Elephant’s Story by Tracey Pearson (Theme Elephants)

When a young girl, Gracie, loses her book she gains a friend Elephant. Elephant finds the book but sneezes and all the words are lost out of the book. Elephant goes to look for help to put the letters back into words.

A Pile of Letters

By Vicky Manning

A pile of letters from A to Z

Fell to the floor in front of me.

I picked up a letter C.

I picked up a letter T.

I picked up a letter A.

Can you make a word for me?

A pile of letters from A to Z

Fell to the floor in front of me.

I picked up a letter D.

I picked up a letter G.

I picked up a letter O.

Can you make a word for me?

(You pick up three or four letters and continue the game.)

The Waterhole

By Vicky Manning

Elephants Are Trekking

Elephants are trekking to the waterhole.

Pound, pound, pound

Look at their swinging trunks swaying to and fro.

Elephants are bathing in a muddy waterhole.

Swish, swash, swish, swash

Look at their big bodies roll to and fro.

ELEPHANT CRAFT

PARTY BLOWER ELEPHANT


Make a copy of the elephant

Cut the elephant out

Cut the red circle by making an X inside it

Put a party blower through the hole for the elephant’s trunk

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A Dog Called Bear (Theme dogs)

Lucy wanted a dog and she gets one too, Bear. Bear did not look like a dog but she loved him until she thought she didn’t.  Before you read this book place several things a dog would need on the table beside the book. After you read the book talk about what it takes to own a dog. Make a graph with Pluses and Minuses of owning a dog.

While reading the book remember to make as many facial expressions as you can because this book is full of wonderful adjectives.

Oh Where Oh Where

By Vicky Manning

Oh where, oh where is a dog called Bear?

Oh, where, oh where can he be?

He ran away because of me.

Oh, where, oh where can he be?

Did you ever see a bear, a bear?

By Vicky Manning

Did you ever see a bear, a bear, a bear?

Did you ever see a bear who thought he was a dog?

He’s this wide and this tall and he sleeps with a red ball.

Did you ever see a bear who thought he was a dog?

If you ever see a bear, a bear, a bear,

if you ever see a bear playing with a red ball.

Would tell him I miss him?

Would you tell him I love him?

if you ever see a bear playing with a red ball?

Craft (Book of Dogs)

Have students to cut out the book pages.

Cut the pages in half leaving half inch on one side.

Take a sheet of clear contact paper and cover the book pages.

Punch two holes to make a book on the side.

Put the the book together with small rings or string.

Show the students how they can make their dogs have different bottoms with different tops.

Dog 1
Dog 2

Dog 3

Dog 4

Dog 5
Dog 6

Johnny by Guido Van Genechten (Theme Spiders)

Johnny needs a friend but everyone is afraid of him. If only they would give him a chance.

Before reading the book I have all the students stand in a circle. I take a ball of yarn and spin it in and out and across the circle of students until I have the perfect web. I ask the students to carefully sit down in the circle and I stand in the middle to read the book. At the end of the book I tell the students to stand up and trap me in their web.

Five little flies

By Vicky Manning

Five little flies flying around a web.

Teasing Old spider, can’t eat me, can’t eat me.

The Old spider in his web he did creep

And he snatched a fly and ate’m for a treat!

Four little flies flying around a web.

Teasing Old Spider, can’t eat me, can’t eat me.

The Old spider in his web he did creep

And he snatched a fly and ate’m for a treat!

Three little flies flying around a web.

Teasing Old Spider, can’t eat me, can’t eat me.

The Old spider in his web he did creep

And he snatched a fly and ate’m for a treat!

Two little flies flying around a web.

Teasing Old Spider, can’t eat me, can’t eat me.

The Old spider in his web he did creep

And he snatched a fly and ate’m for a treat!

One little fly flying around a web.

Teasing Old Spider, can’t eat me, can’t eat me.

The Old spider in his web he did creep

And he snatched a fly and ate’m for a treat!

One full Old Spider full as can be

Slept in his web full of flies was he!

Let’s Make Johnny!

1st step

2nd step
3rd step
4th step
5th step
Meet Johnny!

Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland (theme caterpillar)

The class this morning really enjoyed Clive MacFarland’s book. The story is about a caterpillar named Henri who dreams about flying. He chases his dream full blast! During the story some of the children said, this story is real sad. That told me they were all tied into the book emotionally. Everyone was happy with the ending.

For Caterpillar body

Directions

Make three copies per child. Let them color each box.

