humane Society          Puss in Boots- C. Perrault       Elmo’s World- Pets Sesame Street (VHS)
Farm                    If You Give a Cat a Cupcake-     It’s Cool to be Kind: Humane Education for
                        L. Numeroff                      Children (Caring for Pets Series) (VHS)
Fair                    Cats Go…. A. Horwood             Puppy Sports Spectacular: Clifford’s Puppy Days
                                                         (DVD)
Trainer                 Comet’s Nine Lives- J. Brett     Taking Care of My Pet (All By Myself Series)
                                                         (VHS)
Breeder                 Mama Has 3 Kittens- D.           The Day Jimmy’s Boa At the Wash (VHS)
                        Fleming
Pet owner               Cat Heaven- C. Rylant            The Perfect Pet: Clifford’s Puppy Days (DVD)
Police Officer with a   Clifford’s Kitten- N. Bridwell
police dog
Eye-seeing dog and      Clifford the Big Red Dog- N.
its owner               Bridwell
                        Clifford the Small Red Puppy-
                        N. Bridwell
                        Meet Biscuit- A.S. Capucilli
                        Walk the Dog- B. Barner
                        The Great Gracie Chase- M.C.
                        Rylant
                        Dogs Go…- A. Horwood
                        The Pigeon Wants a Puppy- M.
                        Willems
                        McDuff Comes Home- S.R.
                        Wells
                        Unlovable- D. Yaccarino
                        Henry the Fourth- S.J. Murphy
                        How Much is that Doggie in
                        the Window? –I. Trapani
                        Dogs Go…- A. Horwood
                        McDuff Moves In- S.R. Wells
                        McDuff and the Baby- S.R.
                        Wells
                        McDuff Comes Home- S.R.
                        Wells
                        Dog Heaven- C. Rylant
                        The Pigeon Wants a Puppy- M.
                        Willems
                        Harry The Dirty Dog- M.G.
                        Zion
                        Arthur’s Pet Business- M.
                        Brown
                        Pet Show- E.J. Keats
                        Franklin Wants a Pet- P.
                        Bourgeois
                        Trouble with Pets- J&S
                        Berenstein
Closure of Thematic Unit: Humane Society Donation party-collect money in a jar throughout
pet unit to donate to Humane Society. At the party, have the children help count the money
collected and help write a letter to the Humane Society telling why they are donating the
money. Also celebrate with a Dog bone cake.

Letter to the Family: Attached

Bibliography of sources:
http://www.pre-kpages.com/petheme.html
http://www.geocities.com/preschoolfunzone/
http://www.prekinders.com/petsunit.htm
http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/pets/more.htm
http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/pets/pets.htm
http://www.drjean.com
http://lilteacher72.bravehost.com/pets.html
Dear Parents,

We are excited to start our unit on pets. We are looking
forward to learning what a pet is, pet safety, and how to
take care of a pet. We feel that this unit will benefit the
children because pets are such a part of our daily lives and
the lives of the people around us.

We are planning a variety of activities such as:
*Creating our own obstacle course
*Planning a field trip to the Humane Society
*Making Puppy Chow
*Creating a veterinary clinic in our dramatic play center
*Bringing in our stuffed animal pets to class
*Exploring different types of pet food in our sensory center

We are planning to conclude our unit by having a party for
the Humane Society in which the money we collect during
the unit will be donated to the organization. We suggest
that you take a trip to the library and pick out some books
on pets. We suggest books such as Arthur’s Pet Business
by Marc Brown or Comet’s Nine Lives by Jan Brett. If you
have a pet at home that you would like to bring to school,
please contact us.
As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate
to ask.

Thanks,
(Teacher’s name)
                                                                      Show-n-
                                                                       Share
                                                                     pictures of
                                Field Trips
                                                                        pets



     Act like an animal
      – Gross Motor
                                                Guest Speaker
           Games


                                                                Donate to local
                                                                  Humane
                                                                   Society

 Dramatic
  Play –
   vet
 supplies


                                                                     Pet Food –
                                                                      Sensory
                                                                      Science
                                                                      Dramatic
                                                                        Play
   Journals
                                              Pets


                                                                          Art
                                       Modeling and
                                        Practicing

Read Books about
      pets
                                                                  Graphing



                                                Pet Safety




    Partner / Small Group Activities                                 Songs about
                                                                        pets
                     SONG LIST


                         BINGO
There was a farmer had a dog and BINGO was his name-o.
                       B-I-N-G-O
                       B-I-N-G-O
                       B-I-N-G-O
              And BINGO was his name-o.


