Month: March 2019

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (Theme Yarn)

Before reading Extra Yarn, have a box with yarn and two needles placed by the book. Tell the students every time they hear the word knit, make the motion of playing like you are knitting.

This story is so sweet. A young girl named Annabelle finds a box filled with yarn of every color. On each page she knits for others until she meets the archduke. I love this book because it teaches children to care about others and finding your own happiness.

Knitting

By Vicky Manning

This is the way you knit a shirt.

Knit a shirt.

Knit a shirt.

This is the way you knit a shirt,

Now put on the shirt.

This is the way you knit a hat.

Knit a hat.

Knit a hat.

This is the way you knit a hat.

Now put on the hat.

Silly horse

By Vicky Manning

I found a ball of yarn

I found a ball of yarn

Oh me now what can I knit?

I’ll knit me a horse.

I knitted me a horse

I knitted me a horse

Oh me now what can I do with a knitted horse?

Weave yarn inside the shirt

Build a yarn ball in your classroom.

Have students to bring yarn to school and let the students go one at a time during the day to roll their yarn on the ball. Watch it grow!  You could leave it up all year and let the students keep adding to it.

Build a Yarn Hideout

Tie the end of a yarn ball to a table and let the students take turns winding the yarn around the two sides and back of the table. Leave a space for them the hideout!

Nests by Pepe Marquez (Theme Bird Nest)

Nest by Pepe Marquez

The first thing I noticed about this book was the vibrant colors. The animals in the book are adorable. In one line sentences the author writes about how many animals they are and where they live. The bird becomes the main event in the storyline.  

Building a nest

By Vicky Manning

I’m going to take your sticks right under your tree.

I’m going to take your sticks right under your tree.

I’m going to take your sticks right under your tree.

And make a nest.

I’m going to build my nest right under your roof.

I’m going to build my nest right under your roof.

I’m going to build my nest right under your roof.

And then I’ll rest.

Cute photo idea

Save up your shredded paper till you have two extra- large bags full.

Dump the paper on the floor and let the class make a classroom nest.

Take a picture with the class sitting in their nest.

FUN!

CRAFT

BIRD NEST

Materials

Cupcake paper baking cups

Pom poms

Shredded paper (make a tight ball)

To make the bird wings you will fold the paper cup in half first then cut as shown above. The circle will be too large, make a pleat down the middle of the circle. Tape or glue the pleat down. Place a pom pom in the middle of the wings with doublesided tape or glue. Place eyes on the pom pom. Make a beak. (I use sticker eyes for nearly all my crafts because I work with young children. You can purchase a roll of sticker eyes on line and they will last a long time.)

Something Smells by Blake Liliane Hellman – Activities

A young boy named Elliot was on a mission one morning looking for a terrible smell. Read book to students and have them to make a face like they have smelled something stinky. Tell them to make a face after Elliot looks in different places for the smell. In your classroom it would be fun to take pictures of the stinky faces and post them in your room with this adorable book as the center piece

Stinky Games to play

Where is the Stinky rag?

Hide a rag in the room and have the students look for it by using their nose. A dirty dish rag works the best or a rag with oil on it.

Garbage can Basket Ball

Place about three garbage cans in your classroom for students to pitch their basketballs in.

Stinky Socks

Put shaving cream in socks and have students race to see which team can get their sock on first and then run to the finish line.

Sticky Book

Make eight copies for each child

Give colored scent markers to class

Put books together with staples, clips, or yarn

Smelly Stinky Stuff!

By Vicky Manning

(Have children smell themselves, make faces, and try different places on their clothes)

Something smells really nasty.

Can you smell it?

Take a whiff.

Can you find it around me?

Something smells really shocking.

Can you smell it?

Take a whiff.

Can you find it, it is rotting?

Something smells really terrible.

Can you smell it?

Take a whiff.

Can you find it, it’s unbearable?

Something smells really awful.

Can you smell it?

Take a whiff.

Can you find it, it is dreadful!

Nasty!

Shocking!

Very unbearable!

Awful!

Dreadful!

I guess we can agree

It just might be me!

Manga

I enjoyed my Manga Book Club tonight. We made bookmarks and the club members picked out some books they wanted to see in our library. The best part of the night was a Manga charade game I made up. I picked about eight books from our collection and made cards from the titles within the book. It is very fun to make your own game.

MANGA GAME CARDS

Have fun making your own game!

Little Black Crow (Theme Crows)

This book would be great to read where the pictures can be seen by every child. Good idea to make a copy of the pictures and use power point to show them.

While reading let the students see the pictures and answer the questions on the page. The pictures are painted in water colors and it looks like the black crow is in ink.

Don’t you just love a story that brings the children in to help make it special?

Five little Black Crows

By Vicky Manning

Five little black crows sitting in a tree,

One flew south to find a house.

Four little black crows sitting in a tree,

One flew north to sit on a porch.

Three little black crows sitting in a tree,

One flew west to be a guest.

Two little black crows sitting in a tree,

One flew east to join a fleet.

One little black crow sitting in a tree,

He flew off to live with me.

Little Black Crow craft

Give the students a white piece of paper and water colors.

Have them to paint a picture of their family.

Let it dry and then write on the bottom of the picture “Little Black Crow do you like my picture?” 

Let them stamp little black crow on their picture in black ink.

If you can, tweet or send author Chris Raschka the pictures from your classroom.

Stamp

Foam sheet (thick)

Make copy of crow

Trace and cut out

Glue crow to the bottom of thick foam sheet

 Take two sticker foam shapes and stick one on top of the other

Stick the foam shape to the top (This will give the child a place to hold the stamp)

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

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.