Watch: Jack - episode 2: Starting Now...,I Mean Now...and Grace - episode 6: Everyone Love Jodhpurs
In these two episodes, Jack and Grace both spend some time in a barn where the horses’ stables are. That’s a pretty important place when you’re a horse or a horsecrazy kid! Notice what Jack and Grace do in the barn in these two videos.
Why are barns important to horses? What do you think a horse would like to have in its home?
Take a ride
A barn isn’t just a barn – it’s where the horses’ stables are, their homes. And horses need to have certain things in their homes. Time for you to build one!
- Several small toy horses.
- Several small boxes, could be shoeboxes, but make sure they are in the correct scale for the toy horses (as per directions below).
- Pencil and scissors.
- Break children into teams with one horse and one box per team.
- Explain that the children will use the boxes to make stables for their horses. And they have to follow these rules so the horse will be comfortable in its home:
- The horse has to have enough room to turn around comfortably and not bump its head.
- The doors should be wide enough for the horse to get in and out easily.
- The windows should be high enough so the horse can’t jump through them, but low enough so the horse can look outside.
- Have children decorate
Horses and standards
Common Core Standards for Math – Geometry (Grade 2). Reason with shapes and their attributes.
- Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus nondefining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
- Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or threedimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
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