Farmyard Animals Workshop
Activity designed for preschool students. They can also be adapted to primary year one and two.
Using a scale model of a traditional farm and magnetised puzzles, students learn about animals such as rabbits, cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and the Catalan burro.
Students will handle materials coming from these animals to learn about how mankind makes use of them, as well as feeding some of the species at the Zoo Farm.
Students will move around the Zoo Farm in the little Zoo bus.
Duration: : 2 hours
Start time : 10:00 a.m.
Let's get ready
To get the maximum benefit from the We Work by Projects Workshop at the Zoo, we recommend that you do some work at school on the following aspects before taking the workshop, both by talking about experiences and in other areas (plastic, body expression, oral and written expression, maths, etc.):
To understand the students’ interests and increase motivation about the animals:
- Make large drawings of typical farm animals.
- Imitate the sounds these animals make.
- Compile stories and songs about farmyard animals that the students can obtain.
To observe animals:
- Get a duck or chicken chick to be able to observe it in class.
- Visit a traditional farm.
- Watch excerpts of documentaries about farmyard animals.
As specific objectives:
- Identification of the different parts of the body of farmyard animals and their functions.
- Understanding of the idea of farmyard animal.
- Recognition of the most characteristic animals at farms.
- Basic ideas about the feeding and upkeep of farmyard animals.
- Knowledge of the products obtained from farmyard animals.
Come to the Zoo
When reaching the Education Department, the class group will be welcomed by a Zoo educator (biologist), who will then accompany the children to the Zoo Farm on the little train.
There will then be a presentation in the farm classroom-workshop about how the activity works and about the animals they will be working with: the hen, the cow, the pig, the goat and the rabbit.
The morphology of the five animals and their different body parts will be studied using giant jigsaw puzzles. Students have to put the parts of the animal’s body into the right places and say what each of them is for.
To learn about the food the animals eat, the children will have the chance to feed some of the animals at the Zoo Farm.
The farmyard animals are related to the different products that mankind obtains from them and the children are given the different objects and/or materials, which they then put below the puzzle of the animal that produces them.
To finish, they have a small guided tour of the Zoo Farm.
The group can then stay at the Zoo until closing time. We suggest visiting the wild boars, the wild goats, the zebras and the mallards.
What we learned?
Suggestions about activities to do after the Farmyard Animals Workshop:
Natural and social sciences area:
- Prepare activity sheets for the animals studied.
- Make a mural of a farm, a house and a forest. Collect pictures of animals and group them by categories of farm animals, wild or domestic and place them on the right mural.
Oral and written expression:
- Create stories about the animals studied.
- Tell stories about some of the animals visited.
- Have them paint the animal they liked the best out of all they saw.
- Make animal masks and/or dress up as a farmyard animal.
- Play games imitating the characteristics sounds and movements of the farmyard animals.
Evaluation of learning obtained:
- Prepare farmyard animal activity sheets detailing how mankind uses them.
CURRICULAR INTEGRATION OF THE FARMYARD ANIMALS WORKSHOP
CROSS-CUTTING CURRICULUM AREAS
Education in defence of the environment.
RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM DISCIPLINES
Organisms and their relationship to the environment.
With respect to knowledge, facts and ideas:
- Study the parts of the body of rabbits, cows, hens, lambs and pigs. Introduction to the concept of farmyard animal.
- Discover the products that these animals provide to man.
- Match objects and foods to the farmyard animals.
- Comparison of a traditional farm and a modern farm.
With respect to procedures:
- Learn to treat the animals studied with care and affection.
- Give suitable foods to each animal.
- Deduce the products and foods that are obtained from each animal.
With respect to attitudes and values:
- Foster respect for animals through better knowledge of them.