Whose Sound Is This/Whose Work Is This/Whose Food Is This

This three-book series examines animal foods, work, and sounds.

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Facilitate whole class participating in shared reading and discussion of the books in the Whose series. Read aloud each book. Ask the following open-ended questions:
1.     What was your favorite animal in the book/books?  Why? 

2.     What would you do if a wild animal charged at you?  Explain in detail. 

3.     What animal do you think has the coziest home?  Explain your answer.

4.     Milk is used in candy, cakes, bread, ice cream, and many other foods we eat every day. What would life be like if we had no milk?

5.     What work do you want to do when you grow up?  Why is the job you chose important?  How does that job help people?

  6.     Students look at pictures of two animals. Example:  horse and chicken. Discuss ways in which the animals are alike and different.

7.     All animals need to learn skills to survive?  Select a specific animal and describe the survival skills needed by that animal.

8.     Why is it important to protect animal habitats?

Writing Activities:

1.     Draw a picture of any animal in the Whose series. Write an appropriate name/title for each picture. Share the pictures with classmates, and then display pictures on wall. Write a letter to parents, principal, secretary or someone else, inviting them to come to the classroom to view the pictures.

2.     List 10 things you can do with an egg. Be as creative as you wish.

3.     Write a poem about one of the following-chicken, donkey, snake, sheep, or any animal of your choice.

4.     Write a description of donkey for a person who has never seen one. You may not use any of the following words:  large, big, strong, hee-haw, brown, or horse.

5.     Write a radio advertisement for honey. Use as many of the five senses as you can to create a sensory image in the minds of the listeners.

6.     Write three reasons to convince an adult to take you on a field trip to a zoo or to get you a new pet.

7.      Hand out directions to a recipe (example:  ice cream, cheese, or candy) that has been cut into separate strips. Students work together in a team to read and sequence the strips into correct order. For younger students, use pictures in place of words when possible.

For young students, send home a note asking parents to send in their child’s favorite recipe. Have the child dictate the same recipe to an older child or adult. The two recipes (from the child and the parent) can be mounted on one page, illustrated by the child, and bound into a class book.

Older children each write a recipe for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Write as accurately as possible. Directions should be sequentially correct and accurate. Students make sandwiches following the recipes.

One student draws a stick figure of an animal on the board. Other students give directions using descriptive words to complete the animal drawing. For example, instead of “Give it hair,” students should respond with more detailed descriptions, such as “give it short, curly, brown hair.” Students can then divide into teams of two and create more pictures using descriptive words.

Create a drawing of an imaginary animal. Below the picture write a description of the animal. Include the following:  What sound does the animal make?  What food does the animal eat?  What work does the animal do?  Where does the animal live?  Give the animal a name.

Take a survey of favorite farm animals and make a graph to show results. Students will work in teams of two or three to decide on a way to tell others about the information in the graph. Possible ways of telling others:  skit, oral report, advertisement, letter, postcard, panel discussion, TV show, and interview. 

Draw pictures of animals running. Write a sentence below the picture describing the action of the animal, but do not use the word run. Possible words:  streak, leap, and stagger. Substituting strong, interesting verbs perk up stories.

Work in pairs to create three riddles about animal sounds, animal work and animal food. Example:  I began as a grain of sand, and now I decorate a ring.
Answer:  Pearl