Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Storytime About Forest Animals

Toddlers Read Alouds

Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
I'm NOT Cute!  by Jonathan Allen
Night-Night, Forest Friends by Annie Bach
One Sleepy Night by Sebastian Braun
Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
Who's in the Forest?  by Phillis Gershator

Preschool Read Alouds

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
Looking for a Moose by Phillis Root
Look Out, Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek
Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books that Translate into Flannel and/or Puppet Stories

Forest Tracks by Dee Dee Duffy
Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods by Mary Quattlebaum
Ouch! by  Ragnhild Scamell  
Tail of the Little Skunk by Marsha Diane Arnold

Five Little Squirrels (Tune of: Five Little Ducks)

One little squirrel went out to play
Up in a tree on a sunny day
He had such enormous fun,
That he called for another little squirrel to come.

(Keep counting up until you get to five...)

Five little squirrels went out to play
Up in a tree near the end of the day
They had such enormous fun,
Then they all scurried home because the night had come

If You’re Ever in the Forest  (Tune of: Did You Ever See A Lassie?)

If you’re ever in the forest,
The forest, the forest,
If you’re ever in the forest,
You might see a fox.

Runs this way, and that way
And this way and that way,
If you’re ever in the forest,
You might see a fox.

 Repeat with other animals:
  • bear… growls this way and that way … 
  • squirrel… climbs this way and that way … 
  • rabbit… hops this way and that way...

I Went for a Walk in the Woods One Day

I went for a walk in the woods one day.
I saw a (mouse) across the way!
And what do you think that (mouse) did say?
(Squeak!)

Repeat with other animals and sounds. 

There’s Something in the Forest

There’s something in the forest - what can it be?
There’s something in the forest that I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound....

Repeat with other animals:
  • Growl, growl – a BEAR is what I’ve found! 
  • Squeak, squeak - a MOUSE is what I found!

Walking through the Forest

Walking through the forest, and what did I see?
A big brown bear was growling at me!

Walking in the forest and what did I see?
A little gray squirrel was swishing its tail at me!

Repeat with other animals:
  • A little brown bunny was hopping by me
  • A pretty blue bird was flying by me
  • A fluffy white owl was flying by me 

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Storytime Topics Available on Storytime Source Page


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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Storytime About Food


Denise Fleming's Lunch as a puppet and flannel story

Toddler Read Alouds

Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Hi, Pizza Man by Virginia Walter
Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Lunch by Denise Fleming
Mmm... Let's Eat by Libby Kopenen -- great NEW book
Too Pickley by Jean Reidy
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore

Preschool Read Alouds

Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Eats by Matha Jocelyn
Gobble It Up by Jim Arnosky
Go Go Grapes by April Pulley Sayre
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Little Apple Goat by Caroline Church
Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack by Lyn McFarland
Snack Time for Confetti by Kali Stileman
Soup for One by Ethan Long
Today is Monday by Eric Carle
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?  by Karen Beaumont

School Age Read Alouds

Bad Apple by Edward Hemingway
Burger Boy by Alan Durant
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Little Sweet Potato by Amy Beth Bloom
Pie Went By by Carolyn Dunn
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
Thelonius Monster's Sky High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra
Too Many Cooks by Margaret McNamara
Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler
Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff
Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Flannel, Puppet and Prop Stories

Big Carrot
Flip Flap Jack
Very Hungry Caterpillar    

Fruit Props

I like _________, how about you?
Let's eat and eat 'til the day is through!
Okay, kids, we've had enough -
It's time to eat some other stuff!
(repeat with different food props)

“Rabbit Loves Carrots”

Duck likes bread and dog likes bones… but rabbit loves carrots!
Repeat with other animals, and have Toddlers feed rabbit a carrot at the end

Five Red Strawberries Flannel

Five red strawberries, sweet to the core,
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree,
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you,
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun,
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One red strawberry, left all alone,
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

Let’s Go and Pack a Picnic

 (Tune: Bear Went Over the Mountain)

Let’s go and pack a picnic
Let’s go and pack a picnic
Let’s go and pack a picnic
So we’ll have food to eat

Who will bring the chicken?
Who will bring the chicken?
Who will bring the chicken?
So we’ll have food to eat

Repeat with:
• Who will bring the cupcakes?
• Who will bring the watermelon?
• Who will bring the lemonade?

