black permanent marker
pictures of animals
large building block set
Instructions:* Use the black marker to write each animal name on each picture.
* Tape one animal picture to each building block.
What to Do
1. Demonstrate how to build a pyramid by displaying a set of five or more blocks
in a row on the table.
2. Show how to stack a set of four blocks on top of that row, then three blocks,
then two, then one.
3. Once the pyramid is built, read each animal name aloud, as you point to the
animal words on the blocks.
4. Say "animal crash," remove one or more blocks from the bottom portion of
the pyramid, and watch the blocks come tumbling down.
5. Set the materials at the blocks center and invite the children to work
individually or with a partner as they repeat the activity.
Consider the following:
* Cut block shapes from colored construction paper. Invite the children to glue
the blocks to a sheet of art paper to form a pyramid. Allow the children to use
rubber stamps to stamp an animal picture on each block. Write the animal
name on each paper block. Invite the child to read the animal words aloud as
you listen and assess their sight word recognition and animal recognition skills.
* Create a pyramid and have the child copy your pyramid. One by one, place
blocks on the table. Watch the child as she imitates you. Observe to see how
well the child can build a pyramid similar to yours. Take turns removing
blocks from one another's pyramid from top to bottom as you read the
animal names aloud.