We’re off on an African safari to meet some of our animal friends! Some of those friends include roaring lions, stomping elephants and leaping gazelles. The children were so excited to jump into a jeep, buckle their seat belt s and go trekking through the beautiful African Savannah (grasslands). With a “camera” in hand, they “snapped some pretty cool photos and had lots of fun, too.
The kids went “wild” over the following language arts activity which introduces and identifies the proper names of African wildlife titled I’m Going On a Safari in a chanting format. You will find the chant at the end of this post.
How to Make the I’m Going On a Safari Chant
Construction Paper or Card-stock
Photos of African Animals (I especially liked the photos from Cahill’s Creations on the Teacherspayteachers.com site)
Camera Coloring Page
Word Processing System such as Word or Pages
String or curling ribbon.
Type the following chant into a word processing system. Cut out with scissors and glue onto a sheet of construction paper or card-stock.
Laminate the paper with chant. (optional)
Find pictures of safari wildlife such as lions, elephants, hyenas etc. or go to the teachers pay teachers website. You can create a free account in order to receive the free download of African Animal Photographs from Cahill’s Creations. These can be found by typing in African Animals and refining your search to free items only or by clicking on the previously typed Cahill's Creations link above.
Select and print the photos onto card-stock that correspond to the bolded words. Example: print out the picture of the zebras and the acacia tree.
Type out words that identify each animal or thing such as cheetah, savannah etc. using a word processing system. Cut out the words with scissors. Glue words onto the correct photos.
Laminate the photos (if desired).
Search the internet for a camera coloring page onto card-stock. Print the coloring page out and color as desired.
Laminate the camera coloring page. (optional)
Punch holes on the sides of the camera and string a small piece of string or curling ribbon through the holes. Tie off so that the camera can be worn around your neck during the chant.
*Tip: You could turn this chant into a flannelboard by placing velcro on the back of the pieces*
How to Teach “I’m Going On a Safari” Chant
*If you place the chant on your easel, you will need tape to affix the pieces*
The teacher should tell the children that they are going on an African Safari. She should ask the children questions such as Do you know what a safari is? What animals do you think you will see on a safari? etc. Give the children a few minutes to answer the questions.
If the children incorrectly answered the questions, the teacher should tell them that a safari is a special trip that people go on to see the animals of the African savannah (Grasslands). She should continue by showing the children a map of Africa and tell them that the Savannah is a place that is very dry or wet, depending on the season, and where tall grass grows. She should discuss that they will learn about all the exciting animals that live there!
The teacher should give instructions to the students before starting the chant. She should tell the students they are going to make believe that they are taking pictures of all the animals they see on their safari. She tells them that when she say s“I snap a picture” they should place their hands in the air mimicking a camera taking a picture. She will then place “their” picture of the animal on the board. After this has been told to the children the teacher begins the chant.
The teacher should place the camera around her neck and begin to chant the verses. She retells the children to mimic the camera flashing when they hear the appropriate words.
As she snaps her picture, she should place the photos of the animals on her easel using tape or velcro for a flannelboard.
The teacher should continue until the chant is finished and all the photos have been placed on the board.
I’m Going On a Safari
I’m going on a safari
my camera’s with me
I snap a picture and what do I see
lots of tall grass of the the African savannah can’t you see.
It's in the bag! Since I am so proud of all the children, I made a little bag of goodies that would surely make any child's summer bright. I can't believe that they are all graduating. It seems like only yesterday when we welcomed the students to our classroom.
The goodie bags were so easy to put together too! The items were all purchased from the mecca that is Hobby Lobby. They included a kaleidoscope, magnifying glass, rings for the girls, bugs for the boys, bubbles and colored chalk. All of the gifts were placed in a clear, cellophane bag and tied together with brightly-colored, curled ribbon.
I attached the following A Teacher's Gift poem which I re-worded from an existing poem I found on the Internet. I included all of the gifts that were found in the goody bags in the verse. The clip art sun was found on the massively marvelous free clip art site clker.com and the font used was SchoolHouse Printed A on Mac operating systems.
I have included a card I created using an incredibly cute stamper and crayons that is attached to the bag also.
The first poem is for the girls. The second poem is for the boys
It takes heart, courage and of course a brain for our littler pre-kindergartners to memorize all their music and lines for the upcoming presentation of the Wizard of Oz! It is especially important because it is their final farewell as preschoolers. They are off to elementary school and officially recognized as the "big kids".
As we prepare for graduation day, the final touches such as name tags needed to be created. I designed the following magical name tags that will be placed on the backs of chairs for our little Broadway stars in the making!
The striking images represent key attributes/associations of the main characters in the story such as red slippers for Dorothy and an elfin mug for those squeaky voiced munchkins.
Each of the images were found at Clipart Panda. I love using this site because of its ease of use and crisp, expressive illustrations. Not to mention the price point: free!
Can you guess which image belongs to each character or thing that happened in the story?
Glitter and Gluesticks Forever has a brand new educational-themed look. The colors have a brighter and more kid-friendly flair and the font is bolder and more vibrant. I couldn't have done it without the incredible people at The Cutest Blog On the Block.
This website contains page after page of awesome and free templates, banners and blinkies that are available for Blogger, Wordpress, Facebook and Twitter. I even grabbed the pretty and fluttery butterfly teacher blinkie shown on the right.
This weekend, I stepped into my attic and shuddered at the cumbersome clutter of lesson plan boxes. It looked like a scholarly train wreck that needed a major overhaul. With the end of the year drawing near and a garbage bag in tow, I tackled that lesson plan overload with abandon. After I was finished for the day, I was left with a much scaled down array of lessons.
The rest of the clutter will have to wait until next weekend, but for some of the items in the boxes I decided to develop Little Genius Bags.
I call these Little Genius Bags because they are subject specific such as math concepts, science language arts, etc. and can be used during circle time, for transitioning, assessments and to help tutor a child who needs a little one-on-one teaching. They can simply be made by placing everyday learning activities within labeled plastic bags.
Items within my Math Little Genius Bag include:
Shape Identification and Recognition Flashcards
Color Identification and Recognition Flashcards featuring firetrucks
Foam Dice and Penguin-shaped math mats to be used for one-to-correspondence/counting activities
Car Positional Awareness
Dry Erase Markers
Isn't it wonderful that my downsizing journey came to be quite a positive and educational trek? So go ahead and create your very own Little Genius Bags too!