                   Love Your Pets
                        Love, love
                     Love your pets,
                   Love them every day.
                     Give them food
                     And water, too.
                      Them let them
                      Run and play.


                 Five Little Puppies

         Five little puppies were playing in the sun.
              (hold up hands, fingers extended)
         This one saw a rabbit and he began to run.
                    (bend down first finger)
       This one saw a butterfly and he began to race.
                  (bend down second finger)
    This one saw a cat and he cat and he began to chase.
                    (bend down third finger)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round and round.
                   (bend down fourth finger)
       This one was so quiet, he never made a sound.
                      (bend down thumb)
                    Five Little Kittens
              Five little kittens standing in a row
            (extend left fingers upward, palm out.)
           They nod their heads to the children, so.
                     (bend fingers forward.)
           They run to the left, they run to the right
              (wiggle fingers to the left & right.)
        They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight.
                    (stretch fingers slowly.)
          Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun
       (move right fist slowly toward stretching fingers.)
   M-e-o-w, see the kittens run. (run left fingers behind back.)


                       Gray Pussycat
    A big gray pussycat (pull on whiskers), pussycat, pussycat.
A big gray pussycat lives in a house (make house with both hands).
             A big gray pussycat, pussycat, pussycat
             A big gray pussycat, pussycat, pussycat
        POUNCED ON A MOUSE!! (clap hands together)


                      Dogs in the Dirt
               Ten little doggies went out one day
                           (10 fingers up)
              To dig in the dirt and play, play, play.
                          (Pretend to dig)
              Five were spotted and five were not,
                    (show one hand at a time)
                   and at dinner they ate a lot!
                          (pretend to eat)

                          Soft Kitty
       (Make a fist of left hand for kitty, and pet the kitty.)

                       Soft kitty, warm kitty
                         Little ball of fur.
                      Lazy kitty, pretty kitty,
                         Purr, purr, purr.
Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
       Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
             Run all around
       Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
          Leap off the Ground
       Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
           Wiggle your nose
       Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
            Count your toes
       Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
             Hop, hop, hop
       Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
             Time to stop!


       Hey Diddle Diddle
             Hey Diddle Diddle,
            The cat and the fiddle.
     The cow jumped over the moon.
  The little dog laughed to see such sport,
  And the dish ran away with the spoon.



    Old Mother Hubbard
          Old Mother Hubbard
          Went to her cupboard
      To get her poor doggie a bone.
         But when she got there
         The cupboard was bare
     And so the poor doggie had none.
                              RECIPES
Cup o’Fish
Make an edible aquarium in a cup

Blue jello
Gummy fish (or fruit flavored sharks)
Clear plastic cups

Make blue jello according to directions on box
Pour into plastic cups
Let them cool in refrigerator until partially set = about 1 hour
Set gummy fish in each bop
Put into refrigerator until completely set

**Variations**
- Frozen Fish popsicles – just freeze jello in popsicle molds – add
gummy fish when they are partially set – unmold very gently when
entirely frozen
- An entire punch bowl of fish jello (made like the cup o’fish just in
large dish)

Peanut Butter Bones
 ½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup honey
½ tsp vanilla
2-3 cups rice krispies/graham crackers- crushed
*Stir peanut butter, honey, vanilla, together. Stir in cereal/graham
crackers. Wet hands and form mixture into bones.
Place on waxed paper and chill.
Store in covered container in refrigerator until served

Marshmallow Dogs
Large and small marshmallows
Toothpicks
*make marshmallow pets. Have the children use toothpicks to hold the
marshmallows in place
Bread Dough Animals
Frozen bread (thawed)
Raisins
Cereal – cheerios
1 tsp water
Egg yolk
Food coloring
Clean paint brushes

*Prep egg yolk paint. Mix water with egg yolk. Add a drop/two of
desired food coloring.
Give children small portions of dough to form bodies, legs, heads, etc.
Add eyes
Place on greased cookies sheet
Allow children to paint animals
Bake 15 minutes @375 degrees.

