Animal groups is an activity that uses the animal sounds as a way to communicate a student's agreement.

Because animal sounds aren't an integral part of communication, it's not easy to create a lesson based on these. If you have the chance, I'd recommend reading a picture book (such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) and making the sounds as they come up. This is a much more natural way to introduce animal sounds to young children.

If you have to do a lesson with animal sounds, you can include the sounds simply as an annotation any time animals are mentioned in any lesson like this mish-mash of an activity below.

Basic Info

Time: 5 - 10 minutes
Level: Elementary grade 1 - 3
Works with: Animals and animal noises
Class size: Medium to large

You will need:

  • nothing

Lesson Description

  1. Give the students two animals to choose from. eg, cat or dog.
  2. Students choose one but don't tell others their choice.
  3. Students walk around and greet each other, do janken and the winner says "I like dogs." (or whatever animal they chose).
  4. Janken loser either replies with "I like cats." in the case they don't match or "Woof!" if they match.
  5. If they match, loser stands behind winner with hands on shoulders to make a train. If they don't match, say goodbye and continue.


  • Stop the game when there are only two lines and get everyone in each line, one by one, to say the animal they like.
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