Fold two boxes fully

Fold one box and leave the top open

In the open box you will place the butter fly below in the box and close it

Tape a pipe cleaner to the top and place an eye on both sides of the box

Butterfly

Caterpillars

By Vicky Manning

Three little caterpillars are climbing up a tree. (Fingers crawling up your arm)

The first little caterpillar spins his cocoon. (Roll arms one over the other)

The second little caterpillar spins his cocoon. (Roll arms one over the other)

The third little caterpillar spins his cocoon. (Roll arms one over the other)

Three little caterpillars are sleeping inside their cocoon. (Rest side of head on folded hands)

The first little caterpillar burst free from his cocoon. (Wiggle and stretch tall)

The second little caterpillar tears free from his cocoon. (Wiggle and stretch tall)

The third little caterpillar explodes from his cocoon. (Wiggle and stretch tall)

All three little caterpillars have turned into butterflies.

They stretched their beautiful wings and flew into the wind. (Flap arms up and down)

Farm Animals Book “In! Over! and On by Ethan Long

Good morning everyone! Today I have the book In! Over! and On!. What a cute way to introduce in, over, and on. Farm animals are learning too but they are having so much fun they never realize it! The book also has open and shut flaps. The story is short so you can read it to younger children and keep their attention.

Stick puppets

Have the students color the animals and the outhouse below. Cut the animals out and glue to a Popsicle stick. Cut the the outhouse out and fold and glue or tape tab. Cut the door for the animals to pop through.

Outhouse

In, Out and Under (Tune Three Blind Mice)

By Vicky Manning

In, out and under

In, out and under

In and out are opposite.

In and out are opposite.

I can jump in and out

But can you ever jump under?

Yes you can, yes you can.

Jump In!

By Vicky Manning

If you are happy and you know it, jump in.

If you are happy and you know it, jump in.

If you are happy then you are in then you really need to grin!

If you are happy and you know it, jump in.

If you are happy and you know it, jump out.

If you are happy and you know it, jump out.

If you are happy and you are out then you really need to shout!

If you are happy and you know it, jump out!

If you are happy and you know it, duck under!

If you are happy and you know it, duck under!

If you are happy and you are under then you really need to holler!

If you are happy and you know it, duck under!

Four Farm Animals

By Vicky Manning

Four farm animals hiding in an outhouse.

One came out running from a field mouse.

Three farm animals in a barn under a rake.

One came out running from a big black snake.

Two farm animals sitting on a haystack

One came out a running with a cat on his back.

One little farm animal left under a tractor,

Until a barn owl swooped down and snatch her.

No more animals in, out or under.

Aliens in Underpants

I have a few more craft ideas for this summer. Below is three Alien puppets. Fold the paper on the black lines then fold the bottom tabs under. The bottom tabs help little fingers fit snug.

Star Alien
One-eyed Alien
Finger Puppet

Space Theme (Contest Games)

I’m continuing with the space theme for this years Summer Reading Programs. Below are a few contest games. I hope you are enjoying my space theme blogs.

Let the Games Begin!

Moon Leap

Give students their astronaut Leap number.

Each student gets a turn to leap as far as they can.

Place a circle sticker, with the student’s number, on the floor where they landed.

Moon Jump

Give students their astronaut Jump number.

Each student gets a turn to jump as far as they can.

Place a circle sticker, with the student’s number, on the floor where they landed.

Building a Tower of Stars

Draw or place star stickers on small cups.

Pair students off

Place cups in the middle of students

See who can build the tallest tower of stars.

Stringing Stars

Use cardboard or poster board to make your stars.

Punch a hole on one point of the stars.

Give students a ball of yarn.

Give students three minutes to string as many stars as they can.

(I would pair students once again for this contest)

Constellation Challenge

Tape off two constellations with painters tape

Give students stars to place at each point of the constellation.

The student who finishes their constellation first wins.

Domino Book Star

Students are to build a star with their books.

Once they have built their star they are to push one book to make the star fall.

The first person to complete task, wins.

How many people will fit on the moon?

Draw off a moon with painter’s tape. Make it big enough for about ten students to fit inside.

Instruct the students to fill as many on the moon as they can. (The students that figure out to stack themselves will have more)

 The group that has the most plants a flag on their moon.

Space Theme Songs

Well Old Dan Trucker has went off his rocker, I meant Rocket Ship, anyway enjoy!

Old Dan Trucker

By Vicky Manning

Old Dan Trucker flew rocket ships,

He flew to the moon on one of his trips.

He wore a spacesuit when on his flight.

We all watched him take off into the night.

Shout out goodbye to Old Dan Trucker,

Shout out goodbye to Old Dan Trucker,

Shout out goodbye to Old Dan Trucker,

Who left for the moon without his dinner.

Old Dan Trucker you’re not an astronaut,

Who can fly to the moon from a parking lot.

