Splish, Splash, Spring Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Subject Area: Language Arts
Lively rhyming text and brilliant collage illustrations capture the delights of springtime through the eyes and experiences of children.
Children will engage in activities to strengthen phonemic awareness, use pictures to retell stories and develop observational skills, and relate personal experiences to the text.
Show the children the cover of the book Splish, Splash, Spring and read the title together. Ask them to describe what they see. How does the title of the book relate to the cover illustration? What do they think the story will be about?
Read It, Rap It, Rhyme It, Move It, Clap It!
- Rhythm instruments
- Reread the story several times so the children become familiar with the text. Remember to read with a lot of expression to emphasize the lively rhyming quality of the story.
- As the students become familiar with the story encourage them to join in. Leave out rhyming words to encourage their participation.
- Engage the group in a discussion about the rhyming quality of the story. Encourage them to notice how the rhythm of the text is like a song. Invite them to clap along while reading aloud together.
- Give the class rhythm instruments to keep the beat while they recite the story. Invite groups of children to recite the text while others play along.
- Now invite the class to develop movements to accompany the story. Can they stomp in puddles and splash about, grub up earthworms and slimy slugs, and fly a kite?
- Photocopy machine
- Lined writing paper
- Photocopy each page spread in the book, making enough copies for each child in the class.
- During writing time give each child one photocopied page spread. Ask him or her to write a story about the picture. Offer assistance to those children who may need help writing or dictating their text.
- Invite them to share their stories during group time. Display their work for all to see and enjoy.
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