We all went on a picnic
We all went on a picnic
We all went on a picnic
And now it’s time to eat

Picnic Time Chant with Props

Going on a picnic,
Gotta pack a lunch.
What should we bring to munch, munch, munch?

Let's bring sandwiches,
Sandwiches, sandwiches.
Let's bring sandwiches to munch, munch, munch

(repeat with other plastic food items)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Storytime About Mice


Toddler Read Alouds
If You See A Kitten by John Butler  *includes a doormouse
I Miss You, Mouse by Greg Foley
Kitty's Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Little Mouse, Ripe Red Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
Lunch by Denise Fleming
Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins
Mommy, Where Are You?  by Leonid Gore
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
Mouse's First Day of School by  Lauren Thompson
Peek-A-Pet by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Thank You, Bear by Greg Foley
What Will Fat Cat Sit On?  by Jan Thomas

Preschool Read Alouds
Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
Busy, Busy Mouse by Virginia Kroll
Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker
Hide-and-Squeak by Heather Frederick
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Little Mouse by Alison Murray
Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor
Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins
Mouse, the Cat and Grandma's Hat by Nancy Willard
Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis
New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek
Pip and Squeak by Ian Schoenherr
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

School Age Read Alouds
Cinderella's Rat by Susan Meddaugh
Hooway for Wondey Wat by Helen Lester
Just A Little Bit by Ann Tompert
Just Like You by Jan Fearnley
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Too Many Cooks by Margaret McNamara
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

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Flannels, Songs and Story Exensions

Books That Translate Into Prop Stories 
Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Books That Translate into Flannel Stories 
Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Maria Polunskin Robbins
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsch
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

Flannels to Share *scripts below 
A-Hunting We Will Go
Five Hungry Mice
Five Little Mice Went Out to Play
Hickory Dickory Dock
Little Mouse, Little Mouse
Three White Mice

A-Hunting We Will Go 
A-hunting we will go, A-hunting we will go!
We’ll catch a mouse and put him in a house
And then we’ll let him go!

Baby Mice *from Knock At the Door by Kay Chorao 
Where are the baby mice?
Squeak, squeak, squeak (Cover eyes)
I cannot see them
Peek, peek, peek (Peek-a-boo)
Here they come from a hole in the wall (Make hole with fingers)
1-2-3-4-5… That’s all! (Count fingers)

Bouncing Mouse 
Boing, boing, squeak
Boing, boing, squeak
A bouncing mouse is in my house
He's been there for a week. (chorus)
He came from out of nowhere
And quickly settled in.
I'm thankful that he came alone
I heard he had a twin.
He bounces in the kitchen
He bounces in the den
He bounces in the living room
Look, there he goes again
That mouse just keeps on bouncing every minute of the day
He bounce, bounce, bounce, bounces
But he does not bounce away

Five Hungry Mice 
Five little mice were hungry as could be
"Let's go to the kitchen and see what we can see!"
The first little mouse found a tasty cookie crumb.
 He ate it right up with a, "Yum, yum, yum!"
The second little mouse found a piece of jelly bread. "
That snack was pretty good," he said.
The third little mouse said, "For goodness sake,
Just look at that delicious chocolate cake!"
The fourth little mouse found a big piece of cheese…
When all of a sudden he started to sneeze!
The fifth little mouse said, "We'd better scat!
Here comes Tommy that big old cat!"

