Last we had a visit from 2 Kindergarten classes wanting a library visit to go along with what they were currently learning about — animal habitats. Here’s what I put together.
MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*
Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats by Il Sung Na
MOVEMENT: Hi, My Name is Jo*
Looking Closely in the Rain Forest by Frank Serafinia
MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi
MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
“Over in the Meadow” from The Wheels on the Bus…and More Magical Stories. Based on the book by John Langstaff, with illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: Listen to Our World by Bill Martin Jr & Michael Sampson, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Book: Over in the Grasslands On an African Savanna by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jill Dubin
Book: Where To, Little Wombat? by Charles Fuge
Book: In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
DVD: “In the Small, Small Pond” from Antarctic Antics …and More Hilarious Animal Stories
Books: Looking Closely series by Frank Serafini
HOW IT WENT:
At first I was a little hesitant about the theme, but as I started looking around for books on the topic I warmed up to it. I used Welcome Home, Bear first, because it focused on a lot of different habitats, then for the rest of the storytime I focused in on single ones: the rainforest, the forest, and the meadow.
The kids LOVED Looking Closely in the Rainforest and had a lot of fun guessing what things were. I just read the large type on these, and not every detail about the animals/plants, etc. I would use these again.
The video wasn’t the best choice, I think the kids may have been a little bored with it.
ATTENDANCE: First Group: 32 Second Group: 34 (adults and children)
PRESENTED: Wednesday, October 18
*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my
A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page