We are now deeply immersed in Mammals and the Continents here at Olive Branch School. This includes changing our classroom artwork to a mammal hunt – we have pigs, sheep, dogs, cats, and more to explore. But mammals aren’t just a visual work, we are also singing about them! A classroom favorite is the Patti Page classic, How much is that doggie in the window? the children love adding animal sounds to the song and it can be modified to include any mammal you like – how much is that piggy in the window–oink oink?
“How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale”
Read more: Patti Page – How Much Is That Doggie In The Window Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Mammals are also the focus of our polishing works. We have an ironwood bear, a wood dolphin, a wood water buffalo, a glass dog, a brass sea-lion, a brass greyhound, a brass camel and more. We change our polishing objects along with our themes to keep the work in rotation and to bridge our main theme with our practical life area.
Our shelves are brimming with mammal engagement this includes works like; parts of a bat nomenclature cards, mammal mothers and their babies matching, and cat breeds.
We have also created 3 Part Mammal cards for each continent. This vocabulary work also includes a matching work with three-dimensional objects from Safari’s Toob line. We recently purchased 7 assorted Toobs to create a full set of Mammals of the Continents. We traced the continents from the classroom world map on coordinating paper and laminated them for durability. The photo shows the picture cards, matching animals and North American Continent.
Of course no study of the continents would be complete without The Continent Song:
Tell me the continents, tell me the continents,
tell me the continents, yes you can!
There’s North America, South America
Europe, Asia, Africa
And don’t forget Australia
And don’t forget Antarctica
Tell me the continents, tell me the continents
tell me the continents, yes you did!
You can hear the children’s’ own renditions of this song on our facebook page under videos facebook.com/olivebranchschool. If you would like your own printable North American Mammal Cards we have included a link to the file here.