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3/23/08 11:29 P

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Do you always use a book...Jay O Callahan's oral stories are fantastic... my long time favorite is Herman and Margarite..when the worms literally shake the earth... he has so many wonderful stories for all ages.

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3/22/08 5:26 P

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We use the Hungry Caterpillar story a lot as it has so many good concepts in it - counting, food categories, science... Also, I have all the props made for the story so that the caterpillar can eat through the different foods and we can count them as they are put on the caterpillar. Then I have the puppet that turns into a butterfly and comes out of it's paper bag cocoon/chrysalis.
I like Make Way for Ducklings too.

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3/22/08 5:20 P

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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey is an older book, so it is not as bright colored as today's books, but the story is just right.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Classic! Caterpillar eats its way to being a butterfly.

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3/22/08 3:19 P

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Thanks. I will check with our library to see if they already have those books and then suggest they add them to their order list if they do not.

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3/22/08 2:04 P

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8 O'Cluck by Jill Creighton and Pierre-Paul Pariseau

another book the little guys love is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson There is also a Gruffalo Activity book. I believe she just wrote another book called The Gruffalos Child, but I haven't bought that one yet.

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3/20/08 8:55 P

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Who is the author of "8 O'Cluck" ? It sounds like fun! The Kindergarten teachers always come and read to our preschool classes in the spring as part of their transition plan. They like to read memorable books, and that sounds like it would qualify.
Are their any other books related to spring that you would suggest?

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I just read 8'O Cluck to the Kindergarten and 1st year students..they howled with laughter at the half photograph, half drawn illustrations.... then we played the game...What's the time Mr. Wolf?..... you should have heard them scream and run when I said....DINNER TIME!

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3/14/08 6:38 P

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For younger students there is "When A Pet Dies" by Fred Rogers. (This has been dealt with in my classroom this year as a pet who visited our classroom during pet week died a few weeks later and we had pictures of the pet visiting and being petted by the students. The child who owned the pet said she was glad to have the pictures but it made her sad to look at them. That started a lot of conversation).
Also: a correction. I think I mentioned a book before and called it "The Giant Turnip" when it should have been "The Enormous Turnip" It's a great Story and fun to act out..

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Oh, yeah, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Viorst is PERFECT for older kids if a pet dies.
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Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
both by Judith Viorst
Almost anything by Chris Van Allsburg
e.g. The Polar Express, Jumanji, Two Bad Ants
These (Viorst & CVA) are picture books that older kids get a lot out of as well.
The CVA books are mostly for older kids, but a few, like The Polar Express at Christmas, are magical for little kids too, so look them over first.
Get a big jingle bell and put it on a ribbon, and the kids will totally think it is the bell in the story. I always let the youngest child ring it whenever bells are mentioned, because you see, the younger you are, the more you believe. For extra fun, make put like you can't hear the bell, because adults aren't supposed to hear it. The audio recording of the text is worth it, what with all the bells and train whistles, etc.
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3/14/08 9:06 A

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Here is the website for the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie games etc. http://kidscrafts.suite101.com/blog.cfm/ma
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3/13/08 9:10 P

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This is great for getting new ideas! Some books that I have never heard of before have been mentioned and I will check them out. We had fun with "The Doorbell Rang" today and acting it out with cardboard cookies and then making sets with cookie crisp cereal cookies since we are to learn the math vocabulary of "most", "less" and "fewer".
For sequencing my class enjoyed "The Napping House". They retold the story using the pieces on the flannel board as well as taped to the sides of graduated sizes of blocks. (That was fun as it can be knocked over when acting out the bed breaking). We will also do "The Wind Blew" soon. It is great for sequencing too. I use the Mailbox magazine (preschool level) for some of my ideas and patterns, and sometimes just for sparking more ideas.

