I started a new club in the library this year for third grade students. One Friday a month I hosted a “Farm Friends Club” where students were introduced to farms and animal care. We read stories about different kinds of farm animals and learned about their personalities, what each animal is used for, and what each animal produces or contributes.
With the help of a farm owner and animal expert, students had a chance to get some hands-on experiences. They learned about equestrian gear and apparel, then got to practice siting on a real saddle and using stirrups. They got to taste goat cheese and they even got to feel different kinds of manure!
Some of the animals we learned about were:
Donkeys – their personalities and their use as guard animals.
Horses & Ponies – the different breeds, their jobs and how to take care of them.
Goats – their personalities and how they contribute to us with cheese and fiber for clothing.
Pigs – their intelligence and how they contribute to us with meat.
The students and I had a great time learning about the importance of farm animals and how we can support animal welfare.
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)