Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apples Storytime

Apples, Apples, Apples Storytime
Books:
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall


Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray


Ten Red Apples by Virginia Miller

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Flannel Board Activity
I cut out apples in red, green, and yellow.  Laminated them and used the sticky magnetic tape for the back.  I passed out the apples to the kiddos and went over the colors.  Then used this little rhyme to get them to put them back on my board. The rhyme is courtesy of Susan Dailey's website.

Juicy, red apples

Hanging on the trees
Yummy in my tummy
Bring me some, please

Sweet, yellow apples
Hanging on the trees
Yummy in my tummy
Bring me some, please

Tart, green apples
Hanging on the trees
Yummy in my tummy
Bring me some, please


Fingerplay:
Storytime Katie has a great Red Storytime on her blog.
I used her fingerplay "Way up High in the Apple Tree." 

Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arms up high)
Two red apples smiled at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples...(make a downward motion)
And mmm, they were good! (smiled an rub stomach)

Songs: 
Apples and Bananas.  The link takes you to the Kiddles website with the lyrics.  I manage to always forget a vowel when singing it so I keep a printout with me.

Craft:
Also taken from Storytime Katie's Red Storytime.  Instead of using a kit, I improvised with what we had at the branch.  I used a red paper plate, cut a pipe cleaner for the stem, traced and cut out green leaves and then cut out strips of brown paper for the worm.  I used regular brown construction paper and ended up cutting those strips in half and then folding them accordian style for the worm.  We just got these super cute eye stickers from Oriental Trading that we used instead of real googly eyes.



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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Middle School Books for Booktalks

Now that I am full-time, I am planning on visiting the local middle school.  The school librarian would like for me to book talk new books each month.  This sounds completely down my alley - only problem is I am not fluent in YT titles at all.  I read mostly OT.  I think I could book talk the older books to eighth graders, but definitely not 6th or 7th graders.  So, I definitely need suggestions on new YT titles.  I fell in love with Lisa McMann's new book The Unwanteds, but according to the middle school librarian, that is not an age appropriate title.  Which I am not going to lie-sucks.  I really wanted to book talk that book.

So this is where I am starting - Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.  The book, which is a first in a trilogy, has been out for a few years, but the final book in the series arrives in stores this week.  I thought that I could book talk the series.  That way if there are students that have read the series, they will know the newest is out and for the others, maybe the interest will be piqued and they will pick up a great new series.
Here is the book trailer for Leviathan.


Do any of you read books for middle schoolers?  Anybody have suggestions, especially for the new ones coming out?

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dinosaur Storytime

Books:
Edwina - The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems


How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague


Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

A Number of Dinosaurs by Paul and Henrietta Strickland (This was used in toddler time instead of Edwina)


Flannel Boards:


Five Little Dinosaurs
Five little dinosaurs, trying hard to roar,
One stomped away, and then there were four.
Four little dinosaurs, hiding near a tree,
One stomped away, and then there were three.
Three little dinosaurs, peeking out at you,
One stomped away, and then there were two.
Two little dinosaurs, ready now to run,
One stomped away, and then there was one.
One little dinosaur, not having any fun,
He went away, and then there were none.

One Dinosuar
There is one dinosaur,
Crashing through the trees.
One dinosaur, eating all he sees.
He takes a bite of the mountain top,
And along, comes a friend
With a crash, bang, plop.
Now there's two dinosaurs,
Crashing through the trees.
Crash, bang, smash.
(Repeat for 2,3,4.)

Songs:
Dino Hokey Pokey
You put your dino foot in, you put your dino foot out.
You put your dino foot in, and you shake it all about.
You do the dino pokey, and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.

You put your dino wings in, you put your dino wings out.
You put your dino wings in, and you flap them all about.
You do the dino pokey, and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.

Continue with sharp horns (poke them all about), dino tail (swish it all about), and dino self!

The flannel board rhymes and the dino pokey were cortesy of Addison Library's Dino packet.
Craft:
I went the easy route this time. We had ordered some items from Oriental Trading and one happened to be their Dinosuar Magic Color Scratch Ornament.



So fun! So easy! So cute!  I also had a coloring page for them as well.  And to avoid anyone being poked in the eye, the sticks were handed out after everyone sat down and handed to the adults only.

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