A week ago we were lucky to be able to venture off to the PA Farm Show. We left early in the morning and rode about two hours on a school bus. The children were very excited and could not wait to enter the large building when we arrived. This week some of the children chose to write about the animals they saw and were given the opportunity to touch. Living in poverty, in the city, farm animals are just characters in books. Here they came alive!
|The children were amazed at all the different cows, but most of all by their huge size. At first many of the children thought the cows were moose.|
|Well it seemed like everything was huge - even the farm equipment!|
|Maple syrup is gathered in PA. This stand taught the children a bit about the process and helped them create a craft to remember their day.|
|There were speakers. This guy was talking about turtles. Shaver's Creek also had snakes to view.|
|Snakes have something on their stomach that makes them slither on the ground. Some snakes have poison teeth.|
|We had fun searching for the queen bee and we each took home a sample of PA honey - yum!|
|Who would ever have imagined there are so many different kinds of ducks, geese, turkeys, and chickens. They sure were noisy.|
|Rabbits they have red eyes and they have fur and he was sad and he was lonely. I like rabbits and brown rabbits and he was nice he didn't bite. I like rabbits were nice all the time.|
|For some petting the cow was the highlight of their day. This kind girl was very patient while each child visited with her cow.|
|I see the cow because we get to touch the cow.|
|For others - the horse was more interesting. This kind farmer brought her horse out of the stall and spent some time with the children.|
|I saw a horse. They smelled us. We saw horses and we saw a lot of animals.|
|I saw a horse and he was kind of soft and was kind of lovely and he was kind of white and his nose was black.|
|On our long bus ride back to school we enjoyed a snack of PA chocolate ice cream. The children enjoyed playing with the animal pencil toppers they were given at the show.|
The first grade team - three classes - has decided to develop a farm week for our students at the end of the year. Our brainstorming sessions are coming up with so many wonderful ideas, hopefully we can fit them all in. I know the week will begin with a large farm breakfast for all!