Crunchy Doggie Treats

1/2 c. soy flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. rolled oats
1/2 tsp. bone meal

In a large bowl stir together all the ingredients. Use a fork to blend 4 T.
lard with 1/2 c. water. Add the lard mixture to the dry ingredients and
mix well. Place the dough on a cookie sheet and roll out flat. Then bake
at 350 until golden brown. When cool, break into pieces and place in
baggies for the children to take home.
                      4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Chex Mix Puppy Chow

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.5 Understands the concept of measurement.

Instructional Setting: Small group

Outcome(s): The children will participate in a group cooking project.

Materials Needed: Large bowl, large plastic bag, wax paper, measuring spoons,
measuring cups, 9 cups Chex, 1 cup chocolate chips, ½ cup peanut butter, ¼ cup butter,
¼ teaspoon vanilla, 1 ½ cup powdered sugar.

Directions:
   1. Put cereal in large bowl. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove
       from heat and stir in vanilla.
   2. Pour over Chex cereal, put into a large plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake
      well to coat.
   3. Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow it to cool.


Assessment: The children will enjoy participating in a group cooking experience and
will learn to work together.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                        4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Graphing each child’s favorite pet.

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.1 Demonstrates an understanding of numbers and counting.
B.EL.4 Uses the attributes of objects for comparison and patterning.
B.EL.2 Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.

Instructional Setting: Large Group

Outcome(s): Students will graph and discuss their favorite pets.

Materials Needed:
Large paper for graphing
Colored markers
Stickers with the students names on them/pictures of each pet
Pictures of various pets such as dog, cat, bird, fish, gerbil, hamster, etc.

Directions:
   1. Prepare a chart ahead of time. At the top of the chart write “What is your favorite
       pet?” Have stickers prepared with the children’s names on them or have cutouts
       of each pet prepared for the children to write their name on.
   2. Talk about the children’s favorite pets and show the pictures on the bottom of the
       graph of the pets they have to choose from. It may be a good idea to have one
       labeled “other” in case children like a pet that is not mentioned on the graph.
   3. Call children up one at a time to put their names above the pet they like the most.
       Ask them give a reason why they like that specific pet.
   4. At the end of the lesson, ask questions about your graph such as “Which animal
       did the most of the children pick as their favorite? Which animal did the children
       pick as their least favorite?” “Why do you think the most of the children picked
       __________ as their favorite pet?” Etc.

Assessment: The children should be able to answer the questions at the end of the lesson
correctly with help from the teacher. They should also be able to name their favorite pet
during the activity.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Graphing how many pets each child has

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.1 Demonstrates an understanding of numbers and counting.
B.EL.4 Uses the attributes of objects for comparison and patterning.
B.EL.2 Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.

Instructional Setting: Large Group

Outcome(s): Students will graph how many pets they have at home.

Materials Needed:
Large paper for graphing
Colored markers
Stickers with the students names on them

Directions:
   1. Tell the children ahead of time that they will need to count the number of pets
       they have at home. It would be best to let the families know ahead of time that
       you will be doing this activity so that they can prepare the child. It may be a good
       idea to have the families write the total number on a piece of paper and return it to
       school.
   2. Have the children sit in a large group in front of the chart. The chart should be
       labeled on top with “How Many Pets do you have at home?” On the bottom of
       the chart have the numbers zero through six and then seven or more.
   3. Give the children stickers with their names on them and have them put the sticker
       in the correct box above the number of pets they have at home. The teacher
       should demonstrate first. Have the children come up one at a time and tell how
       many pets they have and help them put their sticker in the corresponding box.
   4. When all of the children have had a turn, then ask questions such as: “How many
       children have one pet?” “How many children have no pets?” “Which number has
       the most names? The least?”

Assessment: The children should be able to answer the questions at the end of the lesson
correctly with help from the teacher. The children should give a logical answer like 1 or 2
and not 100.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Graph animal crackers by type of animal

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.1 Demonstrates an understanding of numbers and counting.
B.EL.4 Uses the attributes of objects for comparison and patterning.
B.EL.2 Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.

