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In an open play area, gather the children in a circle. Read the book of your
choice from the list on this page, pausing as necessary to discuss and answer
questions the children have.
2. Talk about hibernation: which animals hibernate, why they sleep through the
winter, where they hibernate, and so on.
3. Tell the children you are going to play a game called "Hibernating Animals."
Pretend you are an animal that hibernates in the winter. Tell them that
when you say "awake," they should walk toward you, and when you say
"hibernate" they should stop and kneel down (this game is similar to
"Red Light, Green Light").
4. Have the children identify what kind of animal they are pretending to be. Let
them practice walking when they hear the word "awake" and stopping and
kneeling down when they hear the word "hibernate."
5. When the children are ready, have them start at one end of the room.
Alternate between saying "awake" and "hibernate."
6. The first child to reach you becomes the new leader. Have the rest of the
children return to the end of the room to start again. Assist the children when
necessary. Repeat until all of the children have a turn to lead the group.
Consider the following:
* Do the children understand the basic idea of hibernation?
* How well do the children follow directions while playing the game?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Library/Book/ ABC Center
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Language
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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