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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine Songs, Fingerplays and Feltboard Poems

Feltboard lightbulb moment: 
I use my feltboard quite a bit. We use it to act out fingerplays and tell stories. I have several in my class, and they are always in use! The other day, I needed to use one during small group and they were all in use. One of the kids had moved the heart shapes that were on the board over to a carpet square before using the board. I couldn't find an available board but realized the carpet square worked great! It provided just the right amount of traction for the felt! We used it and I think we'll probably use it often! 

Often what starts out as a fingerplay ends up being used on the feltboard or dramatized by my students. They love to have "parts" and frequently I'll have to do a single fingerplay several times so everyone can have a turn! Today, I'm sharing some of the Valentine's Day fingerplays we do in class.

Please note: most of these are poems and fingerplays that I have been doing for years. I may have gotten them in teacher magazines, online or from other teachers. The authors, if known, were lost along the way. If you are the author of one of these, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! 

Five Little Hearts
Five little hearts, all in a row
The first one said, "I love you so."
The second one said, "Will you be my Valentine?"
The third one said, "I will, will you be mine?"
The fourth one said, "I'll always be your friend."
The fifth one said, "We'll all be friends until the very end."

Five Little Valentines Waiting At The Store
Five little valentines waiting at the store.
_________ bought one and then there were four.
Four little Valentines shaped like a "V."
_________ bought one and then there were three.
Three little Valentines said "I love you."
_________ bought one then there were two.
Two little Valentines, this was so much fun
_________ bought one and then there was one.
One little Valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt so sorry for it, so I bought it for myself! 

Five Pretty Valentines
Five pretty valentines with lace galore,
I gave one to__________,
And then there were four.
Four pretty valentines so lovely to see,
I gave one to __________,
And then there were three.
Three pretty valentines, made for each of you
I gave one to ___________,
And then there were two.
Two pretty valentines having so much fun,
I gave one to____________,
And then there was one.
One little valentine
waiting for a special someone
I gave it to____________,
And then there were none.

Five Little Valentines
One little valentine said, "I love you!"
_________ made another; then there were two
Two little valentines, one for you and me;
_________made another; then there were three.
Three little valentines said, "We need more."
_________ made another; then there were four
Four little valentines, one more to arrive;
_________ made another; then there were five.
Five little valentines, all ready to say:
"Please, be my valentine on this happy day!"

Five Little Valentines Having A Race
Five little valentines were having a race.
The first little valentine was frilly with lace.
The second little valentine had a funny face.
The third little valentine said, "I love you!"
The fourth little valentine said, "I do, too!"
The fifth little valentine was sly as a fox.
He ran the fastest to your valentine box.

Five Valentines 
Five cheerful valentines from the corner store
I gave one to ____________; now I have four.
Four cheerful valentines, pretty cards to see
I gave one to ____________; now I have three.
Three cheerful valentines with flowers pink and blue
I gave one to ____________; now I have two.
Two cheerful valentines-my story's almost done.
I gave one to ______________; now I have one.
One cheerful valentine-one and only one 
I gave it to _______________; now I have none.

Five big valentines from the corner drug store;
I mailed one to __________,  then there were four
four big valentines, so lovely to see;
I mailed one to __________, then there were three
Three big valentines, red, shiny, and new;
I mailed one to __________, then there were two
Two big valentines, the best is yet to come;
I mailed one to __________, then there was just one
One big valentine, the story’s almost done;
I mailed one to __________, now there are none.

Will you be my Valentine? 
While the group sits in a circle, one child walks around the inside of the circle while the rest of the group sing the song. He picks a special friend to dance with. At the end the friend that gets picked chooses a new friend to start until everyone has had a turn to have a partner.
(tune: London Bridges)
Who will be my Valentine, Valentine, Valentine? 
Who will be my Valentine, 
On Valentine's Day? 
__________ will be your Valentine, Valentine, Valentine. 
__________ will be your Valentine, 
On Valentine's Day!

Do You Know My Valentine? 
(tune: The Muffin Man)
Do you know my Valentine,
My valentine, my valentine?
Do you know my Valentine?
His/her name is _____________.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

A"peeling" Fun With Apples

Last week, we learned all about apples. We managed to work in lessons that met standards in all our domains.

I told the story of "Little Bear's Star", and cut the apple to demonstrate the "star" inside. (See pics of the flannelboard pieces here.) We let the cut apples dry out a bit, then used them in our art center for apple printing.

We used watercolors to paint apple outlines and used collage materials to decorate apple shapes.

On another day, cookie cutters and paint were laid out to make treetops for apple trees in art center.

Our life cycle booklet helped us understand the stages in the apple life cycle. We glued an apple seed to a little dirt for the first square. The next two life cycle squares gave us lots of fine motor practice, by cutting tree shapes from green and brown construction paper. We added crumpled pink tissue for apple blossoms and and finally, for the last square, an apple die cut shape for the "apple".

