A couple weeks back, we had our farm theme in PreK. One of the books I used was “Sheep In A Jeep” by Nancy Shaw (Amazon link here).
- Vocabulary: I used this to work on farm animal vocabulary. A lot of my kiddos can’t name very many farm animals! The kids had to pick a beanbag and name the animal on it before throwing it into the jeep. You could also target this receptively with two or three beanbags out at a time, and tell them to “Find the sheep” or “Find the pig” before tossing in a beanbag.
- EET/Describing: For my older preschoolers working on describing (older 5s going into kindergarten next year), I had them pick a beanbag and describe the animal on it before tossing it in.
- Inferencing: This goes along with the vocabulary piece, but for some kids with basic inferencing goals (ie naming items when they are described), I described an animal and they had to guess which one it was. After they guessed, they found that beanbag and tossed it in.
- Increasing MLU: We worked on combining 3 words together while tossing the animals in.. “Pig goes in” “Horse goes in” or “Pick up sheep” “Pick up goat” etc… You could also use “Take out (animal)” when taking the beanbags out of the jeep!
- Articulation: I used this as a general reinforcer for my artic kiddos. They got to toss in a beanbag as they practiced their speech words.
What are some of your favorite activities to use with Sheep in a Jeep? I’m always looking for new ideas!