Saturday, September 24, 2011


Welcome back!

Yesterday was officially the first day of Fall!
Around here, there are already tons of places selling pumpkins and the fall colors are starting to appear.

In the Fall season, there are always county and state fairs in so many places. Many classrooms learn about animals and animals that live on a farm during this time of the year.

Today I wanted to share a song I wrote and use in classrooms to teach about animals that live on a farm. It's a very simple song, but it is a song with very basic goals in mind. A few of these goals include recognizing animals by picture and recognizing animals by the sounds they make.

When teaching about animals, it is so cool to use their real sounds and I think the students remember more about the animals if they hear their real sounds.

To accomplish this goal, I designed an activity using SMART Notebook 10 software. Most of the classrooms I work with all have SMART boards in their classrooms and incorporate them into almost everything they teach.

A few samples from slides in this activity are below.

I use the first slide when I'm introducing the song to the group and singing it with/to them. The animals are all on the slide as a visual and the teacher can play the song I sing when I'm not there, by simply pressing the speaker icon. Each specific animal sound can be heard by pressing the speaker icon by each animal. The second slide focuses on the students finding the animals that match each sound. The third slide focuses on the students recognizing each animal and figuring out the pattern of the animals on the slide.

As always, thanks for stopping by! My posts are few and far between lately, but I appreciate all my readers.
Have a great weekend!


  1. Linda Jedrzejek, MT-BCNovember 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    What a great intervention! Many of my classrooms also have smartboards. Is it hard to learn the smartboard software? I've been creating interventions for the smartboard using Boardmaker Plus. However, being able to create something like the intervention in this post would be phenomenal. Thanks for being such a great resource.

  2. Thanks, Linda!
    I wouldn't say it's hard to learn the software. I learned SMART Notebook 10 pretty quickly. If you are familiar with Boardmaker and also if you are familiar how to create presentations in Microsoft Powerpoint, then it definitely helps! Some things work the same way as in powerpoint (inserting images, clipart, text,shapes,etc..).