Farm Unit

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Farm Unit texts



Cow Books


Pig Books

Chicken and Rooster Books

Duck Books

Other Farm Animal Books

Songs and Poems

Five Friendly Farmers

Five friendly farmers
Wake up with the sun,
For it is early morning
And the chores must be done.
The first friendly farmer
Goes to milk the cow.
The second friendly farmer
Thought he'd better plow.
The third friendly farmer
Feeds the hungry hens.
The fourth friendly farmer
Puts the piggies in their pens.
The fifth friendly farmer
Picks the ripe corn.
And waves to the neighbor
When he blows his horn.
When the work is finished
And the evening sky is red
Five tired farmers
Tumble into bed!


The Chickens

Said the first little chicken,
With a strange little squirm,
"I wish I could find
A fat little worm."

Said the next little chicken,
With an odd little shrug:
"I wish I could find
A fat little bug."

Said a third little chicken,
With a small sigh of grief,
"I wish I could find
A green little leaf!"

Said the fourth little chicken,
With a faint little moan,
"I wish I could find
A wee gravel stone."

"Now, see here!" said the mother,
From the green garden patch,
"If you want any breakfast,
Just come here and scratch!"


by Meish Goldish

Behold the pig!
It's very big!
Its color pink
Is nice, I think!
Its tail's a beaut,
So curly cute!
And on the farm,
It oinks with charm!

The Farmer

Author Unknown

Sun is coming up
Farmer's out the door,
He will go to milk the cows,
And start his daily chores.
Sun is going down
Horse is in the stable,
All the fields are planted now,
Supper's on the table.

Take Me Out to the Barnyard
(Sung to: Take Me Out to the Ballgame)
by Judy Hall

Take me out to the barnyard.
Take me out there right now.
Show me the cows, pigs and horses, too.
I hear an oink and a neigh and a moo.
There are chickens laying their eggs.
If they don't lay it's a shame.
Oh, it's one, two, three eggs today,
And I'm glad I came.



by Meish Goldish

Duck in the water, quack, quack, quack!
Soft, white feathers on your back, back, back!
Duck in the water, splash and splish!
Dip in your bill and catch those fish!

Duck out of water, walk on land.
Your webbed feet make it hard to stand!
Waddle with your family, waddle in a pack.
Duck out of water, quack, quack, quack!

"On a Farm"

(Tune: "London Bridge is Falling Down")

Animals live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Animals live on a farm, with the farmer.
Cows and pigs live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Cows and pigs live on a farm, with the farmer.
Goats and sheep live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Goats and sheep live on a farm, with the farmer.
Hens and chicks live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Hens and chicks live on a farm, with the farmer


Farm Sounds

by John Saltsman
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The cows in the barn go moo, moo, moo,
Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo.
The cows in the barn go moo, moo, moo,
All around the farm.

Other verses:

... pigs in the pen go oink, oink, oink

... hens in the coop go cluck, cluck, cluck

... rooster on the fence goes cock-a-doodle-do

... ducks in the pond go quack, quack, quack

... lambs on the hill go baa, baa, baa

... bunnies in the hutch go (silently wiggle nose with finger)

Here is the Barn

Here is the barn (form a roof shape with your hands)
Where I like to go (Walk in place)
It's as tall as a tree (Point up overhead)
And cozy, you know (Hug body with arms)
Here is the barn, (Make a roof shape with your hands)
I'll go there with you (Walk in place)
To pet a sweet lamb (Pretend to pet a lamb)
And cuddle it, too! (Pretend to hug a lamb)

Making Butter Boogie

(Tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star")

Author Unknown

Shake it up
Shake it down
Shake it, shake it all around.

Shake it high
Shake it low
Shake it, shake it to and fro.

Shake it over
Shake it under
Pretty soon, you'll have butter!

Five Cows All Black and White
(Tune: 5 Little Speckled Frogs)

Five cows all black and white
Chewed their cud from day to night
So they could give milk sweet and pure.
Squirt! Squirt!
One left the barn one day
So she could find more hay
Then there were 4 cows all black and white.
Moo! Moo!


This Little Cow

Author Unknown

This little cow eats grass. (hold up one hand, fingers erect, bend down one finger)
This little cow eats hay. (bend down another finger)
This little cow drinks water. (bend down another finger)
And this little cow does nothing. (bend down another finger)
But lie and sleep all day.

To The Farm

Author Unknown

(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)

Chicken, kittens, piglets, too,
Donkeys, horses, cows that moo.
Fish that swim down in the pond,
Ducklings quacking all day long.
All these things you will see,
If you come to the farm with me!


by Meish Goldfish

Sheep are rather bashful,
Sheep are rather shy.
I asked a sheep the reason
but it wouldn't say why.

Opening Activities

Start the farm unit with a KWL chart. List the facts we know about farms, and things we want to know about farms, and at the end of the unit, write the things that we learned about farms.


