Interview an Animal
Children will choose an animal, research facts about it, list interview questions to ask the animal, and conduct the interview while tape-recording it.
What You Need
- Reference materials on animals, including dinosaurs, pigs, cows, ducks, and yaks
- A notebook or blank paper and pencils
- A tape recorder
What to Do
- Ask children to work in pairs. Have the pairs choose one of the animals from the theme's stories (a dinosaur to stand in for dragon; a pig, a cow, a duck, or a yak), and then use reference materials to find some interesting facts about their selected animal.
- Once pairs have noted their animal facts, have them brainstorm a list of questions they would like to ask their chosen animal. Questions may deal with real facts about the animals or with the animal characters' story actions.
- Have children take turns asking and answering their interview questions, role-playing the interviewer and the animal being interviewed. Tell children to use the tape recorder to record their interviews.
- Ask the pairs to share their recorded interviews with the class.