Spring is one of my favorite seasons for thematic units in kindergarten because there are so many fun topics to include. If you live in a farming community, you know that spring time is when things really kick into high gear for farmers! This makes spring a great time for a farm unit study in the kindergarten classroom. In this post, I’m going to share some of my favorite kindergarten farm activities that you can use to put together an engaging unit study for your students.
Farm Literacy Activities
All About Farmers
Kindergarteners love to learn all about farmers! You can read a nonfiction book about farmers and fill out an informational anchor chart together. Then, students can create this adorable writing craftivity to document what they’ve learned. Their favorite part of this craft is the farmer behind the door of the barn!
All About Farm Animals
Following a similar pattern as above, you can help your students learn more about different farm animals, one at a time.
You can focus on one animal a day, read a nonfiction book about it, complete an informational chart together, then have students complete a writing craftivity.
Behind each animal craft is a sentence that shares their favorite fact about that animal.
Cause and Effect: “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”
One of my favorite books for teaching cause and effect during a farm unit is “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” by Laura Numeroff. After reading the story together, you can brainstorm some additional scenarios for cause and effect. Then students can create their own cause and effect craft!
In addition to cause and effect, “If You Give a Pancake” is also perfect for practicing the important comprehension skill of sequencing. Students love putting the chain of events in order from this story!
You can also read “Chicken Little” during a farm unit and have students complete a sequencing activity. They will put all of the warnings that Chicken Little gave in order under each numbered flap.
Another picture book that can help students practice a literacy skill is “Sheep in a Jeep” by Nancy Shaw.
After reading the fun story together as a class, students can create their own jeeps with rhyming words under each flap.
You can give your students a taste of the farm life by making your own butter in class! Students absolutely love this process!
After creating the butter together as a class, students can create their own mini-books that describe how to make butter. Students are always eager to write the instructions so they can show their families!
“Click Clack Moo” Writing Craftivity
Your students can practice writing their own letters after reading “Click Clack Moo” by Doreen Cronin. These are always a treat to read on a bulletin board, especially when paired with a craft!
My Favorite Farm Animal
After learning about so many different farm animals, it’s time for students to choose their favorite! They can write about why they chose that animal as their favorite. You can also use their photos to create an adorable little farmer for the front cover of their writing!
Farm Math Activities
Discussing a favorite farm animal can also be great graphing practice! You and your students can put together a class graph with the different votes. Then, students can create graphs on their own worksheets and interpret the data.
Another fun graphing activity is to have students sort farm animals. Students can cut out the different farm animals, sort them onto a bar graphing page, then interpret the data. This is great fine motor practice, as well!
Addition & Subtraction
Your students can also practice addition and subtraction with a fun farm twist! First, students can count and add different combinations of farm animals with this mini reader.
They can also practice modeling addition with cow spots! They can add the correct number of spots to each cow, then count the total number of spots to find the answer.
Another fun way to practice addition and subtraction is with farm story problems! Students can color each page and then use the manipulatives or number lines to help them write and solve an equation.
Finally, students can review addition and subtraction with a fun farm game! Students will choose a card, solve the equation, and then move that number of spaces on the game board. This is a great game to include in your math centers!
Comparing quantities and numbers can be a blast during a farm unit! Students can start by identifying which group of farm-related pictures has more or less. Students love to find and color the correct group!
Then, students can use printable activities to practice comparing numbers using greater than, less than, and equal.
Finally, your students can put all of their practice to work in a fun comparing numbers game! Students will take turns putting a card on the mat, then they will write the correct symbol for the comparison. The player with the greatest number gets to keep both cards, then the game continues!
Printable Kindergarten Farm Activities
All of the activities pictured above (and more!) can be found in my printable bundle of kindergarten farm activities. You can use these hands-on literacy and math activities to put together a 10-day farm thematic unit. Included in this bundle is a helpful PDF with a suggested sequence for these activities. Your students will love all of this engaging skill practice! If you’d like to take a closer look at all of the activities in this resource, you can find it in the A Spoonful of Learning shop or on TPT.
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