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Right off the top of my head my favourites are: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Mitten, The Mixed Up Chameleon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and One Grey Mouse. I usually do an online search first for printables for the story. Sometimes this gets games and matching activities you can print and laminate. For the book One Grey Mouse my activities were rhyming matching-I found in a book that had one word on a cat and the rhyming word on a mouse and I made a set for each child to take home. Sometimes I print the words on recipe cards and print letters on clothespins for the kids to match. I also try to cover other areas if I can stretch the book that far-like matching numbers etc. If the book has a main character like a mouse I will find as many activities as I can that use that character to do letter matching etc.
I am on holidays right now but I will bring home my binder that I keep my story time stuff in I will have some other ideas.
I also use fairy tales (I have a great book with the puppet patterns in for some). I work in activities with sequencing too so the kids would glue pieces onto a strip of paper in the sequence of the story (like the hungry caterpillar.)
I think that's it for now. This was a great idea! I love sharing!

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3/13/08 8:00 P

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Oh Yes Tracy please do share. I teach upper elementary too, but it's amazing how they still love the books they read when they were younger.

My favorite is still Rainbow Fish....we made his scales out of sequins.... beautiful... even the 6th graders wanted to make one.

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TRACY381 - please share what you already have. I'd love to see how you develop activities for different stories. I'll be working with upper-elementary kids but sometimes the preschool planning can trigger (or be adapted into) activities for the older kids!!!

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Chicka-Chica-Boom-Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambolt and Lois Ehlert
Kids love to chant along with this story about Capital Letter parents and their lower case children

Fun Alphabet Game I would do this when they were stuck standing in line for a bit.
Pick a theme (animals are good for younger kids).
First child names animal starting with A, next child an animal starting with B, etc. Good practice in initial letter sounds. The younger kids would need more help, but I think that they can do it if you give them the sound of the letter as well as the name.
Sing the alphabet song.
If you can have Alpha-bits for a snack (is it healthy enough) they can pick out letters as they eat them.
Activity at home - put cut out or magnatized alphabet letters in a row with mom or dad or older sibling

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will be on the lookout for these books. In the job that I do I am not considered a "teacher" (and I do not have a university degree-I have my Early Childhood Education diploma) but we do programs that are for ages 0-6years that would prepare children for entry to school. So when I do a story time the program must be at least an hour long and I like to sing a welcoming song or two, read the story and then have time for the children to complete some crafts and do some early literacy activities and games. It is sometimes difficult to build all of that around favorite stories though but having said that I do have 10 or so that I have built around thanks to some great online resources. The problem is when you are doing this 2-3 times a week you quickly go through your favourite stories and themes that go together so basically I'm just looking for some ideas of books I haven't heard of or tried and some new resource books that have ideas of games and activities that would be considered literacy based. Thanks again for the book ideas and sorry for the long post.

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Our younger students love The Gruffalo...I forget the author...I'll look at school tomorrow.
The text has lots of repetition so that the K and 1st's
actually recite the text every time it comes up.

The others that everyone loves....(even the older students love to hear these again) is Lily's Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes as well as Chrysanthemum and the one about Julius's blanket.

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Today I read "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" because we have been talking about the weather, They have made a weather chart (on a paper plate) with a dial/hand to point to the weather of the day. We also charted our favorite kind of weather. I also incorporated the concept of opposites into the lesson.
Tomorrow I will be reading "The Doorbell Rang" and we will sing "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" and make sets of cookies (paper) and also real (if I get to the store to get some cookie crisp cereal). We will work on learning the math vocabulary of More/less most/fewer.
Do you have Content Standards to meet with your lesson plans and stories?

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I am a little sketchy about what you want (aren't all picture books in a story time format?). Do you want stories about telling stories?
The only one that comes to mind for that would be Something From Nothing by Paulette Bourgeois (spelling?) Check out the mice in the borders, because it is another story in pictures.
There is sewing clothing in the story so you could have sewing style or basket-woven crafts with paper.

I love anything by Lois Ehlert for this age group, but A Pair of Socks would be really good for building early number concepts (a pair, a dozen, etc.) that could make a cool take home activity. Also the art in her books is made from different textures and colors of paper glued together, so it could lead to a great art project.
There is one about birds, another about gardens, check out a few if you can.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown would be another story about a story.
Her book The Runaway Bunny is also good, I think.

I don't know if this was what you were looking for, but I tried.
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This was originally posted by TRACY381

I would like suggestions for preschool to kindergarten books that are easily adapted to a story time format. Also any suggestions for resource books that deal with story time. I am looking at an hour of time so I like to have a couple of crafts and some other literacy based activities that the parents could carry over at home. Thanks for your ideas.


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