Weather Word Wall

WEBSITE: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weather-Word-Wall-1211710

Here is a great addition to a reading nook, library or circle time to have an word rich environment when teaching about weather!

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Cloud Finder

WEBSITE: http://tekyteach.blogspot.com/2011/08/cloud-inspector.html

This Website has a great tool to give to kids to start looking at clouds. Most of us have asked kids to find shapes in clouds. Now, you can ask to discribe  them and characterize them.
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DIRECTIONS:

Print this out on card stock and cut out as directed

Laminate to make it last for the lesson and maybe the next class

Glue or tape a popsicle stick or craft stick to cloud viewer

Go outside and start looking for clouds.

LEADING QUESTIONS:

What does that could look like?

What do you think cloud are made of?

What kind of weather does this cloud represent?

If you see this cloud what kind of weather should we look for/predict?

RESEARCH:

Use books, videos, songs, and charts of weather to help children find the information to actuarially answer these questions.

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Luke Howard isn’t exactly a household name, but the cloud classification system he came up with is quite well known. Howard lived in 18th century England, and was fascinated by clouds, even as a child. This title captures his wonder and chronicles his journaling and classification efforts. Readers learn about the different types of clouds, and might even be inspired to keep a cloud journal too. (Could be a fun class activity!) The watercolor and ink cartoon illustrations are cute and add an age-appropriate lightness to the subject. Booklist ended its review of this title by calling it “an attractive combination of biographical narrative and weather science.” We agree.


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This Let’s Read and Find Out Science title covers the 10 different types of clouds and how to forecast the weather just by looking at them. Spreads feature kids engaged in outdoor activities, with a featured cloud type depicted above them and a few sentences about what makes that cloud type unique. Rockwell has provided just enough information for children in grades 1-3. (We’ve bumped the interest level up a bit from the publishers recommendation of “preschool and up.”)

 

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This book is a simple introduction to clouds for young children. It covers all the various cloud shapes. The illustrations are both colorful and interesting.

POSTERS:

This is a great poster to hang up on a window so create an inviting and curious environment to promote cloud classification.

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Groundhog’s Day

QUICK LINKS:
 Weather Forecasting Video: http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/forecasting.html

Groundhog’s Day Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZheMY_UppW4

Groundhog’s Day Puzzle: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Groundhogs-Day-Math-Puzzle-Differentiated-198792dc72e3040f1327c86024a8db27d1a777

Learn ‘Why February 2nd?

Let your kids know that February 2nd is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox – basically, we’re halfway through the winter season.

Learn about Shadows

Take your kids outside and ask them if they see their shadow.

Talk to kids about what creates a shadow (light and any object blocking the light).  Have them stand in a sunny spot and shady spot so they can see the difference.  And if there’s not sunlight, use a flashlight indoors to help them create shadows on the wall.

Make Your Own Weather Prediction

Many forecasters can tell you all about the science behind predicting the weather.  Tracking historical data and weather patterns in order to learn more about when spring might first arrive.

Why not try your hand at making a prediction?  You might be better than the experts at predicting the coming of spring!

When do you think the warmer weather will begin?

MAKE A GROUNDHOG PREDICTING BULLETIN BOARD!

PBS Dragonfly TV: Weather Forecasting Episode:http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/forecasting.html

Groundhog’s Day Book List:

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Fun Facts Sheet on Groundhog’s Day

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Groundhogs-Day-Math-Puzzle-Differentiated-198792

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Books about School

I Don’t Want to Go To School! by Stephanie Blake is a funny little book that deals with the big issue of not wanting to go to school. The little bunny Simon in this book doesn’t want to go even though his parents are supportive and try to make him feel confident about going.

Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experiences Book, by Lucy Cousins is not groundbreaking , it’s text is very formulaic but that doesn’t matter to most young readers who are being introduced to preschool for the first time. The book covers all the basics and one thing that really stood out was the page showing Maisy and other students in the potty. The reason I liked this was that for many children a big step at the same time as starting preschool is potty training. The bright colors absolutely thrilled my toddler.

First Day Jitters, by Julie Danneberg has a special spot in my heart.  It’s a book about not wanting to go to a new school, the first day is always the hardest and it’s easier to just stay in bed! The beauty of this book isn’t just the recognition of the anxiety about the first day but in the end the twist is that it’s the teacher who has the jitters not a student.

First Year Letters, by Julie Danneberg is a really great book about a new , eager teacher and her loyal class.  The mishaps include runaway pets, falling buffalo, visits from the fire department not once but twice, and more every day things like barf. If you have a child like mine that thinks barf is funny, they will love it.