Make a web of a farm animal.





"This and These..." Wall Farmer

Borrowed from KinderKorner


I am a farmer.

This is my brown hat.

This is my patchwork shirt.

These are my work gloves.

These are my blue overalls.

These are my black shoes.

I am a farmer.




Incubate Chicken Eggs

We obtain our equipment from our Extension Office









Farm Vocabulary




Pocket Chart Stories


On the Farm


A __________ lives on the farm.

A __________ lives on the farm.

A __________ lives on the farm.

A __________ lives on the farm.

A __________ lives on the farm.

A __________ lives on the farm.

But a __________ does not live on the farm.


The Giving Farm
By Vicki Witcher

Hens give eggs.
Pigs give ham.
Cows give milk.
Strawberries give jam.

Bees give honey.
Goats give cheese.
Farms give food,
I'd like some, please.


The Color Farm

by Dr. Jean

Predictable Books

In My Barn

by KinderLit


10 Little Counting Chicks

by KinderLit


Rosie's Kindergarten Walk

by KinderLit

Rosie's Kindergarten Walk is adapted from Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins. Each page focuses on a directional word from the story.


At The Farm

from Hubbard's Cupboard

Red Barn, Red Barn, What Do You See?

This is a shape book that has the same concept as

Brown Bear, Brown Bear.


I see a __________ looking at me.

The __________ said, "__________."


Guided Reading

The Yellow Chick from KinderReaders



Yellow chick tries every color of the rainbow in search of happiness.



Class Books



Make a class book, Farms Give. Brainstorm the animals on the farm that give products and then chart them on paper. Each student has a page with these frames:

The __________ lives on the farm.


The __________ gives us this product.


Next, illustrate their animal

and the product.







Phonemic Awareness


Read Sheep in a Jeep and brainstorm words that rhyme with sheep. Make a chart with "eep" words and "eap" words.






Mud Poem

Borrowed from KinderKorner




Mud, mud, I like mud.

_____________ mud,

_____________ mud,

_____________ mud,

_________ ________

______________ mud,

I like mud!


Farm Nursery Rhymes



TLC More Nursery Rhymes




Math Activities


Graph your favorite farm animal.

Sort farm animals and zoo animals.

Make a poster On the Farm/At the Zoo.

Have a picture of a barn and a zoo and sort the pictures.


Sort farm animals by attributes.


Estimate farm animals.




Journal Writing


If I were a farm animal, I would be a ...


My favorite animal on the farm is ...


On the farm, I can see ...


TLC Barn

In My Barn KinderLit book



TLC Farmer




TLC Farm Animals








Charming Chickens

Idea from Lollipops, 1989

Use one small brown paper bag per child. Have the children cut out an orange beak, two orange feet, and a red comb. Fold the top of the bag into a point. Stuff the bag with shredded newspaper. Glue or staple comb to the back of the point and add other features. Children can add a feathery look by dipping a cotton-tipped swab into paint and quickly brushing it against the bag. You can add real feathers, too!



Sponge Painted Pigs

Copy a pig onto pink or white tagboard. Use black or pink paint and sponge paint your pig.


Duck Tear Art

Let your students use triangle tracers to trace the head and the body of the duck on white paper. Tear yellow construction paper and fill in the triangles. Cut black circles for the eyes and an orange triangle for the beak. Use orange construction paper for the feet.



Mrs. Wishy Washy


Dress 1 blue rectangle 5 x 8
Sleeves 1 blue rectangle 12 x 2
Hands 1 manila rectangle 4 x 2
Legs 1 manila rectangle 4 x 1
Apron bib 1 white square 3 x 3
Apron bottom 1 white rectangle 4 x 3 ½
Apron belt 1 white rectangle 5 x 1
Apron pocket 1 white square 1 ½ x 1 ½
Apron straps 1 white rectangle 5 x ½
Collar 1 white rectangle 2 x 1 ½
Shoes 1 red rectangle 4 x 2
Neck 1 manila square 1 ½ x 1 ½
Head 1 manila square 4 x 4
Hair sides 1 brown rectangle 8 x 1
Hair top 1 brown rectangle 4 x 1
Handkerchief sides 1 white rectangle 8 x 3
Handkerchief top 1 white rectangle 6 x 3
Handkerchief knot 1 white square 2 x 2


Use your senses when writing a barn shape poem.

From abcTeach

The Farm


The farm is ____________________.

It smells like ____________________.

It looks like ____________________.

It tastes like ____________________.

It sounds like ____________________.

But, most of all...

The farm is ____________________.



Watch the video Charlotte's Web.

Click here to learn more about farm animals.

Educational website about cows and milk with facts, games, and recipes.


Bulletin Board Ideas

Down on the 1st Grade Farm

First Grade is Moo-velous

On the Farm in 1st Grade




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