Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bird Story Time

It's the first week of school, and I'm excited and happy to be back at work in the library!

This year, we have both kindergarten and first-grade story time each day. I'm going to offer adaptations and multiple book choices because there is a very wide difference between what a 5- and a 6- year old is capable of understanding and doing. The story time lesson and format is the same. Enjoy! Please feel free to offer your own ideas below in comments or email me.

Welcome Song (To The Tune of London Bridge Is Falling Down)
Welcome to the library, library, library. (clap along)
Welcome to the library, please come inside and read. (clap, motion "inside" "read")
Finger Play: This is Big
Expectations: 4 finger-rules of the library
  • 1: Keep a quiet voice (1 finger to mouth like “shh”)
  • 2. Eyes on the story & speaker (make 2 with fingers, hold to eyes)
  • 3. Be sure to listen (3 fingers, big ears on either side of head)
  • 4. When we move in the library, use walking feet (4 fingers are the ground, other hand makes 2 fingers “walk.")

Mystery Bag: Stuffed bird that makes a bird call. The mystery bag gets passed around to all the students. Prompt them to think of words to describe the mystery object (hard/soft, light/heavy, bumpy/smooth, whatever comes to mind!)  

This stuffed animal was hilarious: when a child finally, accidentally, squeezed it hard enough to make its sound, he would JUMP in surprise! Then, all the other kids had to try to make the sound, too.

Word of the the Week
English: Bird
Spanish: Pajaro (PAH har row) (1st grade, notice similarity to parrot)
ASL: right hand as letter G, pinch twice to look like beak open/close

Resources:   Kevin Henkes’ BIRDS
*Jeremy Tankard GRUMPY BIRD
Jonathan Allen I’M NOT CUTE

Action Rhymes: Little Birds, Little Birds
Little Birds, Little Birds...
jump up and down
don’t make a sound
tip-toe to me
bend your knees
peep peep peep
sleep sleep sleep
fly to the leaves
sit down, please!

Finger Play: TWO LITTLE BLACKBIRDS (one video here.)

Song: 5 Little Ducks
5 little ducks went out one day, over the hill and far away
mother duck said quack quack quack quack
4 little ducks came running back
(repeat to...)
NONE of the 5 little ducks came back
Sad mother duck went out one day, over the hills and far away
Mother Duck said quack quack quack quack
And all 5 ducks came running back!

Imaginative Play:  
Remember, birds don’t have hands: pretend to be a bird…
splashing in a bird bath eating seeds at a feeder
building a nest flying south
feeding a baby bird sleeping in a nest

Extentions: Go Bird Watching!  Count.  Name colors.  Group by sizes.  Take pictures.
Collect feathers for class collage.