Friday, May 13, 2016

School Age Storytime–Imagine the Possibilities!

A storytime for K-4th grade celebrating creativity and imagination, with suggestions for art projects, art-inspired story-starters and a brief introduction (with further suggestions) for the artists Rene Magritte and Rob Gonsalves.

Book: That’s Good, That’s Bad by Marjorie Cuyler (used with some classes as kids were arriving – kids loved to chorus “No that’s bad/good!”)

Book: The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan (Dodsworth leads a very dull life until a rusty old refrigerator filled with different supplies each day opens his eyes to amazing new possibilities.)

Dinner at Magritte's

Book: Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D. B. Johnson or  Dinner at Magritte’s by Michael Garland (great lead in to the art of Rene Magritte – can share pages from Now You See It—Now You Don’t: Rene Magritte (J759.9493 WEN and/or Google: “Rene Magritte paintings.)

Book: Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage

Book: Changes by Anthony Browne (a boy's imagination runs wild as he waits for his parents to return)

Read selections from: Imagine a Place by Rob Gonsalves and Sarah Thomson (also showed Imagine a Day and Imagine a Night).  Sarah Thomson used Gonsalves’ paintings as “story starters” for her short pieces – your kids can too: www.boredpanda.com/magic-realism-paintings-rob-gonsalves (Google image search “Rob Gonsalves” if you want more.)  David Wiesner’s book Free Fall  is a wordless book that uses similar magic realism.

Nonsense/surreal poem: One fine day in the middle of the night / Two dead boys got up to fight / Back to back they faced each other / Drew their swords and shot each other / A deaf policeman heard the noise / Came up and shot those two dead boys / If you don’t believe this tale is true / Ask the blind man, he saw it too!


Book: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat (Caldecott winning author illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend) (A boy in the backseat of a car takes the road trip of a lifetime in this book that encourages kids to savor the moment!)  Kids can see similar page turn-around magic in D.B. Johnson’s Palazzo Inverso inspired by the amazing lithographs of M.C. Escher. (Lots of images if you Google: “Escher”)

Book: If… by Sarah Perry (imagine if cats could fly, leaves were fish, mice were hair, caterpillars were toothpaste, toes were teeth, or frogs ate rainbows…)   Similar titles: Guessing Game Book: What is This? by Antje Damm (have kids imagine possibilities) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert  (leaf pictures), Here a Face, There a Face by Arlene Alda (quick book showing photographs of  "found faces" in nature and in man-made objects), Rain Fish by Lois Elhert (wonderful “fish” created from found objects.)

Book: Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg (mistakes can be inspiration!)

Close: What a Wonderful World singable book by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Encouraged kids to explore possibilities of their own …this afternoon, weekend, month, year and throughout their lives!

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5.14 Bedm used:
Andrew Draws -- David McPhail
Margritte's Marvelous Hat -- D.B. Johnson
The Day the Crayons Quit -- Drew Daywalt
If - Sarah Perry
Little Green -- Keith Baker
Palazzo Inverso -- D.B. Johnson
Froodle -- Antoinette Portis
Call Me Gorgeous -- Giles and Alexandra Milton

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Preschool Storytime–Everything Grows

 

Gardens & Growing: A seasonal storytime for ages 2-6 celebrating gardens and growing (plants and people)  Includes identifying some of the flowers and creatures who live in the garden habitat, colors, numbers, a touch of fantasy, and the value of patience in letting plants and people grow at their own pace.

Opening Music: “Family Garden” track #2 from Family Garden by John McCutcheon and or “The Garden Song” sung by Maria Muldour track #2 on Pickin’ & Grinnin’ (and on various other albums.)

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting – A young girl in the city makes a windowbox garden for her mother.

Flannel: Spring Flowers (text below) – counting and colors

Action: Rainstorm – instructions here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-its-raining-its.html

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes – A young girl’s fantasies about what she would plant in her garden include seashells and jelly beans.

Flannel: Fran’s Flower, based on the book by Lisa Bruce (text below) – Fran tries to get her flower to grow by feeding it pizza and strawberry ice cream! 

