Monday, May 20, 2013

Caldecott Storytime: Week 14 & Week 15

I'm doing Caldecott themed storytime for preschool storytime in January-April.Check out all my Caldecott Storytime plans here.

So I did two storytimes with this years winner, but silly me forgot to keep my full plan for Week 14. That week I introduced the winners from this year and read Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, and Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. My group was a little young, so I abridged some of Extra Yarn. I also wasn't sure if they really liked Creepy Carrots, but we made our own carrots for a craft and after I heard them playing in the department saying "my creepy carrot will get you!" so it must have been a hit!

For Week 15, I saved this year's winner for last. It was lots of fun and a great way to end our Caldecott series. Here's what I did:

Open: Where Is Thumbkin and Shake My Sillies Out by The Wiggles


-A couple of the kids new this one because they had read it before and they were excited to talk about the big black fish the fish make in the end.

Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner


Song: Octopus by Charlotte Diamond (the kids loved this song!)


Song: Ten Little Fishes (I got this from my mom and I'm not sure where she got 

it!) I printed out little fishes and had each kid hold a fish and walk around so their fish could swim. My mom uses this in her music class and tells the kids that the fish swim around and greet each other by getting very close to another fish and saying "hello". So as the kids walk around with their fish, they can go around the room and greet the other kids and their fish. As we walked we sang:

"One little, two little, three little fishies
Four little, five little, six little fishies
Seven little, eight little, nine little fishies,
Ten little  fishes in the sea."

Then I added a verse about the "fishies swim high" and "fishies swim low" and had the kids move their fish higher in the air and then low to the ground.

"Fishies swim high in the water
Fishies swim high in the water
Fishies swim high in the water
Ten little fishies in the sea."

"Fishies swim low in the water
Fishies swim low in the water
Fishies swim low in the water
Ten little fishies in the sea."

The kids loved this song and loved having fish props to use. I plan to use it again in storytime.


-Rubber Ducks in a tub of water 

-Blocks with bubbles inside 

-Reading station (I put out other Caldecott winning titles and had a mat set up where the kids could read and check out other Caldecott titles)

-Puppets-we made fish puppets to go with our story

Overall this was a great storytime and I loved doing the Caldecott theme with the kids. As the weeks went by the kids knew what the award was and become  more interested in checking out Caldecott winning titles. It was a great success!

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