A Study of Rabbits

During our Autumn unit we learned lots about different animals and what they do during Autumn time.  We know now that some animals must adapt and prepare by gathering food, making their homes warmer and growing thicker fur.  While other animals migrate to a warmer place for the winter.

While learning about the different animals and their behaviors we became especially curious about Rabbits.   Since we have a pet Rabbit in class we felt we should know as much as possible about this animal.  Morah brought lots of Rabbit books from the Library to help us learn more about pet rabbits and wild rabbits.  We studied the pictures carefully and read all the interesting facts.

One interesting fact we learned, is that Rabbits run away from dangerous animals in a zigzag instead of a straight line.  “What’s a zigzag?” some friends asked.  Morah drew a zigzag to  show us how it looks and then we practiced drawing it too.  Drawing zigzags was fun and great for our developing writing skills.

We also took our newly acquired Rabbit facts to the playroom to act them output into practice.  We hopped around, listened closely for dangerous animals, escaped in a zigzag, hid quietly and thumped our foot to warn the whole herd.  We rally like this game and love pretending we’re rabbits.

Once we had a good understanding of Rabbits and their behaviors, our Morah wrote a book that will help us remember what we’ve learned.

Wild Rabbits

Wild Rabbits, soft and furry, always hopping in a hurry.

Put your ears up, listen close, use your twitchy little nose.

Look up high and side to side, hear a noise and run to hide.

Zigzag to a safer spot, Rabbits have to hide a lot.

Thump your foot now really loud, let the whole herd hear the sound.

When they hear the sound they know to run and hide deep below.

Tiny kits with eyed shut tight, sleep all day and eat at night.

Mother Rabbit nurse your young, groom them with your gentle tongue.

At dusk and dawn come out of hiding, get to munching, crunching, biting.

When you’re done munching around, back to your home underground.

Through the tunnel, to your burrow, safe and warm until tomorrow.

We will be the illustrators of the Rabbit book 🙂  We knew this was a big job, so first we had to practice.  We worked individually with Morah and followed verbal instructions to learn how to draw a Rabbit.  We started with a head, eyes, nose and big ears.  Then we drew the Rabbit’s body with legs and a tail.  We are learning how to draw the things that we see!  It’s so exciting to see our art become more recognizable.

We each chose a part of the book that we would like to illustrate.   Then we found pictures in the Rabbit books from the library that would help us illustrate our page.  Once again we worked individually with Morah and listened to verbal instructions to make this task possible.

Next we painted our pictures with watercolors.

Center Time Highlights:

Autumn is here, and we are having a great time going on walks while observing and exploring the changes in nature.  We especially enjoy trying to catch the leaves that are falling from the trees.  Sometimes we even like to give a tree a little shake to help the leaves fall.

While painting these beautiful autumn trees, we gave our hands a good workout.  First, we painted the trunk and branches with a paintbrush.  Next, we individually dipped each finger into different color paint.  Then we carefully placed one finger at a time on the paper to make the leaves.

Achieving this task required concentration, precision and a great deal of fine motor strength.  Notice how our hands and fingers had to work to create these masterpieces.

What skills can we build with dried corn?  We have been exploring all the options in our class and here is one fun activity we enjoy.  It helps with fine motor development as well as letter recognition.

We also used the dried corn for counting and 1-5 number recognition and number value.

Patterns are everywhere!  Understanding patterns is essential for our developing reading and math skills.  We are getting very good at continuing repetitive patterns as well as making up our own patterns.  Here are autumn leaf patterns we worked on.

We have been reading lots of autumn themed books and learning about how animals prepare during this time.  Winter is on it’s was so chipmunks must gather food in their big cheeks and save it in their homes for winter.  Look at our chipmunk cheeks!  We leaned about different animal homes like nests, burrows, dens, caves and hallow trees.  We also learned about the kinds of foods that animals store for the winter, like acorns, nuts, berries, bark and leaves.   We also learned that some animals like geese and monarch butterflies don’t prepare for winter and instead they migrate to a warmer place.  We went on a nature walk to look for animal homes, food and to see if we find some animals migrating.

We had our first Show and Tell day!  It was so exciting, we have been waiting for this day since the beginning of the year.  The first show and tell thing our friend brought in was a fancy umbrella someone brought back from a trip to China.

Center Time Highlights!