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Cock-a-Doodle-Moo: A Mixed Up Menagerie by Keith DuQuette
1 piece of paper for each child
pictures of animals from books or magazines


Photocopy pictures of animals and/or cut them out of magazines.
* Cut the animal pictures into heads and bodies.
What to Do
1. Read Cock-a-Doodle-Moo by Keith DuQuette to the children.
2. Discuss the concept of habitats and how animals are suited to the
environments in which they live.
3. Give each child a piece of paper.
4. Each child uses one animal head and one body (see Preparation) to create a
mixed-up animal.
5. Ask the children to think about where their animal would live. Have them
draw and color their animal's habitat on their paper.
6. Have the children come up with a name for their animals. Help each child
write the animal's name on their papers.
Teacher - to - Teacher Tip s
* To add a language and literacy component to this activity, ask the children to
dictate or write a sentence or two about their animal.
* Create a class book of mixed-up animals. Send the book home with one child
each night to share with their family.
Consider the following:
* Do the children choose an appropriate name for their animal?
* Do the children choose a habitat that makes sense for their animal?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Library/Book/ ABC Center
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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