Instructional Setting: Small group, math center

Outcome(s):
Students will name and sort and graph different types of animal crackers.

Materials Needed:
Animal crackers, at least 6 crackers per child
One Graph for each child laminated.
At the top of the chart type: “Animal Cracker Graphing.”
Along the sides type the names of the animals with a picture. (Put at least 6 boxes next to
each animal picture)

Directions:
   1. Prepare the charts ahead of time. Work with groups of three or four children.
       Show each child the animal crackers and have them identify the different types of
       animals.
   2. Explain that some may be pets and others many not. Give each child 6- 12
       crackers. Show them how to sort the crackers on the graph, by putting each
       cracker in the correct square next to the animal name. Explain that they can eat
       the crackers when you are done with the activity.
   3. Ask each child individually which animal they had the most and least of, and if
       any of the rows had the same number.

Assessment: The children should be able to answer the questions at the end of the lesson
correctly with help from the teacher. The children should be able to match the correct
animals next to the corresponding pictures.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Dog Bone Animal Printing

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.2 Expresses self creatively through music, movement and art.

Instructional Setting: Small group, art center

Outcome(s):
The children will experience printing with different size dog bone shapes.

Materials Needed:
Paper
Tempera paint
Dog bone shaped cookie cutters

Directions:
   1. Place paint on a paper plate or shallow pan.
   2. Demonstrate dipping the dog bone cookie cutters in the paint and then pressing
       them on to the paper. Children can use different color paints, or layer the paint
       over several days.

Assessment:
The student should express themselves creatively through art.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Graphing which pet career each child would like to have.

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.1 Demonstrates an understanding of numbers and counting.
B.EL.2 Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.
A.EL.2 Listens and responds and communicates with others.

Instructional Setting: Large Group

Outcome(s): Students will graph which pet career they would most like to have.

Materials Needed:
Large paper for graphing
Colored markers
Stickers with the students names on them

Directions:
   1. Prepare the chart ahead of time. At the top of the chart write “What pet career
       would you most like to have?”
   2. Introduce to the children the vocabulary and job descriptions of different jobs
       associated with pets. Ask the children which jobs we should include on our chart,
       then write these jobs at the bottom of it. Some examples would be groomer,
       veterinarian, veterinarian assistant, pet store worker, trainer, breeder, K-9 police
       officer, K-9 search and rescue, animal clothing designer, etc.
   3. After describing the jobs to the children and discussing what they do, have each
       child come up to the graph individually and place their name by what job they
       would like. If time permits have them tell you why they chose that job.
   4. When all of the children have had a chance to put their name on the graph ask a
       few questions. Some examples would be: “Which job did the children chose the
       most? The least?”; “Which job did nobody pick?”(If applicable); “Why do you
       think most of the children picked _______ job?”

Assessment: The children should be able to answer the questions at the end of the lesson
correctly with help from the teacher.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Sorting domestic animals vs. wild animals.

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.1 Demonstrates an understanding of numbers and counting.
B.EL.4 Uses the attributes of objects for comparison and patterning.
B.EL.2 Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.
C.EL.1 Uses observation to gather information.

Instructional Setting: Small group, math centers

Outcome(s): Students will create correct grouping of domestic animals and wild
animals.

Materials Needed:
Index cards or cardstock with pictures of various wild and domestic animals

Directions:
   1. Have the children sit in a small group. Review with the children what the
       difference is between a wild animal and a domestic animal. Have the children
       give you examples to check for understanding.
   2. Show the children the cards and explain that the cards have pictures of wild or
       domestic animals on them. Explain that you will hold up a card and you will sort
       the cards out into two groups (wild and domestic). Point out that some animals
       could be wild or domestic and we can put these into a separate group.
   3. As you hold the cards up for the students, place them into the appropriate groups
       as they call out wild or domestic or both. Ask the children why they would put
       that animal into that group. The teacher may then shuffle and pass out the cards so
       that the children may take individual turns showing their cards and sorting them
       independently.

