Shark Storytime 7/5/17

By Awnali Mills

Today’s theme was sharks, and the books I chose were The Three Little Fish and the Big, Bad Shark by Ken Geist and Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris.

I opened with my shark puppet, who was afraid of sharks and cowered every time you said the word.  He brought us the letter “S”.  Then we sang Slippery Fish.

Slippery Fish from Jbrary

Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an …

Octopus, octopus, squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Tuna fish, tuna fish, flashing in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! … Gulp! … Gulp! … BURP!
(Cover your mouth.) Excuse me!

Then we read The Three Little Fish and the Big, Bad Shark.  I am so familiar with this story that I tend to be a little dismissive of it.  I mean, we KNOW the three little ones are going to get away, right?  But the story is new and fresh to little people.  I was surprised by how many kids ran to their moms, worried that the fish were going to get eaten.  And even more surprised when the shark loses his teeth at the end and one of the moms said, “Oh, poor shark!”  Huh?  Okay, that’s a post for another day.

Then we did Do Wah Diddy which I modified from Preschool Education:

There I was just swimming in the sea
singing do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do
All the sudden there’s a shark next to me
singing do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do

I swam fast (make swimming motions)
I swam fast
To the beach (make motion indicating a beach)
To the beach
I swam fast to the beach (do both motions)
It won’t be me the shark will eat! (shake head and finger “no”)
do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do (Stick thumbs in ears and wiggle fingers)

Next up was Five Sharks in a Bathtub which I got from Sunflower Storytime:

One shark in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands twice)
Splash, splash (slap your knees twice)
Come on in! (wave to enter with both hands)

(Repeat with two sharks, three sharks, four sharks…)

Five sharks in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
It all fell in! (knock everything off of the board!)

 

Before reading Pattern Fish, I talked about the importance of math skills to educational success, and how patterns are a part of math skills you can work on with preschoolers.  I thought it was pretty cool that a mom was using LEGOS to make patterns with her preschooler in playtime later, and talking to him about the patterns.  Early literacy tip for the win!

Our next flannel was Two Little Sharks:
Two little sharks, in the deep blue sea
One named Leonard and one named Lee
Swim away Leonard, swim away Lee
Come back Leonard, come back Lee!

Two hungry sharks swimming on a wave
One named Dorothy, one named Dave
Chomp, chomp, Dorothy.  Chomp, chomp, Dave.
Swim away Dorothy.  Swim away Dave!

We finished up with Baby Shark:

Baby shark do do, do do do do
Baby shark do do, do do do do
Baby shark do do, do do do do
Baby shark

Repeat using appropriate actions
Mama Shark
Papa Shark
Surfer Dude
Went for a Swim
Saw a Shark
Lifeguard Came
Saved My Life
That’s the End

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