Books of the Week for August 2-8
This week's books are all about the FISH. What are your favorite fish books? Please add them below!
Ten Little Fish by Audrey and Bruce Wood
- Make a file folder counting game (see link below).
- Make fish "aquarium" for snack using blue jello and gummy fish.
- Make a class mural using a large sheet of bulletin board paper and blue/white paint. Add fish that the children have made/cut out of construction paper.
- View National Geographic Website below to learn about fish facts.
- Learn about the parts of a fish. Put a large diagram on the bulletin board or Smartboard for students to see.
- Learn other words that begin with the letter F. Make a fishing game by tying a magnet on the end of a dowel. Gather about 10-15 picture cards where at least half of them depict "F" words like fish, frog, flag, etc. Place magnets on the back of each picture. Put the pictures in a small inflatable pool and let the children fish out each card, one at a time. When they get their card, they have to say if the picture begins with an F or not. You can sort the pictures on a magnetic board.
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert
- Cut out various fish shapes from construction paper. Give students lots of collage materials and allow them to choose a fish to decorate. Some collage materials might be: beads, buttons, sequins, tissue paper, yarn, confetti, party streamers, stickers, etc...
- Read other books by Lois Ehlert and study how she creates her illustrations.
- Do some fish math - find or make some fish counters and do some simple math word problems with a small group of children at a time.
Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
- Create water color drawings.
- Do a painting with tissue paper: give children a white sheet of water color paper and colored tissue squares. Allow the child to dip the tissue paper in a shallow bowl of water (or "paint" water on the paper with a small paint brush; you can also use watered down glue instead of water). Place the colored tissue paper on the white construction paper, rub for a few seconds and then remove the tissue paper. You will be left with the color of the tissue paper! The result will be much like a water color painting but you will have some defined shapes and some deeper colors.
- Learn about Leo Lionni.
- Classic Seuss! Watch the video of this story. It is available online.
- This is a good book to use introduce number words.
- This is also a fun introduction to rhyming words.
- Visit an aquarium, or see if your local aquarium has an outreach program, so the children can learn about fish.
- Give children pictures of various animals (it is best to use real pictures and not outlines/patterns) and have them sort them into two categories: fish or not a fish.
- Set up a classroom aquarium. Make this a journal activity by having the students document the steps the class had to take to create the aquarium.
Some Fishy Links
Fish FAQs - Good background information for adults
DLTK's Fish Site - Printables, Crafts, Coloring Pages
Fish Songs from Everything Preschool
National Geographic for Kids - Creature Features Fish Page