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HS All About Authors

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Interest Area Changes to Environment

Pictures of Authors (Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Jan Brett, are examples) File Folder Game – Match the character to the book (Match red and blue fish to the Cover of the Dr. Seuss book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, etc..) Same as above – Using Eric Carle Fake Eye Glasses Folders with Paper Journals Magnify Glass Feather Quill Ink Pads Stampers Magazines Books (a lot of them!) Newspapers Large Erasers Pencils Pens (without lids) Keyboard Puppets Memo pads Reading wands All about author board


Teaching Concepts for Large Group

1.  Review rhyming words from previous week.  Make a chart of words that rhyme. 2.  Over the course of the year, during story time Teachers should have been focusing on  literacy concepts (front of the book, back of the book, the spine, Author, Illustrators, Publishers, and where to read).  Take this time to discuss Authors.  What makes a person an Author?  How do you become an Author?  Who is the Author of this book? 3.  Discuss Dr. Seuss.  What are some books that he wrote?  Have these out in the classroom for center play.  This is an awesome website to do your Dr. Seuss planning and research on :  http://www.seussville.com/#/home 4.  Discuss Eric Carle. What are some books that he wrote? Have these out in the classroom for center play.  Here is a link with 30+ activities for Eric Carle. As you incorporate these activities into your classroom, be sure to follow Head Start Policies and Procedures.  http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.com/2012/06/join-fun-with-eric-carle.html

Teaching Concepts for Small Group

1.  Use the File Folder Match game. 2.  Have a book for each child in the group and ask these questions: Show the front of the book. Show the back of the book. Show me the spine. What does the author do? What does the illustrator do? Point to what to read. When all the words on this page are read, where do I go to find the next word to read? 3.  Rhyming Games 4.  Create a classroom book, letting the children choose the topic (narrow it down for them) and let them be the Authors and the Illustrators, and Teachers will be the Publisher for putting the book together. 5.  Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Dough: Use green play dough and red play dough.  Have the children use the play dough to make their own version of Eric Carle’s famous caterpillar.  6.  Eric Carle Inspired Art: Have the children paint on tissue paper — using a variety of colors and brushstrokes.  Once it dries, cut different shapes and pieces out of the painted tissue paper.  From there, have the children make animals and characters out of the pieces.  7.  Leaf and Rock Number Matching: The children matched up numbered rocks with the appropriate “eaten” leaves.  For example, the rock with a 5 on it was matched to the leaf with 5 holes in it.












Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1.  Phon-ercise (Dr. Jean) All right, everybody. Time to phon-ercise. Put your hands in the air and say the letter. Touch your shoulders and make the letter sound. Touch the ground and name a word that begins with that sound. A – /a/ – alligator B – /b/ – ball Cat – duck – egg – fish – girl - House – iguana – jelly – king - Lion – mouse – nest – octopus - Pig – queen – ring – sun – top - Umbrella – vest – wagon – x-ray Yo-yo - zipper 2.  Rhyme Time (Fran Avini) Rhyme rhyme any old time I’ve got a nickel and you’ve got a dime When word endings sound the same We can play the rhyming game. Rhyme rhyme any old time I’ve got a nickel and you’ve got a dime When word endings sound the same We can play the rhyming game. I’ll make a rhyme and you can too My favorite color is navy blue I’ll put my sock on then my – shoe Rhyming all the time – oh I say apple you say pear You say table, and I say chair Where oh where’s my teddy – bear? Rhyming all the time – oh Rhyme rhyme any old time I’ve got a nickel and you’ve got a dime When word endings sound the same We can play the rhyming game. Dennis is my dinosaur He sleeps on the bedroom floor Late at night I hear him snore Rhyming all the time – oh Tabby is my kitty cat She sits on the welcome mat Next to grandpa’s big straw hat Rhyming all the time – oh Rhyme rhyme any old time I’ve got a nickel and you’ve got a dime When word endings sound the same We can play the rhyming game. I’ll say dish and you say fish Swimming with a swish swish swish On your birthday make a – wish Rhyming all the time – oh Sister Rosie’s dressed in red From her toes up to her head She likes reading books in bed Rhyming all the time – oh Rhyme rhyme any old time I’ve got a nickel and you’ve got a dime When word endings sound the same We can play the rhyming game.

Teaching Concepts for Finger-plays

1.  Rhyme Time (Tune: “Addams Family”) Rhyme time, rhyme time, Rhyme time, rhyme time, rhyme time. There’s can and there’s pan. There’s fan and there’s ran. There’s man and there’s tan. The “an” family. Pet-jet-vet-net-let-set. . . The “et” family. Like-hike-bike-mike-trike-pike. . . The “ike” family. Pot-dot-hot-not-lot-got. . . Ball-call-hall-fall-tall-mall. . . Sit-lit-hit-kit-fit-pit. . . Book-look-cook-hook-took-nook. . .

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

Side walk story

Use chalk to draw pictures and write a story of the actions and pictures drawn outside


CLASS Concepts

Dr. Seuss - During circle time or small group, ask the students to tell you what rhyming means. (when words end the same) Tell them they are going to be rhyme detectives and that whenever they detect a rhyming pair of words they have to touch their noses to show that they’ve found it. Tell them to get their detective fingers ready (by holding it in the air) and recite a rhyming pair of words. Do this a few times to make sure they understand. At this point, read a Dr. Seuss book, such as One Fish, Two Fish or Hop on Pop to the children. Tell the children to take their detective fingers back out. Remind them to touch their noses whenever they hear a rhyming word. Stop frequently to ask the students if they can think of any other words that rhyme with the pairs they detected. Nonsense words are totally acceptable answers for these rhyming activities! Eric Carle – Introduce the artist and author Eric Carle by showing a variety of his books. Explain how he uses collage for his illustrations of books. Collage is from the French word coller, which means to glue or paste. After reading one of his books, provide many collage materials for the children to make their own collage character for a classroom book. Encourage them to plan how they will use the materials and ask them to tell you about their artwork throughout the process. Ask them where his character lives, what it eats, etc. and write it on the page. Combine all of the collage characters to make a classroom book.

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