Five Little Mice Went Out to Play
Five little mice went out to play,
Gathering cheese along the way
Out comes the kitty cat nice and fat
And only four little mice came back.
(Repeat 4-3-2-1)

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said, “Boo!”
Hickory dickory dock

Little Mouse, Little Mouse
 Little mouse, little mouse,
Are you in a red house? No...
(repeat with other colored houses until mouse is found)

Three White Mice 
Three white mice, three white mice
See how they run, see how they run
They all were chased by a farmer’s cat
They ran and hit in an old straw hat
Did you ever see such a sight as that?
Those three white mice…

When Mice Get Up in the Morning 
When mice get up in the morning, they always say, “Good day.”
When mice get up in the morning, they always say, “Good day.”
Squeak-squeak! Squeak-squeak!
That is what they say
Squeak-squeak! Squeak-squeak!
That is what they say

Where is Mousie?
(Tune of: "Where is Thumbkin?")
Where is Mousie?  Where is Mousie?
Here I am - Here I am
How are you today, Sir - Very well, I thank you
Run away - Run away

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Storytime About the Zoo

Excellent craft idea, based on the book My Heart Is Like A Zoo, and shared on the Awesome Storytime Blog

Toddler Read-Alouds
1, 2, At the Zoo by Sue DiCicco
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Hug by Jez Alborough
Hush, Little Ones by John Butler
Little Elephant by Tana Hoban
Peek-A-Zoo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Tuck Me In!  by Dean Hacohen ~ putting zoo animals to bed
Two At the Zoo by Danna Smith
Watch Us Play by Miela Ford
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?  by Karen Beaumont
Whose Nose and Toes?  by John Butler
Zookeeper Sue by Chris Demarest
Zoo-Looking by Mem Fox

Preschool Read-Alouds
Escape of Marvin the Ape by Caralyn Buehner
Going to the Zoo by Tom Paxton
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs - CROWD PLEASER 
My Heart Is Like A Zoo by Michael Hall - also works as a storytime craft
Painting Gorilla by Michael Rex
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?  by Bill Martin
Stop Snoring, Bernard!  by Zachariah Ohora
The View At the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom
We're Going On a Lion Hunt by Margery Cuyler
What's New At the Zoo?  by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Wheels On the Bus by Jeanne Willis ~ they are going to the Zoo

School Age Read-Alouds
Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo by Sue Denim
Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson
If Anything Ever Goes Wrong At the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick
Never Ever Shout In A Zoo by Karma Wilson
Smile If You're Human by Neal Layton

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Can Be Retold With Flannels/Puppets
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice

Chants/Songs That Can Be Shared With Flannels/Puppets
Old McDonald Had A Zoo
Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Song to Share
"Going to the Zoo" ~ Raffi's Singable Songs for the Very Young)
H-I-P-P-O (There was a creature at the zoo, and Hippo was his name-o)

Animals at the Zoo
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar roar… all day long
The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss… all day long
The monkeys at the zoo go ooh, ooh, ohh… all day long

Elephant
An elephant goes like this and that,
He's terribly big,
And he's terribly fat,
And he has no toes,
But goodness gracious, what a nose!

If I Were
(Tune " The Mulberry Bush")
Oh, if I were a tiny snake,
A tiny snake, a tiny snake.
Oh, if I were a tiny snake,
I'd slither around the zoo.

Oh, if I were an elephant,
an elephant, an elephant.
Oh, if I were an elephant,
I'd march around the zoo.

Oh, if I were a kangaroo,
A kangaroo, a kangaroo.
Oh, if I were a kangaroo,
I'd hop around the zoo.

Swing, Swing
(Have the children stand in a circle, hold hands, and swing their arms)
Little monkeys swinging in the tree,
All hold hands and swing with me.
Swing up high and swing down low,
Swing in the tree, now don't let go!
Swing, swing, like I do.
Swing like monkeys in the zoo.

Take Me Out to the Zoo
(Tune: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame")
Take me out for some good fun,
Take me out to the zoo.
Let me visit the tall giraffe,
I want to hear the hyenas laugh.
Now I love to visit the zoo,
I could stay there all day,
And watch birds, seals, rhinos, and hippos
As they play.

We Are Going to the Zoo
(Tune: "London Bridge")
We are going to zoo,
To the zoo, to the zoo.
We are going to the zoo,
Won't you join us too?

We'll see lions, tigers too,
Tigers too, tigers too.
We'll see lions, tigers too,
All at the zoo.

We will find some chimpanzees,
Chimpanzees, chimpanzees.
we will find some chimpanzees,
Swinging from the trees.

We will look for kangaroos,
Kangaroos, kangaroos.
We will look for kangaroos,
Hopping at the zoo.

