A Book Ballet

By Teresa Chiv

Books to Share

  • Ballerina by Peter Sis.
  • Bijou, Bonbon and Beau by Joan Sweeney.
  • On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC by Rachel Isadora.
  • Prancing Dancing Lily by Marsha Diane Arnold.
  • Shanna’s Ballerina Show by Jean Marzollo.

Books to Show or Booktalk

  • Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird.
  • Harriet’s Recital by Nancy Carlson.
  • Not Just Tutus by Rachel Isadora.
  • Time for Ballet by Adele Geras.

Bulletin Board

Dance Into a Good Book

Cut out footprints and arrange them in dance steps leading into book jackets about various types of dancing, similar to the illustration.

Diagrams with shapes of feet outlining several positions and ballet steps.

Diagrams with shapes of feet outlining more positions and ballet steps.

Nametag

On Your Toes

Cut out toe shoes using the pattern provided.

Action Rhymes

Ballerina

(Adapted by Teresa Chiv from “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around.”)

Ballerina, ballerina twirl around. (Twirl around once)


Ballerina, ballerina touch the ground. (Bend down to touch the floor)


Ballerina, ballerina on your toes. (Stand on tiptoe)


Ballerina, ballerina lift your nose. (Lift nose in the air)


Ballerina, ballerina curtsy now. (Curtsy)


Ballerina, ballerina give a bow. (Bow)


Ballerina, ballerina arabesque. (Lift one arm up high, and one arm to the side, and one leg straight back)


Ballerina, ballerina take a rest. (Stand straight and then sit down)

Dance and Movement Songs

Use the instructions that come with each of these recordings to lead the children in movement activities.

  • “Brown Girl in the Ring” on Brown Girl in the Ring: A World Music Collection by Various Artists.
  • “Everybody Dance” on Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet? by Hap Palmer.
  • “Get Up and Dance” on So Big: Activity Songs for Little Ones by Hap Palmer.

Flannel Boards

What Color Is My Tutu?

(By Teresa Chiv. Make five copies of the tutu pattern on card stock, and color them so that you have one of each in red, blue, yellow, green, and pink. Encourage the children to name the colors as you put them on the board.)

I have a tutu that is brand new.


I have a tutu and its color is blue. (Put the blue tutu on the board)


I have a tutu, did you hear what I said?


I have a tutu, and its color is red. (Put the red tutu on the board)


I have a tutu; the right size I think.


I have a tutu and its color is pink. (Put the pink tutu on the board)


I have a tutu. It makes me mellow.


I have a tutu, and its color is yellow. (Put the yellow tutu on the board)


I have a tutu; the prettiest I’ve seen.


I have a tutu and its color is green. (Put the green tutu on the board)

Games and Activities

Read On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC by Rachel Isadora and invite the children to act out the ballet steps pictured.

Guest Speakers

Invite a young male or female ballet dancer to show the children a few ballet steps and talk about ballet training.

Professional Resources

  • On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC by Rachel Isadora.
  • National Ballet School


    www.nbs-enb.ca/pages/firststeps/


    Canada’s leading ballet school offers photographs demonstrating the five positions of ballet.

 



Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!


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Page last modified: June 14, 2011