Check back often!

Arbor Day
Back 2 School
Butterflies & Caterpillars
Canada Day
Chinese New Year
Cinco de Mayo
Community Helpers
Dental Hygiene
Dr. Seuss
Earth Day
End of the Year
Father's Day
Fifties Week
Fire Safety
Five Senses


Farm Literature Suggestions


Farm Animal Families

After reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Bill Martin Jr., teach
students the names for farm animals and their offspring.  Using a format
similar to that in the story, chant the following question and answer.
Encourage students to join in.

Mama cow, mama cow, what do you see?
I see my little calf standing by me.

Repeat with the following substitution:
~~horse and foal
~~sheep and lamb
~~pig and piglet
~~goat and kid
~~chicken and chick

Ham It Up

When you ask for volunteers for this dramatic activity, you're sure to have pigs aplenty!
In advance, cut a giant hand shape from bulletin board paper. If you'd like for youngsters
 to have props for their dramatics, prepare five sets of paper snouts and tails. To do so,
 cut ten 2-inch circles from pink construction paper. Draw nostrils on five of the circles for snouts,
and spiral-cut five circles for tails. Put a loop of masking tape on the back of each snout and tail.
During a storytime, invite five volunteers to stand on the giant fingertips.
 Have each child wear a snout and tail if he desires. As you read the story,
have each pig take a bow when you read the text that introduces him.
 Then encourage the pigs to act out the remainder of the story as read.
For a variation, invite a group of five piggies to perform the actions for the following poem:

Five Little Piggies

Five little piggies standing in a row.
Five little piggies have curly tails to show.
Five little piggies have snouts for noses.
Five little piggies stand on their "toeses."
Five little piggies jump up and down.
Five little piggies turn round and round.
Five little piggies wink and blink their eyes.
Five little piggies all wave goodbye.


Mrs. Wishy Washy

Using the big book favorite of Mrs. Wishy Washy, create animal story props to accompany this story.
 Make a mud puddle from brown bulletin board paper, a headband of each farm animal in story,
 and a head kerchief with a rag for Mrs. Wishy Washy. To make headbands, draw or color
 each farm animal picture and glue onto sentence strip. Laminate all items.
 Share the story several times with the students, then allow the children to recreate the story
 by letting each animal "roll" into the mud puddle, Mrs. Wishy Washy scrub them, etc;


Who Took the Farmer's Hat?

Written by Joan L. Nodso

The Arts:
This book helps the reader to see that given a little imagination, an object can be used
 for more than one thing. Provide each student with an object, such as a small empty box,
 and other art supplies. Ask them to create something with their box. You could also ask them
 to identify an object at home or in the classroom that could be used for more than its one
 intended purpose. For example, a milk carton could be used for holding paintbrushes.

Language Arts:
Write the name of each animal on a paper plate. Attach a piece of string
 or yarn long enough so that the plate can be slipped over a student's head.
 Assign selected students the characters. One child is also the farmer.
 Begin telling the story, having characters read their lines when it's their turn.

Have children discuss why the wind was able to carry the hat away.
 Are there other objects that the wind could/couldn't carry away?
 Perhaps you could make a list of “coulds” and “couldn'ts.”


Rosie's Walk

Written by Pat Hutchins

Invite children to invent new ways that the fox can try—and fail—to catch Rosie.
 Suggest that children use two different pieces of paper—one to show how the
 fox tries to catch Rosie, and one to show what happens to him when he fails.

Children can write a sentence below each illustration, describing the action in the
 drawing.  Encourage children to share their work with one another, reading the
 sentences aloud and talking about what's happening in the pictures.
Bind the children's work into a class book. You could call it Rosie Takes Another Walk.

 How do children's drawings show their understanding of the main idea of the story?


It's All About Milk

Conclude your milk studies by reading aloud No Milk! by Jennifer A. Ericsson.
 After discussing the story, ask students whether or not they think it would be a big
 deal if the cow in the story--or any cow, for that matter--were never able to give milk again.
 Why or why not? As students discuss the question, prompt them to brainstorm a list of foods
 that are made from milk. Record their responses, and then read the list together. After seeing
 the list of dairy foods, do any of your students want to change their opinions? Summarize
 the discussion by explaining that all foods that are made from milk are called dairy products.




~ Suggested Literature ~



























































Pre-K Fun Theme Pages are for educational reference only! 
No copyright infringement is intended.
I do not claim any of these as my own ideas.  
They are shared from friends and fellow group members.  
Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!


Site designed and maintained by Shelly Boone. Copyright 2002-2012 - All rights reserved
Graphics by M1Knight and Thistle Girl Designs   Anti-copy scripting from