I really love the book "In the Tall Tall Grass" by Denise Flemming! -- It's a great way to talk about different kinds of bugs and other backyard creatures (although I don't think I'd like to have a snake in my backyard...), there are fun onomatopoeic* words, (my favorite being ritch ratch!) and there are lots of opportunities for the children to hear, identify and use rhyming words (the bees hum strum and drum).
We used "In the Tall Tall Grass" during both circle time and small group rotations this week to help teach the students bug vocabulary!
Vocabulary- bugs, caterpillar, bee, bird
Requesting (for example- I want a bee)
Phonological awareness (rhyming)
For starters, we read the book during circle time, following the caterpillar through the tall grass and looking at all the critters he encounters until the moon comes out. We labeled the vocabulary items and matched them to the pictures on our vocabulary bulletin board. This was also a great time to ask the complicated question "which animals are not on the board?" (like snakes, moles, bats, etc)
Then, during small groups, the students got to make their own tall tall grass scene!
We gathered our materials-
The students requested their grass (I want grass) and glued it on, and some flowers too. Then they requested their bugs (I want a bee, I want a spider, etc). We snuck in a counting activity by having the students hold out their fingers as we put the stickers on their fingers--1, 2, 3, 4, 5! (I love how fingers make for the perfect counting prop!!) Then they put them onto their scene, using those little muscles in their fingers.
We had a lot of fun making our own little world for bugs!
*Big kudos for you if you give me the definition of an onomatopoeia!! :)
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