Farm is a theme that students (and teachers) always love because there are so many little topics to expand upon. Kids love incorporating things such as tractors, planting veggies and fruits, farm animals, animal life cycles, and plant life cycles. There are so many fun themed farm activities that I broke it up into three posts: Farm Math, Literacy, & STEM (this one), Farm Art, Sensory, & Fine Motor, and Farm Dramatic Play. You can check out all my Farm items in my TPT shop HERE.
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One of the first activities we did was to plant veggie seeds during recess! I pulled a few students at a time, and they planted veggie seeds in a clear plastic cup (shoveled dirt in the cup, sprinkled the seeds in the dirt, covered them with dirt, sprayed with water, and one friend made the plant stick). We brought them into the classroom to observe them grow in the classroom over the next few weeks. I like using clear cups so we can see the roots growing under the soil.
In the science center, I brought in REAL veggies and seeds for students to touch, feel, smell, measure and explore. Often kids don’t see or touch the veggies BEFORE they are cut up and cooked. Or maybe they’re a picky eater and just don’t eat many veggies.
Then I added a few books about the life cycle of veggie and plant. You can grab the life cycle of a plant chart freebie HERE.
Take the learning deeper and investigate where the plants and veggies grow (above or below the ground)! Examine each one to see what part of the plant they are …. seed, stem, flower, or the root! You can grab all of these printables in my All About Plants Science Unit!
In the blocks center, I added farm themed STEM I Can Build posters to inspire students to build and engineer new things related to a farm. Then I added farm props like veggie counters, small tractors, farm books and farm animals.
To take their engineering and math to the next level, we posted a building challenge: Can you Build a Tall Barn? This poster is in the farm freebie pack at the top of this post. Students measure their farm with a string a tape it to the poster so they can compare the heights of each other’s barn.
There are so many places on a farm making it the perfect opportunity to make a MAP! Using the farm map key, students draw a map of their own imaginary farm with paths connecting the places together. It’s a fun way to build spacial recognition concepts and skills.
Farm Number Lines! This game has two levels to make it easy to differentiate. Level one has students trace the numbers and level two has students fill in the missing number.
Measure veggies (or fruit) with bean rulers or connecting cubes. Students measure each veggie and record the result on their clipboard for a fun way to explore non-standard measurement. Read how to make your own DIY bean rulers HERE.
If you live in the country, your students may go to real tractor races (aka tractor pulls) at county fairs over the summer. I thought it would be fun to make a Tractor Race Counting Game! Roll a die and dot the corresponding amount with dot markers. With this game, you can use one or two dice. If you use two dice, there is also a board to 50 for your higher level learners!
My students went bonkers for the Click, Clack Moo book series by Doreen Cronin! The first day we read Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type, Giggle, Giggle Quack the second day, Click, Clack, Peep on the third day and just kept going from there.
I LOVE these books because the animals and farmer WRITE letters to each other which leads to tons of fun writing activities in the classroom!
The kids LOVED typing letters just like the cows for small group and at the writing table. The pattern for the type letters is in the FREEBIE! Just print the letters on colored paper and cut up (both uppercase and lowercase are included). Use for word work with older students or write names with younger students.
Another day students wrote friendly letters to their families on farm paper just like the duck does in the book! It’s so important for students to have real, authentic reasons to write! (This paper is also included in the farm freebie.)
Now that students are EXCITED to write, fill the writing center with Click, Clack, Moo type letters, friendly farm letter paper, farm word cards (in uppercase for my 3-4 year old friends and in lowercase for my pre-k friends), markers, pencils and more farm paper. Your students will WANT to write after reading the Click, Clack Moo series!
To keep the word building going, build student names with Farm Read Build Write! Students pick a name (read each letter too), build it with magnet letters and write it at the bottom. Use this game to teach first or last names.
Students pick a word (read each letter in the word), build it with magnet letters and write it at the bottom. Use this game for sight words or themed vocabulary words.
Practice beginning sounds with Farm Beginning Sound Puzzles. Students identify the beginning sound and find the matching letter. So fun!
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