I volunteered in Sam's school today. The teacher had seen my blog and asked if I would come in and do a tracking lesson with the kids. I was thrilled and honored that she would ask.
I already had the tracking posters from the birthday party that I knew I could use, so I just added a few other activities, some outside time and instant guest teacher!
So, while the kids were eating snack I started out with the track mysteries. I described the tracks and what they were looking at and asked them questions about who they thought the tracks belonged to. Because these were younger kids than the birthday party I knew they would need some more help.
For the help I printed off pictures of a rabbit, coyote and a squirrel. As we were examining the track for each of these animals I would cover up the picture of the animal, all except the legs. We would show them the legs and feet, talk about how they matched the track, what kind of movement they might have and then again asked them what animal they thought it was. As they continued to guess (all wrong) I would show them more and more of the animal pictures or I would show them key features of the animal (rabbit ears, squirrel tail, etc.). This really helped and eventually they got each animal.
Once they knew the animals we talked about the track mysteries, what the animals were doing and how the tracks were different.
Then we headed out to the hall and practiced moving like the animals (hopping like a rabbit with front feet, our hands, landing behind our back feet; running on hands and feet like coyote, running like squirrel on all fours with front feet landing behind back feet). The kids loved this part.
We headed outside and were actually able to find some rabbit tracks which the kids loved and then we once again practiced moving like animals do, only this time we were moving in the snow!
It was a lot of fun and I think the kids really enjoyed it all too!
Anybody else need a guest teacher?
The Nitty Gritty!
Here are all the track and animal images that I used just in case you want to try and recreate any of this. I realized that the last time I posted about the tracks I didn't include my images. Just thought I would share!