Looking for lion themed lesson plan ideas to use in your Pre-K classroom? If so, you may want to rundown my list of suggestions. Each one is suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 6. Here they are:
Do you want to give the kids a few lion themed math worksheets? If so, I’d suggest visiting either The Math Work Sheet Site or the Math Aids website. Each website features a program that will help you create your handouts.
If you want the children to count shapes instead of numbers, I’d recommend visiting the Make Learning Fun website. It features a “Lion Shape Count” handout that you could download and use for such endeavors.
Speaking of counting, you could also opt to create your own lion themed board game. There are several websites that have the free programs needed to complete such a project. Among them are JC Schools, ESL Lounge, SEN Teacher and Tools for Educators. Once you access the sites, you’ll find instructions that will walk you through the creation of a game board, spinners and dice.
When you are done creating those items, you may print them out onto cardstock or paper. You may want to consider laminating the game pieces too. Doing so will help them last longer. I should also mention that you are not restricted to numbers. You could also incorporate lion vocabulary words, colors, shapes and trivia into your game boards as well.
When it comes to vocabulary words for this unit, I am sure that “lion”, “cat”, “tail”, “claw” and “mane” will be on your list. However, you may want to consider adding additional vocabulary words like “paw”, “teeth”, “Africa”, “pride” and “cub” too. The Twisty Noodle website has an area where you can create a series of lion handouts using those words. It’s really easy and free to use.
Just go to the website and type the words that you want to be on the worksheet into the text box. Then select your font and hit the submit button. Once that’s done, hit the print button. That’s all that there is to the process. I used the software to create sentences like “Lions live in Africa” and “Lions like to roar.”
You may want to consider incorporating those vocabulary words into easy word searches, letter tiles and mazes as well. The Discovery Education website has a free puzzle maker program that you could use to create them. Based on my experience with the program, it should take you less than 5 minutes to whip up a few different ones.
Action Rhymes and Songs
I’d also suggest letting the kids engage in a handful of lion themed action rhymes and songs. Action rhymes and songs to consider utilizing are “Move Like Me”, Five Ferocious Lions” and “Roar Like a Lion.” You could pair the activity with an art project. For example, you could have the kids create lion finger puppets or paper plate lions. They could then use those items when singing and acting out the rhymes.
Websites that contain lion finger puppet templates and instructions are iChild, Spotted Canary and Ideas4Kids. Of those three, my favorite is the finger puppet posted on the Spotted Canary website. It’s fairly easy to create and looks positively adorable.
As far as the paper plate lions go, you can find instructions and templates on the DLTK and Krafty Kids websites. In my opinion, both art projects produce cute results. When the kids are finished making the plates, be sure to hot glue or tape a bamboo skewer to the back of each one. That way, the kids can hold onto the plates better during the song.
Source: Personal Experience
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