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis.  The book is about a little boy heading off to kindergarten with a big sister who is there to answer his questions and remind him that kindergarten rocks. It addresses many of the worries that kids have and one page has a bunch written out in the illustrations.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, by James Dean is a special school book for our family. At my son’s kindergarten orientation the teacher read this to her class and the prospective students and it’s been a favorite ever since. The book follows Pete who is a cool cat with rockin’ shoes. He heads to school and while he isn’t exactly sure of how things works he doesn’t worry, he just goes with the flow.  There is no way you will be able to red this book without smiling, it’s so chill and relaxed and plain fun.

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School, by Jamie Harper is a delightful book. Miss Mingo is a flamingo and teacher who wants to know about her students on the first day of school. She starts the exercise by sharing some fun facts about being a flamingo , like why she is pink, and before you know it the whole class of different animals are sharing. This book not only shows kids that it’s okay to share about themselves but it is full of fun facts about animals in the fine print.

Kindergarten Countdown, by Anna Jane Hays is a cute book about a little girl who is crazy excited about the first day of kindergarten. The rhyming text is silly but it still manages to address some of the issues that all kids face wen transitioning to something new. On each page there are items to count along with the countdown of days leading up to the first day of school.

Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes This book is about a little mouse who is about as anxious as possible. She worries about everything, and it makes her family worried too. This is a fantastic book to read before starting anything new!  The way the author illustrates both through words and pictures the intensity of her feelings really creates compassion in the reader for this little mouse.

Russell’s Secret, by Johanna Hurwitz made you laugh. It’s a story about a little boy who doesn’t want to go to school he wants to stay at home like his baby sister. So his mom treats him like a baby until he can’t take it anymore. She is never mean, she is never belittling just frank and firm.

Off To Kindergarten, by Tony Johnston is a book about a little boy who is cool about going to Kindergarten as long as he can take everything but the kitchen sink with him.

On the Way to Kindergarten, by Virgina Kroll was so much better than you would have judged by the cover. It’s a cute look back at how children grow and develop and how with each year of age they can do more. So as a secondary lesson we talked about how everyone does things at their own pace.

Follow the Line to School, by Laura Ljungkvist is a really neat book. Think of this book as a tour through an elementary school and on each page there are things for the readers to find. The graphic design of this whole book is simply amazing.  The beauty of the book is great but it’s also so useful for a curious kid who gets reassured by knowing as much as they can about the unknown. This book covers so many things about a school and how you send your day when you go to one.  I am eager to read the author/illustrator’s other works.

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon is a really cute book. This is the story of Ginny who doesn’t know that the way she things is a little different than the other kids in her class. She is teased, her teacher reprimands her for squinting but it’s not until she has an eye screening that the nurse figures out she has double vision.   Ginny is given a patch and that too could be a source of humiliation but she is proud to be a pirate! Great and unexpectedly tender look at being different at school.

Little School, by Beth Norling makes me miss teaching. It’s a simply written but detailed look at preschool and all the things waiting to explore in the classroom. Readers follow a class of four year olds as they navigate their day learning, playing, creating and some crying.

The Kissing Hand, by Audry Penn is an absolute favorite . Chester is a raccoon who like most of us doesn’t like change. In his case it’s starting school. He wants to stay home with his mama and play with the friends he already has instead of going to school away from her and his friends. So his mama explains to him the magic of the kissing hand . The real magic is the message that we have to do things that scare us sometimes but that the love of our family is always with us to help us through. Go get this book.

Kindergarten Diary, by Antoinette Portis is a cute look at the first month of kindergarten and how quickly something potentially scary and unknown becomes comfortable and familiar. The illustrations are hilariously cute and it was such an enjoyable book to read and talk about with my son.

Zip, Zip…Homework, by Nancy Poydar is a book about telling the truth at home and school. Violet is so eager to get homework because it makes her feel big and important, she even gets a special new bag for it. Things go haywire when she can’t remember which pocket she put her homework in, and she lies about having finished it.  I

My Preschool, by Anne Rockwell is another spot on book by an author we love. Simple and to the point but somehow the author manages to hit all the most important parts of preschool like separation anxiety, conflict resolution and taking turns.

