We’ll share a story about the Empire State Building then build our very own skyscrapers.
As kids entered, they browsed books on structures and NYC – titles from: School Age Storytime: On this Spot: New York City & The Empire State Building–A Trip Through Time and “What’s K’NEX’t?”
Asked who had visited NYC?
Read: Top Job by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (6-10 group only) (After other students in the class brag about their parents’ professions, narrator explains about her father’s job – changing the lightbulb on the top of the Empire State Building! -- Lots of math problem possibilities – fun to work out how tall the building is. Trivia: Please Touch Museum image of Statue of Liberty Torch made from toys!)
Read: Sky Boys – Deborah Hopkinson (both groups -- tough for the 3 & 4 year olds, 5+ next year) (Going back in time 80+ years to see the amazing story of how the “Sky Boys” built the Empire State Building – lots more math here (e.g. translating tons into pounds yields an enormous number!)
Booktalk: On this Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time J574.71 Goodman, Ding Dong Ding Dong by Margie Palatini, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein, showed Sector 7 by David Wiesner.
Shared pictures, some poerms and structures from: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale
Craft: Mini marshmallows and spaghetti to create structures. Had them build on the 12x18 B&T cardboards, muffin cups to distribute marshmallows.. (Mini-marshmallows went a long way 5 bags for 80 kids! + 3 lbs. of spaghetti). This is a tricky craft for the pre-schoolers (though fun- they love to nibble the marshmallows). Straws and Connectors are easier for them to handle.