Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chomp! Stories about animals eating.

A couple of old favorites and a couple of new favorites round out this fun storytime.
I throw in some sign language just because I like it.

Book:  Blueberries for Sal / Robert McCloskey  
     Early literacy skill: Vocabulary:  hustle and partridge

Sign Language:  Bear cross your arms in front of your chest, with fingers near your shoulders-
                                        make clawing motions with your hands & arms

                              Baby bear Cradle your arms like you are rocking a baby, then make the sign
                                                     for bear.

Action Rhyme:  Baby Bear Stretch 

Reach up as high as Mama Bear's eye,
 Reach down as low as Baby Bear's toe;
     Climb up a tree, how far can you see?   
Don't make a sound, come back to the ground,
Curl up snug, give yourself a baby bear hug!
                                                     (Brenda McDonald)

Book: The Wolf's Chicken Stew / Keiko Kasza

Action Song: Gray Wolf
Sing to the tune of "Gray Squirrel."
Get down on all fours and act out the motions.

Gray wolf, gray wolf, wag your bushy tail
Gray wolf, gray wolf, wag your bushy tail
Running fast under the moon,
Point your nose and sing your tune, "Ow-ooooo!"
Gray wolf, gray wolf, wag your bushy tail.
                   (adapted by Brenda McDonald)

(the kids love to howl like a wolf!)

Sign Language: Wolf  Make a cone with your fingers and thumb and stroke your nose and chin, drawing out your fingers and thumb like a snout.

Book: I'd Really Like to Eat a Child / Sylviane Donnio

If the little crocodile in this story really wants to eat a child, it only seems fair that we should recite a poem about eating a crocodilian, in this case an "Alligator Pie!" I have a cute alligator/crocodile puppet I use while we say this poem together - I let the kids take turns using it. They also can use the sign language for crocodile.

Sign Language Alligator/Crocodile Stretch out your arms and put your hands together like an alligator snout. Curve your fingers like teeth, make chomping motions with your arms and hands.

Alligator Pie / Dennis Lee

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die!
Give away the green grass, give away the sky,
But don't give away my alligator pie!

Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don't get some, I don't know what I'll do!
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,
but don't give away my alligator stew!

Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna droop!
Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,
but don't give away my alligator soup!

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? / Jane Yolen
 This gem of a series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague is a huge favorite at my story times. These books get both adults and kids laughing and exclaiming. On the surface they look very simple, large format, little text, but each page is a delight, lots of little things to look at and discover (find the dinosaur names in almost every scene), and the rhyming lines are hilarious.

Also, it is a treasure trove of early literacy skills:  print motivation, print awareness, and phonological awareness.

Sign Language - Dinosaur    Make the sign for the letter "d" - Touch the tips of all your fingers to the tip of your thumb, then extend your forefinger so it looks like a lower case "d."  Then move your "d" across your body in a bouncy walking motion. 

We end our storytimes with a shortened, adapted version of 
Rob Reid's wonderful poem, "Wave Goodbye"

Wave high,
Wave low,
I think it's time
We gotta go.
Wave your nose,
Wave your eyes,
Wave your ears,
and wave goodbye!


Bundle Up!

Stories and songs about winter clothing - all those layers and layers!

Shorter books appropriate for babies and toddlers, or for the end of the storytime:

One, Two, One Pair / Bruce MacMillan
Buster's First Snow / Hisako Madokoro
The Snowy Day / Ezra Jack Keats

Longer books for kids ages 3 -7:

The Mitten / Alvin Tresselt , or...
The Mitten / Jan Brett 
The Hat / Jan Brett
The Missing Mitten Mystery / Steven Kellogg

      Early literacy activity : Narrative Skill. Most of these stories could be retold with felt board pieces, or in the case of The Mitten, with Beanie babies or other small stuffed animals and a pouch of some kind. Sometimes for Narrative Skill, I just go back to the beginning of the book and let the kids tell the story as I turn the pages. This would work with The Snowy Day or Buster's First Snow.

Here are the action activities:

Action Song: This is the way…
   (Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)
This is the way  we put on our pants,
put on our pants, put on our pants,
this is the way we put on our pants
on a cold and frosty morning!

Button our shirt     put on our coat
pull on our socks  put on our hat
put on our boots  put on our mittens

Action song: Hat, Snowsuit, Gloves & Boots
(tune: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes) 
Hat, snowsuit, gloves and boots
gloves and boots
Hat, snowsuit, gloves and boots
gloves and boots
I'm bundled up and ready for the snow
But wait! I think I have to go!
     ~~author unknown.

Tickle Rhyme: My Zipper Suit
  adult does zipping motions on child
     on "all around the town" gently tickle all over-- 
My zipper suit is bunny brown,
the top zips up
the legs zip down
Zip it up! Zip it down!
Zip it all around the town! 

Action Song: Put on Your Hat
(tune: Apples and Bananas)
Put on your hat, hat, hat, 
This is snowy weather!

Put on your:  scarf, coat, snowpants, mittens, boots, etc.)

Felt Board: Color Mittens
(cut 4 simple mitten shapes out of felt:
red, yellow, green and blue) -let kids finish 
sentences with colors.
My poor little kitten lost her mitten,
and started to cry, "boohoo!"
So I helped my kitten 
to look for her mitten,
her beautiful mitten of blue.

I found a mitten just right
for a kitten
under my mother's bed.
But alas, the mitten was
not the right mitten,
for it was colored red.

continue with: 
  found under Father's pillow - yellow
  found in the laundry so clean - green 

I found a mitten just right for a kitten,
inside my favorite shoe.
And this time the mitten 
was just the right mitten,
for it was colored blue!
     attributed to Jean Warren of Totline
       in some sources, others, no author listed  

 Here's one I think I wrote:

Snow Suit Song (tune: Head, shoulders, knees & toes)
            Hat, Jacket, pants, and socks for my toes
            Hat, Jacket, pants, and boots for the snow
            Scarf and mittens, zippers and Velcro
            And now, oh, no! I have to go!