# Safari Animals Unit

Safari Animals Unit

Center Changes

• Math
• Safari animals to sort
• Camera die-cut: write numbers on camera & have them put the numbers in order from 1-10.
• Science
• Pictures & names of safari animals
• Put safari animals in the sand table
• Blocks
• Large safari animals
• Art
• Dip safari animals in paint & make footprints
• Modeling clay & play dough safari animals
• Safari animal stamps & sponges
• Toilet paper rolls to make binoculars
• Dramatic Play
• Going on a safari: make jeep, cameras, pictures of animals, notepads, hats, etc…
• Camping: tent, camera, thermos, long blocks for fire, fire with construction paper, backpack, flashlight, magnifying glass, canned goods, etc…
• Writing/Library
• Safari animal word cards
• Stencils
• Travel agency: brochures, keyboard, phone, etc…
• Wild animal stamps

Language

• Class book or chart story:
• I went on a safari and what did I see? I saw a _____ looking at me!
• If I could be any safari animal, I would be _____.
• Have pictures of various safari animals. Tape it to one child’s back and have other children describe animals for the other child to guess.
• The book Caps for Sale: have children act out and retell the story.
• Class book: with Four Fur Feet
• Oh he walked around _____on his four fur feet.
• Word list of safari animals in writing center

Math

• Graph your favorite safari animal
• Make animals using different shapes after reading The Color Zoo(use matrix & document which shapes they know
• Sort animals by strips, dots, solids
• Put animals in order from smallest to largest.
• Make 3d safari animals & measure length or height (ie, giraffe neck)

• Four Fur Feet by: Margaret Wise Brown
• Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by: Verna Aardema
• Caps for Sale by: Esphyr Slobodkina
• Honey, Honey, Lion by: Jan Brett
• Handa’s Surprise by: Eileen Browne
• Printable books from

Science

• Talk about how animals use their sense of smell. Have them smell different scents and guess what they are.
• Look at pictures from safari habitats and compare it to where we live. (venn diagram)

Social Studies

• Place animal pictures on a map in the continent where they live.

Songs/Fingerplays

The Elephant

The elephant has a trunk for a nose,

Up and down is the way it goes.

He wears such a saggy, baggy hide,

Do you think two elephants could fit inside?

Do You Hear The ______?

(tune: Do your ears hang low?)

Do you hear the ___?

When you see them at the zoo.

They will make this sound

If they want to talk to you

(make the sound)

Do you hear the _____?

The Elephant Song Dr. Jean & Friends Cd #4

Los Elefantes multicultural cd

Safari Animals Websites

Busy Bee Crafts