Assessment: Check to make sure the children can correctly sort the cards individually.
Also, check to see if their reasoning for labeling a specific animal makes sense.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Torn paper pets

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.2 Expresses self creatively through music, movement and art

Instructional Setting: Small group, art center

Outcome(s): Students will create their own pet out of torn paper.

Materials Needed:
Different colored construction paper
Large sheets of white construction paper
Glue sticks
Markers or crayons.

Directions:
   1. Tell the children that they are going to make their own pet out of torn paper.
       Demonstrate before the class how to tear the construction paper into different
       body parts.
   2. Tell them they will need a body and a head. They may also need arms, legs, fins,
       tails, ears, etc. The children can create wacky pets that may have more than one
       tail, or eight legs. The goal is to be creative. As they tear the paper, demonstrate
       gluing the pieces down to the large white construction paper. The children can
       use markers and crayons to add fine detail such as eyes, a collar, etc. Display the
       pictures in a Gallery of Exotic Pet Animals.

Assessment: The children should feel confident to create artwork that expresses their
creativity. They should be able to tell you about their creation.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Sorting stuffed animals by different features

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
B.EL.1 Demonstrates an understanding of numbers and counting.
B.EL.4 Uses the attributes of objects for comparison and patterning.
B.EL.2 Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.
C.EL.1 Uses observation to gather information.

Instructional Setting: Large Group

Outcome(s): Students will create correct grouping of animals based on different
characteristics.

Materials Needed:
A favorite stuffed animal from home to represent a pet for each child
Extra stuffed animals on hand.
Two or more large hula hoops or baskets for grouping

Directions:
   1. Have the children sit in a circle with their stuffed animals in their laps. Explain to
       the children that the class will be sorting their stuffed animals into groups
       according to a certain rule.
   2. Place the hula hoops or baskets on the floor in front of the teacher. Explain a rule
       such as one basket (or hula hoop) is for animals with two legs and one basket
       (hula hoop) is for animals with four legs, and one basket (hula hoop) is for
       animals with no legs. Pick a child with an animal with two legs and have them
       put it into the correct basket. Do this with each child and have them put it into the
       correct basket and have them tell you why they chose that basket.
   3. Have all the children take their stuffed animals out and then try again with a
       different attribute. You may sort by color, flying vs. non flying, swimming vs.
       non swimming, big vs. small, etc.

Assessment: The children should be able to correctly sort the stuffed animals by
attributes.
                          4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Listen and Do- How to Take Care of a Pet

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
III. A.EL.1 Derives meaning through listening to communications of others and sounds in
the environment
III. A.EL.2 Listens and responds to communications with others

Instructional Setting: Whole group- large area for all children to spread out and have room
to work with a partner

Outcome(s):
The children will tell and show partners how they would take care of their pet properly.

Materials Needed:
-A stuffed animal for each student (preferably one that can be a pet)
-Brushes
-Pet food (dog food, cat food, bird food, rabbit food, fish food, etc)
-Pet dishes
-Pet toys
-Leashes, collars
-Beds, fish bowls, cages, etc.

Directions:
   1. Discuss:
            What is a pet?
            What are some different types of pets people have?
            Talk about each pet and how to take care of it
            Why is it important to take care of a pet?
   2. Take a stuffed animal (dog, cat, bird, fish, etc) and demonstrate how to take care of it
        Give it food
        Brush it
        Take it for walks
        Give it love
        Bathe it
        Clean its cage/pick up after it goes to the bathroom
   2. Discuss how different pets need different types of care.
   3. Have children take their pet (or provide one if they don’t have one) and practice
       caring for it.
   4. Children can then tell and show a partner how they would take care of their pet.
Assessment:
-This activity will be evaluated through observation, seeing how the children practice taking
care of their pets, which supplies they use, and what they tell their partner.
-The teacher can walk around to each pair and ask how they would take care of their pet.
(Each pet may be different and require different needs).

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Obedience School

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
III. A.EL.2 Listens and responds to communications with others
III. A.EL.3 Follows directions of increasing complexity

Instructional Setting: Large group

Outcome(s):
Students will follow the commands given by the teacher appropriately by listening for
directions.

