Activity Plan 4-5: Which Book Is It?
Invite children to make the most of their memory skills.
- Grades: PreK–K
- familiar books
- recorded music
Objective: Children will use their listening and observation skills in this problem-solving activity.
- Play familiar songs and ask children to sing along. Then stop the recording to see if children know what to sing next. Continue to do this with different songs so children can exercise their memory skills.
- Select a series of stories children in your group are familiar with. Reread the stories with the group. At different points in the story, stop reading and ask children if they remember what happens next. Encourage all children to participate.
- After you have read and discussed the stories, invite children to play a memory game. Line up the books on a low shelf where all can see them. The children will be "story detectives," with you providing clues to help them guess what story you are thinking of. When a child guesses which story you are talking about, she can go to the shelf, pick up that book, and hand it to you. Then read the passage from the book that relates to the clues you were giving.
- Remind children that some clues can apply to more than one story and give examples- "This story takes place in the woods" could refer to the story of Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, to name two; "This story is about the adventures of a dog" might be a clue to a Clifford book or one of Mark Inkpen's Kipper books.
- Now let children provide the clues and be story detectives. For example, one child can recall an event from one of the books on the shelf, while a classmate tries to identify the book. Continue until all children have had an opportunity to provide the clues and identify the story.
Curriculum Connection: FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
A Look At My Room: Ask children to describe the contents of their bedroom. Print each child's name and, under it, the things that can be found in their rooms, on a large sheet of chart paper. Then send a note home asking family members to make a list of what can be found in their child's bedroom. When children bring the list to school, they can compare it to the list they made in the classroom. How much of the contents of the room did they remember? What did they leave out?