MY GREAT GRANDPA

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Circle Time Presentation

Show the children the first scene where Great Grandpa and the little girl are sneaking out of the house. Ask the children to tell you what is happening in the illustration and what they think willhappen next. Then read MY GREAT GRANDPA. Read the book again and pause at the scenes of their ride-walk through town and let the children tell some of the things they notice about the pictures, whichare filled with busy people doing many activities. At the illustrations of Great Grandpa's old house, ask the children to describe what they see, windows boarded up, door dangling from one hinge,broken shingles and an overgrown lawn. At the next scene where Grandpa is remembering what it looked like, let other children describe the beautiful house. Continue reading and pausing for thechildren to describe details of the different scenes. If you know an older person who uses a wheelchair, ask the person to come to class and show the children how it operates.

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For Block Building: Two-story Houses

What the children will learn-
To construct two-story houses

Materials you will need-

  • Legos or other plastic connecting blocks
  • optional scraps of construction paper
  • tape
  • plastic straws

What to do-

  1. Have the block builders look at all the houses in the book, MY GREAT GRANDPA, and ask how the houses are alike.
  2. Ask the children to build some two-story houses which can be placed on the snack tables as centerpieces.
  3. After the houses are used one day on the snack tables, let the children proceed to build the whole street and park where the little girl took her great grandfather. The children can improviseways to build swings with plastic straws, tape and construction paper.

Something to think about-
After Great Grandpa's village is built, leave it on a card table as a display for the library corner.

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For Cooking And Snack Time: Our Favorite Berries

What the children will learn-
To taste and select a favorite variety of berries

Materials you will need-

  • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, as many or as few types of berries that are available
  • colander
  • bowls
  • serving spoons
  • napkins
  • small plates
  • markers
  • construction paper
  • chart tablet or posterboard

What to do-

  1. With a few helpers, wash and drain the berries, then place in serving bowls for each snack table.
  2. Let the children serve themselves a few of each variety of berries.
  3. Have the children taste the different berries and decide which ones they like best.
  4. Make a simple graph of the children's preferences by asking the children to raise their hands when you call the name of their favorite berry.
  5. Give each child a small square piece of construction paper which corresponds to the color of the berry they like best. For example, blue for blueberries, black for blackberries, red forraspberries.
  6. Let each child tape his square onto the graph, stacking them up to make a vertical column.
  7. Have the whole class count the number of squares. Write the numeral under each column of berry squares.

Something to think about-
If you do not have fresh berries, taste different varieties of unsweetened frozen berries. Another type of simple graph can be made by having thechildren draw horizontal lines with colored markers which correspond to the color of berries they like.

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For Housekeeping And Dress-up Corner: Decorating Grandpa's Room

What the children will learn-
To consider what people confined to bed need to make them comfortable

Materials you will need-

  • Afghan or quilt
  • pillow
  • doll
  • thermometer
  • tray
  • books
  • magazines
  • games
  • portable radio
  • picture album

What to do-

  1. Read again the section of MY GREAT GRANDPA where Granny and the little girl take care of Great Grandpa.
  2. Brainstorm with the children what could be done in the housekeeping corner that would make it a good place to rest for a few days. If needed, pretend that one of the dolls is sick.
  3. Arrange the bedroom of the housekeeping corner like Great Grandpa's room.
  4. The children will naturally begin pretending to be Great Grandpa, Granny and the little girl.

Something to think about-
Helping young children to consider the needs of sick family members or to recall what made them feel better when they were sick is a way to developempathy.

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For Library Corner: Grandparents' Storytelling

What the children will learn-
To listen to grandparents tell stories

Materials you will need-

  • Grandparents
  • optional-tape recorder and cassette tapes

What to do-

  1. Invite grandparents and great grandparents to come to the classroom and to bring pictures of themselves and their families when they were young.
  2. Have the grandparents share the pictures and tell about games and activities they enjoyed when they were children.
  3. If some grandparents are particularly adept at storytelling, invite them to tell a favorite story they enjoyed when they were children.

Something to think about-
If possible, include older adults in your classroom regularly as volunteers for the library corner. Encourage children who may not be read to oftenat home to spend some special time listening to the grandparent read.

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For Mathematics And Manipulatives: Weighing Produce From Ted's Shop

What the children will learn-
To measure equivalent amounts and to handle fruits and vegetables gently

Materials you will need-

  • Balance
  • fruits and vegetables
  • apron
  • optional-produce scale

What to do-

  1. Ask food service personnel to provide produce for the activity and then use the fruits and vegetables for snacks that the children will help to prepare during the week.
  2. With a group of children who choose the mathematics and manipulatives area, set up the balance or produce scale and the fruit and vegetable displays.
  3. Select a "Ted," name of the produce stand owner in MY GREAT GRANDPA, and have that person wear an apron and serve customers.
  4. When the customers select their produce, let them place their choice in one side of the balance and let Ted try to find an equivalent amount so that the balance "balances."

Something to think about-
Older children can write equations. Tina's one apple equals Ted's orange and five strawberries. They can also write fruits and vegetableequations. Michelle's one grapefruit equals Ted's one squash and one cucumber. For younger children place a consistent weight in one size, as a grapefruit, and let the children find a varietyof combinations which balance.

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