Welcome to Kindergarten, by Anne Rockwell is a great book for kids that have never been to school before and are heading to kindergarten. The book does a great job of explaining all the things learning centers , routines and basic activities that are common in a kindergarten class through the eyes of a little boy attending a kindergarten orientation. He goes from being unsure to much more at ease in his future environment. The reason I said I thought it would be a good book for kids unfamiliar with preschool is that while reading this to my son he said ” I already know all this !”  a handful of times before asking to grab another from our pile of books.

Helping Hand Books: Emily’s First Day of School, by Sarah Duchess of York is a a timely book for the coming months when many children of varying ages will be entering school for the first time . Although the book doesn’t specifically tell us Emily’s age she seems to be entering kindergarten since there are older children at her school , but this book will work with any child entering school or even going to a new school.

Frankie Stein Starts School, by Lola M. Schaefer is a Halloween themed look at school and being different . Frankie Stein is the son of Frankenstein and unlike all the other kids at his ( night) school he isn’t scary at all. They tease him and he stands up for himself but then he just goes about trying to fit in by being just like the other kids and not like himself.

David Goes To School by David Shannon is always a hit with kids. David is again up to no good even if his heart is in the right place. This time David is making poor choices at school from cutting in the cafeteria line to writing on a desk. David books are usually loved or hated and I am in the love camp because they are such awesome tools to use examples of bad behavior to talk about and teach good behavior. Kids love to live vicariously through naughty characters and David is also really funny so get ready for some giggles too.

I Love School! by Philemon Sturges is a great simple book. He manages to cover all the things that happen at school from the start to the end of the day in an easy rhyming text.

Elizabeti’s School, by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen is a wonderful book for elementary aged kids. The story is about a little girl in Africa who is excited about  getting ready to go to school for the first time. Children are lucky to get a chance to go to school and without being preachy at all this book gets that message through to readers. The other thing that it gets through so beautifully is that while school systems are obviously different that family life and people are not all that different even on a far away continent.

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler is the original book in the very popular Black Lagoon series. The imaginative story is all about a boy’s worries that his teacher is going to be a terrible child eating monster. . I do not suggest reading this to very sensitive kids or ones that really are very nervous about school. It’s humor may not be reassuring, but kids comfortable with school will find it hilarious.

Mr. President Goes to School by Rick Walton is such a cute book that we really enjoyed. The book is not so much about school as it is about how complicated adult problems can get and you can imagine how big they get for the President of The United States.  The story follows Mr. President as he escapes his duties trying to make peces between to Eastern European leaders and heads back to his old kindergarten class to remember what it’s all about. Of course he ends up going back and using all the things he learned in kindergarten to make peace between the two leaders.

 

It’s Time for School with Tallulah by Nancy Wolff is a bright and funny book that goes through a whole school day in detail. The illustrations are whimsical and we both loved them, and the humor was awesome too.

Jake Starts Schoolby Micheal Wright is such a great book that has just the right amount of sarcasm for the adults reading it and a great message and humor for the kids too. Jake is a little scared about his first day at school so he decides to hold on to his parents and not let go. The day wears on and his parents patience is wearing thin as they do everything stuck together including recess… but a great teacher finally gets Jake to connect with a book and become her helper and finally he lets go of him poor aching parents.

How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? by Jane Yolen is a book about how children and dinosaurs should behave at school . This is part of the author’s wildly popular series that are cute and kids enjoy them but are very repetitive for parents. If you have read one in the series you can imagine what this one is like. That said kids love repetition, they love being able to predict what’s coming next so this book is worth a look especially if children are eager to figure out what they can and can’t do at school.

Books about Seeds

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Sunflower House is another book that extends beyond “seeds,” but I love the pretend play that it encourages. In the book seeds are planted and grown into a special fort for friends to play in. It would be a wonderful book to read when planting your own “sunflower house.”

There were also a few more books that I wanted to include. The books in the widget below might be useful if:

1) You have a preschooler who is particularly intrigued by seeds and wants to know more.

2) You are teaching kids of different ages and want to study the same theme at the same time.

3) You like to have extra books on hand to help research questions that come up during your theme. (I like to be able to show the kids how to find the answer to a question they ask.)

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To Be Like the Sun is a lovely poem that shares a little girl’s conversation with a sunflower seed as she follows it through the life cycle of the plant. I love how her curiosity reflects the way young kids approach nature and scientific discovery.

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Reading Rose’s Garden immediately reminded Lovey and I of the activities we did with the The Queen of FranceIn this adorable book Rose travels the world in her teapot and collects seeds. She plants them in a dusty forgotten stretch of earth in the city. Then she waits and waits.  But as she does so, she gets quite a surprise and a lot of community involvement in support of her garden.

