This Mystery Farm bag idea is a fun lesson to add to a farm unit. The goal in this activity is to learn and test farm animal knowledge.
During our visit to a farm, we learnt facts such as:
After our visit to the farm, we began exploring what we could remember about the different animals that we saw during our visit. One way we did this was using Mystery Farm bags.
We had some farm toys at home, so, we used them to make our mystery farm bags.
If you don't have any farm animal figurines, you can still do this activity by using images or photos of farm animals instead (images included in the free download for this activity).
- Farm animal figurines or pictures
- Paper bags
- scissors and glue
- Mystery farm animal clues >> Download for FREE HERE <<<
- Print the clues (from the free download )
- There is a blank template provided in the free download if different clues are required or if you want to add your own animals.
- Cut the clues and stick one onto each bag.
- Place the animal figurine or picture 'answer' in each bag.
- Close the top of the bag so that the animal inside is hidden.
Now for the fun part, your students become detectives. Student detectives must use the clues to guess which farm animal is hiding in each mystery bag.
Choose a bag, then read the clues on it. Conduct a discussion by accepting a few guesses by students. Then open the bag to see who guessed the correct animal OR accept guesses until someone guesses the right one. If you have a couple of different guesses, you could ask the class to vote, e.g., raise your hand if you think it is a cow inside this bag, raise your hand if you think it is a pig inside the bag, etc.
Optional: If you have a barn or a box, place the animal answers inside after being revealed.
You could make your own clues to suit the information that you want your students to know about each animal. Otherwise, there is a free download available HERE with six clue sets to use for a fun fact Mystery Farm Activity.
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If you want to incorporate a fun mystery farm theme with a math lesson, you may be interested in this Math Mystery, the Case of the Funny Farm.
This Math Mystery targets building addition fluency facts, numbers 1-20.
It also follows the 5 W's format, which means that your kids will be solving the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the case.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS FUN MATH MYSTERY RESOURCE.
There are plenty of ways to keep kids' minds active during the school break. To help with this, whether a parent, teacher, tutor, instructor, or all of those in one, this post will provide a list of activity ideas that are educational too! These activities are suitable for most ages and can be tweaked to increase/decrease difficulty if required.
1. COOKING - Teach kids to cook with simple recipes. Depending on the age, discuss where math is being used during the cooking experience. CLICK HERE to view a variety of kid-friendly recipe ideas by the Food Network.
2. STORY REENACTMENT - Read some books/short stories and then try to reenact them using toys or other materials found around the home. Play Doh or Lego, paired with a bit of imagination, are simple ways to create characters and props to suit a variety of books.
We used Play Doh in the image below to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
5. MATH MYSTERIES - These are a print and go fun worksheet activity. Set the story scene with the video hook, then challenge your detective to use their math skills and powers of deduction to solve the case. Find a free print and go math mystery for multiple levels HERE.
9. DIRECTED DRAWING - Grab a pencil, some paper, decide on something to learn how to draw, then see if you can find a directed drawing lesson on YouTube. Look for ones with easy steps. Pause the video after viewing each step to copy on paper. I'll link some suggestions below to get started:
10. COLORFUL BLOBS - You'll need a clear glass/plastic jar or bottle, container/s, water, a cooking oil, food coloring, a dropper or syringe. Fill the jar/bottle with water. Mix the oil with some food coloring separate containers. Using a dropper or syringe, pick up a colored oil and drop into the water. Observe what happens. Continue to experiment and explore the effects. Discuss how oil and water don't mix. See what happens when you shake the bottle or jar with water and oil. Observe what happens when it settles. Experiment with different sized jars/bottles, adjust the temperature of the water, use different tools to drop the oil in the water to see if it alters the results.
12. ONLINE MATH GAMES - Make screen time not wasted time by keeping it fun and educational. There are plenty of free options available that only require an Internet connection and adobe flash. I'll link some of my favorite go to sites below:
- Cool Math Games
- Math Playground
- Fun Brain
20. SCATTERGORIES - This fun game needs to be played with at least two people to keep it fun. Create a category list e.g. name, place, food, animal, movie title, etc. Then, either pull a letter out of a hat at random OR go through the letters A - Z, to fill out each category as fast as possible. Earn one point for every category correctly filled and earn bonus points if you didn't get the same answer for a category as anyone else. Increase the challenge by setting a timer for each letter round.
Do you diffuse in your classroom? Have you ever considered it as a way to help promote a healthy and positive classroom environment?
Essential oils can clear unpleasant odors, calm students, assist with behavior management, plus boost mood and focus. While the desired effects of certain oils may not always be the same for everyone (I cannot make any promises that this will solve all of your classroom problems), it will still keep your classroom smelling lovely and improve the general mood.
I used a cool mist Diffuser (highly recommend) when testing a variety of DoTerra oils and recipes. It is best to start off with a few oil drops to the water, and then increase as desired. Listed below are some of my top picks for diffusing in the classroom.
*You may want to test single oils first to check for sensitivities and reactions with students in your room.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Do you diffuse in the classroom? I'd love to hear what oils and recipe mixes that you use. Please feel free to comment in the section below with what oils you like to use and why.
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