We wondered if apples would sink or float, then tested to see if apples of different colors had the same floating properties. For a little added fun, each student picked a small classroom item to test to see if it, too, "floated like an apple".

There were several fun games available in our math center. In one game, children rolled the dice or drew cards (depending on the focus skill needed) to place the correct number of red pom pom apples on the apple tree.

In another game, they placed the correct number of chenille stem worms on the apple.


For this version of the game, they matched the worms to the number on the apple. Also, instead of chenille stem worms, these little lure worms from the bait & tackle section of our local store provided extra sensory sensations. They are wiggly and fun!


I found these little apple wreath decorations that were perfect for sorting and one-to-one correspondence in our ice trays.

We measured ourselves and our friends in apple units to see "how many apples tall" we were.

After reading "10 Apples Up on Top", we made our own version  of the book for counting practice and then practiced balancing apples on our heads.

We taste tested a variety of apples, had apple slices with caramel for snack and made applesauce in the crockpot.

In our language and literacy, we talked about our apple observations and mad a Venn diagram of our findings. We also made several chart stories, including writing a recipe about how we made our applesauce.

On Friday, Johnny Appleseed visited our class to read to us at circle. I can't believe the kids weren't fooled--they knew it was me the entire time, but they played along anyway! (And I thought I was so convincing!)


The Fruit Stand we set up dramatic play was a big hit. The kids loved playing there and pretending to sell fruit!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Polar Pal Literacy Activities

Our Polar Pal unit is a lot of fun and affords us a vehicle to introduce many social studies, science and math activities. We also work in many fun literacy activities.

Writing In Snow
We practiced writing letters and our names in "snow" (shaving cream) on the tables. My tables were in need of a good cleaning so this activity was beneficial in more ways than one!

Morning Message
Several of our Morning Messages have been written to coincide with our theme. This is a good way for the children to see the writing process in action and practice important literacy skills.

Flannelboard Fun
We use our flannelboard quite a bit. It is such a great literacy tool and allows the children to retell favorite stories and fingerplays on their own.

One of our favorites is the hibernation story of "The Bear and the Mountain"

I also tell the origin, or "just-so" story of "How Mr. Fox Got His Red Coat".

Hibernation Rhyming Game
We play a rhyming game where the children pretend to be bears hibernating. As they lay "sleeping", I say two words. If they rhyme, the bears "wake up". If the words don't rhyme, the bears stay asleep.

Bears on an Iceburg
Ms. Debbie over at Once Upon A Day In Preschool wrote this great post about Bears On Boats incorporating math and language skills in a fun small group activity.

Since we were learning that polar bears often travel on iceburgs, I tweaked the idea a little bit to fit fit our theme. We rolled the dice and placed that number of bears on an iceburg (wooden block), then told a story to the group about where the bear was going. This was a fantastic way to incorporate math and language development in one short small group activity!

Writing a Fairy Tale
We've read many fairy tales since our school year began and have compared many versions of stories like "Cinderella", "The Gingerbread Man", "The Three Bears" and "The Three Little Pigs". We've also been learning about story components such as setting, characters, problem, feelings and solution. We've used a "story stick" to discuss several stories and their elements.

As we began our fairy tale, it was easy for the children to stay on track, since they understood the important elements that should be included. We started the story on the whiteboard and after it was complete, I transcribed it onto chart paper. Our story:

Pre-K Polar Bear Fairy Tale
 Once upon a time there was a baby polar bear. He ran away from his mommy. He went out to catch some fish. He missed his family and wanted to go back home.  He finally met a Snow Princess. She said, "I can help you find your home. Follow me!" The polar bear followed the Snow Princess all the way home. He was so happy to see his mom and dad. He told the Snow Princess "thank you".   
The End

Polar Pal Books
These are the books we've read this week.

Alaska's Three Bears (Last Wilderness Adventure)Sitka RoseThe Alaska Mother Goose: North Country Nursery Rhymes (Last Wilderness Adventure)Kiana's Iditarod (Last Wilderness Adventure)SwimmerAlaska ABC Book (Last Wilderness Adventure)Moose Racks, Bear Tracks, and Other Alaska KidSnacksFrog GirlStorm BoyThe Salmon Princess: An Alaska Cinderella Story [SALMON PRINCESS -OS]The Three Snow BearsSnow BearOokpik the Artic OwlPolar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?. by Bill Martin, JR.How One Little Polar Bear Captivated The World (Knut)Polar Bear Night (New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit TaleLittle Polar Bear and the Husky PupLittle Polar BearAnimal Babies in Polar LandsThe Big Fish: An Alaskan FairytaleSong of SednaRaven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific NorthwestWatersNORTHERN LULLABY.The Girl Who Swam with the Fish: An Athabascan LegendDance on a SealskinA Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego ZooIf You Give a Moose a Muffin Big Book (If You Give...)Frozen NosesPenguin PetePenguin Pete's New FriendsPenguin Pete and Pat

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