Saturday, November 28, 2009

Picture Book Programs

Monster Story Time
The following storytime is for grades PK-1, intended to last a typical 20-30 minute time period.

"Let's start today by going for a monster hunt to see what we can find. Ready? Repeat after me..."

Monster Hunt finger play

We're going on a monster hunt. (Point to self)
We're going to find a big one! (Raise hand above head)
We're not scared, but -- (Shake head)
What if he's under the bed? (Pretend to peek under the bed)
Better go over it, squoosh, squoosh, squoosh. (Clasp palms together)
What if he's in the closet? (Pretend to open the door)
Better close it, slam, slam, slam. (Clap hands loudly)
What if he's behind the curtains? (Pretend to peek behind the curtains)
Better open them, swish, swish, swish. (Rub palms together)
What if he's in the hallway? (Point somewhere)
Better tiptoe down it, tiptoe, tiptoe. (Perform this action)
What if he's in the garage? (Point another direction)
Better stomp through it, stomp, stomp, stomp. (Perform this action)
Aahhh! It's a monster! (Scream loudly)
Stomp through the garage (Perform actions as above)
Walk through the hallway,
Close the curtains,
Open the closet,
Jump into bed and turn out the lights! Click! (Jump and snap fingers)

"Whoa! What do you know about monsters?" Accept answers and then read:

Thach, James Otis. 2007. A child's guide to common household monsters. Ashville, NC: Front Street Press.

Five Little Monsters finger play

One little monster, scary and blue, (Hold up one finger)
Met a friend and that made two. (Hold up two fingers)
Two little monsters, shaking a tree, (Use two fingers to shake a tree)
They met a friend and that made three. (Hold up three fingers)
Three little monsters, slamming a door, (Three fingers slam a door)
They met a friend and that made four. (Hold up four fingers)
Four little monsters, dancing a jive, (Four fingers dance around)
They met a friend and that made five. (Hold up five fingers)
Five scary monsters on Halloween night, (Five fingers walk around)
They met a ghost who gave them a fright! (Five fingers run away)

"So, what do we do if we see a monster? This book will help us..." Read:

Emberley, Ed. 1992. Go away big green monster. Boston: Little, Brown.

"Wait a minute... are you the monsters? Let's take this test and see, stand up"

Monster, Monster

Monster, monster, turn around.
Monster, monster, touch the ground.
Monster, monster, reach up high.
Monster, monster, squint your eyes.
Monster, monster, show your teeth.
Monster, monster, stamp your feet.

"You are the monsters! And you are such cute monster! I am not scared of you, but this monster is..." Read:

Willis, Jeanne. 1999. Monster Bed. New York: Mulberry Books.

Spring Story Time
The following storytime is for 3rd-4th grades; intended to last a typical 20-30 minute time period.

"Today, I want us to think about some of the characteristics of Spring. Can you name some of the things that you know about Spring?" List answers on chart paper or a whiteboard.

"Great. You have made a very comprehensive list. I want you to look at the things that you have mentioned while I read some riddles and let's see if your list will help you figure them out."

Read riddles from:
Walton, Rick. 1990. Weather or not: riddles for rain and shine. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co.

"Great job. I want to look at Spring just a little differently. Let's take a look at these poems called acrostic poems. Acrostic poems are poems that the first letter of each line forms a word vertically. Let's take a look at some examples."

Read poems from:
Schnur. Steven. 1999. Spring: an alphabet acrostic. New York: Clarion Books.

"I would like you to write your own acrostic poem with a friend. Pick one of the words from our chart, one of the characteristics of Spring, and write your poem. Pick a friend real fast and you have 5-10 minutes to write your poems. When you are done, we will take the time to share them."

Give the students 5-10 minutes to write their own poems and then have them share their poems if they choose. Have them leave behind their poems to display in the library.

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