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The Dandelion Seed is the opposite of Dandelion Adventures. In this story one single dandelion seed holds on, afraid to let go. The harder the wind blew, the tighter the seed held on. Then when the seed finally lets go we travel along with the seed until one day the seed takes root and begins to grow on its own. Overtime the seed grows and blooms, and we find ourselves back at the beginning again with one lonely seed hanging on. While this story is great for teaching about how seeds travel and the life cycle of plants, I also love the opportunity it allows for talking about life lessons like growing up and not being afraid of change.

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Dandelion Adventures was such a great book that I had to share it even though it is no longer in print. I hope you can find it in your collection or at your local library. This book is perfect to read before going out to look for dandelions. In the story the wind blows and scatters dandelion seeds all about. We discover where each seed lands. There are also some useful facts at the back of the book.

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Glenna’s Seeds is a story about a random act of kindness. Glenna, a young girl, gives a packet of seeds to her neighbor, and so begins a trail of random acts of kindness that brightens up the whole street.

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Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move teaches us about different seeds and how they move. This was one of my daughter’s favorite books in this collection. She loved the illustrations.

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Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! is another great book that encourages kids to get involved. In the story Buddy’s grandfather sends him five colorful bags and a note. Each bag has a surprise that helps learn about seeds. Kids can get their own seeds and join in as buddy sorts, collects and eats the seeds from his grandfather.

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The Tiny Seed follows a single seed as it is whisked away by the autumn wind. On its yearlong journey readers discover all that the tiny seed goes through to eventually become a giant flower.

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From Seed to Plant is part of the Rookie Read-About Science Series. It is a very simple nonfiction text that is perfect for beginning readers.

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One Bean is another book that is great to use as you plant your own seeds. It walks kids through a planting a bean seed and watching it grow. My kids loved this one, because the details very closely mimicked what was happening with our bean seeds.

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How a Seed Grows begins by telling a bit about seeds, where they can be found on different plants and how they can grow fast or slow. Then the book takes readers through the process of planting a seed and nurturing it to help it grow. This book is a wonderful companion to read as you are planting and monitoring the growth of your own seeds.

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The simple text in Seeds Go, Seeds Grow makes it a great choice for preschoolers. The photographs, showing plants up close and in detail, are terrific. This is another nonfiction book that shares information about seeds, how they move, and where they can be found on different plants. For readers learning about nonfiction text features the book also includes a glossary and an index.

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Ten Seeds we count backward from ten to one. A little boy has planted ten seeds, and one by one something happens to each seed that prevents it from growing. Then that last strong seeds turns into something beautiful. This book was a great way to talk about why we plant so many seeds and the kinds of things that can be harmful to seeds.

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In the Garden is another board book. In it the main character plants some seeds and waits patiently. Then he seems to forget about the seeds, and something wonderful happens.

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Planting Seeds is a simple rhyming board book. Count along and see what happens as ten bunnies plant seeds.

Fractured Fairy Tales

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The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane and Herb Auch is really a cute re telling of the classic Princess and the Pea. They have modernized it and made it a little more feminist in the process, exactly my kind of book. The text is a little long for toddlers but my son sat through about half before wanting to go back and look at the illustration of the horse on the first page. The message is sweet, saying that a woman doesn’t need a man or marriage to attain her goals! Beware though it will make you crave pizza.

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Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox by Erin Dealy isn’t so much a fractured tale as it is a tale with very familiar characters. Goldilocks has chicken pox and throughout the rhyming text other characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Little Bo Peep and Henny Penny pop up. The story itself is more about how her little brother doesn’t think it’s at all fair that she gets so much attention and things like ice cream because she is sick.

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Little Red Riding Hood – A Newfangled Prairie Tale by Lisa Campbell Ernst is a cute twist on the familiar Little Red Riding Hood. In this version Granny is the type of Grandma I hope to be someday. Independent, brave, and compassionate. She doesn’t need to be saved, because she does the saving. The wolf underestimates Granny and in general is portrayed as simply misunderstood and in need of discipline . In the end works for Granny and reminds Red not to talk to strangers.

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The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist is a underwater version of The Three Little Pigs with fish and a mean old shark. If you remember in the original the first two pigs are eaten and the third tricks the wolf into being cooked. No fish are eaten and the shark doesn’t die either. Their seaweed and sandcastle houses do get demolished but in the end all three fish make it through and the shark’s teeth all fall out leaving him unable to chomp the little fish.

