Subject Area: Language Arts
This delightful rhyming story captures the special moments a mother and daughter share when spending a day at the beach. Soft pastel illustrations help capture the beauty of a summer afternoon at the shore.
Activities will encourage children to hear and identify rhyming words and rhythmic text and recall events in the story.
Show the children the book Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell. Ask them to predict what the story will be about. Record their predictions on chart paper. Read the story then compare their predictions with the story.
- Sentence strip paper
- Pocket chart
In advance: Write the following sentences on individual strips of paper.
- Pack up our beach bags and load up the car.
- Put on my sun hat and put lotion on my nose.
- Play in the sand.
- Play with the birds.
- Meet a friend and build a sand castle.
- Play with seaweed and shells.
- Dance in the water and jump in the waves.
- Eat lunch.
- Play beach ball and find shells.
- Wave good-bye to my friend.
- Reread the story to a small group of children. Place the sentences into a pocket chart, mixing up the order of events. Or place them in the middle of the rug where they can read them. Read each sentence to the students.
- Now ask the children to organize the sentences to match the sequences of the story. Encourage them to recall the events from the story. Invite them to refer to the book, if necessary.
- Offer all the children an opportunity to engage in the activity. Keep the sentences and the book available so they can continue practicing this sequencing activity. Some students may even enjoy creating their own drawings to illustrate each sequence.
Read It With Rhythm
- Read the book to the children with a lot of expression to emphasize the rhyme and rhythm of the text. Once they have become familiar with the story, invite them to join in as you read aloud. Students can clap along to the rhythm.
- Now leave off the last rhyming word and encourage them to complete the sentence. Have fun reading this lively story as a group.
Sea and Sand Rhyming Words
- Chart paper and marker
Reread the book. Ask the class to identify each rhyming-word set that they hear. Record the rhyming-word sets on chart paper. Review the words with the class. Can they think of other words that rhyme with each word set? Add their new words to the list.
Rhyming Beach Words
- Ask the class to create another list of words that describes the beach. Review the book's illustrations so they can identify different objects like the sun hat, beach bag, umbrella, and birds. They can also include additional words that are not included in the story, but relate to their own experiences at the beach.
- Reread the new word list with the children. Now invite them to think of words that rhyme with these words. Add these to the list.
Rhyming Word Drawings
- Drawing paper
- Craypas, crayons, or watercolor paints
- Rhyming word lists
- Resealable plastic bags
- Cut apart the rhyming-word lists the children developed in the previous activities. Put sets of rhyming words into individual resealable plastic bags.
- Set up a table with art materials and invite several children at a time to do the activity. Tell them that they will each get a set of rhyming words and they will create a drawing about their words.
- Then ask them to create a sentence or story about their drawing that includes their rhyming words. Can they make up their own rhyme? Offer assistance, if needed.
- Invite the children to share their work during group time.
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by Mircea Vasilu
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