Old Dan Trucker what’s wrong with you?

We wish you luck and dinner too.

Shout out goodbye to old Dan Trucker,

Shout out goodbye to Old Dan Trucker,

Shout out goodbye to Old Dan Trucker,

Who left for the moon without his dinner.

Where is Moon man

By Vicky Manning

Where is Moon man? Where is Moon Man?

In the sky, way up high,

Getting a better look, getting a better look,

At Earth below, at Earth below.

Five Little Astronauts

By Vicky Manning

Five little astronauts are shooting towards the stars.

The first little astronaut lands on Mars.

The second little astronaut lands on Venus.

The third little astronaut lands on Uranus.

The fourth little astronaut trails a comet.

The fifth little astronaut flies home on his rocket.

Did you ever see an Alien Modeling Underpants?

By Vicky Manning

Did you ever see an alien, an alien, an alien?

Did you ever see an alien,

Modeling underpants?

With flowers

In colors

Or shapes

In capes?

Did you ever see an alien modeling underpants?

Did you ever see an alien, an alien, an alien?

Did you ever see an alien,

Sharing underpants?

With flowers

In colors.

Or shapes,

In capes?

Did you ever see alien sharing underpants?

The Aliens are Landing on Earth

 ( Sung to She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain)

By Vicky Manning

The Aliens are landing on the earth, here they come, here they come.

The Aliens are landing on the earth, here they come, here they come.

The Aliens are landing on the earth, they’re landing on the earth.

They’re landing on the earth here they come, here they come!

Will they be friendly or wrathful when they come, when they come?

Will they be friendly or wrathful when they come, when they come?

Will they be friendly or wrathful, when they land on earth?

Will they be friendly or wrathful, when they come, when they come?

The Aliens have landed on earth, oh my, oh my!

The Aliens have landed on earth, oh my, oh my!

The Aliens have landed on earth, their ship is opening.

The Aliens have landed on earth, oh my! Oh my!

The Aliens are signing I come in peace, come in peace.

The Aliens are signing I come in peace, come in peace.

The Aliens are signing I come in peace, their happy to be here.

The Aliens are signing I come in peace, come in peace.

We will all have a party under the stars, under the stars.

We will all have a party under the stars, under the stars.

We will all have a party; we will eat, drink and be merry.

We will all have a party under the stars, under the stars.

If you were an Alien

By Vicky Manning

If you were an Alien how would you sound?

If you were an Alien how would you sound?

If you were an Alien and could talk,

If you were an Alien and could talk,

If you were an Alien and could talk,

How would you sound?

If you were an Alien how would you walk?

If you were an Alien how would you walk?

If you were an Alien with two legs,

If you were an Alien with two legs,

If you were an Alien with two legs,

How would you walk?

If you were an Alien how would you eat?

If you were an Alien how would you eat?

If you were an Alien with a mouth,

If you were an Alien with a mouth,

If you were an Alien with a mouth,

How would you eat?

Little Star

By Vicky Manning

I’m a little star,

Floating in the sky.

I shine bright

For you throughout

The night.

When the sun comes

Up

I’m still here

Just

Turn off the sun

And I reappear!

LIFT OFF!

Have students squat with their space shuttle hats on.

After each number they raise up till in standing position before liftoff.

At liftoff have them jump as high as they can.

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

Lift Off

Story Play

The Lee County Library has a children’s program I wanted to share with my followers. Story Play is a program for very young children. The program starts with babies and they stay with us until they are three.

The difference between Story Time and Story Play is how we lead. Story play is around 45 minutes of fingerplays, songs, and interaction with the parents. We start the program with learning to socialize with others through playing.

As the children grow you will have to change out the learning toys. In our group we have babies that have been with us for three years! It is fun to watch them grow and learn with their parents guiding them through the songs we teach and the fingerplays.

To get your group started visit your local Women’s Hospital and ask if they will give out a brochure about your program. Most young mothers will be delighted to bring their babies to Story Play.

Turtle Theme

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a fab Monday.

Today I’m reading, “The Town of Turtle,” by Michelle Cuevas. Art! Art! Art! and a great story too. How would you like to live in a dark shell? Well, Turtle did not and in this story he builds himself a new world inside his shell. If you have a place to read your story under a sheet (maybe a sheet or sheets over two tables) read it there.

When reading this story please show the pictures and then revisit them after the story with the class. Give each student a large sheet of white paper and instruct them to draw a new world for their shell. Give the students tape to place their pictures under the sheets.

Make two shells

Cut on the green line

Tape or glue tips together on each shell

Glue or tape both tabs together to make one full shell

Cut out turtle head and glue to a Popsicle stick

Place stick in shell