by Felicia Bond
About the Book
This rhyming story is a delightful tale of animals who meet by chance and become friends as they stroll, bounce, and tumble along. It starts with a tiny bug out for a walk and ends with 10 friends in one big bed.
Introducing the Book
Here are a few strategies for introducing the book to the class.
- Talk About the Title Read aloud the title, Tumble Bumble, and ask children what they think the story will be about. Ask: What do these words make you think of? Write children's predictions about the story on a poster pad. After children are familiar with the book, have them check to see whether their ideas were close.
- Funny Friends Ask children if they think of a crocodile as a friendly animal. What about a bear? Ask: Do you think a crocodile could be your friend? A bear? Tell the class that in the make-believe story they are going to read, these animals are friends.
Reading the Book
Try using these ideas after you have read the book at least once with the class.
- Rhyming Words Point out that the words in the title rhyme and mention that the words in the story rhyme as well. Ask children to listen for the rhyming words as you read the story aloud. Then have volunteers identify the rhymes they hear. Write these on the chalkboard and encourage children to think of additional words to rhyme with each pair.
- Act It Out Draw children's attention to the different verbs by having volunteers act out the story. For each reading of the story, you'll need ten children to play the roles of the friends. As you read aloud the story, emphasize the verbs. For example: They (cat and bug) “...strolled awhile and bumped into a crocodile.” Other verbs which children will have fun acting out include: danced, bounced, zigging, zagging, tippy-toeing, hopped. And of course, they will also enjoy acting out “tumble bumble.”
After Reading the Book
- Categorizing Write the names of the nine animals on the chalkboard: bug, cat, crocodile, bear, bee, pig, toad, spider, mouse. Draw a circle labeled “Animals That Make Good Pets” on the chalkboard. Work with the class to identify the animals that fit into this category. Repeat the activity with other categories such as “Animals That Live on Farms,” “Animals That Have Fur,” “Animals That Live Mostly in Water.” Encourage children to think of other categories as well.
- Math Ideas You can relate Tumble Bumble to math concepts in several ways.
- Counting: Have children count the animals as they hop into bed.
- Two by Two: Hold up the pages where some of the animals are “tippy-toeing on fourteen feet.” Ask: How many animals are tippy-toeing? Why are there more feet than animals? If you added the bear to this picture, how many feet would there be? How many animals? Follow up by having children count by twos. How high can they count?
- Comparing Sizes: Remind children that the story begins when a tiny bug goes for a walk. Ask: Are all the animals tiny? Have children categorize the animals in terms of size. Then have each child choose an animal from the book to draw. Give small pieces of paper to those who are drawing the insects, toad, and mouse, medium-sized paper to those drawing the cat and pig, and large paper to those drawing the bear and crocodile. Have children arrange their pictures by size on the chalkboard shelf.
- Rebus Story Create a class version of Tumble Bumble with a rebus. Begin by having children dictate the story in their own words. As you record their retellings, circle words that children could illustrate for a rebus. In addition to all the animals, children might draw pictures of the road, yellow house, doorbell, food, stairs, and bed. Children might also decide to add new friends to their version of the story. After assigning each child a picture to draw, make a large copy of the story on shelf paper leaving space for the rebus pictures. Have children reread the story to determine where to paste their pictures.