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.
|Time:||5 - 10 minutes|
|Level:||Elementary grade 1 - 3|
|Works with:||Animals and animal noises|
|Class size:||Medium to large|
You will need:
- Give the students two animals to choose from. eg, cat or dog.
- Students choose one but don't tell others their choice.
- Students walk around and greet each other, do janken and the winner says "I like dogs." (or whatever animal they chose).
- Janken loser either replies with "I like cats." in the case they don't match or "Woof!" if they match.
- 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.