On Your Mark...Get Set...Read!
By Teresa Chiv
Books to Share
- Field Day by Melanie Davis Jones.
- Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon by Oliver Corwin.
- Loudmouth George and the Big Race by Nancy Carlson.
- Ready, Get Set, Go! by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
Books to Show or Booktalk
- Field Day Friday by Judith Caseley.
- The Marathon Rabbit by Michael Eagle.
- That’s Not Fair, Hare! by Julie Sykes.
- Turtles Race with Beaver by Joseph Bruchac.
Hurdle Through Some Good Books
Make a track from black butcher or craft paper, as shown in the illustration. Write titles of books about sports on hurdles made from card stock. Glue or staple the hurdles around the track.
Use the running shoe pattern to create nametags. Write each child’s name on one.
“One for the Money” in Children’s Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms by Gloria Delamar.
“Warmin’ Up” on On the Move With Greg and Steve by Greg and Steve.
A Little Boy Went Walking
(Adapted by Teresa Chiv from a poem by Emile Poulsson. From Children’s Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms by Gloria Delamar. © 1983 Gloria T. Delamar by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640. www.mcfarlandpub.com.)
Photocopy the patterns for a running boy, the sun, a rabbit, a river, a fish, the mill, a school house, a bridge, a sitting boy, bushes, a bird, a tree, a cloud, and a ladybug. Color them, cut them out, and place the designated pieces on the flannelboard as you tell the story. Add pieces of flannel or sandpaper to the back of each piece so that the pieces adhere to the flannelboard.
A little boy went running (Place the running boy on the board)
One lovely summer day. (Place the sun on the board)
He saw a little rabbit (Place the rabbit on the board)
That quickly ran away. (Remove the rabbit from the board)
He saw the shining river (Place the river on the board)
Go winding in and out
And little fishes in it (Place the fish on the river)
Were playing all about.
And slowly, slowly turning
The great wheel of the mill. (Place the mill on the board)
And then the big bell ringing (Place the school house on the board)
On the little school so still.
The bridge across the water. (Place the bridge over the water)
And as he stopped to rest (Remove the running boy, and replace with the sitting boy)
He saw among the bushes (Place the bushes on the board)
A little sparrow’s nest.
And as he watched the birdies (Place the bird on the board)
Above the tree-tops fly (Place the tree below the bird)
He saw the clouds all sailing (Place the clouds on the board)
Across the summer sky.
He saw the bugs all crawling (Place the ladybug on the board)
The flowers that summer brings
He said, “I’ll run tell mother (Remove the sitting boy and replace with the running boy)
I have seen so many things.”
“The Water Buffalo and the Snail” in Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers’ Theater by Judy Sierra.
Lace Up Shoe
Photocopy the shoe pattern onto card stock or other heavy weight paper and punch four holes along the top of the shoe. Alternatively, use a die cut of a tennis shoe. If the die cut does not create holes for the shoe, hole punch four holes along the top of the shoe. Give the children pieces of yarn, with masking or scotch tape wrapped around one end to create a point, and let them lace the yarn through the holes in the shoe. The children may then color the shoe if they would like.
Games and Activities
(Use this poem to provide a stretching activity. It’s reprinted from Children’s Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms by Gloria Delamar. Used by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640.)
Here we go up, up, up. (Say “up” in ascending tones while slowly standing up)
Here we go down, down, down. (Say “down” in descending tones while bending down)
Here we go ever so slowly. (Say “slowly” slowly, while stretching up and holding arms out)
Here we go ever so quickly,
Round, round, round, round, round. (Spin around, or wave arms around)
Divide the children into an even number of groups, forming up to four teams of two groups each. Put half of the groups on one side of the room and half on the other side. Line up the groups in single file. The first child in each line on one side holds a balloon between his or her knees and races to the group on the opposite side. He hands the balloon to the first person in the line. That child then runs back to the other side with the balloon between his or her knees, and hands the balloon off to the next person in the line. The children continue doing this until all have had the opportunity to race with the balloon. Children three years old and younger can carry the balloon in his or her hands. There should be an adult to direct each group of children. This activity is only recommended for fewer than a hundred children.
- Children’s Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms by Gloria Delamar.
- Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers’ Theater by Judy Sierra.