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TITLE: “Old MacDonald Had a Farm-ers’ Market” AGE GROUP: This activity is geared toward preschool-aged

kids, most appropriately o!r- and ive-year-olds" NUMBER OF CHILDREN: The activity can #e done with a large gro!p o children, depending on how large the market is" $n appropriate ratio wo!ld #e % to & “c!stomers” or every ' “vendor” (the older the kids, and the larger the market, the more c!stomers can #e roaming aro!nd)" TIME OF DAY: $ny time o day that there is ree play going on wo!ld #e appropriate" Morning or a ternoon, this activity can #e picked !p any time a general circ!lation is going on in the classroom" The set-!p o the activity, however, sho!ld #e done in the morning as a gro!p e ort" DOMAIN: This activity osters growth in the areas o lang!age arts (e*pressive and receptive), social skills, and math+reasoning skills" OBJECTIVE: Thro!gh the armers’ market dramatic play environment, the children will increase their receptive and e*pressive lang!age skills #y !sing speci ic #!ying and selling phrases, they will learn a#o!t and !nderstand the reasoning #ehind a armers’ market, and they will #ecome more com orta#le with the social and math skills needed in a market setting" ,n addition, children will learn the names o vario!s r!its and vegeta#les and #e a#le to sort them into #askets" MATERIALS: - -lastic oods. #read, #aked goods, etc" - -lastic or real lowers - -lastic r!its and vegeta#les - -lay money - /askets - /o*es+crates - 0igns, i wanted - 0mall ta#les or shelving !nits DIRECTIONS OR PROCEDURE: D!ring circle time. - Disc!ss what a armers’ market is. a place where armers come together to sell their r!its, vegeta#les, #aked goods, lowers, etc" $sk the children what they think armers grow and sell" - $sk who has #een to a armers’ market" 1hat did they see there2 1hat did they #!y2 - $sk the children what they wo!ld want to sell or #!y at their own armers’ market" - 3o over the names o the r!its and vegeta#les that are availa#le" Have the children help set !p the market" 4ach can have a 5o#. They can gather materials aro!nd the classroom, p!t them in #o*es and crates, and create little vendor stations" 0omeone can hand o!t the play money and #askets to the c!stomers" Others can set !p the sorting #askets #y drawing pict!res o the r!its and vegeta#les (or they can #e printed o!t already) and attaching them to the #askets" 4ach child can have a t!rn #eing a vendor and #eing a c!stomer"

and other children will pay #ased on what they think this is" . o#serve each child’s !se o lang!age and take notes" $re they a#le to ask the vendor what they want2 $re the vendors a#le to descri#e what they have2 /ecome a vendor or a shopper and ask the children the 6!estions yo! have #een enco!raging them to ask" $sk each child i they know the names o the vario!s r!its and vegeta#les" 7an they sort them into the proper #asket2 7hildren sho!ld #e a#le to name the items p!rchase an item and sell to c!stomers with the appropriate lang!age" LESSON EXTENSION: This can #e an ongoing part o the classroom. . The !se o money is not to #e anything speci ic at this time9 it’s simply a way or the children to #!y prod!cts" 7hildren will decide whatever amo!nt they want.1hat is the name o this r!it2 .n addition.1hat are yo! selling2 .4nco!rage the children to ask 6!estions to the armers and enco!rage the armers to !se their imaginations.How do yo! grow this2 .How m!ch are these lowers2 4ggs2 $pples2 . and the items can change seasonally" The children that are interested in contin!ing the armers’ market can disc!ss what they might sell at di erent times o the year and create or collect those items" This can lead to a disc!ssion o what kinds o ood grow at di erent types o the year" The children may want to start their own little arm in an o!tside area (i availa#le)" . this is done d!ring ree play. the teachers can ga!ge who wo!ld like to switch roles" .t’s not meant to #e an activity to learn a#o!t money at this time" EVALUATION MEASURES: $s the activity progresses thro!gho!t the day and weeks. this is a gro!p activity. a trip can #e arranged to a arm to see where their ood comes rom" :ario!s r!its and vegeta#les can also #e #ro!ght in to taste and see" This co!ld #e part o a larger !nit on “1here does ood come rom2” or “1hat do armers do2” . the teachers can decide on a certain amo!nt o time and then switch everyone" 7hildren will also have the opport!nity to sort r!its and vegeta#les #y seeing the pict!res attached to the #askets" 8ote.