Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pre-School Storytime: Shape Up!

 

Shape Up! A highly interactive storytime emphasizing shape awareness incorporating reading, singing, music and lots of full-body activity as well.

The Shape Song Singalong

Play Shape Song Swingalong (from book/cd below) as they come in.

Read: Lots of Dots – Frazier or Dot – Intriago  or 10 Black Dots – Crews – all good (Could consider doing a dot only storytime (adding The Dot by Reynolds & Dog’s Colorful Day--Dodd, Press Here --Tullet)

Song/Glove/Shapes:  “Where Is…?” (Tune: Where Is Thumbkin?) Credit: KidsSoup
Where is triangle? Where is triangle?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
(Circle, rectangle, square, diamond)

Shape Capers : Shake a Shape

Read: Shape Capers – Fallwell or Shapes that Roll – Nagel

Song: “Make a Circle, Draw a Square” (Tune: Oh My Darling Clementine) Best Kids Book Site
Make a circle, make a circle, draw it in the sky
Use your finger, use your finger, make it round as pie
Make a square, Make a square, make the lines so straight
Draw a square, draw a square, draw one or draw eight
Draw a triangle, draw a triangle, always start at the top
Make a tent, make a tent, use three lines and then stop!

Flannel: Mouse House (pieces and text directions here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2014/02/pre-school-storytime-mousing-around.html)

Mouse Shapes

Read: Mouse Shapes – Walsh or Go, Shapes, Go – Denise Fleming

Action song: Shape Song (lyrics by Carol – tune: “Put your finger in the air” --Give each child shapes to do the actions of the chant).

Put your square shapes in the air, in the air 2x
Hold it up and keep it high up there.
Put your square shapes in the air, in the air

2.Put your triangle shape on your back, on your back …Now lay it on your lap….
3.Hold your rectangle in your hand, in your hand …Now everyone please stand …
4.Put your circle on your toes, on your toes …Now hold it by your nose. …
5.Wave your diamond at the door …Now touch your diamond to the floor …
6.Put your pentagon on your ear…Now give a great big cheer…
7.Hold your star to the ground …Now everyone sit down

Or do: Action Song: Shape Hokey Pokey
Put your circle in, put your circle out
Put your circle in, and shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about! (Rectangle, circle, square)

Color Zoo

Read: Color Zoo – Ehlert or Color Farm (kept for “Farms” in the spring)

Singable Book: The shape song swingalong -- SteveSongs (have card with chorus in pictures), then acted it out. (could show enhanced CD using laptop & projector, also on youtube)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umu58RxNL7I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUu8vrPRrM4
Alternatively:
DVD Jig Along Shapes (2x – watch first then dance) Baby songs--ABC, 123, colors & shapes Jig Along Shapes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygJ1e5yZq6E&feature=fvwrel or  Shapes that surround you (young!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKTwb6VoMDI&feature=related or VHS: “Changes” on Five Stories for the Very Young

Hand Stamping/exit music:  Circle Game: Folk Music for Kids

Great suggestion from http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=3745: “talk about the differences between shapes with the children: the numbers of sides, the numbers of corners, the curves, all the things that help us tell one shape from another
Then, tell the parents, “When you talk about shapes with your child, they start to learn what features make them the same and different. Being able to tell the difference between a triangle and a circle is the same skill they will use to tell the difference between an “A” and an “O”! Talking with your children will help them get ready to read.”

BWL 12/12

SRC 2016: Craftacular Spectacular: Shape Up - Play with Shapes (Ages 3-6) Groove and move with stories and songs then craft your own shape art:
Play Shape Song Swingalong (from book/cd below) as they come in.
Read: Shape Capers – Fallwell
Song/Glove/Shapes:  “Where Is…?” (Tune: Where Is Thumbkin?)
Read: Mouse Shapes – Walsh
Flannel: Mouse House
Read: Color Zoo – Ehlert
Singable Book: The shape song swingalong
VHS: “Changes” on Five Stories for the Very Young
Craft:
make pictures from shapes – supplies: 11x18 cardboard, die-cut shapes, scrap construction paper, googly eyes, gluesticks, markers
Played The Circle Game: Folk Music for Kids (Music for Little Poeple) while kids crafting