Action song: “This is the way we dig the ground…to plant our flower garden” (tune: Mulberry Bush).  Plant our seeds..rain will fall…plants will grow…flowers will bloom…sun will shine…on our flower garden.)

Interactive book: Who is in the Garden? by Vera Rosenberg – helped children look closely to find the creatures who make their home in the garden

Singable book: Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward. – we found and counted the creatures on each page and acted out their movements – including somersaults with the roly-poly bugs!

Flannel: Titch, based on the book by Pat Hutchins – Titch is smaller than his siblings and can’t do everything they do, but his seed grows big!

(If time) Book: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson – beautifully-illustrated parable on selfishness vs.sharing.

DVD: “Leo the Late Bloomer” on Weston Woods Stories About Growing Up (PPR-wkrm) – Leo is slow to learn to talk, read, write or do other things but, in time, he “blooms”!

Hand-stamping to Raffi’s “Everything Grows” track #9 on his album Everything Grows

Optional craft: 5 stamp set of the stages of a seed to plant (stamps/stamp pad/paper/crayons)

Additional book possibilities:
Sidewalk Flowers by John Arno Larson – beautiful wordless story about taking time to pick the flowers but a bit small for group sharing
So Happy by Kevin Henkes – a boy, a rabbit, a magic seed, and a book make a great gift
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert – beautifully illustrates the steps of growing a flower garden, similar to her Growing Vegetable Soup.
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss – the classic story of growing and patience

Flannel texts:

SPRING FLOWERS (Source unknown) (5 flowers, cloud, lightning)
Place flowers on the board
5 spring flowers, all in a row. [Hold up 5 fingers]
The first one says [hold up 1 finger] “we need rain to grow” [Use fingers to show rain]
The second one says [hold up 2 fingers] “oh yes, we need water” [Nod head yes]
The third one says [hold up 3 fingers] “it’s getting hotter!” [Fan face with hand]
The fourth one says [hold up 4 fingers] “I see clouds in the sky!” [Point up]
The fifth one says [hold up 5 fingers] “I wonder why!” [Shrug shoulders and hold up hands questioningly]
Then…BOOM! went the thunder [add cloud to board] and
CRASH! went the lightning [add lightning bolt]
That springtime storm was very frightening [Hug self as if scared]
But the flowers weren’t worried, oh no, no, no! [Shake head]
Because the rain helped them to grow, grow, grow! [Raise arms as if growing]!
Count the flowers as they are placed on the board, and talk about the colors. For the two-colored flowers, ask about the color on the outside, and the color on the inside.

Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce (flannel pieces in bold below)

One day Fran found a flowerpot filled with soil. Poking out of the top was a tiny green tip. “I will grow this flower,” Fran said to Fred (dog).
She took it home. “Grow Flower,” she said. But the tip stayed tiny.
“I think this flower is hungry,” Fran said.
So Fran went to the fridge. Inside found her favorite food.
She gave the flower a slice of pizza.
The next day Fran gave it a piece of cheeseburger.
Then she gave it spaghetti, two chocolate chip cookies and a large spoonful of strawberry ice cream.
She even gave it one of Fred’s juicy bones.
But the flower didn’t grow. The tip stayed tiny. Fran got fed up.
“Silly flower!” Fran said, and she threw it out the back door.
The flowerpot fell onto the ground and rolled away. The rain fell on it.
The wind blew on it.
The sun shone on it.
Finally, the tiny green tip grew… and grew… and grew.
Until one day Fran and Fred went outside to play.
When they opened the door, a surprise was waiting…
A big beautiful flower—just for Fran.

Titch by Pat Hutchins

Titch was little.
His sister Mary was a bit bigger.
And his brother Pete was a lot bigger.
Pete had a great big bike.
Mary had a big bike.
And Titch had a little tricycle. (remove bicycles & tricycle)
Pete had a kite that flew high above the trees.
Mary had a kite that flew high above the houses.
And Titch had a pinwheel that he held in his hand. (remove kites and pinwheel)
Pete had a big drum.
Mary had a trumpet.
And Titch had a little wooden whistle. (remove instruments)
Pete had a big saw.
Mary had a hammer.
And Titch held the nails. (remove tools)
Pete had a big spade.
Mary had a fat flowerpot.
But Titch had the tiny seed.
And Titch’s seed grew and grew and grew! (place larger plant with each word “grew”)

BWL 5.16

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Singalong–You and Me and Family (includes Sensory-Friendly Version Notes)

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Celebrate Mother’s & Father’s Day, sisters & brothers and all kinds of families in song.  Sensory-friendly program is limited to 10 children
and takes place in a quieter, slower-paced environment.

