|A little boy
is eager to show his baby sister all the wonderful things in his world .
- Talk about each animal depicted in the book. In what way is
each animal helpful to people?
- Does the family in the story live in the city or on farm?
- Name three animals in the book that you might find on a farm.
- Name three animals that you might find in a city.
- What are some things from your world you might like to show
- What are some things you might like to learn about from a friend's
- Arrange a Show and Tell Day.
- A farm might have many different animals. What would each
- What would you call each animals' baby?
Hen (chick), horse (foal), cat (kitten), cow
(calf), wren (chick), goose (gosling), pig
(piglet), dog (pup), mouse (pup or pinky.)
- Sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," following the order of
the animal silhouettes in the book.
- In the groups of words below, some of the words begin with the
same sound. Some do not. Have the children listen to the
words as the teacher speaks them, then answer yes, no, or maybe.
HEN - HORSE -
GOOSE - GOAT -
WREN - RABBIT - WHALE
CAT - COW - MOUSE
- PIG - PUPPY
DOG - BARN
- Make a list of the animals in the book, beginning with the
smallest and working toward the largest. (Don't forget the human
- Make a paper "quilt." Have the students draw a
farm animal on a square piece of construction paper. Each of
these squares will be a quilt block. Ask the children to draw a decorative border around the edge of the block. Arrange the finished "quilt blocks" on a cork
board, or tape them to a wall, butting the edges against each other.
- Play Farmer, May I? A child asks permission to
perform a simple action, ending his request with "Yes, or no, or
maybe." Example: "Farmer, may I clap my hands? Yes,
or no, or maybe?" If the farmer responds yes, the child
performs the action. If the farmer responds no, the child
does nothing. If the farmer responds maybe, the whole class
performs the action.
In the story, sometimes Momma answers a question with a yes,
sometimes with a no, and sometimes with a maybe. Do
you think the mother should have always answered yes? Do you
think the boy was upset when his mother answered no? Talk
about each scenario and discuss the mother's reasons for answering as
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