Thursday, September 26, 2013

Story Time Review

One Fish Two Fish 
Red Fish Blue Fish

Week two of our current story time session and we discussed fish. For our Jr. class we read Swimmy by Leo Lionni and Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins. For our older kids we added The Little Fish that Got Away by Bernadine Cook, A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer, and  One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. We also used the track Clam Shell Clap from the CD Fins and Grins by Johnette Downing and clapped along with the music. I made simple props for this song by printing and cutting out colored clam shells and adding a paper strap across the back. I could slip these "clam shells" onto my hands (see photo below).

With a whale printed and laminated for a prop and the flannel board I did the poem Five Little Fishies:
     Five little fishes heading for shore,
     Along came a whale (gulp)
     And then there were four!...etc.

We also used the flannel board to teach the kids the classic rhyme, Fishy Fishy in a Brook. For our Jr. class we did lots of tickle rhymes, lap bounce rhymes, and wiggle rhymes. For our older class we did a fun finger play called baby fish. It goes something like this--you start off using your finger and thumb to make a small fish mouth opening and closing.
     Baby fish, do-do, do-do, do-do (open and shut        fingers to the beat)
     Baby fish, do-do, do-do, do-do  (repeat)
    Follow with verses about Momma fish...(open           and shut hands)
    then Daddy fish...(open and shut arms)
    Lastly end with Giant Whale...(Extend arm and         leg to make a giant whale's mouth)
You could make up alternate verses about uncle fish, grandma fish, etc.

We used my magic fish prop, Mitch the Fish, that can change color when we say the poem. "I'm Mitch the Fish I swim and I swish and I can change color when I wish!" This simple prop is just a manila envelope with a cut out of a fish on the front side. It is laminated over so the fish is clear. The magic fish is pre-loaded with a variety of colored papers so when the children say the word "wish" and clap their hands, I pull a sheet out and reveal the next color. (see photo above)

For our craft we made a fish bowl. I had pre-copied an outline of a fish bowl shape onto card stock. Then the children colored in some water with blue, purple, grey, green and turquoise crayons. Then using some finger paints we painted our hand and made a couple of hand print fish complete with a googly eye. My favorite quote of the week came from one of our moms. "You are a brave woman using paint with all these kids!" she said. Luckily we had lots of parents willing to help and avoided any major paint related incidents.

We had a couple of take home worksheets for our older class. Funny Fish Same or Different matching and Match the Leaves that are the Same.

Next week:  Balloons (and another paint based project!)

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

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