What happens when a little girl and her mother go blueberry picking?
- A tin/metal bucket or bowl.
- Bubble solution and blowers
- Blue food coloring
- Variety of pictures of fruit plants to look at and discuss
- Picture of bucket for art
- Pail (another name for bucket)
- Tin (a kind of metal)
- Hustle (to hurry in a half walk and half run way)
- Storing up food (eating extra because in the winter there will be none to eat)
- Tremendous (very large)
Before Reading the Story
Ask the children if they know where blueberries come from, do you think it is a fruit or a vegetable? Ask them if they have ever picked their own blueberries or other fruit that perhaps grows in your area? Look at the pictures of fruits on their plants and talk about how you would pick them, where they grow, and who likes to eat them. Let the children share any experiences. Explain that today’s story is about a crazy mix-up when a little girl goes with her mother to pick blueberries.
Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world, materials, living things, and natural processes.
Reading the Story
When you get to page 26 where Sal thinks it is her mother behind the rock, stop and ask the children if they can guess what they think is going to happen.
Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; grows in recognizing and solving problems through active exploration, including trial and error, and interactions and discussions with peers and adults. AND Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story.
After Reading the Story
Ask the children questions about the story. Why do you think Sal’s mother was afraid of little bear? How do you think Sal felt when she was not sure where her mother was? What do you think Sal and her mother made with the blueberries when they got home? Who did Sal meet on Blueberry Hill?
Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story. AND Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare, and contrast objects, events, and experiences.
Give the children pictures of a variety of fruits and vegetables to name and sort.
Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows growth in matching, sorting, putting in a series, and regrouping objects according to one or two attributes such as color, shape or size.
Give each child a small cup of bubble solution, which you have added 4-5 drops of blue food coloring. The children can then blow bubbles at the bucket picture or a plain piece of white paper. As the bubbles pop on the paper they will leave a blue design. Remind the children not to suck the bubble solution into their mouth.
Creative Arts/Art; gains ability in using different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation.
Music and Movement
Clap out simple clapping patterns and encourage the children to echo them back to you (clap, clap, hold clap).
Mathematical Knowledge and skills; recognizes, duplicates, and extends simple patterns.
Sing The Bear Went Over The Mountain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-CGQXXNh0U.
The bear went over the mountain, The bear went over the mountain.
The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.
To see what he could see. To see what he could see.
The Bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.
And all that he could see, but all that he could see
Was the other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain, was all that he could see.
Once the children have learned the melody, add musical instruments to accompany.
Creative Arts/Music; experiments with a variety of musical instruments.
Teach the children the poem, Time for Sleeping.
Now it’s time for sleeping,
The bears go in their caves.
Keeping warm and cozy,
Time for lazy days.
When the snow is gone,
And the sun comes out to play
The bears will wake up from their sleep,
And then go on their way.
The children can act out the poem as you read it aloud. You could use this poem to prepare to go outside or to transition to another part of your school.
Language Development/Listening & Understanding; demonstrates increasing ability to attend to and understand conversations, stories, songs, and poems. AND Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; approaches tasks and activities with increased flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness.
Sand and water
Add blue food coloring to the water today and let the children scoop and pour water into buckets and small containers. As the children are pouring, ask how many scoops from this container does it take to fill this other container/bucket. Which container do you think will hold more water?
Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to use language to compare numbers of objects with terms such as more, less, greater than, fewer, equal to.
Library and Writing
Show the children how to roll play dough into tiny berry balls. Have the children make many berry balls and then line them up on a piece of paper that has their name written on it. (The children use the play dough to cover their names with berry balls)
Literacy/Alphabet Knowledge; shows progress in associating the names of letters with their shapes and sounds. AND Physical Health & Development/FIne Motor Skills; develops growing strength, dexterity, and control needed to use tools such as scissors, paper punch, stapler, and hammer.
Put several different size buckets or boxes into the block center. Challenge the children to estimate how many blocks will fit into each container. Will more fit if the blocks are just tossed in or stacked neatly? Do all the containers hold the same amount of blocks?
Mathematics/Number & Operation; develops increasing abilities to combine, separate, and “name” how many concrete objects.
Pretend to be cooking with blueberries today. Give the children pieces of blue paper that they can rip or cut with scissors and put on the plates or in the pans to use as food.
Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; develops growing strength, dexterity, and control needed to use tools such as scissors, paper punch, stapler, and hammer.
Math and Manipulatives
Give each child a bucket shape and show the children how to use blue or purple stamp pads to make “berries” with their finger. Have the children roll a dice and then add that many berries to their bucket.
Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to make use of one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects. AND Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to associate number concepts, vocabulary, quantities, and written numerals in a meaningful way.
Give the children buckets and let them gather natural objects off your playground. (Our playground has many pine cones but you could gather leaves, pebbles, acorns, seed pods,etc). Bring out magnifying glasses so the children can look closely at the objects they have collected.
Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials, and observe natural processes and relationships.
Drop teddy bear counters or other hard objects into the metal bucket/bowl. The children take turns listening to the number of items that were dropped (go kerplunk) in the bucket. After trying their hand at listening and counting they may go to the next activity.
Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to make use of one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects. AND Approaches to Learning/Engagement & Persistence; shows growing capacity to maintain concentration over time on a task, question, set of directions or interactions, despite distractions and interruptions.
Dear Parent, today we read a story about a little girl who went blueberry picking with her mother. As you prepare your supper tonight, take a moment and talk to your child about the fruits and vegetables that you are preparing. Ask your child if he/she can name them and talk about how they grow (in a tree, on a vine, on a bush, under the ground.
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