Letter D!

The Plan

Books

Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler
One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter D”

Flannelboard Song: “Five Little Ducks”

Action Rhyme: “Dinosaur, Dinosaurs”
Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Little Duck”
I saw a little duck go hop, hop, hop (hop three times)
I told the little duck to stop, stop, stop (hold up hand for stop)
I went to the window to say, ‘How do you do?’ (hold out hand for handshake)
He wagged his little tail and far away he flew! (shake tail and fly away)
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

Puppets: “Five Little Doggies”
Five little doggies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.)
This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.)
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Craft

I got this amazing craft idea from Totally Tots, and they have done a craft for every letter of the alphabet — I know that I will definitely be using that again. Because this was another outreach storytime, I had the dinosaurs pre-assembled except for the spines, which the kids glued on at the daycare. They colored all over their dinosaurs and some of their names wound up inside their dinosaur’s belly. Quite a few kids made jokes about their dinosaurs eating them!

How It Went

I truly cannot express how blessed and grateful I feel to be doing storytimes with this group of kids. They are amazing listeners, kind-hearted helpers, and it really raises my spirits every time I walk into their classroom and squeals of “MISS KATIE! YOU’RE HERE!” reach my ears again. As for this particular storytime, the kids LOVED “Dinosaur Vs. the Library” and really enjoyed roaring along with the book. “Dance Your Fingers Up” remains one of the best fingerplays that I’ve recently found — definitely add it to your repertoire.

3 Comments on “Letter D!”

  1. Elisabeth (YS Princess)
    September 13, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Not sure if I’ve told you this yet, but even if I have I’ll tell you again – I love these storytimes you’ve planned using the different letters of the alphabet. I work at a library and plan on using your suggestions as inspiration! :)
    I would totally be interested in hearing more about your Flannelboard/Songs/etc. that have no description already by them (i.e. Flannelboard Song: “Five Little Ducks”).
    Keep up the great work! :D

    • Katie
      September 19, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks again!

      I’ve got the words to the song on the flannelboard page. And I’m pretty sure that I learned the “Five Little Ducks” song while watching “Barney” with a babysitting charge back in the day. I’m sure there’s YouTube footage of it somewhere, if you want to learn the tune!

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