Do you want to include wolves into your Pre-K students’ studies? Have you already written your lesson plan for the unit? If not, you may want to include one of the following activities into your outline:
Why not kick off your language arts segment by talking about wolf packs and non-verbal communication? You may also want to read Jim Brandenburg’s book “Scruffy: A Wolf Finds His Place in the Pack.” Afterward, you could have the children play charades and a silent version of follow the leader to help make your point. You may also want to consider letting the children make wolf masks and use them during those activities.
Later, you could have the children practice writing the upper and lower case letter “W” as well as their vocabulary words. You can find letter “W” handwriting worksheets available on the Twisty Noodle and Education websites. One of the handouts on the Twisty Noodle site contains the sign language symbol for the letter “W.” Since you presumably spent time teaching the children about non-verbal communication, you may want to use that one as part of your lesson plan.
Music and Dramatic Play
Next, segue into a music lesson by introducing them to Sergie Prokofiev’s symphony, “Peter and the Wolf.” You could explain to the children how Prokofiev communicated the story through the music to his audiences. Personally, I would recommend reading them the story first and then playing the music. There is a PDF file that contains the written version of the story posted on the Peter and the Wolf website. An audio CD of the entire symphony is available through the Maestro Classics website.
When the children are finished listening to the audio CD, give them a copy of the “Peter and the Wolf” matching game handout available through the Orlando Phil website. It is designed to help the children associate the various musical instruments to Prokofiev’s characters.
Once the children are familiar with the story, send them to the dramatic play area and play the symphony while they are there. Perhaps they’ll feel inspired to act out their own version of Prokofiev’s story. You could also take the opportunity to introduce them to other wolf songs, action rhymes and finger plays. Works to consider using are “If You’re a Wolf and You Know It”, “Wolves Are Running All Around”, “What Time is it, Mr. Wolf” and “Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”
Science and Math
I would suggest proceeding by transitioning into discussions about the wolf’s life cycle. You can find a diagram of a gray wolf’s life cycle posted on the Fan Pop website. It would pair well with Bobbie Kalman’s book “The Life Cycle of a Wolf.” Should you need more material to develop talking points, I’d suggest using the “Life Cycle of the Wolf” handout available through the UK Wolf Conservation Trust’s website.
When you’ve finished talking about that, you may want to have the children count and group wolf tracks. You can find a copy of the tracks posted on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ website. The same site contains information about the differences and similarities between wolves, domestic dogs and coyotes. You could use that information to continue your science discussion. There is also a “What Big Teeth You Have!” worksheet posted on the Education website that you may find helpful. It is designed to have the children count and compare the teeth of various animals, including a wolf.
Source: Personal Experience
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