Sensory-friendly room set-up – large cozy puppets and squeeze toys scattered around the room. ABC squares so kids can define where they want to sit.

(Opening music) Fred Penner’s “Happy Feet”

Sensory Friendly – start program by with holding a mirror up to each child so they can see themselves as we sing “Hello to name…so glad to see you.”

You’ll Sing a Song (action song: You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song and we’ll sing a song together. You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song in warm or wintry weather….clap hands, stomp feet, turn around, wiggle knees…sit down)

MOMMY & DADDY (flannel:  “BINGO” variations)  -- lyrics to this and others below.

Parents are People (flannel) Song by Carol Hall from album "Free to Be You and Me."


Oh, By the Way (puppets & props) Song from Joe Scruggs “ Deep in the Jungle”

 

Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes (action)

Helping by Shel Silverstein (flannel) Song from “Free to Be You and Me”

Magic Penny Song by Malvina Reynolds from her album “Ear to the Ground”

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We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands (puppets) Song from “Sing Along with Bob” – sat in a circle and passed around puppets.

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Family Tree (sign language) Played song by Tom Chapin & John Forster, on album “Family Tree” track #8 – signs on their video “This Pretty Planet,” here: www.tomchapin.com/docs/lft.htmland and handout:  www.tomchapin.com/docs/ftsigns.html .  We did the signs (“dancing with our hands”) on the choruses & did a kind of square dance swing on the verses.

Free to Be You and Me (scarf dancing to track #1  of "Free to Be You and Me." )

What a Wonderful World singable book by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

S*I*N*G (song by Joe Raposo available on many Sesame Street albums) – parents & kids together standing in a circle, started singing quietly, everyone moved in & out on the “la las”, second time through sang together and louder.

Hand stamping to Louis Armstrong singing
“What a Wonderful World” (many albums)
Recommended album:  “A Child’s Celebration of Family”

Lyrics handout – editable copy available on request.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Preschool Story/Craft -- Trees are Terrific

Trees are Terrific (All Ages)

Arbor Day is a special day to recognize the importance of trees and the difference they make in our lives. The Bridgewater Shade Tree Board will help us celebrate all that's terrific about trees with stories and activities.

Music playing as kids arrive: Family Garden by John McCutcheon

Read: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid or We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

Flannel/song: The Green Grass Grew All Around

Read/Action: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Flannel/song: Wiggly Worm

Action: “This is the way we plant a seed”

Bridgewater Shade Tree Commission brought seedlings, coloring sheets, and different leaves for leaf rubbing.

Additional book possibilities: (some arrived after the program)
A Tree for Me by Nancy Van Laan
If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay
Call Me a Tree/Llamame Arbol by Maya Christina Gonzales (Bilingual)
Maple (& sequels) by Lori Nichols
Tree: A Peek Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

K+ Groups:
Fernando’s Gift/El Regalo de Fernando by Douglas Keister (Bilingual)
Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting
Tell Me, Tree by Gail Gibbons
A Tree is Growing by Arthur Dorros
Redwoods by Jason Chin

Additional craft possibility: glue tissue paper “blossoms” (scrunched 1” squares) onto a tree skeleton.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pre-School Storytime “Mother’s Day” Also includes plans for storytime/craft (ages 2-10)

 

A fun and interactive storytime celebrating mothers and others that includes letter awareness, animal identification, singing, sign language and a touch of empathy.
Includes the five EECR2 practices of:

Entering musicMusic for Little People’s Celebration of Family J730 CELE (tracks #7-9 – track #9: A Song for Mama)


 

