To achieve this goal I use felt pieces (some I make on my own, others I have purchased from places like Glitterful Felt Stories, that has cute quality felt sets), I print clip art off that goes along with the story (or I draw my own illustrations) and then I attach a piece of magnet onto the back and use it on my magnetic wipe off board, I use puppets (both hand made and store bought), I use stuffed animals, sequencing cards, etc.
I KNEW my students would LOVE the book, I Know an Old Teacher, because of the interesting and eye catching illustrations as well as the cute story line (which they did). Since it fit PERFECTLY with our pet unit, I decided I wanted to get a little creative of how I shared the story with them. The story is about a teacher who decideds to take the class pets home with her over a long break, but after a mishap of a flea falling in her tea, she ends up gobbling up one pet after another. You will be sure to have a few laughs when this book is read outloud.
So I came up with this idea below:
I took a plain brown gift bag I had lying around and I cut a rectangular shape out of the bottom half of the bag. I then took some overhead projector transparency that I had in my art cabinet and I cut out a shape a little bit larger than the rectangular shape on the bag. I then taped the transparency piece to the inside of the bag with clear packaging tape.
While reading the story and as I came to each pet that the teacher swallowed up, I had a different student come up, find the correct pet, and drop it into the bag (like the teacher was swallowing it). Then the students could see what was in the teacher's tummy through the clear transparency piece on the bag (thank-you to my cute daughter for demonstrating this for me in the photo below). I love the fact that everything I make for my preschool class I can use with my own children and everything I make for my own children I can use in my preschool class. :0) It is a win, win situation.
A warning to you if you have a bit of a weak stomach, there are a couple of creepy crawly illustrations like the spider one below that might make your stomach do flip flops. However, I think the illustrations are what make this book magical and unique.
One of the greatest parts of this Story Prompt is the fact that you can store all of the pieces in the bag, and it folds flat for easy storage. I can't wait to make these bags for all of my "I Know an Old Lady Who"...books.
As an option you could also make the different pets that go along with the story into puppets. These pets are a part of a whole pet themed unit I am working on and plan to add to my Etsy Store soon. I am adding all of the fun things we are doing in class this month to it.
However, if you CLICK HERE you can save, download, and print everything you need to go along with reading this great book (I Know an Old Teacher). Have fun and I would love to know if you use this download.
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