Trees!

The Plan

Books

trees

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Pie In the Sky by Lois Ehlert
A Tree for Me by Nancy Van Laan
A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Fall Is Not Easy”

Action Rhyme: “A Tree Is a Home”
A tree may be a home for bird (flap arms like a bird)
A tree may be a home for bee (buzz your hand around)
A tree may be a home for snake (slithering snake)
A tree may be a home for monkey (swing your arms)
Hmmm. I wonder if a tree would make a good home for me? (point to self)
Credit: The Holiday Zone

Fingerplay: “Way Up High in the Apple Tree”
Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arms up high)
I saw two apples looking 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! (smile and rub stomach)
Credit: Childhood

Song: “I’m a Tree, I have Four Needs” (Tune: Skip to My Lou)
I’m a tree, I have four needs.
I’m a tree, I have four needs.
I’m a tree, I have four needs.
Do you know what they are?
(I need lots and lots of sun, to grow big and strong / I need water now and then, to grow big and strong / I need air just like you, to grow big and strong / I need soil for my roots, to grow big and strong)
Credit: The Holiday Zone

Craft

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I got this AMAZING craft from The Crafting Chicks. We always have toilet paper rolls stocked, and an abundance of leftover foam letter stickers from the thousands of Oriental Trading crafts that we do. This was a great way to use some of the stockpile!

How It Went

This was another storytime that I tried to time around an April holiday — Earth Day (I think I actually did this in May though). I’m a huge fan of trees, and I had a great time talking, reading, and singing about trees. The kids were very excited to chant along with me during “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” — I had a sibling set that reads that book every night before bed.

5 comments on “Trees!

  1. zarenacecilia
    September 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Hey Katie! Have you read ‘Tap the Magic Tree’? It’s a new picture book and it’s a lot of fun during storytime because it’s interactive (very similar to ‘Press Here’).

    http://www.amazon.ca/Tap-Magic-Tree-Christie-Matheson/dp/0062274457/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380135801&sr=8-1&keywords=tap+the+magic+tree

    • Katie
      September 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      I have! I LOVE IT. I was lucky enough to snag a finished copy of it at ALA Annual and it is just the best storytime book. I’ve used it twice this season already!

  2. zarenacecilia
    September 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi Katie!

    Have you read ‘Tap the Magic Tree’? It’s a new picture book, and it is really awesome! It’s especially great during storytime because it’s highly interactive (think ‘Press Here’)

    Check it out: http://www.amazon.ca/Tap-Magic-Tree-Christie-Matheson/dp/0062274457/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380135801&sr=8-1&keywords=tap+the+magic+tree

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

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