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, 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.
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