Singable Interactive Book: Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson (older) Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino (younger) both are guessing games about an animal looking for his mother, the first is singable --tune “Hush Little Baby”; the second rhymes the answer (phonemic awareness)

 

Booktalk: Mommies Say Shhh! by Patricia Polacco (gorgeous illustrationsanimal sounds)

 

Flannel: Mother, Mother I want Another based on the book by Maria Polushkin Robbins (At bedtime, Baby Mouse says “I want another, Mother.” Mrs. Mouse engages Mrs. Frog, Mrs. Pig, and Mrs. Donkey – all sing Baby a lullaby before Baby Mouse clarifies that what he wants is another KISS!”)

Book: A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza (A lonely little bird searching for its mother finds a loving adoptive mother bear.)

 

Flannel: The Runaway Bunny based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown – point out nod to her Goodnight Moon.

 

Flannel/Song: MOMMY (Flannel letters) (Tune: “BINGO”)
I have a very special friend
And Mommy is her name-o,

M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y
And Mommy is her name-o.

 

Book: Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse  diversity! Alts:(shorter/younger) Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson (wkrm) or Mama’s Day by Linda Ashman or My Mommy is Magic by Carl Norac or My Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis (event kit www.jamieleecurtis.com)

 

Sign Language Song: Tom Chapin’s “Family Tree” (track #7) on Celebration of Family J730 CELE

 

DVD: Blueberries for Sal (classic, Marna’s favorite. PPR on The Snowy Day: Caldecott Classics & The Robert McCloskey Library) or Make Way for Ducklings Alts:  I Love You Like Crazy Cakes (Chinese adoption)

 

Hand Stamping: “Mother’s Day” track #2 on Tom Chapin’s Moonboat and/or Family Garden by John McCutcheon (730 McCu)

 

BWL 5/10, 5/16

 

Sat ST/Craft) ages 2-10 

 

Enter to tracks 7-9 from Celebration of Family J730 CELE

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

Flannel: Mother, Mother I want Another – Robbins

Interactive Book: Where’s My Mom? – Donaldson (singable)

     Booktalked: Is Your Mama a Llama? – Guarino

Game: Mother / Baby Match (flannel)

Flannel/Song: MOMMY

My Mommy is Magic by Carl Norac

Prop (Nested Boxes): The Surprise based on the book by George Shannon, script here: carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-gifts-and-giving.html

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (wkrm)

Flannel: Monkey Face (based on the book by Frank Asch) script here: carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2014/05/preschool-or-school-age-storytime.html

Music: “Family Tree” on Celebration of Family J730 CELE

Craft: Mother’s Day poems/Cards (die cut cards, die cuts, gluesticks, scissors, markers)  with poem below:

Music during craft: A Child’s Celebration of Family

 

Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls
But every day I'm growing --
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away
So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.


Happy Mother’s Day!   Date

 

BWL 5/09  5/11

 

 

no time for:

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (wkrm) or So Happy by Kevin Henkes

Flannel: Spring Flowers

Book: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Fran’s Flower based on the book by Lisa Bruce

Additional book possibilities:

Big Hugs, Little Hugs – Bond

Stay Close to Mama – Buzzeo

Bearcub & Mama – Jennings

My Mommy Hung the Moon – Curtis

Mr. Rabbit & the Lovely Present – Zolotow  SMALL (M. Draghi favorite modern classics)

Mama, I’ll give you the world – Schotter

Hug Time --  McConnell

A Special Day for Mommy – Andreasen (Holiday) used 5/09 – skipped 5/11 –kids didn’t really get it.

Mama Zooms

 

Additional flannel possibilities:

“Parents are People” from Free to Be You and Me

Ask Mr. Bear based on the book by Marjorie Flack

 

Optional Game: Mother / Baby Match (flannel) skipped this (no time)

Participation flannel/ Movement (get up & move like the animals)

Mother/Baby match (animal match mom/baby pix)

– listening skills (I didn’t end up using the baby flannel animals)

This baby makes a mooing sound

When his mother’s not around.

Calf is the name of this baby.

Find his mother and show her to me.

