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BLAST Early Learning
Wild Animals

Books:

How Many Ways... Can You Catch a Fly?
by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Introduces readers to a menagerie of animals that approach the same challenges of catching a fly in very different ways.


 

Kangaroos Have Joeys
by Philippa-Alys Browne
Introduces various animals and their offspring through use of rhyming text and illustrations. Includes fact-filled notes on the lifestyle and breeding pattern of each animal

 
Open-ended Questions for How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?:
  • How would you catch a fly?
  • How do you think that the Surinam (soor-uh-nahm) toad lays her eggs?
 

Games:

Mamas and Babies: Matching Game

Print out separate pictures of animals and their
babies that are labeled with the correct animal name and “baby name” and on the back put only the names. 

Show all of the animal pictures on one side of the felt board, and the baby names on the other side.  Ask the kids if they can match up the animals with the babies just by their names, and then flip over the baby names to the pictures of the babies to see if they were right.  Here are some animals to start with:

horses…foals
rabbits… kits
penguins… chicks
kangaroos…joeys
pigs… piglets
frogs…tadpoles
geese…goslings
eagles… eaglets

 

How Many Ways Can You…

Discover how many ways you can do different things, such as…

…catch a scarf…
…throw a ball…
…move across the room…

 

Vocabulary Word:

hover: v.  to remain floating or fluttering in the air

“Flies are fast.  They can hover, fly backwards, and walk upside down.” (taken from How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?  by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page)

 

Activities:

Math

After reading How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?, choose one of the pages and read about all of the different animals on that page.  Then let the kids decide which way was their favorite way that the animal…

…snared a fish…
…hatched an egg…
…used a leaf…

Chart their responses on a large piece of butcher paper.

Art

After reading books by Steve Jenkins, let the kids look closely at all of his torn paper illustrations.  Give each child a plain piece of paper, and set out all different types and colors of paper in pieces in the middle of the table.  Let them draw an outline of an animal on their
paper and fill it in with the colored paper scraps.

**Option: Give each child a picture with an animal shape already drawn on, and let them fill it in with the paper scraps.

Science

Make predictions of how many ways that you can catch a scarf.  Write down everyone’s guesses, and then experiment by trying every way you can think of to catch a scarf that someone throws to you.

Read What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, and let the kids take guesses as to what animal has that tail, nose, or feet.


 

Literature:

What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You?
by Steve Jenkins
Describes how various animals, including an octopus, a bombadier beetle, a puff adder, and a gliding frog, escape danger.

 

Sisters and Brothers : Sibling Relationships in the Animal World
by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Investigates sibling relationships throughout the animal kingdom. Additional facts, including measurements and habitats, are found at the back of the book.

 

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
by Steve Jenkins
Colorful illustrations demonstrate animals representing the extremes of the animal world in speed, size, and strength.

 

Actual Size
by Steve Jenkins
Discusses and gives examples of the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals.