Vol. II         Dec 1997/Jan 1998    Issue 3 This site is best viewed in widest format.

In this issue:

Thumbs in the thumb place. Fingers all together.

This is the song that we sing in Mitten weather!

Book List!

Read the book The Mitten.

Here are follow-up activities:

(1) Create character masks and then let the children role play the story.

(2) Take all the children's mittens and mix them together. Sort them to make pairs.

(3) Graph the colors of the children's mittens.

(4) Discuss right and left hands.

(5) Read another version of The Mitten. Make a venn diagram of two versions.

(6) Make paper mittens and attach them to a string. Label one left and the other right. This makes a great bulletin board.

(7) Discuss the difference between gloves and mittens.

(8) Discuss the different animals in the story and talk about what they do during the winter months.

Contributed by:  Kandi

Mitten Activities:

Read several versions of The Mitten.

Discuss what is the same and different in each version. You can talk about   how stories can be told and retold by different authors. You can discuss the sequence of events- who went into the mitten first.

If you have a parent who knits. Ask them to make a large mitten- you can put stuffed animals into the mitten as you read the story. Make up your own verson with stuffed animals.

Cut out a paper version of the mitten and animals - make the mitten with two pieces of construction paper so that the animals can be placed inside. Have the students retell the story as they place the animals in the mitten.

Cut out a construction paper mitten - use geometric patterns- have children glue a pattern on to their mitten to decorate.

Cut and laminate giant paper mittens- students can make patterns with pattern blocks on the mittens during a math center.

Put taped versions of The Mitten in your listening center.

On construction paper trace around students hands, decorate, and cut out. Connect toegther to make a mitten garland for your wall.

Contributed by:   Elaine

Read different versions of the same story to your class. Make a class graph to represent each person's favorite version.

Contributed By: Marla

Snow Book

Make a class book cover with Snow! in big letters and pictures of winter activities around it.

Give each child a legal sized piece of paper.  Label with the following open sentence:

______ saw snow ________

Then they illustrate their picture with crayons and felts (markers) in a box under the words. Supply thick white paint and cotton swabs. The children may dab paint on their picture.

The pages make a wonderful bulletin board display and then can be combined to create a class book for our "story corner".

Contributed By:  awilson@intergate.bc.ca

Ice Jewels

For this activity, you will need a pie pan for each child (tin foil), colored water (child's choice), string, and nature items that the children have found outside.

Pour the colored water into the pie pan. Next, add the nature items. Then, put the two ends of the string into the water so that a loop is sticking out. Put the pie pans outside where they will be safe. When they freeze, they can be popped out of the pie pan by running a little bit of water on the bottom of the pie pan. Then the "jewels" can be hung on a fence and admired throughout the cold snap. You can discuss temperatures, freezing, thawing, changes, etc.

Contributed by:  Martha

Coffee Filter Snowflake Project

Cut snowflakes out of coffee filters. They are much easier for the children to cut and "hole-punch" than bulky paper ones. After they are cut the children can glue them onto dark blue construction paper. The glue will squish through the holes as they spread it with their fingers and can be sprinked with clear and/or silver glitter.

Note: I have found that salt works well as a substitute for glitter. Less mess on carpets and in cars.  Charlene

Snowflakes (an original poem/fingerplay)

Snowflakes are falling all around

From high in the clouds down to the ground.

They land on the sidewalk, they land on my sled,

They land on mommy's car and they land on my head.

But the snowflakes that I like the best are those

That come fluttering and dancing to the tip of my nose!

Ooooooo COLD!

Contributed by: Barb

Have an indoor snowball fight!

(Even in areas where there is no snow!)

Actually this idea came to me because I had planned a snowball fight at school to go with our winter theme, and then I realized that it was against school rules to throw snowballs. So, not wanting to be an inappropriate role model, I revised my plan and devised the "indoor snowball fight". I promote the snowball fight a week or so before the event occurs. Then, on the day of the "fight", I read The Snowball War. Then I show the children the "snowballs" -- which are really marshmallows! We estimate how many snowballs are in a package. We then count the actual number of snowballs and divide the class into two teams.

We have three rules for the fight:

1. No throwing hard.

2. No climbing (to get a snowball that is out of reach).

3. No eating snowballs. (I have an extra package of "snowballs" to share after the fight.)

I set the timer for ten minutes and the war begins.

When the timer rings we have to find all the "snowballs". Since we know how many we had to start out, we know how many we have to find.   This gives us the chance to count backwards. (There have been years when we find the last "snowball" several weeks later! )

After we have found all the snowballs we can, we write a language experience story, which I then type on the computer and photocopy for each student to take home.

Contributed By: Linda Van Der Werf lvander@informns.kl2.mn.us

Rain, rain, go away...  come again another day!

Book List!

Calendar

Take a large piece of oaktag and make it into a calendar. Write the month and year at the top. Write the days of the week under that to create a calendar.

Create picture cards to represent the different types of weather. (snowy, rainy, sunny, windy,etc...). These can be stored in a zipper-type storage bag.  Each day a different child places the weather card on the number representing the day. At the end of the month the different types of weather can be graphed. Which weather condition exsisted the most? The least? This can be graphed as a bar graph or a line graph.

Contributed by:  Kandi

Rain

Children can illustrate pictures of houses, cars, people, etc. Supply vegetable cooking oil in a small dish and a thin paint brush.  Allow children to dot "rain" on the picture.  Wash the brushes with warm soapy water to remove the oil.

Snow and Ice

Follow the same procedure as above in illustrating pictures of houses, cars, people, etc. Dissolve salt in warm water. Supply this mixture and paint brushes.  Allow children to paint the entire page.  Allow this to dry and "ice" crystals will appear.

Making Rain

Pour hot water into a clear glass bowl and cover with clear plastic wrap.  Observe the "rain" gather in the "sky".

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around.  Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground.  Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs.  Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers. - jump rope rhyme

Book List!

Computer Programs -

P.B.Bear's Birthday Party - Dorling Kindersley

Math is "Beary" Fun

Cut 1" teddy bears from a die-cut machine. Draw the outline of a jar on oaktag and paste the teddy bears all over it. Have the children estimate how many teddy bears are in the jar. Write down all their answers and then count the teddy bears to see who was the closest.

Use the same teddy cut outs for graphing. Put teddys in sandwich bags and the children can graph them. Have them answer questions related to their individual graphs. Make a bulletin board from their graphs.

Have a teddy bear day when everyone brings a teddy bears to school. Read Ira Sleeps Over. Give the children an opportunity to show-n-tell about their own bear.  Those who don't have teddy bears can bring any stuffed toy.  Be sure to have extras for those children who don't bring a friend to share.

Supply a basket of teddy bear theme books. The children can enjoy these during center time or free choice time.

Contributed by:  Kandi

Cinnamon Bear

Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon bear

Sitting on a kitchen chair.

Cinnamon sugar in a shaker

Shake, shake, shake it like a baker.

Sprinkles it on buttered toast,

It's the treat he eats the most.

Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon bear,

Do you think that we may share?

Make cinnamon sugar. Plain white bread can be stamped with a bear cookie cutter and then toasted and spread with butter. The children can sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar and then eat their creations. Yummy!

Cut tagboard bear shapes.  Attach the poem to its stomach and spread glue circles on the paws. The children then sprinkle cinnamon on the circles to give the paws texture and scent.

Supply two construction paper bear shapes with holes punched around the outside and have the children "sew" them together with plastic needles and red yarn. When they are almost complete they may stuff them with polyester fiberfill that has been sprinked with cinnamon. Add wiggle eyes and a bow ( a hair bow for the girls and and bow tie for the boys) and attach a yarn hanger. These may be used as Christmas tree ornaments.

Polar Bear in a Snowstorm

Give the children white tempera paint and blue construction paper.  Supply paint brushes, pieces of sponge, paper towels, and cotton balls, etc. and allow them to cover the construction paper with the paint any way they wish. When the painting is completed, they may glue a bit of polyester fiberfill or a stretched out cotton ball to their picture. This is a "polar bear in a snowstorm." This project can also lead to a discussion about "camoflage" and why some animals and birds change color in the winter.

Contributed by: Barb

Teddy Bear Week

Read "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" and then go on a teddy bear picnic. Have the children bring a teddy bear (or another stuffed friend if they don't have a teddy bear) to school to stay for the whole week. Do lots of teddy bear activities all week and then the culminating activity is a picnic in the park with all of the bears. Have each child bring a sack lunch and eat outdoors (or in) for your picnic.

"Five Little Teddy Bears Jumping on a Bed"

Create little "blank" books and have the children draw a bed on each page. Then with rubber teddy bear stamps they stamp the correct number of Teddy Bears on the page...5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and finally 0. The children can tell the story as they turn the pages.

Contributed by:  Judy

Bears

Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?.  The children can create a big book of the story.

Read Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?. Next, allow the children to choose a bear like a black bear, panda bear, grizzly bear, etc. They can then write and illustrate about that bear and another of the five senses. For example:

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You Taste?

Grizzly Bear, What Do You Feel?

Black Bear, What Do You Smell?

For the sense of taste we have a teddy bear picnic to culminate the unit and study nutrition.

Use "The Teddy Bear Picnic/Kennedy". Cut teddy bears out of brown bread and apply honey or jam.

You can count/graph Teddygrahams and/or gummy bears.

Have students bring in bearsLet them create and decorate box floats for a parade and tour the school with "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" playing the familiar tune..."If you go down to the woods today..."

Contributed by:  BOBSUELIZ@aol.com

What's your favorite web site?

 http://www.ctw.org/ Visit Sesame Street! http://199.95.184.10/public/msb/msb.html Go on an adventure! http://www.pbs.org/lambchop/ Songs, games, and more! http://www.destinyweb.com/elephant/ Great fun!

Transition Songs

One little, two little, three little helpers,

four little, five little, six little helpers,

seven little, eight little, nine little helpers,

cleaning up the room.

(The 2nd time end with... we will be done soon.  This works especially well at cleanup time!)

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