Thursday, September 18, 2014


Who doesn’t like pasta?  Today’s visit is a celebration of carbs in song, story, dance & craft.  Bet I know what you’ll want for dinner when this story time is over!

Bring students to carpet, get them settled.

Welcome Song (To London Bridge is Falling Down)

        Welcome to the library, library, library. Welcome to the library,
        Please come inside and read. 

        We’re glad to have you here today, here today, here today. 
        We’re glad to have you here today, today’s a special day.

Finger play: Wiggle Fingers (source: traditional)

Wiggle fingers, wiggle so.  Wiggle high, wiggle low.  Wiggle left, wiggle right, wiggle fingers OUT OF SIGHT!

Library Expectations:  “4 finger rules” of the library:
quiet (1 finger to mouth)
watch teachers (2 fingers to eyes)
listen to stories and directions (3 fingers cup ears)
and always walk (4 fingers make floor for 2 other walking fingers.)

Mystery Bag:  What’s inside the mystery box today?  The object inside the box will give us a clue what our story time is going to be about.  (Object this week is box of pasta)

Welcome.  Every week, when kindergarteners come to visit the library, we have a different theme.  We’ve had story times about the circus, pirates, and today our theme is pasta!  We’ll sing songs, do finger plays, read books (of course), tell jokes and do fun activities and all of them will be about one of our favorite foods.

Word of the Week: say it, syllabicate it TEACHER draws it in the air, invites students to “air write” with her. 

English:  Pasta
Spanish:  Pastas (pronounced like you would in English)

(sign language is a real language where people use their hands to communicate.)

 Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola  (Prentice-Hall, 1975.)

Before: A fable is a story where magical things can happen, like talking animals, geese that lay golden eggs, or in this case, a magical pot.  Listen for things that don’t really happen in real life in this story.  Those are the things that make it a fable.

During: Check for understanding of why Big Anthony can’t stop the pasta coming.

After:  What was the lesson Big Anthony learned? Do you think he’ll try to use that pasta pot again?

 Poem:  Spaghetti by  Jack Prelutsky 

Spaghetti! spaghetti! 
you're wonderful stuff, 
I love you, spaghetti, 
I can't get enough. 
You're covered with sauce 
and you're sprinkled with cheese, 
spaghetti! spaghetti! 
oh, give me some please.  (additional verses in published book or below.)

Before Reading:  Not only a poem, this is a clapping rhyme.

During Reading:  Read the poem.  Listen for rhyme, descriptive writing. 

After Reading: Find words that are onomatopoeia.

customer: Do you have spaghetti on your menu ?
waiter: No, I wiped if off.

SONG: If my arms were made of Spaghetti by Jim Gill on Jim Gill sings the sneezing song and other contagious tunes (1993, Jim Gill Music, Inc.)

Stand up and wiggle your body parts with this hilarious song!

 (This is probably in your public library’s collection, or you can also buy it online or listen to it on Pandora.)

More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman (Scholastic, 1993.)

Another funny rhyming story about pasta. 
Before reading: predict type of book (funny, animal characters)
During Reading:
After reading:

SONG:  On Top of Spaghetti:  chords at

This gives me a reason to bring my guitar to school, but you could do it a capella as well!

Pasta Necklaces.  Dye penne with food dye (all over the internet, but is where I looked.  They recommend hand sanitizer, but rubbing alcohol does the same thing.  Vinegar slightly less so but more economical.)

We made yarn w/masking tape tips like shoelaces, then taped the necklaces to the table so they wouldn’t get away from our junior jewelers.
Check out books from the K area.
Review: word of week and intent. 
Goodbye Song:
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Raise your hands up high.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Wave and say goodbye.

Other book resources:
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by Judi Barrett (Simon and Schuster, 1987.) (lots of text, may be better for 1st/2nd grade)
Noodleman the Pasta Superhero & Spaghetti Slurping Sewer Serpent : two titles I tried to get in time but didn’t come… maybe next year?

This Week’s TEKS:  1 (A) words represented by print
                                    1 (C) 1:1 correspondence word/print
                                    1 (F) Conventions of Print
                                    1 (G) Parts of A Book
                                    2 (B) Identify Syllables in spoken words
                                    3 (A) Identify common sounds letters represent
                                    4 (A) Identify what happens next based on cover, illustration
                                    4 (B) Ask & respond to questions about text
                                    6 (A) Identify elements of a story: setting character, key events
                                    6 (C) Recognize sensory details
                                    7      Poetry has regular beat, similar word sounds (rhyme, alliteration)
                                    8 (B) describe characters in a story and reasons for their actions
                                    10 (D) use titles/illustrations to make predictions about text
                                    10 (B) retell important facts in an expository text
18 (A)  use phonological knowledge to match sounds to letters
19 (A) ask questions of classwide interest (with adult assistance)
20 (A) gather evidence from provided text sources (with adult assistance)
                                    21 (A) listen attentively by facing speakers and asking questions
                                    21 (B) Follow oral directions that involve a short, related sequence of events
                                    RC(fig 19) (D)  make inferences based on cover, title, illustrations and plot
                                    RC(fig 19) (A) discuss purpose for reading & listening to various texts
RC(fig 19) (A) discuss purpose for reading or listening to various texts
                                    RC(fig 19) (B)  ask and respond to questions about texts

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