Mrs. McGowan's Class
For three years now, we have been exchanging class pets with another first grade class. These "pets" are really stuffed animal puppets, Belle the Cow and Petunia the Pig. You can read all about our Pet Exchange by a click of your mouse!
This year, we extended our project to learn more about real cows and pigs. We started by making a list of the things we knew about these farm animals. We visited websites and read several books together. The National Pork Board sent a free book and ideas for classroom activities. The students selected to write about either cows or pigs. Individually, they wrote a first draft of two or three facts. Next they worked as a group with Mrs. McGowan to make revisions and share their writing. Final drafts with editing changes were written, illustrations created, and all are displayed in the school corridor.
On the day we finished this project, we also had a "going home" cheese tasting celebration for Belle the Cow. She was returning to her first grade friends in Wisconsin. Our pet pig, Petunia, will be back with us soon. The class enjoyed different cheeses, pepperoni, quesadillas, crackers, and grapes.
In May, our class will visit Longstreet Farm to see an old-fashioned working farm that has our favorites, cows and pigs! Here are some of the things we learned about these animals. You can see all our illustrations on our class webpage, Our Animal Favorites 2002: Cows & Pigs.
Cows have a long tongue to grab the grass for
them to eat. They also eat hay, corn, and oats.
Cows are very big. They have special teeth to
eat grass and hay. Some cows are black and white. Others are brown.
Black and white ones give a lot of milk. People used to milk cows by
hand, but now they have machines to do it. Nobody can drink milk that
comes right from the cow. If you do, you will get very sick. So the milk
goes to a place to make it good. It is pasteurized by heating it. There
are many kinds of milk. Chocolate milk does not come from brown cows.
Brown cows are called Jersey cows and Holstein cows are black and white.
Cows are very special. Mooo!
Pigs roll in the mud to keep cool. Farmers
raise pigs for meat like ham, pork, and bacon.
Pigs are smart. Pigs live in a pigsty. They
eat corn and soybeans. Pigs have snouts to dig in the dirt.
All About Cows for Kids
Cow: Enchanted Learning
Pork4Kids - Take A Farm Tour (National Pork Board)
Farmer Fred's Frantic Farm
Pig: Enchanted Learning
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons
The Pig by Angela Royston
Pigs by Maggie da Silva
Dairy Cows by Kathy Henderson
Cows in the Parlor by Cynthia McFarland
Make Me A Peanut Butter sandwich and a Glass of Milk by Ken Robbins
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
Language and Literacy