Letter F – The Rainbow Fish

Introduction

  Read the F page in Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. Emphasize the /f/ sound by saying f-f-fish. What other things start with?

Here’s a link to the book with animation and extra attention given to each letter:

Ten Apples Up On Top, Letter C-F

Next read The Rainbow Fish. Invite students to listen for the F sound and to also look for big F and little f in the book. When finished, asked the kids what words they heard or saw that start with F. The Rainbow Fish

Arts-Infused Activities

Letter Recognition/Sensory – Ss make a big F and/or little f by drawing the letter in the air. Then students collaborate to make an F with their bodies. Next they make an F with goldfish crackers or swedish fish. They can follow a printed letter pattern such as this one www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2012/12/a-z-do-a-dot-worksheets.html if needed, or can do it on their own. They put the apples on top of the letter to become familiar with the shape of the letter. Example: ….is forthcoming

Reading/Art – Make a fish and letter F combined!

http://fromabcstoacts.com/alphabet-book-uppercase-e

Art activity: Make a big F and/or little f.

Science –  Ocean Animals

Look through the pictures in the book. Discuss all the ocean animals Ss can see.

Dance/music activity: Have students move like each animal: fish, octopus, clam, sea anenome, starfish, sea weed, coral, snail, mollusk. Play Carnival of the Animals: Acquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns‎ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyFpZ5MZ7kk Establish rules of dance (keep space between others and things, so no touching other things without permission) and demonstrate creative dance movements. Show picture of Saint-Saëns.

Art activity: Make an acquarium or ocean on blue posterboard. Have students look through various books on ocean animals and then draw their favorite on paper, cut it out, and then glue on the “ocean.” All students can then make a rainbow fish with a paper plate. Here’s the link: http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/06/summer-reading-adventure-week-2-rainbow/ 


Math – counting/sorting

For a movement activity on counting and/or sorting rainbow fish crackers:

http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/06/summer-reading-adventure-week-2-rainbow/ 

Social Studies – Oceans around the World or Show picture of Saint-Saëns. Discuss part of world where he is from. Show on map.

Character Education –

Drama activity: roleplay on sharing

For life skills and social/emotional activities: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/booknook/rainbow_fish.pdf

Reflection – At the end of the lesson, ask students what they learned.

For academic and art learning, see this awesome web page:

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/the-rainbow-fish

Other books that repeat the f sound:

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Fibber E. Frog by Al Newman

Four Famished Foxes

The Fearless Chicken

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Letter C – Clara Caterpillar

Introduction

Read the C page in Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. Emphasize the /c/ sound by saying c-c-caterpillar. Ask what other things start with /c/ sound?
Read Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards. Invite students to listen for the /c/ sound and to also look for big C and little c in the book. When finished, asked the kids what words they heard or saw that start with C.
 

Arts-Infused Activities

Reading/Sensory – Ss make a big C and/or little c by drawing the letter in the air. Then students collaborate to make a C with their bodies. Next they make a C with cookies (or candy, crackers, carrots). They can follow a printed letter pattern if needed, or can do it on their own. They put the cookies on top of the letter to become familiar with the shape of the letter.
Reading/Art – Make a letter C and caterpillar combined!
 
C is for caterpillar and this one is adorable! Make your own preschool alphabet book with these free printables!
Other books that repeat the /c/ sound: 
Click Clack Moo
Please feel free to add to my list!

Letter B – Bumble Bee

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Introduction

Read the B page in Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. Emphasize the /b/ sound by saying b-b-bumblebee. Ask what other things start with /b/ sound?


Read Bumble Bee. Invite students to listen for the /b/ sound and to also look for big B and little b in the book. When finished, asked the kids what words they heard or saw that start with B. 

Arts-Infused Activities

Reading/Sensory – Ss make a big B and/or little a by drawing the letter in the air. Then students collaborate to make a B with their bodies. Next they make a B with bears (gummy bears or teddy grahams). They can follow a printed letter pattern if needed, or can do it on their own. They put the bears on top of the letter to become familiar with the shape of the letter.


Reading/Art – Make a letter B and bumblebee combined!

Other books that repeat the /b/ sound: 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle

Bubble Time Bubble Gum

Please feel free to add to my list!

Letter A – Ten Apples Up On Top!

Introduction

Read the A page in Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. Emphasize the /a/ sound by saying a-a-apple. What other things start with?

Read 10 Apples Up on Top. Invite students to listen for the /a/ sound and to also look for big A and little a in the book. When finished, asked the kids what words they heard or saw that start with A. In addition to reading the book, you can in addition to or in place of, show students this catchy YouTube read aloud version put to music: Ten Apples Up On Top song in the style of Jason Mraz

Arts-Infused Activities

Letter Recognition/Sensory – Ss make a big A and/or little a by drawing the letter in the air. Then students collaborate to make an A with their bodies. Next they make an A with apple slices or apple gummy candies. They can follow a printed letter pattern such as this one www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2012/12/a-z-do-a-dot-worksheets.html if needed, or can do it on their own. They put the apples on top of the letter to become familiar with the shape of the letter. Example: ….is forthcoming

Reading/Art – Make an apple and letter A combined!

letter a lesson plan
curiouslittlekid.com/preschool-crafts/free-lesson-plans/apple/

Counting/Sensory – Count to ten by counting the apples used for the letter A. Students can move them one at a time onto a paper with ten squares or a ten frame, like the one found here: mathwire.com/strategies/matspv.html.

Art/Dance/Music/Drama – Sing to ten with music and then sing it backwards. Each student has a number chart and points to each number while singing backward and forward. When this is easy to do, add marching and moving hands like a soldier.

Dance to the music of this book found on YouTube (see link above). Act out the words as they are sung.

Reenact a part from the book with apples. Have apple props and other props as needed.

Book Discussion – How many apples were on top?

Science – Check several books out from library on apples and apple trees. This would be a fun lesson to do on Johnny Appleseed Day – September 26th (his birthday.) Here’s some recommendations:

Secrets of the Apple Tree