I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. As always, thank you for hosting, Kacey!
First we read the story and talked about all the characters- and the different words the author used for sleepy. It's a great book for vocabulary and synonyms. The children were really familiar with the characters (Snoring Granny, Dreaming Child, Dozing Dog, Snoozing Cat, Slumbering Mouse, Wakeful Flea) after reading the story, because it repeats the pattern so much. I had the class get into groups of 5 and one group of 6. You could even have 7 in a group and have one be the bed and one be the flea. Each child drew one character on a 3X5 card with a magnet on back. One child was the Wakeful Flea. I put a tiny pompom on double sided tape for the flea.
Each group practiced their play to perform for the class. I was the narrator, but the children said their character name as they placed it on the magnetic board when it was their turn. They also took their character off after the Wakeful Flea woke everyone up. They had so much fun with this!
I videotaped each group. As one group performed, the others were the fabulous audiences. Here are some pictures of their characters:
This The Napping House Craftivity is free from 2 Super Teachers at their TPT store! This would be a great activity to do to reinforce and review the story. The children could write about their favorite character to go along with it.
We read so many books about snow this week. One of my favorites, and a great one to get children thinking and talking about what they like to do in the snow, is Snow, by Cynthia Rylant. We read this, and then wrote about three things we like to do in the snow.
I found this little snowflake stencil book that I had gotten years ago. I think I got it from AC Moore, but any craft store usually has these little Dover Activity Books, very cheap. I thought it would be a fun day to sponge paint some snowflakes. I liked these stencils because they are a heavier, shiny card stock that worked well with paint. The kids had so much fun. I could even wipe them off with a baby wipe after we used them, and they looked good as new for next year.
Mrs. T's First Grade made these pretty painted snowflakes- sort of the opposite of mine. She put down a snowflake and had the children sponge paint over them, and then removed the snowflake. I love her snowflakes, too! I like the different color backgrounds.
Last year, I shared lots and lots of ideas and TPT freebies to go with Jan Brett's The Mitten, or any mitten story. If you know me, you know I like to have everything together in one place so I can go back and know where things are. So if you are looking for mitten ideas, here you go!
Of course I found a couple new mitten ideas that I needed to share with you, too. I thought this mitten was so cute! I never found the actual source. It was on funny pictures.picphotos.net... not sure why. But we can figure out how to do it. Isn't it sweet?
I also loved this idea from Totally Tots. It's mitten printing with a lonely mitten who has lost its mate. We ALL have those. The kids would get such a kick out of that. I am going to have a mitten painting area and a glove painting area, because I always have each child write an opinion paper about which they like best- gloves or mittens, and WHY. So, instead of illustrating this writing activity, we will be mitten/glove painting to go with the writing. Quick and easy!
Finally, this was on my desk Monday morning from my little character. It's now hanging up beside my desk as one of my favorite things. He has come SO FAR this year, from no letters, no writing, non-stop moving- to hearing those sounds and writing that sweet note. It was definitely one of my favorite five of the week. (Yes, he is the one in the first week of school who informed me that he had just seen his old preschool teacher at the store, and how she was the BEST TEACHER EVER, after I had to make him sit and think about something he had done to someone else in the class... so this may be a note to butter me up - but... it totally worked. <3 )
Have a happy, healthy weekend. Thank you for stopping by!