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Title of the Experience
The farm week
Name of the teacher
Marinica Mitria
Country where it took place
School typology
Primary school
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
One of the subjects presented to the children within the science discipline is the life at the farm. Is not easy to explain to the children how lives in cities, and who are not familiar with the life at the farm, what real happens in a farm with its animals and with its plants which are cultivated.
First we asked the pupils to bring to the school the animals (toys) they think that lives in a farm. Then we created from chairs, stalls in which to put the animals brought by the kids. Many children brought also lions, hippopotamus, monkeys, etc. And I had to explain and separate the animals from a farm (the domestic animals) and the animals from a ZOO. This was very interesting for the pupils to understand the difference between the two categories.
Then I gave to the pupils pictures with milk, eggs, cheese and work with the pupils to understand from what animals comes.
To explain to the pupils the plants which are cultivated in a farm, I brought various seeds (beans, sunflowers, peppers, tomatoes, melon, onion, etc.) and showed to them through pictures how is cultivated in the ground and how is growing until is harvested and eaten. I brought to the pupils boxes with dirt and together with them we cultivated the seeds. Pupils were very curious and every day took care of their project.
For explaining to the pupils how the farmer takes care of animals and plants, we explored a variety of activities including how to create the form of a tractor or other things out of shapes

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Date: 2014.10.30

Posted by Ewelina Gizińska (Poland)

I like the method here. It is good to work in such a way with small children. Children could have learnt even more on a visit to local farm. I could help them to gain the interest and also respect to nature and to work of the farmers. So it's beneficial from the social point of view. However, I know it's hard from the logistic point of vew. For example, I try to take my students to forest for school trips. They can discover the nature in the natural environment. And they are happy to go outside the classroom:)


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