Subject Area: Language Arts
Using simple, predictable text four animals try to figure out how to calm the crying Boo-hoo baby.
Children will strengthen language and literacy skills through choral reading and dramatization of this engaging, predictable text story.
Tell the children that you are going to read a story about a baby who can't stop crying. Ask them to share what they know about babies. How many have a baby brother or sister at home? Why do babies cry? How do you get babies to stop crying?
Now show the children the book What Shall We Do With the Boo-hoo Baby? Ask them to look at the cover and describe what they see. How do they think Boo-hoo Baby will stop crying?
The Boo-hoo Baby Show
- Optional: baby doll and animal puppets
- Read the book to the class and encourage them to recite the repetitive phrases in the story. Ask them to predict if each animal's idea will stop the baby from crying.
- Now invite the children to dramatize the story. They can take turns being the characters from the book or they can use doll and animal puppets to act out the parts. The rest of the class can recite the repetitive text.
- Encourage the class to read or recite the story themselves as they become familiar with the text.
- Engage the group in a story extension activity. Assist the children in writing "What shall we do with the Boo-hoo Baby?" at the top of a sheet of drawing paper. Ask the class to draw and write about what they would do to get the Boo-hoo Baby to stop crying. Invite them to share their work during group time.
- Put the book and puppets in the dramatic play area so the children can continue to dramatize this fun story.
Other Books About Babies
Arthur's New Baby Book
by Marc Brown
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Our New Baby
by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Photographic board book teaches children what it is like to have a new baby in the family.
The New Baby
by Fred Rogers
A wonderful book that explains and validates the feelings siblings may have with the addition of a new baby brother or sister.
Other Books by Cressida Cowell
Little Bo Peep's Library Book
Hiccup the Seasick Viking
Don't Do That, Kitty Kilroy
Teaching plan written by Risa Young