Thursday, September 26, 2013

School Age Storytime: What's In A Name?

What's in a Name?
School Age Storytime (K-4th)
Concepts include world languages, vocabulary development,
immigration, aging, empathy, classic stories & imagination

Book: Matthew A.B.C. -- Peter Catalanatto (class chock full of Matthews introduces interesting vocabulary e.g. "affectionate," "incognito," and "perpetually perplexed!")

Polled group "Who speaks another language at home?"
Book: My Name is Yoon -- Helen Recorvits (Korean girl moving to America adapting to new school & language) and/or  My Name is Sangoel -- Karen Lynn Williams (Refugee boy from Sudan comes up with a clever way to help his classmates remember his unusual name) (Both books on the immigrant experience help build empathy in American-born children.)

Guessing Game Book: Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog  -- Jon Agee (children guess the composite names formed by mixing an animal with an object e.g. "alarmadillo" -- used a few of these puzzles between each book read -- great for imagination and vocabulary development)

Classic Folk Tale Book: Tikki Tikki Tembo -- Arlene Mosel (children loved chantable portion -- listening skills, music) or Rumpelstiltskin - Paul Zelinsky (booktalk: Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter - Diane Stanley -- Common Core: comparing versions of a story)

Song: John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (classic folk song -- clapping rhythm reduction -- each time through clap an additional line in rhythm instead of saying the words -- building listening skills)

"someone else with 4 names:"
Book: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge - Mem Fox (A small boy discovers the meaning of memory to help an elderly friend who is losing hers -- gorgeous book on aging and empathy.)

Additional book possibilities:
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes, Horace & Morris & Mostly Delores - James Howe, Cleversticks - Bernard Ashley,  story "Too Many Daves" from The Sneetches -- Dr. Seuss, Silly Sally - Wood, Neville -- Norton Juster, There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan -- Mary Ann Hoberman (singable), Spork -- Kyo Maclear, A  Porcupine Named Fluffy -- Helen Lester, Waggle --Sarah McMenemy, A is for Musk Oxen -- Erin Cabatingan

Flannel song possibilities: BINGO, Aikendrum -- Raffi
Additional music: "The Name Game" from A Child's Celebration of Rock & Roll.

Bedm. 9/2013


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