Turtles

Our theme for this week was funny green turtles!  Before I even introduced our theme with the children, I read this book and had the children guess what it was that we would be learning about:
 “Guess Who Hides,” by Sharon Gordon
Once they guessed that we would be learning about turtles, I brought out a couple of turtle puppets (one was particularly cute, you can stuff it’s head and legs in the shell and have them pop out for the kids.  It was also cleverly wearing a turtle neck).  We then read the books:
“Banana Moon,” by Janet Marshall
“Turtle Splash,” by Cathryn Falwell
 Other great books about turtles:
“All About Turtles,” by Jim Arnosky
“Turtles,” by Trudi Strain Trueit
“Fun Facts About Turtles!” by Carmen Bredeson
Fingerplays:
This is my turtle,
(Make fist and extend thumb.)
He lives in a shell.
(Hide thumb in fist.)
He likes his home very well.
He pokes his head out,
(Extend thumb.)
When he wants to eat,
(Circle thumb around.)
And pulls it back in,
When he wants to sleep.

(Hide thumb in fist.)


Rhyme:
I had a little turtle, his name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub, to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap.
And now he’s sick in bed, with a bubble in his throat!
(Hiccup!)
Art Project:  We made some fun loving turtles using an upside down paper bowl.  Children received different shades of green and blue paint and tissue paper to decorate its back.  For the head and legs, green card stock paper was used.  We then topped it off with some large googly eyes.

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