Continue with:    

2. barking, puppy, dog

3. meowing, kitten, cat

4. quacking, duckling, duck

5. oinking, piglet, pig (sow)

6. growling, cub, bear

7. roaring, cub, lion

8. hopping, joey, kangaroo

9. baaing, lamb, ewe

10.maaing, kid, nanny goat

 

Additional songs:Be Kind to Your Parents”

Sign Language Song: Pick Me Up! Track 16 “Talking on the telephone”

BWL 5/07:

FST: Mama’s Day – Ashman

ST: Mama, Do You Love Me? – Joosse

Song (Flannel letters) M-O-M-M-Y

ST: A Special Day for Mommy – Andreasen (Holiday)

FST/ST: Mother, Mother I want Another – Robbins

Song (Actions): Magic Penny

Prop (Nested Boxes): The Surprise – Shannon

Interactive Book: Is Your Mama a Llama? – Guarino

Participation (Puppets) – Mother/Baby Match

Movement FST: Your Kind of Mommy -- Parker

ST: A Mother for Choco – Kasza

Song/Flannel: Parents are People

FST: Mothers are Like That –Carrick

Video – Are You My Mother?

Alt Books:       Kiss Kiss – Wild

                        Mommy’s Hands – Lasky

                        Flower Garden – Bunting

                        I Love You as Much -- Melmed

Alt Videos: 

                        Make Way for Ducklings

                        Is Your Mother a Llama?

DVD PPR  Magical stories [DVD] : the rainbabies  WGL too long – 20 min.

 

 

BWL 5/04:

 Song: M-O-M-M-Y

TT/FST/ST:  Mama, Do You Love Me – Joosse

Song:  Sometimes Mom Says…

Flannel: Monkey Face

TT/FST/ST: Is Your Mama a Llama – Guarino

Song: What Do They Say?

TT/FST: Mother’s Are Like That – Carrick

ST: A Mother for Choco – Kasza

Song/Flannel: Parents are People

ST: Harriet You’ll Drive Me Wild – Fox

Song: I Love Mother

TT/FST: Cat’s Colors – Cabrera (optional – depending on attn. Span)

Song: You Are My Mommy

Video: Are You My Mother?


 

Addl. titles:

Mommy in My Pocket – Senderak

Flower Garden -- Bunting

Just Like You and Me – Miller (my cart – discarded)
Just Like Me – Schlein
 

From “A Storytime Year” p. 106:

No Time for Mother’s Day – Anderson

I Love You, Mom – Hiskey

I Love You, Stinky Face – McCourt

This is the Bird – Shannon

                               

Books: 

 

Ask Mr. Bear – Marjorie Flack

Koala Lou – Mem Fox

Where’s Our Mama? – Diane Goode

Hiding – Tudor Humphries

Five Minutes Peace – Jill Murphy

I Love You with All My Heart – Kern

My Mom –  Browne

 

http://www.geocities.com/mystorytime/mothers.htm

 

Additional Songs (source unknown):

I Love Mother  (Tune: “Frere Jacques”)
I love mother, I love mother,
Yes I do, yes I do.

And I want to say, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
I love you, I love you.

 

Sometimes Mom Says…

(Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)

Sometimes Mom says, “don’t do this,”

Sometimes Mom says, “don’t do that.”

Still she loves me, that I know.

Why? Because she tells me so.

Sometimes Mom says, “let’s do this.”

Sometimes Mom says, “kiss, kiss, kiss.”

 

What do they Say?

What does a dog say?  Bow wow wow.
What does a cat say?   Meow, meow, meow.
What does a dove say? Coo, coo, coo. 
What does your mommy say? 
  I love you!

 

You Are My Mommy (Tune: “You are my Sunshine)

You are my Mommy, My special Mommy.

You are the best in every way.
And that is why

I want to wish you

A happy Mother’s Day!

 

My Mom

My mom is very special,

I think that you’ll agree.

She picks the greatest stories

To read aloud to me.

(Hold palms out, pretend to read)

Sometime we go fishing,

(Pretend to cast a line)

Or play a game of ball.

(Pretend to swing at a ball)

She always gives me great big hugs,

(Hug self)

She’s the best mom of them all!

