Friday, September 30, 2011

5th Grade Class Visit, 9/30

I have procrastinated all day on posting about my tenth and last library program of  the week. This was my biweekly visit from the 5th grade class at the Catholic school next door to the library. I'm planning to do more activities with them as the year wears on, but until I have some prep time, I've just been reading to them. And they love it.
Today, I started off with Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black and Kevin Hawkes (2009), but it was not nearly as big a hit as I expected. The teacher thought it was hilarious and laughed with me, but the class - 9 boys and 2 girls - wrinkled their noses and told me I was gross. And let me tell you, there is a certain amount of shame that comes with fifth grade boys thinking my butt jokes are disgusting!

But we moved right on to the second book I picked out, Spot the Plot by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (2009), and they absolutely loved it! The book is a series of clues, written as poems, that suggest different well-known children's books. I made sure to have a copy of each of the books mentioned on hand, so that when they guessed right, I could hold up that title, and when they were stumped - as they were by Tacky the Penguin and Ferdinand  - they could see the books they didn't know. All of the kids were involved and engaged and the teacher loved the concept!

Next time, I'm hoping to introduce the group to some reader's theater. I've got a couple of scripts in mind, I just have to make sure they'll work for 11 kids. And I've got two weeks to work on that.

Baby/Toddler Lap Time, 9/30

Opening Song: Hello, how are you? 

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big (twice)

Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers (twice)

Book: Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert (2011)
This book has everything - big, bold colors, counting, and rhyming text. The group was restless today, but a lot of little eyes grew wider when they saw the images in this book.

Song: Flutter, Flutter Butterfly (a cappella with butterfly puppet)

Song: You Are My Sunshine (a cappella with sun puppet)

Song: I'm a Little Teapot

Song: Head and Shoulders

Book: Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes (2010)
I love the simple, yet evocative language in this book. And the illustrations include everything I love about Fall!

Song: One Little Finger

Song: Tommy Thumb

Flannel Board Rhyme: Five Little Squirrels
Five little squirrels sitting by the door,
One ran away and then there were four.
For little squirrels climbing up a tree,
One ran away and then there were three.
Three little squirrels with coats so new.
One ran away and then there were two.
Two little squirrels warming in the sun,
One ran away leaving only one.
One little squirrel wasn't having any fun,
He ran away and then there were none.
 [Source]

Song: The Wheels on the Bus (Raffi) 

Song: ABCD Medley

Song: Chickadee 

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This

A full description of this, and all my weekly story time programs can be found here.

Pre-K Class Visit, 9/30


Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
 
Song: If You'd Like to Read a Book
Book: Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (2000)
I have to stop trying to make this book work. The kids just looked bored. 


Rhyme: Blue is the Lake


Book: Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry, Hiroe Nakata (2010)
The other Pre-K group with whom I shared this book really enjoyed it, but this group didn't engage with it as well.

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

Song: Hands Are For Clapping 

Flannel Board Rhyme: Five Little Apples
 (I did  the version with the animals, not with the angry wind.)

Song: ABCD Medley

Goodbye Song:
 We Wave Goodbye Like This

Flannel Friday: Fall Post #3: Leaves

In September, I've been focusing on squirrels and apples. Now that we're heading into October, I'll be adding in some leaves, wind, and pumpkins.

As usual, please excuse the bad photography. My phone doesn't have a great camera, and I am not a great picture taker!

Five little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing about on a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
And one little leaf came tumbling down.

Four little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing about on a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
And one little leaf came tumbling down.

 Three little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing about on a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
And one little leaf came tumbling down.

Two little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing about on a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
And one little leaf came tumbling down.

 One little leaf so bright and gay,
Was dancing about on a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
And that last little leaf came tumbling down.


My toddlers love it when I lift anything up high, and let it fall to the floor. Babies like to watch, too!

The clip art I used for my leaves is here: leaves clipart.pdf

Here are some more possibly rhymes to use with flannel board leaves:

Five little leaves in the autumn breeze, tumbled and rumbled in the through the trees.
The first little leaf said "I am red - I shall rest in a flower bed"
The second little leaf, the orange one, said "Turn me over, I'm on my head."
The third little leaf said "I am yellow - I'm a happy go lucky fellow."
The fourth little leaf said "I am still green - I am part of the summer scene"
The fifth little leaf said "I am gold - I'm a sign it's getting COLD!" 
[Source]

Five little leaves on the tree next door
One fell off and then there were four
Four little leaves all over the tree
One fell off and then there were three
Three little leaves where the wind blew
One fell off and then there were two
Two little leaves sitting in the sun
One fell off and then there was one
One little leaf in the tree all alone
The wind blew and blew now there are none!
[Source, Credit]


Four little leaves hanging from a tree,
Looking as lovely as can be.
Whoosh went the wind and one leaf said,
“Ill meet you on the ground. I’m the color RED.”
Three little leaves hanging from a tree,
Looking as lovely as can be.
Whoosh went the wind and another fell down.
This little leaf was the color BROWN.
Two little leaves hanging from a tree,
Looking as lovely as can be.
Whoosh went the wind. Oh my, it was cold!
Another leaf fell. It was the color GOLD.
One little leaf hanging from a tree,
Looking as lovely as can be.
Whoosh went the wind and the leaf started to sway,
But it was still GREEN, so it had to stay !
[Source]

I've missed the last two Flannel Fridays, but it's nice to be back! If you still need more ideas for Fall, I've also got posts about apples and squirrels.

This week's Flannel Friday host is Sharon over at Rain Makes Applesauce. Previous posts are gathered by Anne at So Tomorrow, as well as on Pinterest. Happy weekend, everyone!
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