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The Three Little Tamalesby Eric A. Kimmel is another Three Little Pig redo with a Tex- Mex flavor. In this story there is a wolf but no pigs, instead you get tamales. I loved that the third house was made our of a cactus and that after surviving the wolf the three tamales partied with runaway tortillas. The novelty of the new characters will bring this old tale back to life for your kids as well as make you seriously crave good Tex-Mex.

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Cinderella’s Rat by Susan Meddaugh isn’t a retelling of Cinderella so much as a little side story readers probably have never heard before, I know I hadn’t. A pair of rats are caught by Cinderella’s fairy godmother and one is turned into a footman for her coach. The other remains a rat but after dropping Cinderella off at the ball they both go in search of a wizard to turn her into a girl. There are a few bumps a long the way that will have your kids giggling for sure but they succeed. Of course we all know that the fairy god mother’s spell only lasts until midnight…too bad the rats didn’t. See how it all ends for yourself. I like this book and it’s a great intro into writing projects about minor characters and their untold narratives.

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Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno is a holiday version of Goldilocks and The Three Bears with Santa standing in for Goldilocks and a family of polar bears instead of grizzlies. I really liked this book. It doesn’t stray too far from the original other than the character substitutions but the changes are delightful as are the illustrations. This book will have you and your children reaching for hot cocoa and candy canes!

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The Three Horrid Little Pigsby Liz Pichon was a great read. No big bad wolf , just a bunch of rude horrid little pigs! Unlike in the traditional telling of this story no one gets eaten in this book. The wolf is a friendly builder and even the lazy pigs learn their lesson. The illustrations are bright, fun and my three year old loved them.

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka is one of my favorite fractured fairy tales. In this book readers get to hear the wolf’s side of the story. He wasn’t trying to hurt any pigs , it was all a series of accidents and you can’t let meat go to waste so eating the pigs was just practical! I love the humor of this book but what I love even more is how it makes children consider different points of view.

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Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra is a story about forgiveness and restitution. In this book B.B. Wolf is asked to tell his side of things at the library many years after the fact. His story isn’t exactly true and other library guests including the three little pigs heckle him until he admits his guilt and asks for forgiveness. It’s a really cute book with some wonderful vocabulary words and great illustrations.

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The Giant and the Beanstalk by Diane Stanley is about the giant in Jack and The Beanstalk and how he isn’t like all the other giants at all. This giant is kind and gentle and doesn’t do very well in giant school because he is anything but fierce. When he chases Jack down the beanstalk it isn’t to harm him but rather to get his hen back because he loves her not her golden eggs. On his quest to find Jack and get his hen back he meets many other Jacks from traditional nursery rhymes a long the way. I never realized how many Jacks there are in nursery rhymes until  read this book . This is a great story about not judging a book by it’s cover.

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Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox. Yes this book is so funny the kids will be laughing hysterically and learning all about rhyming at the same time. Rapunzel is having a hard time hearing exactly what Prince Charming is asking her to throw down from her tower and hilarity ensues. Kids will love anticipating what she will throw down next. I won’t ruin the ending but trust me it’s hilarious and kids familiar with the traditional version will love telling you how this one is different. The illustrations by Lydia Monks add to the humor perfectly!

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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner is the most creative of all these fantastic books. In this book the three little pigs escape the wolf by escaping the story itself and being blown right off the page. They test out other pages and pick up a dragon and cat but ultimately want to return home. Together they face and beat the wolf and settle into the brick home of the third pig together with the dragon and cat. The perspective and imagination in this book is stunning and well worth many many readings.

Operation Worm

Earth Worms

QUICK LINKS:

Building a Worm Farm and Learning about Worms:

http://www.teachpreschool.org/2013/03/building-a-worm-farm/

My Adventure:

One rainy day, my curious class watched the worms on the sidewalk around our school. Millions of questions started to flow through their brains. Why were they there? What are they doing? Are they safe? Can we touch them? Take them home?

The questions were many and I could see that the lesson I planned were out the window.  On went the rain boots and rain coats as I gave each child a cup.’Operation Worm’ was in full tilt. I lined up my class for a unplanned field trip around the school to collect all the worms we could. (What we would do with them was still unplanned. But, the kids were excited to save their new found friends!)

I gave them simple instructions: about what is expected and what they must do.