Materials Needed:
Large area- such as a rug, a gym or on the grass

Directions:
The teacher starts by naming a pet. Then the teacher gives those pets commands (for
example, if the children are pretending to be dogs, they may be asked to sit, fetch, lie
down, roll over, bark, beg, etc.) A variety of pets can be named and the children can also
take turns being the one to give commands. It is important to come up with a signal so the
children know when to stop each command to avoid chaos. More than one command can
also be given at one time (sit and then roll over).

Assessment:
Observation:
Are the children participating?
Are the children listening and understanding the commands given?

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
N/A
                   4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Animal Charades

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
III.B.EL.1 Uses gestures and movements (non-verbal) to communicate.
IV.B.EL.2 Expresses self creatively through music, movement, and art.

Instructional Setting: Whole Group

Outcome(s):
Students will guess which animal is being acted out by raising their hands and
waiting to be called on.

Materials Needed:
Picture cards with animal pictures (should be a mixture of domestic pets, exotic pets,
outdoor pets, and wild animals)

Directions:
   1. Each child will take a turn using nonverbal communication to act out
       different animals/pets according to the picture prompt he/she is given.
   2. The rest of the class will raise their hands and guess the animal that is being
       acted out. If the class is unable to guess the correct animal, the child will then
       be able to make verbal noises.
   3. Then the class will discuss whether or not the animal could be a pet.

Assessment: The teacher can assess if all of the children are participating by
guessing the animal and taking their turns acting out an animal. The teacher can also
assess if the class seems to understand the concept of a pet versus a wild animal but
their answers and reasons for them.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                       4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Top Cat Shapes

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
III.A.EL.3 Follows directions of increasingly complexity.
V.A.EL.3 Applies problem solving skills.
IV.B.EL.2 Expresses self creatively through music, movement and art.
V.B.EL.3 Explores recognizes and describes, shapes and spatial relationships.
III.C.EL.1 Shows an appreciation of books and understands how print works.

Instructional Setting: Large group, then individual

Outcome(s): The children will make a cat out of a variety of shapes.

Materials Needed: Book-Top Cat by Lois Ehlert, construction paper cut into a variety of
shapes and sizes, glue, scissors, yarn, crayons/markers.

Directions:
   1. The teacher reads the story “Top Cat” by Lois Ehlert. Talk about the pictures and
       point out how the pictures are made using shapes.
   2. Then have the children create their own cat using a variety of shapes and sizes
       (circles, triangles, squares, rectangles)
   3. Then have the children create other features on the cat with markers/crayons and
       possibly yarn for whiskers. Put out a variety of materials so the children use their
       imagination.

Assessment: Make sure the children are able to sit and listen to a story. The children
should be able to glue shapes down in the form of a cat and add the appropriate features
(eyes, nose, mouth, whiskers, tail, etc) The children should also be able to name the
shapes they are using.

Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:
                                 4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: K-I-T-T-Y song + new verses

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
III.A.EL.1 Derives meaning through listening to communications of others and sounds in the environment.
IV.A.EL.2 Engages in meaningful learning through attempting, repeating, experimenting, refining and
elaborating on experiences and activities.
III.C.EL.2 Develops alphabetic awareness
IV.B.EL.2 Expresses self creatively through music, movement and art.
IV.C.EL.3 Uses various styles of learning including verbal/linguistic, bodily/kinesthetic, visual/spatial,
interpersonal, and intrapersonal.

Instructional Setting: This activity could be done as a whole class together or in small groups/centers

Outcome(s):
The children will help write verses to the K-I-T-T-Y song with the teacher’s help using a different pet name.

Materials Needed:
-Construction paper
-Paper to write on
-Markers
-Pieces of construction paper with the letters K-I-T-T-Y printed on them (one letter on each piece of paper)

Directions:
   1. Teach the children the song K-I-T-T-Y (song attached) Have the kids take turns holding up the cards
       with the letters printed on them as the song is sung.
   2. Ask the children to think of another pet that we could write a song about (PUPPY, DOGGY,
       BUNNY, BIRDY, etc.) It is okay if the pet has more or less then 5 letters.
   3. Ask the children to help you write a song about this pet. This will need a lot of prompting (what does
       this pet do, what does it look like) Use the K-I-T-T-Y song as a prompt too.
   4. If this activity is done in small groups, each group will do their own pet. Then they will write each
       letter on a piece of construction paper and perform it in front of the class.
   5. If this activity is done in a large group, ask a few children to write the letters on construction paper or
       the teacher can do this. Then the class can take turns holding up the cards and singing the new verses.
   6. These songs can be published in a class book or sent home to parents with illustrations by the
       children.