What Would You Do If You Lived at the Zoo?  
(extend with puppets)
Would you prowl with the lion?
Would you growl with the bear?
Would you prance with the pony?
Would you hop with the hare?
Would you swing with the monkey?
Would you sing with the bird?
Would you romp with the tiger?
Would you chomp with the ape?
Would you stomp with the elephant?
Would you hiss with the snake?

The Zoo
(Tune: "Skip to My Lou")
Come along children, we're going to the zoo,
Come along children, we're going to the zoo,
Come along children, we're going to the zoo,
Going to the zoo today.

I see a monkey sitting in a tree,
I see a monkey sitting in a tree,
I see a monkey sitting in a tree
I see a monkey and it sees me.

I see an elephant, big and gray,
I see an elephant, big and gray,
I see an elephant, big and gray.
Big gray elephant is eating hay.

I see a lion in a cage,
I see a lion in a cage,
I see a lion in a cage.
I see a lion that roars with rage.
I see a camel with a great big hump,
I see a camel with a great big hump,
I see a camel with a great big hump.
When he walks he goes "bump, bump."

I see a zebra, black and white,
I see a zebra, black and white,
I see a zebra, black and white.
Seeing the zebra is a sight.

I see a giraffe, big and tall,
I see a giraffe, big and tall,
I see a giraffe, big and tall.
He's not hard to see at all.

We saw the animals living in the zoo,
We saw the animals living in the zoo,
We saw the animals living in the zoo.
Living in the zoo today.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Go Green Storytime


Toddler Read Alouds
Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley
Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry
How Does A Seed Grow?  by Sue Kim
What Color Is Your Apple?  by Jerry Pallotta

Preschool Read Alouds
A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas
Big Bear Hug by Nicolas Oldhand
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger - love this book!
If You Hold A Seed by Elly MacKay
I Love Our Earth by Bill Martin Jr. 
Love Your World by Dawn Sirett
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin - he doesn't throw out his shoes
Tap the Magic Tree  by Christie Matheson - environmentalist version of Press Here
Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsch
This Tree Counts by Alison Formento
We Planted A Tree by Diane Muldrow
Whole Green World by Tony Johnston

School Age Read Alouds
Earth Book by Todd Parr
Earth Day Birthday by Patti Schnetzler
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel
Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli
Mr. King's Things by Genevieve Cote
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
Picture A Tree by Barbara Reid
Who Will Plant A Tree?  by Jerry Pallotta

Display Books
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong





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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions


Activities
Cereal Box Hopscotch
Cereal Box Food Pyramid and Bag Toss
Craft: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/earth/mcoffeefilter.htm
Five Bottles of Juice On the Wall

Creative Dramatic
Little Acorn Grows Up by Edward Gibbs

Prop Story
Joseph Had An Overcoat by Simms Taback   

If You See A Piece of Litter
(Tune: Happy and You Know It)
If you see a piece of litter pick it up (pick it up!)
If you see a piece of litter pick it up
We will make the world look better, if we pick up all the litter
If you see a piece of litter, pick it up.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Soda Cans
One little, two little, three little soda cans
Four little, five little, six little soda cans
Seven little, eight little, nine little cans
Ten cans to recycle!
Repeat with: bottles, plastics...

This Is the Way We Turn Off the Lights
This is the way we turn off the lights,
Turn off the lights, turn off the lights.
This is the way we turn off the lights,
Because we love our world
Repeat with: turn of the water, throw out the trash, recycle the cans, plant the seeds...

Save, Save, Save the Cans
(Tune of Row Your Boat)
Save, save, save the cans, throw them in the bin
We can help to save the Earth, if we all pitch in.\
Repeat with: bottles, trash, plastics...
 
There Was An Old Woman
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so much trash, she didn’t know what to do
She piled up the plastics, the bottles, the cans,
And took them out back to the Recycling Man.

We’ve Been Working On Recycling
(Tune: Working on Railroad)
We've been working on recycling
All the trash we can,
We've been working on recycling,
It's a very simple plan,
Separate your glass and paper,
Separate your plastic and tin.

Take the trash that you’ve recycled to your recycling bin!

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