Diggers!

By Patricia Peters

Books to Share

Badger's Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza

Dig Hole, Soft Mole by Carolyn Lesser

Turtle in the Sea by Jim Arnosky

What a Treasure! by Jane Hillenbrand

Books to Show or Booktalk

Dig, Wait, Listen by April Pulley Sayre

The Digging-est Dog by Al Perkins

Turtle Tide by Stephen R. Swinburne

Turtle Tracks by Sally Harman Plowdon

Bulletin Board

Dig Up a Good Book

Create a beach and wave background and add dogs, moles, badgers, and sea turtles, all digging.

Nametag

Dog Tags

Make Dog Tag nametags using the pattern provided at the end of this chapter.

Costumes and Props

Introduce the theme for the program with Clifford the Big Red Dog or a puppy puppet.

Songs

B-I-N-G-O

(Traditional)

There was a farmer who had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-I-N-G-O

(clap)-I-N-G-O

(clap)-I-N-G-O

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O

(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O

(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)

And Bingo was his name-o

Action Rhymes

Dig With Me

(By Patricia Peters)

Dig a hole. (Use hands like front paws in digging motion)

Drop in the bone. (Pretend to drop bone in hole)

Cover it up. (Use "paws" to fill in hole)

Now we're done. (Brush "paws" together)

Dig a hole. (Use hands like front paws in digging motion)

Find the bone. (Pick up the bone)

Chew it up. (Pretend to crunch the bone)

The bone is gone. (Put hands out to show "all gone")

Flannel Boards

Dog Bone Addition

Cut out 10 bones from felt using the same pattern provided in this chapter for the nametags). Also cut out the numerals 0-10 plus an extra 10, a plus (+) sign, and an equal (=) sign. Use a green background on the flannel board to great a grass lawn-like surface. Add two brown circles to the green flannel to look like holes where the dog can bury the bones. Have the children help count the bones as you place them on one of the holes. Then put up the numeral 10 above to the far right. Move some of the bones to the other hole, counting as you go, and put up the corresponding numeral. Then count the bones that are left in the first hole, putting up that corresponding numeral when you are finished. Now you're ready to add the "+" and "=" signs to show the appropriate math.

This is a great introduction to basic addition for preschoolers. They will have fun counting with you, and seeing the correct signs forming an equation will help them see what "real math" looks like.

A photo of a girl wearing a necklace that has been made with cut out bone patterns laced together in a chain with yarn.

Crafts

Dog Bone Necklace
Materials
  • White or manila construction paper
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
Directions

In advance, cut out four to six dog bones from construction paper and 24" of yarn for each participant using the patterns provided at the end of this chapter. Punch holes in both ends of the dog bones. Distribute these items to the children and let them thread the bones onto the yarn. Tie the yarn to create a necklace.

Games and Activities

Dog Bone Toss Game

Purchase bone-shaped dog toys or bone-shaped bean bags. Let the children stand on all fours and toss the dog bones into a dog dish. For added difficulty, use colored dog toys and multiple colored dog dishes. Have the children toss the toy into the dish of a matching color.

Craft Materials

Dog Tags Nametag Pattern

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This is a full page of six dog tag patterns. Three across the top and three across the bottom to be used as nametags.

 

Dog Bone Necklace Craft Pattern and Bone Nametag

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This is a full page of three dog bone patterns to be used as nametags.

 



Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011