 

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Maker Monday: S.T.E.M. Fun (Ages 5+) Snap Circuits

 

Explore circuits and build simple machines that will be dismantled after construction. Younger builders (age 5-7) should plan to build with a caregiver or older sibling.

Display as kids entering: electricity books (J537’s) and books on inventors/inventions (608s/609s)

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Discuss: what is electricity/how do we use it in our lives?

Demonstrate: static electricity (rub balloon on kid volunteer’s hair)

Read: Switch On, Switch Off by Melvin Berger.

(optional, if have the equipment – electrical wire, bar magnet & compass  -- do the experiment described on pages 10-13)

Diagram:  show how the circuit works – from source of power (battery in our kits/electrical outlet in your home/story above)  electricity flows through the circuit, powering the objects (light/fan/speaker) before returning to the battery.

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Mention that they will be experimenting with different circuits using our Snap Circuit kits. Demonstrate project #1

Tell them If they haven’t used these kits before, recommend that they do the projects in this sequence: Projects 1,3,4,15-21 (shown on board).  Follow the instructions and double-check before turning on switch.

Emphasize: Safety precautions (particularly if they you are doing other projects/experimenting):

  • Never attach any of the blue pieces across the battery terminals – can get a “short circuit” and burn out the battery
  • Never make a circuit that doesn’t go through some object to be powered (light/speaker/motor) – again short circuit!
  • Any project that uses the motor/fan has the RED ! box – if you don’t wear glasses, please come get eye protection first. (used plastic sheets because I didn’t have plastic goggles)

Teams – suggest 2-3 people in each group, 5-7 year-olds work with over 8s or adult.

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Take Home:  Potato electricity experiment sheet (photocopied from back page of Switch On, Switch Off by Melvin Berger.)

Monday, April 18, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  (21 kids/9 kits good ratio)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

School Age Storytime–Meadowlands

 

Storytime provided to begin second grade unit, did related storytimes for kindergarten & first grade classes.

Opened with “In the Almost Light” & “Morning Warming” (2nd & 1st grade – a little too challenging for the latter group), “Shhh they are sleeping” & “He” (Kdg)  – “puzzle poems”  from Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman, illustrated with woodcuts (explained technique) from Caldecott-award-winning artist Beth Krommes.  These are excellent for encouraging close listening to figure out what the poem is describing. (dew/grasshopper, rabbit/fox)  Introduced the concepts:  “condensation”  “evaporation”  “exoskeleton”  “predator/prey”
“alliteration” 

Kdg & 1st Grade sign language song: “Let’s Take a Little Walk Outside” from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs.

Kdg & 1st Grade:  At the Marsh in the Meadow by Jeanie Mebane – cumulative telling of the interconnected food chain
2nd Grade Meadowlands by Thomas Yeserski (+ booktalked & showed search & find pictures to the 1st & Kdg classes) The true story of the pollution and reclamation of these NJ wetlands. 400 years of history, Lenni Lenape, Dutch settlement, industrialization.

Sometimes, not enough water --  “drought”

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The Mud Family by Betsy James – when no rain comes to their village, a girl makes a mud family -  paint/sand illustrations – only had time to read to Kdg (booktalked to other classes)

Puppets/Storytelling:  The Frog: A Rainstick Story adapted from a Hopi Indian tale – source unknown.  (puppets: frog, owl, coyote/wolf, prop: rainstick) script here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-its-raining-its.html

Action: Rainstorm (directions: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-its-raining-its.html)

2nd Grade only: Bubba & Trixie by Lisa Campbell Ernst (a ladybug with a broken wing and a scaredy-cat caterpillar who wants nothing to change each help each other -- ran long, would skip next time)

Some classes (where time): “Letter to the Sun” and “Letter to the Rain” from Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow (ecosystem)

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, beautifully illustrated by Jon J. Muth (a city dog frolicking off-leash in a meadow makes a new friend in this gentle circle-of-life story of friendship, loss, and renewal.)

booktalked: An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy and A Butterfly is Patient – all by Dianna Hutts Aston

4/16 Bedm.

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