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Learning Activities for Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

Learning Activities for Books

We love book-based activities. With most of the kids’ units, I plan activities on a theme based on two to five books. The kids love learning about a topic through a book, then completing a few activities right after to help cement that knowledge. Learning Activities for Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

At The Library Adventure today, my book-based post is linked up with The Poppins Book Nook, a link-up filled with book-based activities.

Join me at The Library Adventure today for learning activities to accompany Look Up! Bird-Watching In Your Own Backyard.

 

Tree Learning Activities for preschool and elementary, featuring the picture book, A Tree is NIce by Janice May Udry - also includes other tree learning activities from around the web and a book list! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Tree Learning Activities {Accompanying A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry}

Thankfully, most of us have access to a variety of trees in our communities. You may have to travel to a city park or a few miles away to get up close, but they’re accessible. Because of that accessibility and their varied functions, preschoolers love to learn about trees.

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 1956) is a classic picture book exploring the many uses of trees. The book takes the reader through many activities held underneath, around, and because of trees (playhouses out of leaves, climbing trees, picking apples, planting trees, and more). In a simple manner, it causes the reader to realize how many uses a single tree can offer.

Tree Learning Activities for preschool and elementary, featuring the picture book, A Tree is NIce by Janice May Udry - also includes other tree learning activities from around the web and a book list! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Tree Learning Activities

We love to read books, then do a few learning activities to gain hands-on knowledge and apply what we’ve learned to the environment around us.

An easy activity with this book is to pick a few of the actions within the book and either act them out in pretend play or actually do them!

A few more tree-focused activities (for preschool and early elementary ages) from around the web:

Other recommended tree books:

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013)

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013)

Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Illustrated by Robbin Gourley (Clarion Books, 2013)

Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Illustrated by Robbin Gourley (Clarion Books, 2013)

A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett (HarperCollins, 2001)

A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett (HarperCollins, 2001)

Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

What trees grow in your area? What are your family’s favorite activities to do around trees?

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Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool {Resources and Activities!}

My preschoolers are labeling their feelings more often lately, and it’s great.

My daughter recently said, “I feel nervous,” which helped me provide support to her in a new situation. My son (who has various special needs) has been signing when he’s “happy” or he’s “sad” with greater frequency.

Helping our preschoolers express their emotions helps them better deal with those emotions (and reduce scream- and cry-fests).

While they’re both bursting into this newfound understanding of base emotions, it seems like the best time to do a feelings and emotions preschool unit. So we have. And they’ve rocked it!

Read below to find the activities we used, along with other websites and book recommendations. These activities are geared toward preschool age, and you’ll notice a few modifications and activities I used for my son’s special needs.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschoolers

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Our General Plan

We love book-based units, and my kids (my son, especially) learn and retain information well when we read a book first, then do a complementing activity. So during this unit, we read a new book about feelings each day, and then completed an accompanying activity or two (20-30 minutes each day).

Because this is our first time doing a concentrated feeling unit, we kept it to just one week. Next time we do an emotions theme (probably in the fall or next spring), we’ll expand on it.

Feelings Books and Activities for Preschool

Book: The Way I Feel by Janan Cain (Parenting Press, 2000)

Activity: Emotion identification – We used feelings charts from this “emotions management tool” and this “feelings words” poster on Teachers-pay-Teachers to discuss each emotion. I quizzed my kids on each emotion, and they were both able to distinguish and pinpoint the emotions much quicker than I realized. I’ve created a simple poster accessible to the kids so they can point at which emotion they feel if they can’t first express it (especially helpful for my son who has apraxia).

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Book: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Knopf, 1996)

Activity: Color and Count sheet from 2 Teaching Mommies feelings printable pack

The kids loved this activity and practiced fine motor skills, following directions, counting, and distinguishing emotion.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Books: Percy Gets Upset by Stuart J. Murphy (Charlesbridge Press, 2011) and Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell (HarperCollins, 2007)

Note: I recommend checking the second book first for a few possibly questionable references for preschoolers.

Activity: Make a Shape Face activity from 2 Teaching Mommies feelings printable pack

Another activity my kids loved! This was the first focused activity we’ve done with both kids where they needed to replicate something from a small card onto a bigger display. My daughter wanted to keep playing around with the faces after we completed each card. This activity would make a great felt board game, too.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Book: Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner (Millbrook, 2003)

Activity: “Look, See, Spell: Feelings Words” worksheet from 2 Teaching Mommies feelings printable pack with letter stamps

and Feelings Sticker Prewriting Activity (see below for directions) and Move Like You Feel movement game (click on this post for directions)

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Feelings Sticker Prewriting Activity

I saw a sticker matching activity on Pinterest similar to this and modified it for this feelings unit. I didn’t get to the store to find emotions-themed stickers yet, so I just made my own emotions on small squares of paper. (You could have your kids help cut the squares for scissors practice!)

I set up two columns of matching emotions “stickers” and modeled for my kids how to find a matching pair and draw a line connecting the two. We spent time going over each emotion together (with my kids labeling each emotion), and then finding its match. The kids did great, plus this activity provided prewriting practice my son both needs and enjoyed!

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

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 How do you help your kids express emotions? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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Pretend Play Activities for Spot's Snowy Day at LibraryAdventure.com

Book-based Snowy Day Activity

Need an activity to go along with your favorite snowy day book?  Pretend Play Activities for Spot's Snowy Day at LibraryAdventure.com

Come visit The Library Adventure today! I’m sharing some pretend play ideas we incorporated with Spot’s Snowy Day by Eric Hill.

You can use this same method I share in the post with many of your favorite picture books.

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Song of the Stars plus an active reading game for any kids' book! {undergodsmightyhand.com at homeschoolvillage.com}

An Active Reading Game {plus free printable!}

Books + fitness = awesome!

Song of the Stars plus an active reading game for any kids' book! {undergodsmightyhand.com at homeschoolvillage.com} I’m at The Homeschool Village today with an active reading game idea to use with picture books, early readers, and even longer passages for practices. This game incorporates listening skills with reading (and pre-reading) skills and fitness movements. My post at The Homeschool Village shares some ways to modify this active for different age groups and abilities.

I use Song of the Stars by Sally-Lloyd Jones as an active (and a great Christmas picture book!), but, I include a free printable for using this active reading game for any book!

Click here to check out this active reading game post at The Homeschool Village.

Love book-based activities of all kinds? The Homeschool Village has put together free ebook full of Christmas-related books and crafts and activities! Read more about the ebook here.