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Let’s Sound Out the Animals


laminated pictures of animals
clear contact paper or laminating machine
scissors (adult use only)
permanent marker


Laminate the pictures of animals that you wish to use. The animals may relate
to a certain category, such as farm, zoo, or wild animals. It is good to use
larger pictures, laminate them, and then cut them in half.
* Take a permanent marker and write the animal word on the two halves; for
instance "cat" would have a "c" on the body and "at" on the head.
What to Do
1. Gather the children in a circle or group. Spread all the pieces of the animal
pictures around the floor where all the children can see them.
2. Pick up one picture piece and ask the children to try to guess what animal it is,
saying the word.
3. Choose a child to come up to find the other part of the animal by looking for
both the body part and part of the word.
4. When the child finds both halves of the animal, place the animal together and
sound out the animal's name with the children.
Teacher - to - Teacher Tip s
* This activity can work as a matching game.
* Sometimes a lot of conversation about the animals takes place, so allow for
extra time.
Consider the following:
* Are the children able to make the letter sounds and form the animal's name?
* Can the children match the animal parts to make a whole animal?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Group or Circle Time
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Language
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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