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Garden City School Library: What's That I Hear?

Lesson 1 - Sounds Like ...

  • Introduction: Welcome the students to the library. Ask if any of them have ever been to a library before. Explain that at the school library, we read books, play games, do activities, and sing songs. Including the name game. Which you sing now.  
  • Readalouds: Read Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea, encouraging the kids to roar when appropriate. Explain that we can't run around roaring, but we can make other noises when the teacher says it's appropriate.

    Ask the kids to list animals and then share the sounds they make. Read This Little Chick by John Lawrence, asking the kids to predict what the chick will say on the next page each time he encounters a new animal. 

    Finally, read The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort and have the kids sing along.

  • Videos: Move to the middle of the room to dance to some Super Simple Songs about animals.

Lesson 2 - Bark, George!

  • Introduction: Sing the name game, asking the kids to add their favorite animal sound after their name.

  • Readalouds: Read Bark, George! by Jules Pfeiffer (thanks to my colleague Suzanne Jordan for telling me about this book).
  • Video: Show the Scholastic Storybook Treasures version of the book, encouraging the kids to make the sounds that George does. 
  • Activity: Give each student a copy of the "dramatic play set" found on Review which colors each animal was in the book, but let them know they can use whatever colors they like on their papers. When they're done coloring, tape a sandwich-size plastic zip-top bag to the back of George and put the animals in it. The students can retell tehe story at home.
  • Video: Once a few kids have finished, play one or more Super Simple Songs about animal sounds.