 

Additional Book possibilities:

Shapes that Roll – Nagel
Which is round? Which is bigger? – Mineko Mamada (2014)
Wednesday – Anne Bertier – a square and a circle have fun playing together
Go, Shapes, Go – Denise Fleming (2014)  colorful shapes form themselves into a surprise monkey buddy for mouse.
Perfect Square – Hall
Press Here- Tullet
Squarehead – Ziefert
Brown Rabbit’s Shape Book – Baker
Bear in a Square – Blackstone (Board)
Ship Shapes – Blackstone -display only
Whoo? – Carter
Heart is like a zoo – Hall – (makes a great Valentine's Day craft)
Circle Dogs -- Henkes
Shapes Shapes Shapes – Hoban
Dog’s Colorful Day – Dodd (circles of color make a mess)

Additional Song Possibilities:

“I Can See Shapes” (Tune: London Bridge)
I can see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape
I can see a circle shape, how about you?
(Little square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)
Credit:
The Story Place

“Where Is…?” (Tune: Where Is Thumbkin?)
Where is triangle? Where is triangle?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
(Circle, rectangle, square, diamond)
Credit:
KidsSoup

http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/concepts/shapes.pdf

Shape Hokey Pokey
Put your circle in, put your circle out
Put your circle in, and shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about!
(Rectangle, circle, square)

Shape Song To the tune of London Bridge -- I provide shapes for each of the children and we hold up the corresponding shape for the part of the song. This idea is out of the mailbox magazine. http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/shapes/shapes_songs.htm

Two sides short and two sides long, two sides short, two sides long. Two sides short and two sides long,
We're a rectangle.

Our 4 sides are just the same, just the same, just the same, our four sides are just the same,
We're a square.

We've got three corners and three sides, see our sides with your eyes. We got three corners and three sides, We're a triangle.

We're as round as we can be, we can be, we can be. We're as round as we can be,
We're a circle.

My Favorite Shape Is a Circle

(Sung to My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
My favorite shape is a circle,
Because it's as round as can be.
The world is just full of circles,
So think hard and name one for me.
Bubble, bubble, The bubble's a circle for me, for me.
Bubble, bubble, The bubble's a circle, you see.

My favorite shape is a circle,
Because it's as round as can be.
The world is just full of circles,
So think hard and name one for me.
Pizza, pizza, The pizza's a circle you eat, you eat.
Pizza, pizza, The pizza's a circle you eat.

I Can Draw a Shape

Circles, rectangles, triangles, squares
There are so many shapes out there
Everywhere you look you'll see
Another shape. What will it be?
I can draw a circle.
How about you?
Make a circle like I do.
I can draw a square.
How about you?
Make a square like I do.
I can draw a rectangle.
How about you?
Make a rectangle like I do.
I can draw a triangle.
How about you?
Make a triangle like I do.

http://jackiemarrs.blogspot.com/2012/02/shapes-storytime.html

After the second book, we'll build a picture with flannel shapes, an idea from a Flannel Friday post from Mel's Desk. I'll give a couple of pieces to each child, we'll decide what to build, and each child will contribute her/his shapes to the picture where they make the most sense. 

After the third book, we'll play another circle song game I saw on Everything Preschool.  The shapes are just cut out of construction paper and laminated.  We'll sit in a circle with the shapes in the center, and the child who is "it" will walk around our circle as we sing, [to the tune of "Skip to My Lou"]
Lost my circle, what do I do?
Lost my circle, what do I do?
Lost my circle, what do I do?
What do I do, my darling?
Then the child will find the shape we've been singing about.  We'll repeat, substituting the names of the other shapes until we've found all of them, and for each verse a different child will be "it." http://cfkidslibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/07/shapes.html

3 comments:

  1. Awesome poems/Rhymes.
    Specially liked Shape Capers.
    Keep the good work going.
    Keep Updating
    Pre School

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  2. Hi Carol! I am over here looking for shape ideas for a NON-baby storytime, can you believe it? So happy I get to work with the big kids next week, and so happy to see some links to Mel's Desk here among all these great ideas. Thanks so much for this post, it's been super helpful!

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