Subject Area: Literacy
This board book with simple rhyming text and beautiful illustrations teaches young children about the different ways male animals nurture their babies.
Children will develop phonemic awareness skills through choral reading and identifying rhyming words in the text.
Explain to your class that the book they are going to listen to is about different male animals and their babies. Show them the cover of the book. Ask them what they think they may learn from this book.
Read and Rhyme
- Chart paper
- Read the book aloud several times so the children have an opportunity to learn the rhyming text. As they become more familiar with the story, read only the first two lines of each page and encourage the children to complete each rhyme.
- Invite the class to identify the rhyming word sets on each page. Write the sets on a sheet of chart paper. Ask the children to think of other words that rhyme with each set and add them to the word list. Review all of the words with the group.
- Now ask them to identify each of the animals depicted in the book. Write the name of each type of animal on another sheet of chart paper. Can they think of words that rhyme with the animal names? Create another list of rhyming words.
Mix and Match
- Copy paper
- Construction paper
- As you read through Papa Papa you will notice that each page contains a four-line stanza on the left with an illustration on the right. Make copies of a few of the pages that include the four-line stanzas and place them on a worktable. Make another set of copies and cut out the specific rhyming words from each stanza. (You may even want to enlarge and/or laminate the words.)
- Invite the children to match the individual rhyming words to the intact version on the table. Ex "song" to "along," "tree" to "me," "wise" to "eyes," etc.
The back page of the book provides tips for reading and sharing the story.
Other Rhyming Books
The New Kid on the Block
by Jack Prelutsky
Contains more than 100 humorous poems about creatures and people that will keep children engaged and amused while reinforcing phonemic awareness skills.
The Cat Barked?
by Lydia Monks
A lighthearted rhyming tale of wishes and consequences.
Millions of Snowflakes
By Mary McKenna Siddals
Simple rhyming text highlights the wonders of winter.
Other Books by Jean Marzollo
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Teaching plan written by Risa Young