Sharks!

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Theme:
Sharks

Books:
Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist
Five Little Sharks Swimming in the Sea by Steve Metzger
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

Board Story:

Flannelboard: Five Sharks in the Bathtub (via Artfelt.net)
One shark in bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock (knock motion)
Splash, splash (slap your knees)
Come on in! (wave to enter)

Two sharks in bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
Come on in!

Three sharks in bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
Come on in!

Four sharks in bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
Come on in!

Five sharks in bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
They all fell in!

Flannelboard: Teasing Mr. Shark (via Youth Literature)
Five little fishes
Swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark
You can’t catch me
Along comes Mr. Shark
As quiet as can be…
SNAP!
Four little fishes
Swimming in the sea
(continue until there are no fish left)

Action Rhymes / Songs:

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!

Action Rhyme: Sharks (via Harris County Public Library)
(tune: Ring Around the Rosie)
Swimming through the ocean (place hands on head like a dorsal fin)
Caudal fin in motion (wiggle your bottom like a shark’s tail)
Splashes! Splashes! (clap hands)
All get out! (jump out of the water)

Play time:
Shark teeth
http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2011/03/paper-plate-shark-craft.html

Shark puppets (shark on a stick)
https://thedoor2doorlibrarian.com/2014/06/22/storytime-sharks/

Shark early literacy handout / coloring sheets

Early Literacy Asides:

Aside #1: Learning letter names, shapes, and sounds is a building block to being able to sound out words on a page. Reading books and looking at letters throughout is a great way to help children make the connection between letters and words.

Aside #2: Taking your child to storytime is a great way to build a love of reading. Storytime is all about bonding with your kiddo over books and songs, which will foster a lifelong love of reading!

Other books considered / used for display:
Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton
Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure by Viviane Schwarz
Shark in the Dark by Nick Sharratt
Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure by Viviane Schwarz
Smiley Shark and the Great Big Hiccup by Ruth Galloway
Sharkabet by Ray Troll
The Great White Man-Eating Shark by Margaret Mahy
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Shark vs. Train by Christ Barton
I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
Don’t Eat the Teacher by Nick Ward
What if the Shark Wears Tennis Shoes by Winifred Morris
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judi Barrett

Resources Consulted:
Storytime Katie
Storytime Katie
Sunflower Storytime
The Door 2 Door Librarian
Valerie Byrdfort

Reflection:  The first night I did this storytime a little boy in the front row jumped up and shouted yes! And spontaneously hugged me. It was unexpected but so sweet. He was super excited about the theme I guess! 🙂 For some reason, preschool-aged kiddos love sharks. The books are fun and silly but everyone’s favorite part was making the shark-on-a-stick puppets.

 

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