So today was the day the lamb came to school. The kids were super excited and expected the lamb to be in the classroom as soon as they came off the bus! Our class was the last scheduled class because the other kindergarten classes had morning specials. We did so many things revolving around the sheep theme. We sang our nursery rhymes such as Mary Had a Little Lamb, Little Bo-Peep and Baa Baa Black Sheep that we were practicing in our poetry binders all week. We created a KWL chart of what we knew about sheep already and what we wondered about, so that we could ask the "lamb lady" our questions. They came up with good ones such as "Does it hurt when the fur comes off the sheep?", "Does a sheep hibernate?" and my favorite of the day "What's the difference between girl (female) sheep and boy (male) sheep?"
We talked about the fact that they needed to be super quiet and they had to turn their reaction levels down in case the sheep made any noise or did anything (going to the bathroom), this was part of life and we would just have to deal with it in a mature way. We did not want to scare the baby lamb and we would treat it as we would a baby human. So finally, the lamb came into our class and the students were enamored! They were great, asking their questions and staying quiet for having 50 kids (3 classes) in at once. Each student got a chance to pet the lamb and my grade partner even got to hold it while the lady prepared to leave. I was soo jealous! We had a steady wave of teachers in other grade levels rushing down from their classes to see the lamb at school......we even invited both vice principals (our principal was out).
|Our VP taking a closer look at the lamb.....and the student looking up at him was|
happy that he made it because he reminded the VP to come in morning!
|Some of our students petting the lamb!|
|That is me, Mrs. M getting to pet the lamb! |
He lifted his head for me and we had a moment, I swear!
|My inclusion room partner, Mrs. Bunch getting to hold the cutie!|
Look at how they are both posing...
The kindergartners wrote about their favorite part of our lamb visit. We charted what facts we learned from the "lamb lady" and did some Lovely Lamb Addition. Earlier in the week, we read the series Sheep in a Jeep, Sheep in a Ship and Sheep out to Eat by Nancy Shaw. So I was inspired to create different math workmats to go with the books for each table group. I was worried that the kids would get confused with the variety of choices but they rose to the challenge! We had Soooo much fun! We will definitely like to have the "lamb lady" come back next year. It was a rewarding experience for all.