Assessment:
-Are the children able to come up with sentences that describe a certain pet
-Are the children participating in the song? In helping write the verses by giving ideas?
               K-I-T-T-Y
        (to the tune of BINGO)

     I know a cat with perky ears
       And Kitty is her name-o
  K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
       And Kitty is her name-o.

 She makes a sound and it’s “meow”
      And Kitty is her name-o
 K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
      And Kitty is her name-o.

She sleeps and sleeps and sleeps all day
        And Kitty is her name-o
  K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
       And Kitty is her name-o.

      I love my cat, she is so cute
        And Kitty is her name-o
  K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
        And Kitty is her name-o.
                                 4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Best Pet Contest

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
III.A.EL.1 Derives meaning through listening to communications of others and sounds in the
environment.
III.A.EL.2 Listens and responds to communications with others.
IV.B.EL.1 Engages in imaginative play and inventive thinking through interactions with people,
materials, and the environment.
III.B.EL.2a Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate. Language Form.
III.B.EL.2b Uses vocalizations and spoken language to communicate. Language Content.
IV.B.EL.2 Expresses creatively through music, movement and art.
III.C.EL.5 Uses writing to represent thoughts or ideas.

Instructional Setting: Individual, then large group

Outcome(s): The children will give a speech about why their pet should win the best pet contest. The
children will also write about why their pet should win the Best Pet Contest.

Materials Needed:
-Each child needs a stuffed animal
-Journal, pencil, crayons/markers
-Ribbons labeled-WINNER!

Directions:
   1. Have the children journal about their pet (stuffed animal) while it is sitting next to them. They
       should come up with ideas about what their pet can do that is special.
   2. After the children think about what is special about their pet, announce that there will be a
       contest. We are going to see who has the best pet in the classroom.
   3. The children need to come up in front of the class with their pet and tell the class what their pet
       can do that is special. This can occur over a week long period (4-5 kids per day).
   4. At the end of the contest, announce that every pet is a winner and is special in their own way.

Assessment: The children should be able to come up with ways their pet is special through journaling
and speaking. They should also be able to come in front of the class and talk about their pet.


Sample or Pattern, as appropriate: N/A
                   4K LEAPS Thematic Unit Lesson Plan


Name of Lesson: Who let the letters out?

WI Model Early Learning Standard(s):
III.C.EL.2 Develops alphabetic awareness
III.C.EL.3a Develops phonological awareness
III.C.EL.3b Develops phonemic awareness
IV.C.EL.3 Uses various styles of learning including verbal/linguistic,
bodily/kinesthetic, visual/spatial, interpersonal, and intrapersonal

Instructional Setting: Can be done in a large group or small group

Outcome(s):
The children will be able to find the letter that corresponds with the song.


Materials Needed:
Paper dog house with a cut out door laminated
Magnetic Letters
CD-Dr. Jean Kiss Your Brain Who Let the letters out
Alphabet chart
Dog dish

Directions:
1. Children first practice chanting the song “Who let the dogs out” to practice the
rhythm. Then play the song “Who let the letters out? (If CD is available). Children
take turns picking a letter and taking it out of the dog house. They may place it on an
alphabet chart or in a dog dish. All the members of the group say the chant when the
letter is picked.
Ex) Who let the A out? A/A/A/A Who let the A out? A/A/A/A?
They don’t need to pick the letters in alphabetical order
2. This activity can be done as a class also. Everyone sits in a circle and picks a
letter. As you go around the circle, each child holds the letter up and the class chants
the sound together. They can then try to put the letters in ABC order or place on an
alphabet chart next to the corresponding letter.


Assessment:
   -Observation of the children saying the sounds correctly
   -Observation of letter identification-can they place the letter on an alphabet
   chart? Can they come up with the correct name of the letter?
Sample or Pattern, as appropriate:

				
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