Instructions:

  • Stay on the sidewalk
  • Stay behind me and in front of my co-teacher
  • Walk slow and low; some worms are hard to find ( We call this ‘creeping’)
  • Look where you are putting your feet and watch for your friends
  • Worms are living creatures and should be treated with soft touches and kind words
  • If you do not want to touch the worms you don’t have to
  • Please do not take worms from friends
  • Place worms in your cup and watch them (Some might want out)

Please remember that these are the instructions for my kids and my not apply for yours. Add, subtract, and make it fit with your classroom rules and expectations.

Off we went! One by one each child gathered worms with “yuck” and “cool”. Some could not bring themselves to touch a worm and other were trying to sneak them into pockets! ( Watch out for this… makes for a gross experience at the end of the day.)

After gathering all the worms we could find (About 100 worms). We took them inside to plan step 2 of ‘Operation Worm’. I had all the kids add their worm collection into a large plastic bin and wash their hands. After washing hands, we sat down as a class and talked about the worms.

I asked, “What should we do now? What do the worms need?

The kids noticed that the worms needed a home to wait out the rain. They had not decided to keep the worms as class pets yet. I asked, “What kind of home the worms lived in?” The kids knew that they lived in dirt. So off to the garden we went. We scooped large amounts of dry and wet dirt into a unused aquarium . We added our worms to the top and waited for them to make our classroom their home. Slowly, the worms inched their way down into the soil.

While watching the worms in their new home. We discussed what other things worms need to live. The kids came up with food, water, and games. But what food do worms eat? How much water do they need? And what games will they play? We didn’t know. This is the start of a long journey to learning about worms.

Learning about Worms:

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X69M1MBGG8A

Helpful Video about making a worm farm including what worms like to eat, what type of bedding to add, and how to make your worm farm into composting.

Experiments:

After reading some books and asking parents, friends, and family;

we decided to try a few options of food for our worms.

  • Newspaper
  • Construction Paper
  • Apples
  • Bread
  • Scraps of oranges, pears, carrots,  and lettuce
  • Grass

The grass lead us to making a ‘better’ home for our worms.  The kids often brought in handfuls of dried dead grass for the worms to eat. Until, one little girl suggested making a roof of living grass. She told us that the worms outside have a roof of grass and that it would be nice if we gave our worms some grass to play in.

We went for it! As a class we picked the perfect grass roof and dug up the grass, roots and all! We then planted the grass on half of the worm tank. (We didn’t want to cover the whole thing after a long debate if they could still breathe.)

Books about Worms:

After finding all the worms; I knew that my lesson plans were going to change. I stopped by the library and found all the books I could grab about worms. Here are some of the books I used to continue learning about worms with my kids.

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Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of earthworms. Includes anatomy diagram and activity.

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Bob and Otto do best-friend kinds of things together–eating leaves, digging, playing–until the day Bob decides to climb a tree, simply because . . . he has to. When the two meet again, Otto is still the same dirt-loving earthworm, but Bob has done the unthinkable: grown wings. Friendship overcomes all else in this sweet and funny story, because no matter what happens, “. . . friends are important.”

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Wiggle and Waggle are two wormy best friends. Wiggle and Waggle live in the garden. They like to dig in the dirt. They work hard, but also make time for funpicnics, swimming, and singing!

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Crawling through the dirt, worms are hard at work, helping plants to grow. Worms help the fruit and vegetables we eat by loosening the soil and feeding the plants. Read and find out about these wiggling wonders!

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Encourages an appreciation for the small creatures of the earth by explaining the vital role that earthworms play in the planet’s ecosystem, with cross-section illustrations of the worm’s underground environment and informative charts.

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This is the diary of a worm. This worm lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn’t have legs, he just can’t do the hokey pokey – no matter how hard he tries.

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What young child doesn’t love playing in the dirt? And who hasn’t wondered what goes on in the lives of all the creatures who live underground? Celebrated Caldecott Honor medalist Denise Fleming applies her signature bold and bright pulp-paper-collage style to a universal childhood topic in this dynamic, rhythmic book that’s just right for reading aloud—and comes complete with a detailed glossary.

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Examines the life cycle of a Nature Upclose: An Earthworm’s Life

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Who would want to be friends with a wiggly, slimy worm? You can’t even tell which end is which! But there’s more to these lowly creatures than meets the eye. Kids are invited to find out where worms live, see how they move, and understand why gardeners consider them friends with the help of this humorous and informative look at an unappreciated — and fascinating — creature.

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Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around. Trouble is, there’s no prize at the fair for worms .

Video: Worm Poop

A song about worm poop! What can I say! It’s for the kids… my class just giggled and giggled.

 Video: Herman the Worm Children’s Song