Storytime. Preschool. Library. Home school. Every Child Ready to Read. ECRR. Storytime: Penguins

DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL(S): Narrative Skills

BOOKS TO DISPLAY

A Cool Caper by Martha E. H. Rustad
A Penguin Story
by Antoinette Portis
How Big is a Million? By Anna Milbourne
10 Little Penguins: A Pop-Up Book
by Jean-Luc Fromental 
I Like it When
by Mary Murphy
My Penguin Osbert
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Penguins
by Liz Pichon
The Emperor’s Egg
by Jane Chapman
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor  
Ten Little Penguins
by Kate Toms

BASIC TIMELINE

  1. Intro
  2. Read-a-Loud Book
  3. Flannelboard
  4. Read-a-Loud Book
  5. Flannelboard
  6. Read-a-Loud Book
  7. Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS

Penguin Books

Penguin by Polly Dunbar
Playful Little Penguins
by Tony Mitton
Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton

ACTIVITIES

Flannelboard: abbrev. version of Six Little Penguins by Nancy J. Smith (via Artfelt.net)

Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped his head, then there were five.
Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale, then there were four.
Four little penguins twirled around, wheee!
One spun off, then there were three.

Three little penguins with nothing to do,
One went fishing, then there were two.
Two little penguins having lots of fun,
One slid away, then there was one.
One little Penguin, when day was done,
Went home to sleep, then there were none.

Flannelboard:  PABLO the Penguin (via Artfelt.net)

(Sing to the tune of BINGO exchanging a letter each time with a clap)
There was a penguin in the snow and Pablo was his NAME-0.
P-A-B-L-O
P-A-B-L-O
P-A-B-L-O
And PABLO was his NAME-O…etc.

CRAFT: Penguins!

Penguin Storytime Craft

For this storytime, I thought it might be nice if each of the children could make their own “personal penguin.” To save money, I purchased a set of black, paper plates from The Dollar Tree for $1. I sketched out a template using one of the paper plates. Then, I pre-cut all of the Penguin’s bodies and flippers. I used left over scrapbook paper to fashion the beaks, feet, and stomachs.  I pre-cut the edges of half a dozen different colored sheets of paper (using pinking shears), and let each child select their own color. Crayons, markers and googly eyes were provided too.

REVIEW:

As expected, I had a small storytime group at GBL on Saturday. Four of my regulars were absent. In total, I had two children—an 8 year-old regular, and a 3 year-old little boy I’ve seen once before. The little boy had some trouble staying focused. So I had to ask a lot of questions to re-direct his attention. I did really well during the read-a-loud portion, but was less than chatty during the craft portion. The craft was a bit plainer than I like, but both children appreciated the opportunity to use crayons and markers to individualize the craft (especially the older girl).

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