Friday, April 1, 2016

Pre-K Construction Storytime

       


Construction Storyhour
Books:  
  • With Any Luck I'll Drive a Truck by David Friend.  Great description of what trucks do AND fun readaloud.
  • Stanley the Builder by Bee.
  • Extremely Cute Animals OPerating Heavy Machinery by David Gordon.  Too cute for words!
  • Roadwork by Sally Sutton.  I asked the kids to do the actions with me, hammer the pegs, move the earth, load the dirt, etc. I repeated the chorus, like Ping! Bang! Tap! 3 x.  Next time, I'd go even slower to get the job done! I read to the page about "Roll the tar" and then skipped to the end, "Shout hooray!"
  • The Three Little Gators by Helen Ketteman or The Three Little Rigs by David Gordon.  Any favorite 3 little piggie thing; Gators is nice and short and I love doing the Texas accent.
  • Digger to the Rescue by Mandy Archer
  • Building with Dad by Carol Nevius 
  •  Graders by Mary Lindeen.  This is a Mighty Machines book by Blastoff Readers, and it really is a great series for beginning readers -- clear photos and a little info.
  • Didn't get to: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Rinker. 
  • Bling Blang by Woody Guthrie.
  • Let's Go to the Hardware Store by Anne Rockwell.  Excellent, informative.
  • I'm a Truck Driver by Jonathan London.
  • Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman. Shorten a bit.
Songs:

  • Motor boat (and pick-up truck, steam engine and rocket ship)
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon (bring in a wagon!)
  • To the "Bakery Shop"
Down around the corner at the used car lot
There were 8 big trucks all ready to be bought.
Along came (child in audience), all alone,
She hopped in the backhoe and she drove home.

(Backhoe, 'dozer, loader, skid steer, digger, dump truck, grader, excavator)
This year I used a simple set of colored trucks. I counted them first, explained the set up to the kids, and they all sat in a nice semi-circle.  I called on them according to where they were sitting, looking to their parents for help with names, and that worked better than asking for raised hands, etc.

  • To "Where is Thumbkin"
Where is racing car? Where is racing car? Here I am, here I am, etc.
Where is dump truck, big van, helicopter (twirl finger!), freight train.
Go over the words first. Fun.

  • Windshield Wiper (From Best Kids Booksite)
I"m a windshield wiper, This is how I go. Back and forth in the rain and snow. Slowly! There's just a drizzle. Fast now! It's pouring! Ah, just a nice steady rain now.
BE the windshield wiper! This is an exercise in fast and slow, and the kids love its POURING AND YOU HAVE TO GO SO FAST!

  • Five Big Trucks                                                                    
Five big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
FIRE TRUCK, GARBAGE TRUCK, TOW TRUCK, DUMP TRUCK & BACKHOE    
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only four big trucks came rolling back.
The HOOK & LADDER FIRE truck is needed at a fire!
          (Picture: The hook and ladder has stopped to put out a fire.)

Four big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
GARBAGE TRUCK, TOW TRUCK, DUMP TRUCK & BACKHOE    
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only three big trucks came rolling back.
          The garbage truck needs to drop off a stinky load!
(Picture: The garbage truck has stopped to pick up garbage.)

Three big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
TOW TRUCK, DUMP TRUCK & BACKHOE    
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only two big trucks came rolling back.
The tow truck has stopped to tow a car!
(Picture: The backhoe has stopped at a construction site.)

Two big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
DUMP TRUCK & BACKHOE    
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only one big truck came rolling back.
The dump truck needs to drop off some dirt!
(Picture: The dump truck has stopped to make a drop.)

One big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
BACKHOE
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But no big trucks came rolling back.
          The back hoe is needed at a construction site!
(Picture: The tow truck has stopped to tow a car.)

No big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
The dispatcher said, “Let’s go to the race!”
And the trucks came back from all over the place.
FIRE TRUCK, GARBAGE TRUCK, TOW TRUCK, DUMP TRUCK & BACKHOE!
                                                                

Sounds:  Mixer. Warning bell & then errr errr errr.
              Crane. Warning bells. motor sounds high and motor sounds low.

Plays:
  • I made a cardboard box tower, from enormous to tiny, with everyone counting as we went.
  • We built a flannelboard house.  I lined up the square (house) triangle (roof) etc., and called on the children by turns to add a piece. We ended up with the tree trunk as a chimney, the fluffy green leaves as a green cloud, and a side door that was very sideways. A lot more fun!
Game:
Just get out the blocks, Duplos, and Legos and let them build.

Craft:





Maria figured out that you can open and then shut the door to  play peekaboo with the  girl.

Cole's sky is full of clouds and raindrops.





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