Notice it is a counting story from 1 — Display counting words, read and sequence them. Identify how many of each animal Handa saw, while searching for the lost hen. Retell the story. Activity Children work in ability pairs to identify how many of each animal Handa saw on her search for the lost hen.
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What kinds of animals live on Kapiti Plain? Which animals are wild and which kind is domesticated? The cattle Why does Ki-pat feels such concern for the cattle? What part of this story seems like real-life? What part seems like make-believe? Can an eagle-feather on an arrow really bring rain? Why is an eagle — unlike, say, a chicken or a robin — a good symbol for rain?
Eagles are powerful, and fly high in the sky where the rainclouds are. What story do you think Ki-pat tells his son about how to bring rain to Kapiti Plain? On four spokes from the center, place the words Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall. Explain that climate means the usual kind of weather a region has at each season. Ask why Ki-pat waited so earnestly for rain.
Rainfall is scarce in all seasons on the plains of Kenya. Step 2: Invite four cooperative learning groups to choose a season, discuss the kind of weather and weather-related events expected in your region during that season, and then assign roles for making pictures and writing accompanying poems about the season to read chorally, using the book poem as a model. Step 3: After groups have shared their pictures and poems with the class, post the finished work under the bulletin board labels.
Science: Keeping Weather Records Step 1: On poster paper, draw a calendar for this month, with space below each date for students to record facts about temperature, wind, and moisture. Invite volunteers to choose a day and collect and record the data through observation and by listening to local radio and TV weather reports. To build the concept that weather varies while climate is relatively constant, invite students to circle the days in which the reported weather conditions are expected during this month.
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain
The children will be able to find Kenya, Africa on a world map. The children will draw a picture of the African plains and a herdsman. A world map or globe. Write the words of the book on chart paper or an overhead transparency extension activity. Procedures: Ask the children if they think that people in other parts of the world act like, dress like, eat like, or talk like they do.
The story can be a good jumping board for water thoughts, both the cycle of water and conservation. Materials National Geographic or other magazines with African animals inside. To cook spaghetti and other food, to brush teeth, water plants, flush. Talk to the children about the importance of not wasting water. If you see the sink left running, we need to turn it off. Explain that we do not want to waste water because then what would happen It would all be gone and you could not get a drink.