Unit Study: Kindergarten Wild Animal Safari

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the diverse world of wild animals and their habitats.
  2. Understand basic concepts of animal characteristics, adaptations, and ecosystems.
  3. Develop an appreciation for wildlife and the importance of conservation.
  4. Enhance language skills through animal-themed storytelling and discussions.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of biology, ecology, and the natural world.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Introduction to Wild Animals

  • Introduction to the concept of wild animals and their habitats
  • Identify and discuss different types of wild animals (e.g., lions, elephants)
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Wild Animal Collage” using pictures and craft materials

Day 2: Jungle Adventure

  • Focus on jungle animals: Discuss animals found in rainforests and jungles
  • Learn about their characteristics and adaptations
  • Science activity: Create a “Jungle Diorama” with toy animals and plants

Day 3: African Savanna Exploration

  • Focus on African savanna animals: Discuss animals like lions, giraffes, etc.
  • Explore the concept of animal herds and predator-prey relationships
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Savanna Sunset” using colored paper and paint

Day 4: Forest Friends

  • Explore forest animals: Discuss animals found in temperate and deciduous forests
  • Engage in outdoor exploration (if possible) to discover local forest creatures
  • Reading a related storybook

Day 5: Wildlife Conservation and Culmination

  • Focus on wildlife conservation: Discuss the importance of protecting wild animals
  • Engage in a “Wildlife Ranger” role-play activity
  • Culmination activity: Create a class “Wildlife Conservation Display” with students’ artwork and facts

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme” by Marianne Berkes Amazon Link
  2. “National Geographic Kids: Lions” by Laura Marsh Amazon Link
  3. “A Walk in the Deciduous Forest” by Rebecca L. Johnson Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. Wild Kratts: “Jungle Animals” YouTube Link
  2. Nat Geo Wild: “Savanna Animals” YouTube Link
  3. National Geographic Kids: “Forest Animals” YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts Activity

Create “Savanna Sunset”: Use colored paper and paint to create a vibrant savanna sunset scene.

Science Activity

“Jungle Diorama”: Create a mini diorama of a jungle habitat using craft materials and toy animals.

Role-Play Activity

“Wildlife Ranger”: Engage in role-play as wildlife rangers, learning about and protecting animals in their habitats.

Culmination Activity

Create a “Wildlife Conservation Display” where students’ animal-themed artwork and conservation facts are displayed, allowing them to showcase their understanding of wild animals and the importance of conservation.

Bible Connection

Discuss the concept of stewardship and care for all living creatures as found in the Bible, exploring passages that emphasize God’s role as the Creator of all animals and the Earth (e.g., Genesis 1:20-25, Psalm 104:10-14).

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