The Flea's Sneeze Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
About this book
Subject Area: Language Arts
This fun and engaging story uses repetitive story pattern to tell the story of 11 animals that are all sleeping soundly inside a barn until the flea sneezes. Beautiful illustrations will delight young readers.
Children will engage in activities to strengthen phonemic awareness, listening, and language and literacy skills.
Show the children the book The Flea's Sneeze. Ask the children to name the 11 different animals that appear on the cover. Ask the children to predict what will happen when the flea sneezes.
The Flea's Sneeze With Rhythm
- Rhythm instruments: drums, rhythm sticks, hand tom-tom, and guiro tone block
- Read the book The Flea's Sneeze. Read with expression, emphasizing the rhythmic pattern of the rhyming verse. Reread the story and invite the children to recite the repetitive phrases. Ask the children to describe why the story sounds like a song. Encourage them to explain their answers.
- Tell the children that they will use different rhythm instruments to tap out the beats of the story as you read it together. Provide the children with the suggested instruments and let the rhythm roll.
- Continue reading the book throughout the week. Invite 11 different children to act out the various character roles while the other children recite the story using their instruments. Experiment with other instruments like bells, triangles, sand blocks, and castanets to add sound effects for the different animal sounds.
Find the Rhyme
- Chart paper
- Markers and crayons
- Drawing paper
- Ask the children to identify all of the rhyming word groups in the book.
- Reread the story and create a list of each word group the children identify.
- Review the list when completed. Ask the children to think of other words that rhyme with each set. Record their responses.
- Ask each child to choose a rhyming word group to illustrate. Provide the children with drawing materials. Encourage the children to write or dictate information about their drawing. Invite the children to share their drawings during group time.
The Flea's Sneeze Puppet Show
- Small brown paper bags
- Construction paper
- Tempera paint
- Paint brushes
- Child safety scissors
- Photocopy pictures of the 11 different animals depicted in the book.
- Explain to the children that they will make paper bag puppets to dramatize the story The Flea's Sneeze. Ask the children to choose one of the 11 animals so that each animal will be represented.
- Set up the art area with the suggested materials and invite small groups of children to create their puppets. Provide the children with the photocopied pictures of the animals. Ask the children to observe the different features of each animal like the shapes of their eyes, ears, and nose, and the different patterns or textures on their bodies.
- Tell the children that they can use different materials to create their puppets. Some children may enjoy painting or drawing while others may want to use collage elements to create their puppets. Encourage the children to explore the different materials.
- Invite children to take turns using puppets to dramatize the story while their classmates recite the text. Ask the children to extend the story by imagining what happened to the poor little pig. Place the book and the children's puppets in a basket in the dramatic play area for children to use during center time.
- Perform the puppet show at a fall family event.
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by June Crebbin
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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Illustrated by Pam Adams
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Another Book by Lynn Downey
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Teaching plan written by Risa Young