- Snake Snacks
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup water
2/3 cup sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons melted margarine
Mix all ingredients and give each child a little ball of dough to knead. Provide extra flour if it becomes sticky. Show the children how to make snakes in the shape of S, then press flat. Carefully put the snakes in an electric skillet with a little oil and cook both sides til light brown and crispy.
- Stone Soup
Read the book Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. Bring the necessary vegetables and let the children help clean them and watch you cut them up. Add a sterilized rock to the pot first, followed by the vegetables and maybe some noodles. The kids will love this!
Make a huge salad with a wide variety of vegetables for the children to try. Provide different types of salad dressing for tasting.
- "S" Snacks- sandwiches, snowcones, spaghetti, squash, strawberries
- The Squirrel
Up he goes
To the treetop!
Round and round,
Down he scampers
To the ground.
What a tail!
Tall as a feather
Broad as a sail!
Where's his supper?
In the shell,
Out it fell!
- Naughty Soap Song
Just when I'm ready to
Start on my ears,
This is the time that my
It jumps from my fingers and
Slithers and slides
Down to the end of the
Tub, where it hides.
And acts in a most diso-
And THAT'S WHY MY SOAP'S GROWING
THINNER EACH DAY!
Air comes in tickly
Through my nose,
Then very quickly--
Out it goes;
With every sneeze
I have to do,
I make a breeze--
~Marie Louise Allen~
Bright stars, light stars,
Little twinkly, winkly stars,
Deep in the sky.
Yellow stars, red stars,
Oh how many blinky stars,
Far, far away!
~Rhoda W. Bacmeister~
Up and down,
Up and down,
The down is a bump,
The up is a jump,
- Itsy Bitsy Spider
I read Itsy Bitsy Spider, then we make insects using our fingerprints and adding legs with markers. We also sing
"It's an Insect not a Spider" (Tune "Darling Clementine")
Its an insect not a spider
it has six legs stead of eight
3 on this side and 3 on that side
and its crawling on my plate.
- Cut big S's from construction paper. Let children find "S" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of S.
- Use cup-up straws to make necklaces. String them on yarn.
- Make seed mosaics.
- Let the children do paintings with straws. Put a tiny bit of tempera on the paper for each child. Let them blow into the straws (lightly) so that the paint moves around the paper into a design.
- Torn Snowmen- Fold a 12" x 18" sheet of construction paper in half and let the children tear to make the snowmen. Add features with crayons or adding scrap paper.
- Let the children paint pictures on paper and then shake salt onto them while still wet! The pictures sparkle!
If it is near Halloween when you are studying "S", you may want to make skeletons. Give each child a big piece of black paper, white packing pieces and plenty of glue. Let them make their own skeletons. You'd be amazed at what they come up with! :) This would be a good activity to use at the end of a Human Body unit, after viewing X-rays.
- Another great skeleton idea from Chrissy! Thanks!
Skeletons made out of paper plates are a great idea for halloween. It will take a total of 16 paper plates. One for the head, Cut out the right and left sides of the head(about 1 inch, kinda oval shaped); 4 bones in the arms.(cut out about 3 inches, kinda oval shape.); 2 hands. A collorbone (just use the round part of a top part of a plate.) A rib cage; Hips (shape of a T); 4 bones in the legs, the same as the arm bones. and 2 feet. This would be a great way to show kids some of the bones in the body also.
- Tiauna sent in this great idea---Thanks, Tiauna!
Once I helped the children make "My Seven Silly S's Sandwich" book where on each page
the children made an S with something that started with S: silver/sparkly (glitter),
(cooked & cooled)spaghetti, sand, (cut-up pieces of drinking) straws, string, stars,
and stickers. Each page was cut out in the shape of a slice of bread to make the "sandwich."
A book to use with this activity:
Seven Silly Eaters
by Mary Ann Hoberman. This book idea was sent in by Debbie--Thanks!
- Use seashells, cut-up straws, seeds or Skittles for counting and sorting activities.
- Class graph--favorite sandwiches.
- Use different sized cut-up straws and let the children put them in order.
- Use sand for weighing on balance scale.
- Sink or Float Activity
Put some water into a small tub. Collect a variety of objects and let the children experiment with them. Which objects sink and which float? Let them draw pictures of the experiment results.
- Do experiments to show ice as a solid, water as a liquid and steam as a gas.
- Units: Five Senses, snow, seasons, sun, spiders, seeds, spring, squirrels, stars, seals, snakes, space, self-esteem
- Lindsay, a kindergarten early literary teacher from Canada, sent me these
excellent ideas for S! Thanks, Lindsay!
Reproduce the following design on a piece of paper and photocopy it on to a variety of different colors of paper.
My Special S
I am special because
- the My Special S sheet in a variety of different colors
- tissue paper cut into squares in a variety of colors
- Elmers glue
- show the students how to "squish and stick" the tissue paper onto the letter S. (put the glue on the entire letter S at the beginning of the activity makes it less complicated)
- talk about colors and patterns and encourage the students to use a pattern.
- have the students say squish and stick as they are creating their special S to reinforce the sound that the letter makes.
- when they have completed the art part of the activity talk about why this letter S is special.
- follow that up by talking about how they are special and have them suggest different things that make them special.
- on the line provided the students write a sentence about what makes them special.
- this is a great activity to post around the classroom as it is colorful and the students are proud to talk about what makes them special.
- Play Simon Says
- Pretend to be snakes. Play some music as they slither across the floor. Make the "S" sound as they move.
- Squirrel and Nut
Children stand in circle with hands behind their backs like little cups. One child is chosen to be the silly squirrel. Give the squirrel a nut or something representing a nut. He scampers around the circle and puts the nut into someone's hands. The child chases the squirrel and tries to tag him before he reaches the open place. Then he takes a turn as being the silly squirrel.
- Barb sent in this great word game the kids will love! Thanks, Barb!
The kids LOVE this play on words.
I 1 a snake.
I 2 a snake.
I 3 a snake.
I 4 a snake.
I 5 a snake.
I 6 a snake.
I 7 a snake.
I 8 (ate!) a snake!!!!
The first time I get them to say it with me, I start with 1 and they say 2. I say 3, they say 4. See what happens when they get to 8??? They love it! Then we experiment to see what happens when 3 of us do it, 4 of us do it, etc.
- Donna suggest reading Shoes for Grandpa by Mem Fox.
The children can then go through it with you and find all the words that begin with S. Thanks, Donna!
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
Goofy Visits Pluto by East Dubowski
Planets by Kim Jackson
The Planets by Gail Gibbons
Astronauts Are Sleeping by Natalie Standiford
Blast Off! Poems About Space by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Dogs in Space by Nancy Coffelt
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino
Floating Home by David Getz
Here in Space by David Milgrim
Satellites and Probes by Bobbie Kalman and Niki Walker
I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
I Want to Be Somebody New! by Robert Lopshire
You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus by Bernard Waber
Forest Life by Barbara Taylor
Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
Scamper: A Gray Tree Squirrel by Edna Miller
The Squirrel by Ruth Hurlimann
The Squirrel and the Moon by Eleonore Schmid
I hope you can use some of these "alphabite" ideas!! If you have any more that I can post here, PLEASE email me with the ideas and your name, using the email icon below or use this form. I will post your idea and give you credit!! Also just write and let me know how you like the ideas and how they can be improved!! Thanks!!
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